Hunting

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 15, 2019

The polar vortex at the end of January locked up rivers and hastened ice formation on lakes in much of Pennsylvania, only to be followed by unseasonably mild weather.  Anglers are urged to exercise extreme caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces. For ice-fishing safety tips, visit www.fishandboat.com.  NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of Feb. 1, perch…

Minnesota lawmaker seeks tougher action against deer disease

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn is sponsoring several bills that target deer farms to try to stop the disease from spreading from captive to wild deer. Another would give the University of Minnesota $1.8 million to develop faster and more sensitive diagnostic tests that farms and regulators could use on live deer and hunters could use to make sure their venison is safe to eat.

Barringer brings black bear bow slam to Classic

Bernie Barringer with the blonde black bear he arrowed to complete the black bear grand slam. (Photo courtesy of Bernie Barringer)The bear was on the modest side by most standards. But when one of the foremost black bear hunters in the world says the 250-pound bruin was the most remarkable bear he has ever shot, well, you wonder … What…

Orange regs may change – in Pennsylvania

Game Commission is currently considering abolishing the blaze orange requirement for archers, but fall turkey hunters would still be required to wear an orange hat while moving. The regulations concerning deer and bear hunting during the firearms season would remain the same. No orange is required for hunting spring turkeys because that requirement was rescinded back in the late ’90s.

Sight of buffleheads soothes on a cold winter’s night

A waterfowler’s season is never over, even when the trusty, weatherbeaten old shotgun is cleaned and racked and the bags of decoys and other paraphernalia of the trade are stowed in the barn for winter. That is because waterfowlers, duck and goose hunters, never stop watching the sky and sniffing the air, looking, looking, looking. They are, in their own…

Proposed legislation calls for DNR to certify, develop distribution program for non-toxic ammunition

SB 201 provides that the “Department shall adopt by rule a public process to certify ammunition as nontoxic ammunition and shall define, by rule, nontoxic ammunition to include only ammunition in which there is no lead content, excluding the presence of trace elements of lead.”It’s early in the spring legislative session, but already an interesting – not to mention confusing – bill…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 1, 2019

Unseasonable temperatures in much of the state delayed ice-fishing as of mid- January, when cold, snowy weather moved in. Some anglers were fishing from boats as conditions allowed.  Ice anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution. For ice-fishing safety tips, visit www.fishandboat.com  NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of Jan. 18, FishErie reported that anglers were catching…