If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may enjoy participating in this year’s, Dec. 14 through Jan. 5 Christmas Bird Count. If so, register now.
The snows are back. No, not the slippery white stuff, but snow geese. And they substantially outnumber local Canada geese.
Local farmers detest snow geese because they can devour an entire winter wheat field, one of their favorite delicacies followed by corn.
With the deer rut in progress (when bucks chase does during the breeding season - for you non-hunters), it’s a time for motorists to stay alert, because if you hit a deer with your vehicle, you’ll probably have to pay a deductible for your car insurance to cover the damage. And if you no longer carry collision coverage, you’re out the cost for repair.
The chances of a deer collision is quite high in Pennsylvania. In fact, the Keystone State ranks third in states where you’re most likely to hit a deer with your vehicle. West Virginia is rated first and Montana second.
By the time you read this, several hunting seasons, including small game and big game, have opened statewide.
As for big game, it’s muzzleloader bear season in WMUs 2B. 5B. 5C and 5D that runs Oct. 13-20. The small game list includes rabbit, grouse and squirrels with split seasons that run Oct. 13-Nov. 24; Dec. 10-24; and Dec. 26-Feb. 28. The exception is grouse that whose seasons are Oct. 13-Nov. 24 and Dec. 10-24.
In a turnaround from past attempts at legalizing tracking dogs in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has approved the use of them after getting legislative approval.
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mario M. Scavello, provides another choice for hunters who have shot and inflicted injury on a white-tailed deer, black bear or elk, but lose the trail.
According to The Fishing Wire service, the white water release that occurred on Labor Day weekend on the Salmon River (Oswego County) NY, is the trigger for large numbers of spawning Chinook and Coho salmon to enter the river. Each fall, the salmon run draws thousands of anglers to the river from across the northeast.
With the statewide archery deer hunting season in full swing, it brings up the possibility of bowhunters falling from their tree stands. In fact, September is Tree Stand Safety month as designated by the Treestand ManufacturerÕs Association who say most archery deer hunting is done from a tree stand.
Interestingly, a study of Vermont and North Carolina bowhunters revealed the following:
*74 percent of tree stand accidents occurred while climbing up or down or when installing/removing a stand.
A sound of late summer customarily starts at dusk and continues through the night hours. And the sound emanates from a source not often seen unless flushed from a hiding place in flower beds, high grasses, under rocks or under trash cans.
What we speak of are crickets. The little black (or brown) crawlers that some anglers use as bait when fishing for bass. Others enjoy hearing their constant chirping when their home windows are open at night. Others wished they’d go away as their constant chirping irritates them and prevents them from sleeping.
The most anticipated archery deer hunting season kicks off this Saturday in Wildlife Management Areas 2B, 5C and 5D. The statewide archery deer season begins two weeks later on Sept. 29. Coincidentally, the early archery bear season also opens Sept. 15 in the same trio of WMUs.
But the primary pursuit is deer. And we do have an abundance of them. In fact, too many in certain areas.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may be seeing an influx of Ruby Throated hummingbirds at your feeders, provided you have an appropriate feeder or flowers for them to feed from.
This influx is because these tiny, colorful and quick birds have begun their fall migration back to southern Mexico and northern Panama.
As they migrate southward, they refuel their bodies in the early morning as they travel by midday and forage again in the late afternoon in an effort to maintain their body weight.