If you're a bowhunter, you have a mere month before the Sept. 20 start of the archery antlerless deer-hunting season in WMU's 2B, 5C, and 5D.
And because of that, the folks at Mossy Oak Camo's Gamekeepers, say this is the time to put up your treestand so deer get used to its presence and your scent will eventually wash off of it before the season opener. That and the disturbance you make in the woods erecting it will also be forgotten by then.
With the unseasonably cool weather we've had over the past few days, fishing has turned on in local lakes, some larger trout streams and of course the Lehigh and Delaware rivers.
Speaking of the latter, last weekend's Bassmaster Elite bass fishing tournament held in the lower Delaware River was won by Mike Iaconnelli who was born in Philadelphia but now resides in Pitts Grove, NJ.
Iaconnelli beat out 105 other bass pros with a total weight of 47 pounds, 14 ounces comprised mostly of largemouth bass. This earned him a cool $100,000 first place prize.
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the first part of the small game season is about to get underway.
Sept. 1 is the customary start of the dove-hunting season in Pennsylvania, and this year hunters are getting some extra time to hunt them.
Along with the approval of the early migratory bird seasons established by U.S. Fish & Wildlife frameworks, the total season length has increased from 70 to 90 days.
With stream fishing at a virtual standstill now that all trout stockings are over, the next best waters are rivers and lakes. Or, if you want to try something different, try bowfishing for what is termed trash fish like carp and suckers in area lakes and ponds.
Once graduating from those species, you may want to try for some really big fish like stingrays and skates. That's what Bob Danenhower and family did recently on the back bays of Chincoteague Island where wild horses still roam.
It has been said that in late spring a man's fancy not only turns to love, but to buying a new car or boat. And the latter may bring out the worst when not buying from a reputable boat dealer.
According to Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), boat buyers are getting ripped off by boat buying scams as reported to its Consumer Protection Bureau.
BoatUS offers the following way to greatly improve your chance of a smooth sale or purchase of a boat – and when to walk away.
While it doesn't have the fanfare or crowds of the trout opener, Pennsylvania's June 14 bass season opener on area lakes and rivers has a larger year-round following that faithfully practice catch-and-release.
When seeking top bass waters in Lehigh Valley, veteran anglers hit the big three of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono's, Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County and Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County.
Despite the monsoon we had last week, local creeks have receded somewhat and are fishing fairly good for trout according to our local tackle shop reporters. If anything, the high water from the rains may have moved the trout around somewhat.
At its recent board meeting, the Pennsylvania Game Commissioners approved the hunting/trapping seasons for the 2014-14, approved mentored adult hunting, an increase in broad head size and, most significantly, approved an antlerless deer license allocation of 779,500 that is down 59,500 from last years 839,000 allocation.
It appears four of the allocations per Wildlife Management Units (2D, 4A, 5A, 5D) stayed the same as last season, while only 4B increased from 24,000 to 26,000.
You've just caught the largest trout of your fishing career and have to make a quick decision as to what to do with it. Do you have it mounted, take a photo or two then release it, or, eat it?
If you opt to have it mounted and want a good skin mount, there are some do's and do not's to follow in so doing.
Thanks to a few days of warmer weather, this year's trout opener that kicks off March 29 in 18 southeastern counties, should not have snow covered banks if they get direct sunlight. The remainder of the state has an April 12 opening.