Category: Birds

Get Out and Enjoy Dove Season!

The calendar has finally flipped to September and that means the official start to the Fall hunting season here in Pennsylvania. This Labor Day weekend, many hunters will be afield pursuing Mourning Doves– the most abundant game animal in North America. This year, the… Continue Reading “Get Out and Enjoy Dove Season!”

Take on the Challenge of Resident Goose Hunting

By Tyler Frantz Running through the better part of a month, the statewide Resident Goose Season is designed to help manage local populations with a liberal daily limit across most of the state. For many, the early goose season marks a much-anticipated return to… Continue Reading “Take on the Challenge of Resident Goose Hunting”

Dogs Make the Hunt Better

Four-legged friend. Canine companion. Fur baby. There are a lot of different ways we may refer to dogs with nicknames, but there is no doubt that these domesticated descendants of wolves have captured our collective hearts and minds. When it comes to hunting, there… Continue Reading “Dogs Make the Hunt Better”

Wild Pheasant Hunt for Youth Hunters

Acre upon acre of tall grasses and weeds stretch before them, as the line of orange-clad hunters prepares to enter this prime upland ecosystem in pursuit of a most-elusive quarry: truly wild pheasants, a newly re-established population thriving amidst intensively-managed habitat found here. The… Continue Reading “Wild Pheasant Hunt for Youth Hunters”

Spurring On a Great Tradition: Youth Turkey Hunt at Pymatuning WMA

On Saturday, April 24, Youth Turkey Day in Pennsylvania, the Northwest Region hosted the first-ever turkey hunt at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.  A lottery application process helped to select the seven lucky junior hunters, who then took part in an educational training session… Continue Reading “Spurring On a Great Tradition: Youth Turkey Hunt at Pymatuning WMA”

Youth Pheasant Season: A Mentor’s Perspective

By Gary Kephart Hunting heritage runs deep in my family and one of my most enjoyable memories of hunting as a youth was hunting pheasants with my uncle and a close friend who had a farm just outside of town in Adams County, Pennsylvania.  … Continue Reading “Youth Pheasant Season: A Mentor’s Perspective”

Birds Are in Trouble. Here’s How You Can Help.

A recent State of the Birds report and Science article reveal that North America has lost nearly 3 billion breeding birds since 1970 – that’s a staggering 29 percent of all birds! The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups of birds and habitats.… Continue Reading “Birds Are in Trouble. Here’s How You Can Help.”

Simple Strategies for September Geese

By Derek Stoner, Hunter Outreach Coordinator The heady scent of fresh-cut field corn competed with the odor of cow manure to keep my sense of smell occupied while awaiting the arrival of geese. Scouting efforts revealed that this small flock of Canadas should arrive… Continue Reading “Simple Strategies for September Geese”

Tried and True Tips for Dove Hunting Success

By Tyler Frantz            With one subtle flip of a calendar page, the 2019-2020 hunting seasons are born. The long awaited September migratory bird openers mark the official commencement of Pennsylvania’s fall hunting opportunities. As camo-clad hunters flock to farm fields in pursuit of… Continue Reading “Tried and True Tips for Dove Hunting Success”

When Hens are a Problem, Be the Hen

By Steve Sorensen Peak spring gobbler action arrives when gobblers get lonely. Be there and you’re halfway to success. But more often, gobblers are “henned-up.” They won’t gobble much, they’ll go only where the hens go, and they’ll frustrate turkey hunters from novices to… Continue Reading “When Hens are a Problem, Be the Hen”