Category: hunting

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…

Rekindled Fire: Bringing Back the Turkey Hunting Passion Through Mentoring

By Todd Holmes, Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator I was born into a Pennsylvania hunting family. My great grandparents, grandparents and parents all were avid outdoorsmen and women in Penn’s Woods. So when I was old enough to take hunter education (age 11) it was…

Five Tips for a Safe and Fun Spring Turkey Hunt

By Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter Education Staff The excitement of hearing a thundering gobble and watching the approach of a fired-up gobbler is enough to rattle hunters with even the steadiest of nerves. For turkey hunters, we thrill to the challenge of calling in…

Spring Gobbler Season 2019 Forecast

By Joe Kosack (excerpted from Pennsylvania Game News May 2019 issue) At a time when spring turkey hunting is drawing less of a crowd, Pennsylvania offers an almost unimaginable gobbler carryover for its 2019 spring season. Crafty old toms, strutting 2-year-olds and even ambitious…

Improve Hunting Success by Identifying Turkey Habitats

by Josh Fuqua, Game Lands Maintenance Supervisor, Southwest Region The wild turkey has a long rich history here in the Keystone State. Although the Eastern Wild Turkey at one time here in Pennsylvania had extremely low populations, we now have a thriving turkey population…

Top Five Tips for Taking a New Turkey Hunter Afield

By Hunter Wallis, Champion Turkey Caller from Pennsylvania When it comes to knowing the ways of the Wild Turkey and how to lure a trophy gobbler into range, few hunters are as well-versed as the aptly-named Hunter Wallis. A native of Greenfield Township in…

Celebrate Spring Gobbler Season 2019!

By Bryan Burhans, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Game Commission Turkey calls should come with the following warning label: “Exposure to turkey hunting can result in loss of sleep, rapid heart rate, severe fatigue, dry mouth, and sore muscles. Highly addictive, please consult your physician prior…

Winter Duck Banding

Amidst the noisy backdrop of swirling Snow Geese, Pennsylvania Game Commission employees Lauren Ferreri (biological manager of Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Southeastern PA) and Dan Lynch (Wildlife Education Specialist) remove ducks from a trap on the edge of the lake at Middle…

How Elk Handle Winter

By Jeremy Banfield, Elk Biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission Despite the cold and snow that shrouds most of Pennsylvania during the winter months, elk are one of many species that are well adapted to this climate. Several physiological and behavioral adaptations enable these…

North Country Rabbit Stew with Dumplings

It’s Wild Game Wednesday! With the holiday season upon us and colder temperatures becoming a regular occurrence here in Pennsylvania, it’s the perfect time to get afield for some small game hunting. Species like rabbits, pheasants, squirrels and quail are all in season now…