Category: hunting

Ten Most Forgotten Archery Hunting Items

We’re getting really close to the statewide deer archery season opener, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019! It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to need to have in your backpack before you head into the woods. Pennsylvania Game Commission…

Learning to Hunt In the Pennsylvania Wilds

By Ta Enos I spent my twenties working as a newspaper reporter in Alaska. One thing that struck me from my travels in the Bush was how Alaska Natives I met often used harvest seasons to mark time. Events happened “before salmon season” or…

Five Preseason Archery Tips

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery season opens on Saturday, Oct. 5. [If you’re hunting in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, it opened Saturday, Sept. 21.] If you’re planning to hunt with your bow this fall, be sure to take some time to prepare for the season….

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…

Considering a Pennsylvania Elk Hunt?

By Pennsylvania Game Commission Elk Biologist Jeremy Banfield For most hunters, we started off chasing small game, trailing our dads, grandpas, or maybe an uncle, through the forests and fields looking for squirrels or grouse. That’s basically my story, and it was those early…

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…