Category: Pennsylvania Game Commission

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…

Hunt Safely. Wear a Harness.

Archery season in Pennsylvania opens statewide on Saturday, Oct. 5. In an effort to reduce the number of tree stand injuries this hunting season, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is reminding archery hunters to hunt safely and to wear a harness. Unfortunately, hundreds of hunters…

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….

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…

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…

Deer Antlers in Velvet

By Jeannine Fleegle, Pennsylvania Game Commission Deer Biologist Antlers captivate the masses whether you’re a hunter or not. I don’t think anyone can put a finger on exactly why people are so fascinated with them. Perhaps on some subconscious level we recognize and marvel…

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…

Birds and Bows

By Jenn Danella, Pennsylvania Hunter and Outdoorswoman The Hunt On opening day of the 2018 Pennsylvania spring gobbler season, I was able to get my first turkey with a compound bow. As an avid bow hunter, this was something I have always wanted to…