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The New York State DEC recently released the deer harvest statistics from the 2023-24 hunting season. The estimated harvest reflects a statewide decrease of 9.8 percent. In 2023, 209,781 deer … more
In an effort to protect wildlife habitat, the Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to spray over a 123,000 acres of state game lands this spring to control a non-native invasive insect, the gypsy moth. … more
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has modified the antlerless deer license sales schedule, and additionally is guaranteeing most resident hunters will get an antlerless license in the wildlife … more
In New York State, the spring turkey season started on Wednesday, May 1 and will end on Friday, May 31. You may take two bearded gobbler turkeys, but only one per day.   You do need to take … more
This April will be my 46th consecutive year of writing the Sportsman Outdoors column for the Democrat newspaper. Back in 1978 I called Freddy Stabbert’s father and said to him that I would … more
The Pennsylvania Game Commission reported results from the 2023-24 deer seasons, which ended in January. Hunters harvested an estimated 430,010 white-tailed deer. The statewide buck harvest was … more
The trout opening day of April 1 is not what it used to be. Driving around Sullivan County on the opening day of trout season and checking out many trout streams, it was very disappointing not to see … more
The Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Club recently completed its 33rd annual coyote hunt. For the first time in their contests, the top three entries of coyotes all weighed over 50 pounds. With … more
The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently released the Firearm Production in the United States including the Firearm Import and Export Data 2023 Edition. The report consists of the most … more
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil M. Seggos, who has held the Commissioner’s position for over eight years, announced he would be stepping down once the … more
The National Deer Association (NDA) recently released their annual deer report. An average of 41 percent of North America’s deer hunters successfully harvested at least one deer during the … more
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), is resigning from the NRA. He addressed the members of the NRA in the latest issue of the American Hunter Magazine. … more
The state’s bear hunters remain as loyal in their pursuit as ever to hunt bear, but there is a tremendous increase in bear hunters.   Pennsylvania had fewer than 130,000 bear hunters … more
Two men were arrested in Montana for killing about 3,600 birds, including bald and golden eagles. This took place on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation and elsewhere, then they sold eagle … more
The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently honored wildlife biologist Dr. Gary Alt. Alt, 72 years young, formerly from Moscow, PA and now living in California, received the John C. Oliver Lifetime … more
Jeff Mulhollem, editor of the Pennsylvania Outdoor News newspaper, wrote about some facts about coyotes and coyote contests. He said Pennsylvania has more organized coyote contests than any other … more
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual Great American Outdoor Show will be held on February 3-11, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. The show … more
Many believe that the Covid-19 virus inspired people not to congregate with large groups of people in fear of catching the virus. Many went to their fishing rods, hunting firearms and binoculars for … more
The Pennsylvania Game Commission prohibits the use of electronic devices for hunting. When it comes to drones, Mike Yoder the founder of Drone Deer Recovery believes there’s a difference … more
  Here are some of the highlights of columns I reported on in 2023: January - The United States District Court for the Western District of New York issued a preliminary injunction against … more
It was expected, and now it’s official. NY Governor Kathy Hochul has signed the bill that will ban coyote contests in the state of New York that gives prizes to hunters who participate in them. … more
With the detection of CWD in a free-ranging deer in Dauphin County, PA, and to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from spreading, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has extended the deer season in … more
Thanks to the Federated Sportsman’s Clubs of Ulster County and NY State Senator Peter Oberacker, young and older anglers can now borrow a rod & reel just as easy as borrowing a book, and … more
With the ongoing Ukraine-Russian War and the Israeli-Hamas/Palestinian conflict it is expected to cause a shortage in ammunition and affect American hunters and firearms enthusiasts. Firearms … more
No hunter wants to be disturbed while hunting, especially during the opening day of deer season, whether it’s by other people, vehicles, ATVs or dogs.   The Pennsylvania Game … more
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