Antlerless archery season in three of these units opens next weekend. Statewide archery season for both antlered and antlerless deer opens on Oct. 5.
Potential elk guides
If the notion of serving as a guide for the upcoming elk hunt sounds like something you would like to do, you have until Sept. 27 to submit an application to the Pa. Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Protection. Permits cost $25 and you must possess a valid hunting license and have a clean game code record.
You can get an application by calling 717-783-8164, or by contacting any regional Game Commission office. The idea behind these elk-guide permits is to encourage experienced individuals, especially folks who are familiar with or live in the elk range, to serve as guides for the lucky few who received an elk license.
It's not specifically mentioned in the Game Commission's mission statement as something that they strive to do, but they certainly do come up with some great idea for a Sunday drive and a perfect way to enjoy a day in the field.
As part of the commission's efforts to highlight their ongoing habitat improvement initiatives, they are inviting you and friends to be part of the upcoming game land tours.
All of the tours are free and they run between the end of this month well into October. Since 1919, the Game Commission has been purchased lands for the protection, propagation and management of game and wildlife, and to provide areas for public hunting and trapping. Since then, more than 1.4 million acres in nearly all Pennsylvania counties has been acquired.
Here's the list of tour dates and times: (for information on specific tours, visit the commission's site).
Cameron County: 1-4 p.m., State Game Lands 14.
Bradford County: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Game Lands 12.