In southeastern Pennsylvania there is no fall turkey season this year. In the unit that surrounds Gettysburg, the season has been shortened to only three days. North of us, the units only have a two-week season. Game Commission wild turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena explained the seasons this way, "By switching season lengths between study areas, we can attempt to answer the question of whether the turkeys harvest gained or suffered by adding the extra week to a two-week season. Ultimately, the study results will allow us to provide the longest fall seasons to the largest number of hunters without overharvesting the hen wild turkeys."
The complete fall turkey season dates and regulations are outlined on Page 35 of your 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.
Humdinger of a contest
A Mifflintown man is once again sponsoring a fall-into-winter hummingbird contest for folks who live in Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder counties. If you live in these areas and you can confirm a hummingbird sighting between now and January 31, you may enter a contest that Chad Kauffman of Kauffman's Insurance Agency is sponsoring.
Kauffman explained that, "Fall and winter sightings of hummingbirds in our area are becoming more-and-more frequent. Nearly all of these sightings are of ruby-throated hummingbirds. However, during fall and winter other species of hummingbirds pass through Pennsylvania as they travel from breeding grounds in Alaska to wintering spots along the Gulf Coast." Kauffman is one of a growing number of ornithologists who are keenly interested in learning more about these nomadic and fascinating little birds. His contest is a fun way to multiply, many times over, the number of people who are keeping an eye out for migrating "hummers."
You can contact Kauffman by calling 717-436-8257 or through the contest's Facebook page.