The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 17, 2012

Garrett's Get Out Often: "Super Bowl" of hunting almost here

By Bob Garrett
For The Daily Item

— The Monday after Thanksgiving represents the “Super Bowl” for hunters in Pennsylvania. It’s the first day of rifle deer season.

This opening day of “buck season” is still ranked as the largest participant one-day sporting event anywhere in the world, with more than three-quarters of a million orange-clad hunters heading into woods come sunrise on Monday morning, Nov. 26.  

Game commission officials estimate that 60 percent of the anticipated harvest will be taken by sundown on Monday. Jerry Feaser, who is the game commission spokesman, says that the number of hunters may actually be up this year over last year.

“It’s just too early to know what effect chronic wasting disease concerns and worries will have on hunter participation,” Feaser said.  

Commission employees have been working non-stop to get information out to hunters in the main geographic areas of concern for CWD in the south central area of our state.

Susquehanna Valley hunters need to double-check their 2012-2013 Hunting and Trapping Digests because deer, antlerless deer and bear season regulations and antler restrictions are set based on Wildlife Management Unit.

Make sure to know your WMU and the regulations that go along with it so that you don’t run afoul of the law.

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Deer and bear hunting seasons are not the only things going on in the coming week. The local Sierra Club is leading a moderate-to-strenuous 11-mile hike today, Nov. 18 on the Boxcar Rocks Trail over in Schuylkill County.  

This loop hike begins near the impressive Boxcar Rocks that are also known as the Chinese Wall and continues through old coal mining lands to the Lebanon Reservoir.

Please bring lunch and water and meet at K-Mart parking lot off Rt. 15 in Shamokin Dam at 9 a.m. if you can go along. Reach Paul Shaw at 717-215-8339.  

The R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet on Wednesday evening at the Towne Tavern Shanty in Lewisburg. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a short business meeting. The program for the evening will be a trout fishing video.  

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