We hope to throw sticks in two weeks on the first day of the archery season for deer in Pennsylvania.
The 2021-22 statewide archery season runs from October 2 to November 13, continues on Sunday November 14, and then continues from November 15 to 19. It returns on December 27 and ends on January 17.
Here is some information on bow hunting to mark the new season.
—Pennsylvania hosted its first statewide archery season in 1951; this year’s hunt is the 71st in a row.
—The state’s first archery season drew just over 5,500 participants. In 2020, a record 373,700 archery licenses were sold.
– The National Deer Association calculates that between 2017 and 2019, archers in the 13-state northeast region caught one-third of the deer harvested.
– Bow hunters can use lighted notches for arrows and bolts, but emitter tracking arrows are illegal.
—Each hunter has a unique athletic equipment identification number. Hunters can find their number in their HuntFishPA online profile or on their printed license.
—GC’s free online course demonstrates tree stand safety and safe, ethical shot placement. Find it at www.pgc.pa.gov under “Pennsylvania Archery Safety Course”.
LICENSES GO DIGITAL
Pennsylvania hunters can now download and transport digital versions of their licenses, instead of paper versions.
Paper crop tags should always be worn and used at the appropriate time.
Hunters and trappers who have already purchased 2021-2022 licenses can download PDF copies by logging into their profile on HuntFishPA and accessing their purchase history. I now have mine on my smartphone.
Those who purchase licenses in the future will receive PDF versions of their licenses by email. This applies if they purchase licenses online or from issuing agents. Harvest labels will not be emailed.
“Downloading your digital licenses and permits to your mobile device ensures that you’ll never leave them at home,” said Deana Vance, director of the Office of Automated Technology Services at the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).
HUNTERS CAN FEED
THE AREA HUNGRY
This is the 28th year that The Times and Bucher Meats in McKnightstown have teamed up during deer season, to collect game for the less fortunate as part of the “Hunters Feed the Hungry” program.
Since the start of the program, hunters have donated approximately 24,500 pounds of game meat to feed the hungry in this area.
Hunters take their deer to Bucher’s on the Tillietown Road, pay for the treatment, then leave some with the butcher as a donation.
Bucher’s donates the cost of processing whole deer donated by hunters.
Call Bucher’s at (717) 334-3575 and check the hours of operation before heading to Tillietown Road.
WALK TALK &
LEARN THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN
Get some exercise and learn more about the South Mountain area, when the South Mountain Partnership hosts Walk & Talk speaker programs this month and next.
Andre Weltman, president of Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, will speak on iron making and other historic uses of the steel industry on September 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The group will follow the South Mountain Railroad from the Blast Furnace, past Fuller Lake, to the area of a railway company amusement park and later a Girl Scout camp, about three kilometers of easy walking.
On October 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Friends of Michaux will hike to discover the Amerindian archaeological resources of Michaux and their history. Meeting and carpooling from the Caledonia fireplace.
To learn more about the Friends of South Mountain Partnership or to register, visit www.southmountainpartnership.org.
• September is library card registration month. What’s your favorite adventure novel?
• If you’re spending time in the elk country of Pennsylvania, keep a few key tips in mind. Give elk space – stay away 100 yards or more. Don’t feed the elk and don’t name the elk.
• The Steelers and Raiders have met 29 times. The Raiders lead the regular season 13-10 and the playoffs are 3-3.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
“Happy Birthday Woodsy Owl! Woodsy turns 50 today! (Wednesday)” – Forest Service NW
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