Deer Hunting In Progress
Inside the Outdoors, August 20, 2010

To some, the statement of the heading, “Deer hunting in progress,” may sound like a misprint. But it’s not, so I learned recently.

“The Red Tag program permits hunters to harvest deer on farmers’ properties from February 1 to September 28 each calendar year, excluding Sundays, during the hours of dawn to dusk only,” according to Jerry Feaser, Pennsylvania Game Commission press secretary.

He went on to state, “These tags are for hunting on farms where the farmer is experiencing excessive losses to crop damage and would rather allow hunters to harvest and utilize these deer rather than to killing them for crop damage.”

I know this is one particular time of the year people, both young and old alike, are wanting to go out and explore what nature may have to discover. That is why I emailed Feaser with concerns referencing hikers.

His reply concluded with this statement. “Only hikers who are trespassing on farmers fields would need to be concerned, as these red tag hunters are not in the woods.”

Onward…

I just learned that dove and early Canada goose season begins September 1. Wow, if that isn’t a sign of summer’s about shot.

Of course, there will always be those who have wished that goose season could have been earlier with all the mess these birds have created. Hey, but I think that gets the hunting moving pretty well. After that, different seasons will start making their debut for 2010 not to mention 2011 (don’t want to think about that yet. I love the warmth of summer months).

According to the PGC, “Hunters will see similar dove and early goose season and bag limits. Dove hunters, once again, will have the opportunity to participate in a triple-split season. During the first season, (Sept 1-28), hunting will start at noon and close at sunset daily. The second and third splits will be Oct. 23-Nov. 27, and Dec. 27-Jan, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons, the daily bag limit will be 15, and the possession limit will be 30.”

Goose season, as started previously begins Sept. 1 and continues through Sept. 25. “The early season retains a daily bag limit of eight Canada geese and possession limit of 16. However, these bag limits are restricted to certain areas.

Vacationers heading west to do some vacationing this summer should take precautionary measures against grizzly bear conflicts that have been on the rise, particularly in Montana.

On July 28, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park Management website reported the newspaper headline, “Bear Attacks In Campground Near Cook City Leave One Person Dead and Two Injured.” This happened near the northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park.

Hikers, hunters, and fishermen should take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field. Outdoorsmen are recommended to wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle any bears. One should carry pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bears’ activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear feces. Black bear’s is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear feces has little bells in it and smells like pepper spray.

If one is headed out to those there part of the woods, you may want to read up on some “bear facts” pertaining to each. Then you may know what to expect in case a situation arises.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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