Fishing Licenses On Sale
Inside the Outdoors, December 16
, 2011

The new 2012 fishing licenses went on sale Dec. 1. That means one can be an early bird, purchasing their permit for the upcoming year now.

The nice thing about getting licenses now is that it makes an excellent present – that is if the facts are known to be filled in on the proper spaces. All information must be put on the designated lines before the license can be procured. Gift certificates can be procured from retailers for such purposes as well.

And since the computer age has taken over, one can also get fishing license vouchers on line through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com. A voucher may be redeemed at any of more than 900 issuing agents across the state.

A resident annual fishing license can be purchased for $22.70. Trout-salmon permits are usually purchased to accompany the license for the going price of $9.70. When you think of the fun that can be had throughout the year, the price is minimal in comparison.

Some of the local agents include: Ligonier Outfitters and Newsstand, 127 W. Main Street, Ligonier; Loyalhanna Fishing Post, Rt. 30, Ligonier; Wal Mart, Latrobe; K-Mart, Latrobe; Longbridge Station, Rt. 30, Latrobe, and Loyalhanna Trading Post, Rt. 30, Latrobe.

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Had a nice conversation with Mark Boerio last week from Army Navy Store in Latrobe about deer hunting. He said he and his son had spotted a nice buck from their tree stand, but because of its movement his son was not able to sight it in for the kill. Too bad, because it was a beaut!

When I asked him about deer harvests overall, he said the sportsmen are telling him it’s too warm and the deer aren’t moving. There still is too much food around for them to eat. On a whole there are few deer being seen at the present.

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Ever wonder how much meat one can get from a full-grown doe or buck? According to www.butcher-packer.com, “Does and bucks from similar age classes yield similar amounts of venison. You likely won’t see big differences in meat yields until you can compare a mature buck with the rest of the meat-pole crowd.”

It pointed out that for decades, some hunters have relied on chest-girth charts to estimate the deer’s live weights. “Unfortunately, such charts are often inaccurate because – among other things – they don’t account for fluctuations in the body sizes of bucks before and after the rut. Most biologists put no stock in any weight estimates based on chest girth measurements.”

It stated that there is a fairly accurate way to determine the live weight. “Multiply its field dressed weight by 1.28. This number came about after comparing it with several chest-girth charts.”

It was determined by the University of Wisconsin that if a mature buck weighs 180 pounds minus the removal of the head, hide and intestines, it would yield 72 pounds in meat in addition to 108 pounds of waste. Of consequence, a buck weighing 180 pounds would only produce 40% in meat.
Done by the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Animal Science and the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1968, a study revealed that “180-pound buck would have 16.2 pounds of hide, 21.06 pounds of bones and 9 pounds of blood. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to estimate the live weight of a deer if it has been field-dressed because the weight of a deer’s innards varies depending on its health and diet.”

Getting right down to it, I guess that’s the guts of the matter. Looking forward to sharing the outdoors with you next week. Keep warm.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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