How to Successfully Trap Wild Game In PA

Posted on November 3, 2013 in Uncategorized by

Do you enjoy trapping wild game? Are you interested in trapping wild game in Pennsylvania? If so, let’s examine what it takes to trap wild game in the Pennsylvania area including required gear, licenses, timeframe of the hunting season, tips for success, and the best time of day for hunting.

Pennsylvania law allows you kill wild game fixed in a trap with either a manual rimfire rifle or at most a .22 caliber handgun. Remember in order to trap wild game you need appropriate trapping devices.

Prior to purchasing a trapping license in the state of Pennsylvania you have to complete a 6 hour training course for all first time hunters and trappers. At the end of the course, you must successfully pass the certification exam. Other certification courses include a mandatory Cable Restraint Certification Program as well as the Hunter-Trapper Education Course. Bear in mind that in order to trap wild game in the state of Pennsylvania you must possess a valid trapping license.

Since an animal’s senses are much more superior than yours, you need to ascertain when is the best time of day for trapping wild game. Both sunrise and sunset serve as the best times of the day to catch wild game.

In order to successfully trap game in Pennsylvania you should set your traps off the main trail. Animals are definitely aware of their surroundings and know their territory quite well so if you hope to catch them you need to set you traps on side trails. Make sure you check your traps every morning and every evening and be sure to move your traps to a new remote location approximately every 4 -5 days.

Trapping seasons for trapping wild game in Pennsylvania varies in accordance to the type of animal. Mink and muskrat can be trapped from Nov. 23 – Jan. 5 while beavers can be trapped from Dec. 26 – March 31. The trapping season for coyote, foxes, opossum, raccoons, skunks, and weasels are from Oct. 27 – Feb. 23. Keep in mind that coyotes and foxes can be trapped using cable restraints from Dec. 26 – Feb. 23. Lastly, Dec. 21 – Jan. 12 is the trapping season for bobcats. If you’re interested in trapping wild game in Pennsylvania make sure you have a valid trapping license and you abide by the Pennsylvania’s guidelines and regulations.

Duck Hunting in Pennsylvania

Posted on November 3, 2013 in Uncategorized by

Duck hunting can be a sport or something one simply does during their weekends. With duck season on its way in Pennsylvania there are a few things that one needs to know from the beginner hunter to the well seasoned.

The general time frame of Pennsylvania’s duck hunting season begins October 1st and ends April 25. Regular light goose season is from October 1st to January 25th. Light goose conservation is from January 27th to April 25th. It is always important to know when you are legally allowed to hunt.

When deciding to duck hunt in Pennsylvania you must also have a license. There are several licenses that you can pick from. It depends if you are a resident or non-resident, young or old, or if you only want to hunt for a few days instead of throughout the hunting season. It is always best to pick the license that is best for you and your situation.

The gear that you need to hunt is also important. The amount of gear that can be bought is immense. However, it is important to have the basic tools for duck hunting.

The following gear is needed for duck hunting: the first thing you would need is waders. There are butt waders and chest high waders. This gear also comes with insulated and without insulated. Guns and shells, camouflage, a duck call, and decoys are also important.

Tips are also important thing to receive before going on a hunt. Tips can help you improve your hunting game and strategy. The first tip is to always plan your hunt. Scouting potential areas on where to hunt is very important. The second tip is to maintain your gear.

It is always important to make sure that your gear is in top shape before going out. And a third tip is to always make sure you pick the right type of camouflage.

During the duck hunting season, you can hunt all throughout the day. However, one of the best times of the day to hunt is during the early morning hours. While there are many other times and details that you must know to hunt, the tiding and wind tends to be more cooperative in the morning

Turkey Hunting in Pennsylvania

Posted on November 3, 2013 in Uncategorized by

Bring a Special Guest to Thanksgiving This Year: Turkey Hunting in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania can be a great place to hunt with its vast tracks of land and abundance of game; and with Thanksgiving right around the corner many flock here to hunt turkey especially those looking to garnish their holiday table with a freshly killed bird.

In Pennsylvania the only legal time of year to hunt turkeys is during November and proper permits must be secured before you can begin. Hunting permits are for safety and to enforce bag limit laws and unless you want your kills confiscated and issued a hefty fine you must purchase one.

The state of Pennsylvania also requires permits for different methods of hunting so make sure you have your trip planned beforehand.

When planning your trip you will need to have all the proper gear. Depending on your preferred method you will need a hunting apparatus i.e. shotgun, bow, traps etc. along with plenty of ammunition to match. Another piece of equipment needed that greatly improve your chances of success is using a scope on your gun. Rifle scopes can really help with your aim on the target. When you have a better aim, you will increase the success rate at hitting your target. Reviews of rifle scopes can found on the internet.

It is recommended that you have enough knowledge to safely operate firearms before utilizing them in the field and naturally you will want all the necessary safety equipment like ballistic glasses, high-visibility vest, ear plugs and of course a first aid kit.

Be sure to dress appropriate to the time of year and bring plenty of food and water. A map and compass will be necessary for navigating and will help eliminate “dry” areas.

Now that you’ve got your permits and gear you’re ready to begin so what now? Well the best time of day to hunt turkey is in the morning hours just before dawn. Many hunters recommend that you roost some the night before however that may not always be an option. Securing a good mouth/diaphragm caller will increase your chances of success however calls will only help if you know how to properly use them.

Study up on some calls beforehand and ask some experienced hunters the best way to utilize them. Also try using a variety of calls as different birds respond to different things. Lastly you can’t succeed if you don’t get out there, so have fun, be safe and bag some birds!

Deer Hunting Tips

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Tips for Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania

Best rule of thumb: a good hunter keeps it simple. You want to be invisible during deer hunting season, make as small an impact on the area as possible, so pack only the essentials and take precautions so as not to alert the wildlife. Use branches and natural elements in the area to build your blind.

What you need to know:

  • What gear you need.
  • Which license to purchase.
  • What is the hunting season calendar?
  • Some proven tips for success.
  • Best time of day to hunt deer.

How much Gear and what kind do I take into the deer hunting field?

You’ll need a backpack for packing your gear, first aid kit, flashlight, binoculars, rope, sharp knife, tags, lightweight rain gear, insulated clothing, your are required by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to wear one item of fluorescent orange clothing, usually a hat or vest. The most important item of gear you need during Deer Hunting season is your weapon. Depending on the season, archery bow and arrows, or a gun.

What Deer Hunting Licenses are required?

Hunting licenses for Deer Season are valid from July 1 through June 30th of the next year. They must be displayed by all hunters on the outside of their hunting jackets.
The best places to purchase a general or archery license is from the Pennsylvania Game Commissioner or an approved agent for hunting licenses. A general hunting license limits the kill to one deer with at least three points on either antler.

When is Deer Hunting Season?

Hunting deer, with a gun, Season is November 13 – December 3
Archery season for deer is October 2 – November 13, then December 27 – January 15.

Tried and true Tips for Success

Use only scent free soaps, shampoo and toothpaste. Wash all gear and clothing in scent free laundry soap, wipe out washer and remove lint from dryer vent before washing hunting gear. Store all gear in scent-free garbage bags, spray scent eliminator into bag before sealing.

On hunting day shower with all scent free products using an exfoliating glove to remove dead skin cells, and dry only with a towel washed with hunting gear. Add scent free deodorant.

Deer can smell 1,000 times better than humans so be extra careful removing all scents.

Best time of the day to hunt deer?

Dawn and dusk are when deer are most active. Set up your blind before dawn. Bucks usually chase Does at dusk so they are more distracted and less cautious than usual.

Bonus Tips for Success

Many hunters scout their hunting grounds year round so that they can learn the habits and behavior of the deer that frequent the area. However, a person cannot always be out in the woods monitoring deer movements. Even if you could stay in the woods all the time, the deer would just avoid coming into your area.

An essential tool to use to remotely monitor a hunting area is to install trail cameras on trees and structures in the area. Trail cameras can capture images of deer during the day or night so that you can get a good idea of the habits of the deer in the area.

Images captured by trail cameras can be saved on a flash memory card and then easily downloaded to your computer for viewing. We suggest that you visit this website for a recommendation on what kind of trail camera to buy.

 

Tips for Pheasant Hunting in Pennsylvania

Posted on November 2, 2013 in bird hunting by

Pheasant hunting in Pennsylvania, like most states, requires a hunter to purchase a hunting license in order to hunt for pheasant. This license is only valid during hunting seasons. There are also bag limits associated with how many pheasants you can kill in a given time period.

There are various hunting seasons and bag limits for hunting pheasants. There are also game farms where thousands of pheasants are hatched and raised and then released for the hunting in the fall.

The hunting licenses for pheasants in Pennsylvania are for adult resident, junior resident, senior resident, senior resident lifetime license, a combination license, and nonresident migratory game bird license. A hunter may choose a blind to put at a distance from the hunting area to store equipment and supplies.

A warm jacket with a hood and pockets is convenient in case of rain and for a place to put the shells. Comfortable walking gear is imperative which can be water repellent if desired. A hunter can use a gun pouch however, he needs to have the gun loaded and ready when sneaking up on the pheasant.

Seasons are dependent on the human density, the amount of rivers, or timber or new development. The pheasant season in Pennsylvania for junior hunters is October 12-19 and the daily limit is two – field possession limit of four.

The season for male pheasants is October 26-30, December 16-24th and December 26-February 22. There are certain areas for males only, certain WM Units for male pheasants such as 2A or 2C, but both male and female can be taken in most other areas.

Pheasants usually feed about 8:00 AM and before sunrise they are usually found in grass where they have spent the night. Beginning daylight they head to a place to find some gravel, and by midday they are usually found in a field where it is harder to hunt the birds.

Be sure you have your gun loaded before taking out on your journey. And, when you do get the bird make sure you mark the place so you can find it later.