Outdoors notebook: Deer hunting license applications on sale
The summer solstice was only a few days ago, but it's already time to think about deer hunting.
Pennsylvania hunting licenses for 2013-14 are on sale, with the new license year officially beginning July 1. The deadline to apply for doe licenses, meanwhile, is only a week away.
County treasurers statewide will begin accepting antlerless license applications from state residents July 8. Nonresidents can apply starting July 29.
First-round unsold licenses go on sale beginning Aug. 5. A second round of unsold license sales begins Aug. 19.
Over-the-counter doe license sales in wildlife management unit 2B begins Aug. 26.
There are some other deadlines to keep in mind, too.
Applications for a 2013 elk license are due by Aug. 25. Those wishing to hunt bears during the early seasons must purchase licenses by Nov. 22, with bear licenses going back on sale from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. The deadline to purchase a bobcat or fisher permit is Dec. 20.
A handful of local anglers have been big winners in the “Fish for Millions” contest being run by Cabela's and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
The commission tagged fish of various kinds in a number of waters statewide. Some have been caught from the Emsworth Pool of the Ohio River, Lake Arthur and Keystone State Park Lake, among other places.
Raymond Biddle Jr. of Jefferson Hills caught one of them and won a Ranger bass boat worth $60,000. Wayne Ziegler of Butler caught another and won a $5,000 Cabela's shopping spree. George McGrady of Carnegie and Doug Antill of Titusville both won “ultimate fishing gear” packages worth $2,500.
The contest runs through Sunday. Register at www.cabelas.com/fishformillions.
It's been awhile, but Pennsylvania-bred lake trout have been stocked in Lake Erie.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this spring put 80,000 yearling lake trout in Erie. The stocking was the first done out of the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery in Warren since 2005.
Stockings from that hatchery used to be an annual occurrence. They had to be stopped when infectious pancreatic necrosis, or IPN, a contagious and incurable fish virus, was detected there.