Saturday, January 31, 2009

Camera Critters: Winter

Winter, the thermometer hovers near zero, the ground is covered with a glare of snow and ice, caused by substantial rainfall on top of a previous coat of snow. This is the dreaded "Hunger Moon" and the creatures of the great outdoors are locked in a bitter struggle for survival. Fortunately the snowfall is not deep in our area, but the hard crust makes it difficult for the deer to walk and for smaller species to dig through to underlying food sources.

Canon 40-D: Whitetail Family, Canon 70-200mm at 135mm

The birds are visiting the feeders, giving one a lot of super photographic opportunities.

Canon 40-D: Tufted Titmouse, 300mmf4 Canon 1.4 extender

Grey Squirrels soon find a bird feeding operation, and in this case they are welcome visitors. I have few truly excellent squirrel photographs and wish to utilize this situation to remedy that shortage.

Canon 40-D: Grey Squirrel 100-400mm Canon at 400mm

Hopefully I will have more opportunities to photograph them in the days to come.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pennsylvania Game Commission Proposes Seasons And Bag Limits

On Tuesday The Pennsylvania Game Commission released the proposed hunting seasons and bag limits for the coming year. The Commission will accept public comments on these proposals and other Board actions between now and the next meeting of The Board Of Commissions on April 20-21st.

To view the entire list of proposed seasons and bag limits read News Release 013-09 on The Agency's website.

We will focus on the Pennsylvania Elk Herd in this post. A total of 59 licenses will be issued which is four more than last year. Last year's allocation was 45 for the November hunt and 10 for the September hunt, for a total of 55 licenses. This was the last year for the September hunt, so one must bear this in mind when evaluating the impact of the allocations. It is easy to forget the ten licenses allocated for the September 2008 hunt, do the math wrong, and come up with an increase of 14.

Bull 62 and Harem Near Gilbert Viewing Area:10/2/08

An increase of four animals does not sound like a lot, but the important decisions have yet to be made. As of yet information has not been released on how tags will be divided between antlered and antlerless elk, or what the allocations for the Hunt Zones will be.

Bull 8A At Pond-Gilbert Viewing Area: 10/1/08

Will The Agency continue to target the animals that frequent the viewing areas on Winslow Hill? Will there be action to further reduce the No Hunting Zone? Only time will tell!