Deer season dates announced

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery white-tailed deer season opened statewide last weekend and runs to Nov. 18, 2022. The regular deer season begins Dec. 26, 2022 and runs Jan. 16, 2023.

Archery hunters may use long, recurve or compound bows. Bows must have a draw weight of at least 35 pounds and crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 126 pounds. Don’t forget, hunters who harvest a deer must properly fill out and tag their harvest before the carcass is moved. Details on how to properly tag big game can be found on page 22 of the 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Digest or by clicking here


In an effort to reduce the number of tree stand related injuries this hunting season, tree stand users are reminded to wear a harness while hunting.

Wearing a fall arrest or full-body harness is the best way to prevent hitting the ground and being seriously hurt if you should fall. Always wear a harness and keep it attached to the tree when hunting from, hanging, or taking down a tree stand.

Transitions in and out of the stand are most dangerous. Using a harness anytime your feet leave the ground can help prevent falls when getting in and out of a stand.

Remember: Hunt safely. Wear a harness. More tree hunting safety tips can be found here.WE MADE THE LIST. BE SURE TO CHECK IT TWICE!

Bowhunting Checklist

Are you ready? Before you head out hunting this fall, use this checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything!It’s always important to be prepared before your hunt.

Plan your trip, inspect all of your gear and have a plan in case of an emergency. Good luck. Have fun. Hunt safely.

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Berry L Baker obituary 1932-2023

Berry loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and exceptional gardener. He blessed many people over the years with his hunting and gardening harvests.

Marlin M Bishop 1950-2023

Marlin was a Vo-Tech Teacher at Carlisle High School and Harrisburg Vo-Tech. He was a Penn State University Graduate, and an avid Penn State Football fan.

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