With September already behind us, it’s only a short matter of time before the first frost takes place and cooler fall weather settles in bringing all the exciting opportunities that come with it.
Of course, archery and early muzzleloader seasons are the first thing to come to mind but aren’t the only opportunities that get outdoorsmen out and about. There will be a large number of tourists out checking out the fall foliage and elk rut plus numerous hikers, mountain bikers and still a few people trying to get in a few more camping trips.
Then there’s lots of new fishing options that become available as cooler weather prevails. Even though many fisherman think of fishing as being more associated with spring and early summer, there’s something to be said for fishing during the next few months.
Pennsylvania and New York offer ample opportunities for anglers to catch a variety of gamefish, as falling water temperatures spark hot bites for everything from catfish and walleyes to muskie, steelhead and salmon.
Don’t forget that many small streams get stocked by the PFBC with thousands of hatchery-raised adult rainbow, brown and brook trout from early October through December.
So whatever it is that you enjoy doing in the fall, now is the time to get prepared. Soon those cool breezes will begin to blow, the brilliantly colored leaves will start to fall, and the warm fall sunshine will slowly warm the days.
This season offers you many possibilities like enjoying a leisurely kayak float on a mountain stream while taking in the sights and sounds of this time of year or a morning hike along a mountain ridge top as you inspect the acorn mast crop while checking your SD cards in your trail cameras.
Whatever it is that gets you into the outdoors, go and do it. Maybe it’s walking across a field of yellow goldenrod to a small stream and catching numerous wild brook trout with brilliant orange bellies. Or slipping down a watery slough waiting for a flock of wood ducks to take flight so you can test your new shotgun.
But like many, you’ll probably be perched high up in the air in a tree stand over a scrape waiting on a big buck to show. On the other hand, you may be sitting well hidden among a mountain laurel patch waiting on a black bear to appear during the new October muzzleloader bear season.
You know as well as I do that the list is endless, like every outdoorsman’s adrenaline rush at this time of year. So wherever you find it, whether hunting, fishing trapping, hiking or camping, etc. just remember any such rush can be addictive and controlling.
Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that it’s all available right close by or only a short drive away, so get out there and enjoy it with family and friends this fall.
David Orlowski is a writer, hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast from Potter County. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.