Backwoods Extreme with David Orlowski

DAVID ORLOWSKI

Looking ahead to the fall of 2019 brings up a lot of questions. It’s hard not to get excited about what lies ahead considering the changes that have been put into place. Many excellent hunting prospects lie ahead for Pennsylvania hunters.

None of us hunters have ever lived through a time when Pennsylvania has presented us with all the seasons that we have right now. The bear season offers us two weeks of archery hunting, and a week-long muzzleloader hunt as well. Those seasons are the result of a bear population that continues to expand and may not have reached its peak yet.

Then there’s the whitetail buck season that took on the antler restrictions years ago. Today, that is producing numerous trophy, even record book bucks that continues to improve yearly. The Pennsylvania elk hunt has added an early archery season, and a late season muzzleloader hunt to give hunters even more opportunities.

So it leaves the question of what results these new seasons will produce and whether they will remain the same or be adjusted somewhat next year. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the outcome will be. No matter how you look at it, you’re sure to find many reasons to be optimistic about what lies ahead.

Remember that this year whitetail deer season will start with a Saturday opener. That change has hunters divided about 50-50 on the idea of changing what many considered a tradition. Guess we’ll have to ride it out for a season and see what the PGC does with it from there. It’s sort of like the safety orange laws they have relaxed somewhat but can change if there’s

a problem.

So get your game plan in order for this coming fall and remain optimistic as here in Pennsylvania things have slowly been changing for the better. In 2019 your chances of tagging an elk, a whitetail buck and an elusive black bear are good along with the opportunity of trapping a fisher, a bobcat or a otter in certain areas. All of this plus small game, and numerous predators to hunt makes for a bonanza of opportunities for hunters.

David Orlowski is a writer, hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast from Potter County. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.