Winter has not been receptive to giving way to spring. However weather forecasters indicate a warming trend is at hand. Yet between now and the opening of trout season the number of more seasonal days will outnumber the ones winter provided.

A simplified overview of a day in the life of a Pennsylvania black bear can be described as, “They can go wherever they want, whenever they want, because they can.” The description is accurate for the most part. However a disclaimer needs to be applied, in a word, it’s hibernation.

Weather conditions of late have been interesting. There have been sub-zero temperatures at times coupled with snow carried on winds that push wind chill factors to unspeakably cold numbers. It would be an understatement to say, “It’s cold outside.”

For some, hunting for whitetails began in archery season in September, and for others the season will close out in mid-January at the end of the special flintlock rifle season. Any way you cut it, that’s a long time to hunt deer.

For many, cleaning guns is not what most consider fun. Even so, firearm maintenance is a must. And believe it or not, the process does not have to be a chore. That is if you are willing to make a modest investment in good equipment.

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For the most part it begins a day or two prior to buck season. Hunters are making their way to areas they intend to hunt over the course of the first couple days of buck season, and the sharp report of rifles fill the air as they are being checked for downrange accuracy.

Hunting and safety go hand in hand. For decades firearm related accidents have been declining. And that’s good news. However a disturbing trend has been developing, growing, and affecting hunters.

There are some opportunities you can’t pass up, especially when it comes to shouldering a firearm that has just been introduced. A year ago this past spring my friend, Mike Capps, from Howard Communications introduced me to a new Browning Rifle — the Browning Hells Canyon Speed.