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What a wonderful month November is!: Tom Shanks Woods & Waters

Posted 11/27/19

If you are like me and your outdoor hobbies are hunting and fishing, there is no better month than November.

Yes, many hunting seasons have already begun and have completed their allotted dates …

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What a wonderful month November is!: Tom Shanks Woods & Waters

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If you are like me and your outdoor hobbies are hunting and fishing, there is no better month than November.

Yes, many hunting seasons have already begun and have completed their allotted dates on the hunting schedule, but November seems to possess the most opportunities to pursue the largest gambit of critters.

Small game such as rabbits, pheasants and squirrels have been in season for awhile. Wild turkeys can be pursued within special wildlife management units.

Archery deer season might be nearing a conclusion, but rifle season picks up soon for white-tail deer and black bear.

Duck and geese season, which was closed, reopens during November, allowing the waterfowl hunter his turn to capitalize on the migration.

Trapping opens for foxes, raccoons, coyote and muskrats. I enjoy that opportunity and will set some traps for coyote and fox when that urge comes to me.

I don’t want to leave out the fantastic fishing opportunities on the Susquehanna River, for smallmouth bass and walleyes.   They appear to go into a fall feeding frenzy, for those who are willing to endure the cold and wind of November.

This November will be the first for me to experience a Saturday, first day of deer season, at my cabin in Lycoming County. This is something of a landmark change, especially for me. Traveling to my camp and heading out to my deer stand on that day is something I thought I would never see, but many changes have occurred and will continue to change for better or worse.

Keeping all the most recent changes in both hunting and fishing regulations must be the responsibility of the hunter and fisherman.

You owe to yourself to be well versed and knowledgeable. I constantly refer to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website and Fish and Boat Commission website to keep me in constant know.

November is here and it will continue to provide many ample Woods and Waters hunting and fishing opportunities.

The problem is which ones I should choose since the list is endless.

I love November.

Tom Shank has been writing the Woods and Waters column for about 10 years. His expertise has been gained through more than 50 years hunting, fishing, trapping and exploring the full gamut of nature. The Susquehanna River and his cabin in Lycoming County are his true loves. Woods and Waters is his playground in life, and to write about it for the Press & Journal is a dream come true.