For whatever reason, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has designated Oct. 13 through Oct. 20 the most jumbled week of early hunting.
Archery deer season is in full swing, but along with that deer-hunting story, early in-line muzzleloading antlerless deer season begins. Staying with deer for the moment, later in the week, senior license holders can hunt antlerless deer with center-fire rifles and shotguns.
Now to confuse things further, Ruffed grouse and squirrel season opens on Oct. 13. At the same time, there’s an early duck season scheduled for the same week. Pheasant season opens on Oct. 21, which makes this week especially jumbled since rabbit season and woodcock season open, too.
Fortunately, everyone except duck hunters and archery deer hunters, while on stand, do not have to wear the 250 square inches of orange. Anyway, anyone hunting where other hunters are hunting should wear lots of orange. I know I will.
The Big Spring Watershed Association scheduled a stream clean up from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Those participating should meet at the headwaters parking lot at 9 in the morning.
The first cleanup was scheduled during 2001, so the watershed association has been cleaning trash from the spring for 18 years, but there’s a new twist this year.
This year, the Big Spring Watershed Association will host a Discovery Day beginning at noon at the Nealy Road parking lot where, for the past year or so, they have been planting wildlife habitat between the road and parking area and building two deflectors to enhance the fish habitat in the spring.
Participating with the watershed association will be PA Fish and Boat Commission; Shippensburg University; Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring at Dickinson College; and Cumberland County Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will demonstrate their projects and provide information on how to get involved.
Bring the kids and learn about butterfly gardens and stream habitat.