If you like to hunt then Adams County Pennsylvania is one of the best places in the world. The number of whitetail deer in this area is incredible. And I mean they are huge too. I’ve seen 16-point bucks flipping me the bird standing in the middle of the highway. The drive from Harrisburg to Gettysburg along Hwy. 15 is just too long to have to dodge a mountain of wildlife like that!
Trust me, though, I’d rather shoot one than have a head on collision with one.
State hunting grounds 249 is located in Adams County, Pa. And we’re talking about thousands of acres of pure hunting grounds too. The only thing we ask is that you don’t shoot our lawyers.
In Dallas, Texas, where I’m from, we don’t take holidays for hunting season. Sure, there may be a few kids that skip school to go hunting with Dad, but I wasn’t one of them.
Like Texans, Pennsylvanians love to hunt. Any opportunity to play with guns is a welcome event.
Every year my father-in-law brings my wife and I a deer that he gets from a friend of his who never misses an chance to shoot a white tail or one of Buck’s younger cousins. Kudos for him because I love my wife’s venison spaghetti. But the price I have to pay to eat real meat is killer.
On Monday morning, I awoke just like I do every day at 6 a.m. to start work and make sure my six-year-old grandson, who lives with us, was up at 7 a.m. to eat breakfast and get dressed for school and I took him to the bus stop. But for some reason the bus was late that day. I didn’t know why and couldn’t figure it out so I decided to just drive him to school. When we got to school the parking lot was empty and that had me alarmed. What, no school?
So we went inside to see what was amiss only to be told by one of the office staff that school was out for two days due to the opening of hunting season. Hunting season? I thought. Is that a National holiday now?
Well, it’s not a National holiday, but evidently it is a Pennsylvania state holiday. I’m guessing. Or it could just be an Adams County holiday. Whatever it is, it’s important enough to Pennsylvania locals to give every student in the school system two days off whether they shoot wildlife for sport or not. And besides my six-year-old, his five-year-old sister and one-year-old brother both live with us. So we’ve had three kids home all day long for the past six days – two days for Thanksgiving, two days for the weekend, and two days for hunting season. Geez, I’m so glad school is back in session. And it makes me wonder why, if Pennsylvanians love hunting so much, why don’t they offer licenses to shoot six-year-olds?
Oppossum Lake near Carlisle Pennsylvania is preparing for a reconstruction project that will take the lake out of commission for awhile. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has been drawing down water in the lake so that an earthen dam breast and spillway can be reconstructed beginning next fall. More than 1,600 fish have been relocated into Conodoguinet Creek. There is still 10 feet of water to draw down then the Commission can begin the next phase of the project.
This may be an inconvenience to local residents and people visiting the Gettysburg area, but when the project is completed it will be another amenity in this area that will prove to be a great asset and visitor draw. Many people come from Maryland and other areas of the state to hunt and fish. Oppossum Lake is an excellent location for fishing. You have until Sunday for angling at Oppossum Lake before the project is too far underway.