Not much has been going on outdoors in the first full week of December.

The fishing world is basically silent, said Chris Abbott, owner of Hatfield Sports Shop.

The only activity Abbott reports is two fishermen coming in to get muskie suckers to try and fish the lake before it freezes.

“It’s quiet,” he said. “The forecast is saying it’s supposed to finally freeze (this weekend). ... So now we’re just waiting on ice.”

Matt Modjeski, Department of Natural Resources conservation warden for Monroe County, agrees that fishing won’t pick up until there’s ice — safe ice.

“I think the water is ready to freeze over just about everywhere, so I expect the ice fishing season to begin, but not right away, that takes time,” he said. “(Fishermen) talk about ice thickness, but ice is never safe. But, it takes at least four inches (of ice) until everything is safe enough to walk on, so we just need to be patient.”

In other outdoor news the deer muzzleloader season ended Dec. 6, and the statewide antlerless season is Dec. 7-10.

Abbott said he did well during muzzleloader season; he shot a 10-point buck, and his son got his first buck. Overall, however, numbers were down for both the gun and muzzleloader seasons.

“I’m hearing it was a little slow overall, and for collecting hides we found we were down a little too,” he said.

Modjeski reminded hunters that applications for the spring turkey season and the fall bear season are due Dec. 10.

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