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Outdoors

More free fishing on the horizon

In order to encourage more people to develop an interest in the sport of fishing, and to rekindle interest among former anglers who have discontinued the pastime, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has, for many years, offered “Fish for Free Days” on the state’s lakes and ...

Spring gobblers make for wacky time

This spring gobbler season, which concludes today, has been the strangest I’ve ever encountered. That’s not just an opinion, either. I have talked with many hunters from all over the state and from other states that are scratching their heads as to why this has been such a surprising, ...

Raystown camps to open Thursday

Federally managed campgrounds at Raystown Lake will reopen Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, recently announced. This includes all Seven Points Campground Loops, Nancy’s Camp Boat-to-Shore and Susquehannock Campground. Online camping reservations for ...

Five bills awaiting senate confirmation

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Earlier this week, the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee approved five bills, according to Committee Chairman Senator Dan Laughlin for the commonwealth. The list includes: n House Bill 1003 empowers the Fish and Boat Commission’s to issue citations ...

Court can close up case on deer abuse

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — A November incident where an immobile white-tailed deer was held down and repeatedly kicked as a smartphone video camera documented the attack has been resolved in court. Alexander Brock Smith, 18, appeared May 6 in Jefferson County court and pleaded guilty ...

There are right and wrong ways to catch and release

According to an article in the Outdoor News, a 2008 survey by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission documented that 88 percent of Pennsylvania trout fishermen released their catches at least half the time. Catch-and-release has become an extremely common practice along Pennsylvania trout ...

Taking advantage of fish for free Sunday

Memorial Day weekend has long ushered in the beginning of the summer recreation season for many folks. With the lingering weeks of being shut in and all the craziness associated with it, some opportunity to get outside should be blessed relief. This Sunday marks the first of two fish for ...

It’s a different world: More women enjoy hunting than ever before

By Ryan Hynick The Associated Press The first day of rifled deer season each year will always find Kathy Scavone on her favorite deer stand. The Sweet Valley woman loves the anticipation of those first few moments when darkness gives way to daylight on opening morning. She loves preseason ...

PGC asking for help with goshawks

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — With declining populations and a contracted range, northern goshawks have become rarer sights in Pennsylvania. But those who are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this magnificent forest raptor, or who know where they nest, are asked to report their ...

Catch-and-release becoming popular

CLAYSBURG – Thousands of people line streams across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each spring to fish for trout. But not everybody keeps what they catch. For various reasons, it has become fashionable to release trout back into the water once they’re caught. Some fishermen merely ...

PGC allowed to reopen its Southwest office, ranges

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has reopened its Southwest Region office to the public, as well as shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow phase in the state’s three-phase matrix to ease COVID-19 ...

Sparkling waters hiding lasting harm from 2010 oil spill

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Ten years after a well blew wild under a BP platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and touching off the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, gulf waters sparkle in the sunlight, its fish are safe to eat, and thick, black oil no longer visibly ...

People enjoying parks in Montana

The Associated Press HELENA, Mont. — Montana state parks and fishing access sites have experienced a major increase in visitation as residents spend time outdoors amid health restrictions related to the coronavirus. Estimated visitation at state parks climbed by more than 60% compared to ...

Mom supported my early love of the outdoors

A few years ago, I wrote a Mother’s Day tribute for my mother who influenced and supported my fascination for the outdoors from an early age. I received so many favorable comments about it then, that I wanted to share a revised version of it on this special day. My father was a city kid who ...

Don’t go anywhere without your blind

Beginning on Saturday, May 16, gobbler hunters may hunt from a half-hour before dawn to a half-hour after sunset each day until May 30. Pennsylvania hunters have mostly adapted to this all-day season, although as all changes in the hunting scene are — it was met with skepticism and criticism. ...

Hunting-related shooting fatalities increase in state

HARRISBURG (AP) — The number of hunting-related shooting fatalities in Pennsylvania went up in the past year, according to the state game commission. There were 26 hunting-related shooting injuries in Pennsylvania in 2019, four of which were fatal. The number of fatalities is up from the ...

Groups want circuit judge to throw out bear ruling

The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Attorneys for the U.S. government and the state of Wyoming urged an appeals court this past week to throw out much of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case is before the ...

DOH reports rabid deer found in Portage

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday reported a rabid deer was found near the Crichton McCormick Park area of Portage Borough on April 25. Anyone with a bite or other significant human exposure to the saliva or central nervous system fluid from this animal should contact the ...

Time for some prime-time fly-fishing

May is my favorite month for a host of reasons: the glorious spring weather, the spectacular greens of the newly leaved trees and some of the best dry-fly fishing for trout. For a fly-fisherman, being on a trout stream somewhere in central Pennsylvania during May can be a slice of heaven on ...

Time running out for CWD responses

Those wishing to submit comments on the latest draft of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan have one week left to do so. A revised draft of the plan was made available April 7 for 30 days of public review and comment, and the comment period closes May 7. ...