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Outdoors

Youth fishing event back in action

CANOE CREEK — The statewide trout season across Pennsylvania begins Saturday, but thanks to a program instituted by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission back in 2013, youngsters have been afforded the ability to get out on the state’s waterways, beat the crowds, and get in some fishing ...

The annual rite of spring is about to hit our area

By now, I hope most anglers are aware that trout season begins statewide next Saturday, April 3, at 8 a.m. Late last year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission set the opening day of trout season for April 3 for 18 southeastern counties and April 17 for the remainder of the state. But ...

Montana Gov. warned about stone wolf kill

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte received a warning from wildlife officials after killing a radio-collared wolf near Yellowstone National Park without first taking a mandated trapper education course — a violation of state hunting ...

Mentored Youth Trout Day on the horizon

Next weekend — Saturday, March 27 to be precise — is Mentored Youth Trout Day throughout Pennsylvania. This event is a great opportunity to introduce a young person to trout fishing without the crowded atmosphere that often occurs on some waters on a typical opening day. The two regional ...

Bad winter hurts elk herd

By Jason Nark The Associated Press In rural Elk County, a mile from the $12 million Elk Country Visitor Center, a small herd of elk munched grass beside a new coffee shop called Elk Life. They were mostly females, known as cows, with a lone young bull nearby that sported two thin antlers ...

Susquehanna the site of monster catfish

The Associated Press YORK — They come to the Susquehanna River to fish for something they’ve only heard about. The biggest fish in the river, the biggest in Pennsylvania — the kind of thing that almost doesn’t seem like it should even be here. The flathead catfish phenomenon ...

Trout stocking schedules made available

From Mirror reports BEDFORD — State Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) recently announced that copies of this year’s Pennsylvania trout stocking schedule are now available in his district offices in Bedford, Mercersburg and McConnellsburg. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat ...

Do your homework for gobbler hunting

I marvel every March when I see bulbs pushing up, even through the snow sometimes. It quickens my spirit to know that before Easter, I’ll have flowers blooming in my yard. For spring gobbler hunters, March, or what’s left of it, may be a more important month than April or May. Same ...

Lady Mounties capture top 2 clay target honors

From Mirror reports CRESSON — Two students on the Mount Aloysius College clay target team recently received awards from the USA Clay Target Leave College Division. Paige McMullen, of Ashville, was awarded second place for trap shooting and third place for skeet shooting in the league. ...

Survival rate for white-tail stays same

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Juvenile white-tailed deer that strike out to find new home ranges — despite facing more risks — survive at about the same rate as those that stay home, according to a team of researchers who conducted the first mortality study of male and female ...

Philly working to save the birds

The Associated Press The lights of Philadelphia might not shine as bright in the coming weeks as a coalition in the City of Brotherly Love tries to prevent millions of migrating birds that pass through twice a year from slamming into skyscrapers and crashing to the sidewalk. Bird Safe ...

Old school when it comes to wet flies

To help pass a few long winter evenings in the past couple of months, I read once again several classic fly-fishing books that had greatly influenced me during my early years. Absorbing the familiar pages of titles such as “A Modern Dry Fly Code” by Vincent Marinaro, “Nymphs” by ...

Waterfowl meeting for state hunters nearing

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Hunters and members of waterfowl organizations are invited to virtually attend the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Annual Waterfowl Briefing, which will be streamed live via the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Facebook page on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The ...

State coyote hunts part of big debates

By Jason Nark The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A dead Eastern coyote hung upside down above a bucket of dried blood in a rural Pennsylvania fire hall, its lips locked in a perpetual snarl. Some men crouched beside it, while other adults twirled spaghetti with a fork, looking on ...

Colorado man banned from hunting

The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A hunter from Colorado Springs has been permanently banned from hunting in 48 states, including Colorado, after he pleaded guilty to several poaching charges across the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said hearing examiner Steven Cooley ...

No turkey calling contests this season

Every outdoors person’s thoughts turn to spring as March approaches this time of year. Even while we are drowning in the persistent snow and cold, we are longing for trout season and spring gobbler seasons to arrive. These activities keep each participant socially distant from others, as a ...

Unique study highlights bobcat population

UNIVERSITY PARK — The reintroduction of 32 bobcats to an island off the coast of Georgia more than three decades ago created an ideal experiment to examine the accuracy of a genetic-modeling technique that predicts extinction of isolated wildlife populations. That’s the conclusion of ...

Wisconsin concerned over wolf kill numbers

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin hunters and trappers killed nearly double the number of wolves that the state allotted for a weeklong season, and they did it so quickly that officials ended the hunt after less than three days, according to figures released ...

Wildlife viewing, preseason trout opportunities exist

The official first day of spring is now just one month away according to the calendar. I suppose I’m not alone in wishing some springlike weather arrives even earlier. To help pass the waning weeks of winter, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is again offering some online livestreams for ...

Bluebird nesting boxes are available

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Spring might not be “just around the corner,” but bluebirds will be scouting out nesting sites before you know it, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission can help bring them and other songbirds to your backyard. Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at ...