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Outdoors

Two-month window exists for turkey reports

HARRISBURG — Each summer, Pennsylvanians help track wild turkey populations by reporting their turkey sightings to the Game Commission. And once again this year, they’ll have two months instead of one to make observations and report them. The Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey, ...

WiFi program still available

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced it is extending its “Wildlife on WiFi” virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school ...

Thanking Dad for my introduction to an outdoors world

Father’s Day is upon us. Most of us who embrace the outdoor sports as part of our lifestyle were introduced to hunting and fishing by a family member, usually our father. When I was growing up, it was almost a certainty you would be initiated into those activities at an early age if the ...

Trout tourney celebrates anniversary

The Bald Eagle Creek Trout Tournament is truly a collaborative, community event. Held under the direction of members of the Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Club, the trout tournament celebrated its 22nd ...

State licenses sale begins on Monday

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — With expanded Sunday hunting for big game and an archery deer season that reaches deeper than ever into the whitetail rut, 2020 is sure to be a historic year for hunting in Pennsylvania. And seizing those opportunities is only a license purchase ...

Advocacy group wants in-person HE courses

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Kansas-based hunting advocacy group filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to restart in-person hunter education courses. Wisconsin law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1973, to complete a ...

Bass season brings on summertime angling

With the opening of bass season Saturday, all species of fish are once again fair game in Pennsylvania. Although bass fishing is tremendously popular here in our region, the start of the season simply doesn’t evoke all the hoopla the first day of trout season brings. That’s probably ...

Turkeys, hens and curious bears

My column of two weeks ago reflected my own thoughts about the fact that the spring gobbler this spring was the strangest in gobbler-hunting history: it was quiet! Since my column came out, I read the recent issue of “Outdoor News” and it had quite a lot to say about it. Seems hunters ...

Air Jordan becomes Sea Jordan for a day

By Steven Reed The Associated Press Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too. The six-time NBA champion and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” recently hauled in a 442.3-pound blue marlin at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, an event held ...

Derby survives pandemic, will make debut

The Frankstown Sportsmen’s Association has, for many years, offered a trout fishing derby on its grounds to help youngsters to cultivate a passion for the pastime of casting a line into the water in the great outdoors. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed this year’s derby back six weeks, but it ...

Won’t forget pilgrimage to Presque Isle Bay

For many years, my Memorial Day plans included several days of fishing the waters surrounding Presque Isle State Park in Erie County. At first, I simply waded the shorelines of Presque Isle Bay, catching lots of bass and panfish. In 2006, a friend introduced me to kayak fishing at Presque Isle, ...

Fishing has become respite for anglers

Since mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled this country, killing over 100,000 people nationwide, sickening nearly two million others, and shuttering businesses and causing widespread social unrest, economic hardship, and personal trauma. Social distancing has become a household term, ...

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 ...