Outdoors

Upcoming winter programs at R.B. Winter State Park

MIFFLINBURG — Gather up your family and friends and break out of the winter doldrums while attending several events that are planned at Raymond. B. Winter State Park.  Programs are free unless otherwise noted; donations are encouraged to cover event costs.  Several programs do require ...

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Members of the Philadelphia Corps learn about the outdoors in this 2016 photo.

PA Outdoor Corps looking for hard working youth

By JESSICA WELSHANS For The Express The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has once again joined ranks with the Student Conservation Association, America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization, to announce open recruitment for the the Pennsylvania Outdoor ...

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Plan now for growing a garden

On Dec. 26, Three seed catalogs appeared in my mailbox. As soon as the days get even a minute longer, new growth longs to spring forth! The cold days of winter are the best time to think about your gardening goals for the summer and how to best achieve them. For new gardeners, there are ...

Register now for free workshops by Master Gardeners

MILL HALL — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County announce their popular Garden Sense symposium will take place once again this month. Organized as a series of workshops on topics of interest to local gardeners, this year’s program — in response to requests from past ...

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Brandon Pupek gets his first buck

PHOTO PROVIDED Brandon Pupek, 11, of Pottstown, shot his first deer on opening day in Clinton County. Mentored by his older brother, Ben Pupek, the buck was shot at 4 p,m. It field dressed at 170 lbs, had 10 points, and a 21-inch spread. This was Brandon’s second time out, first time with a ...

Conservation District changes technical assistance policy

MILL HALL —The Clinton County Conservation District Board of Directors voted to implement a new change in policy regarding our assistance with manure management and agricultural erosion control (Ag E&S) plans. due to staff work load, Conservation District staff will no longer be ...

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Jacob Heiney gets his first buck

PHOTO PROVIDED Jacob Heiney, 14, of Lock Haven poses with the eight-point buck he bagged while hunting in New York with his Uncle Joe Zbicki, his PapPap, Bernie Zbicki, and family friend Billy Barrett. This is Jacob’s second year hunting.

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Rye Brazell bags his first deer

PHOTO PROVIDED Rye Brazell, 13, of Mill Hall shot his first deer Monday. Rye was hunting with his dad, Tim Brazell Sr., on Beech Creek Mountain.

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Lane gets a buck on the first day

PHOTO PROVIDED Lane McCloskey, 12, of Mill Hall poses with the deer he bagged at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of buck season, Monday, Nov. 28. It is a six-point with antlers that have a 17-inch inner spread. He and his father, Lance McCloskey, left, were hunting together on Beech Creek Mountain ...

The Engraved Paddle Award was presented by CleanScapes Advisory Board members Colleen Xethakis-Lacy, left, and Jane Darrow.

CleanScapes hands out awards

LOCK HAVEN — Celebrating the guardians of public spaces and community cleanup service providers is a task the Clinton County CleanScapes Advisory Board looks forward to every year. The selected CleanScapes volunteers support or attend community cleanup events and they also share similar ...

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Calen gets her first deer

PHOTO PROVIDED Calen Kustaborder, 11, daughter of Brad and Melissa Kustaborder of Howard, shot her first deer on the first day of buck season, Monday, Nov. 28, at 12:45 p.m. while hunting in Howard Township with family members, including her father and Uncle Bill. Calen has been hunting for ...

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Nicolas gets his first buck

PHOTO PROVIDED Nicolas Ferrara, 14, of Beech Creek bagged his very first buck on the second day of the season while hunting with his father, John Ferrara, in the Sproul State Forest. A single well-placed shot from his 7mm mag scored him the nice five-point buck.

Game Commission reminds deer hunters of rifle restrictions

HARRISBURG — Regulatory changes regarding semiautomatic rifles and air rifles must follow procedure. As the statewide firearms deer season approaches, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminds deer hunters that rifles used during the season must be manually operated. Earlier this month, ...

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Veterans, first responders help deal with difficult emotions

JERSEY SHORE — In some professions, traumatic scenes, experiences and situations come with the job, so to speak. Sorting out one’s emotions, reoccurring events in the mind can have a tremendous affect on people. Finding an outlet or coping mechanism to handle feelings, emotions can ...

Inadvertently, squirrels might be one of our best tree planters in the wild setting and in our landscapes.

It’s squirrely out there right now

During the spring and mid-summer months, I spend time weeding many of my landscape beds. One “weed: that I have to remove every year is oak. But why am I pulling them when I love oak trees? They grow large and provide immense amount of shade in a backyard. In addition, they add ...

97 elk taken by hunters this year

More than 78 percent of the hunters participating in Pennsylvania’s 2016 elk hunt have taken home a trophy. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced 97 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 5. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also ...

Seasons are open in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, October is prime time for hunting. Hunting opportunities exist throughout the year in Pennsylvania, and some fall hunting seasons already are underway, and hunters are a more common sight throughout the Commonwealth right now. Statewide, hunters are reminded that hunting ...

BE Rifle League welcomes participants

By TAMMY COAKLEY For The Express The Bald Eagle Rifle League opened its 2016-17 shooting season on Oct 4. Currently there are six teams in the .22 shooting league: Liberty Township, Tylersville, Mill Hall, Avis, Markovich Constuction and Strouse Electric. The shooting schedule runs from ...

A Montana hot springs with mountain views is an oasis

By WHITNEY BERMES Bozeman Daily Chronicle PONY, Mont. (AP) — As we turned off of U.S. Highway 283 just at the edge of Pony, 94.7 FM, the Harrison School District radio station, ushered us onto the dirt road that led us into the mountains and to the hot springs soak we eagerly ...

Funding goes to elk habitat, benefits all wildlife

By JESSICA WELSHANSFor The ExpressCROSS FORK - The Pennsylvania elk are majestic creatures that draw in year-round visitors from all over America - and especially this time of year - as the range of these magnificent creatures expands.The growing herd has made hunters who place their luck in ...