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Outdoors

Dispelling myths about Pennsylvania’s forests

This article will try to dispel some of the more common myths and misperceptions about forests and forestry in Pennsylvania. Let us begin by defining what a “forest” is. A forest is an area of land characterized by extensive tree cover and other associated resources such as meadows, ...

Springtime alert — Do not disturb young wildlife

Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year. While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby. So ...

DEP begins 2020 Black Fly control work

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began its 2020 Black Fly Suppression Program this week. The program involves aerial and backpack spraying on roughly 1,700 stream miles in 35 counties of the Commonwealth. “As warmer weather returns, black flies ...

Experts report wolf population is stable in Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The wolf population in Wyoming has reached about 300 animals, around the same number of wolves wildlife managers aimed to have before hunting was prohibited between 2014 and 2017. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department regained authority over the population after ...

Bird Watchers: Spring migration

They are coming. Heading here by the millions. Mostly by night. These masses will arrive from the south, largely unseen. Most just pass overhead, but many will settle here, making their homes around us, unnoticed. These nighttime invaders are not hostile. The invaders I am referring to are ...

Safety matters in upcoming spring gobbler season

HARRISBURG — Following COVID-19 protocols is important while afield hunting turkeys. The extension of cabin-fever brought on by the coronavirus blues has hunters across Pennsylvania looking forward to the start of spring turkey season. Hunting turkeys in Penn’s Woods will be different ...

Final 2020-21 hunting/trapping seasons approved

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has given final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2020-21 license year. Highlights include: —Expanding Sunday hunting opportunities on three days – Sunday, Nov. 15 for archery deer hunting, ...

Tips on managing spring spotted lanternfly egg hatch

UNIVERSITY PARK — An early spring brings warmth, daffodils and outside play. It also signals — to the chagrin of many property owners across Pennsylvania and beyond — the next generation of spotted lanternflies. The hatch of spotted lanternfly egg masses likely will begin in mid- to ...

One very lucky bird

By JOAN SATTLER For The Express On a snowy morning this past January, Officer Seth Stropp of the South Williamsport Police Department received a call for assistance. A longtime resident reported that she had found a bird with its wing outstretched laying in the snow on the road. Officer ...

Buck harvest up 10 percent, overall harvest highest in 15 years

By Pa Game Commission Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 15 years when they took 389,431 deer during the state’s 2019-20 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported. The 2019-20 deer harvest topped the previous ...

Coronavirus concerns lead to end of early trout opening days

By Marcus Schneck mschneck@pennlive.com Coronavirus concerns have led to drastic changes in the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s plans for stocking trout and the fast-approaching 2020 trout fishing season. The changes, effective immediately, include consolidating the 2020 trout ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 3/10/20 Avis 0-16 @ Liberty 11-6 Avis Chad Marshall 99-6 Nate Clinger 98-6 Eric Wunder 96-5 Ron Marshall 94-2 Luke Hibler 94-1 Ray Eldred 93-2 Aaron Fausey 92-2 Mike Harris 84-0 Team 750-24 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-5 Emery Gunsallus 96-6 Norm Fenton ...

Kettle Creek Outdoor Show is March 28

CROSS FORK — Time to get out of the house and enjoy the Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show which will be held Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kettle Creek Hose Company in Cross Fork. Practice those turkey calls and join the callers at the Earl R. Brown Memorial Turkey Calling ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 3/3/20 Liberty 10-6 @ Tylersville 3-13 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-4 Emery Gunsallus 97-6 Park Lane 97-3 Bob Fenton 95-2 Lori Gunsallus 93-2 Rob Losch 92-3 Norm Fenton 92-1 Kyle Hollobaugh 88-1 Team 752-22 Juniors Emery Gunsallus 97-6 Hunter Jeirles ...

ALCS purchases 94-acre inholding in Kettle Creek State Park

CROSS FORK —Appalachian Land & Conservation Services Co., LLC has closed on a fabulous conservation property, a 94-acre inholding inside Kettle Creek State Park and Sproul State Forest, in Leidy Township, Clinton County. It was purchased from Richard “Rick” Doebler, scion of the ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 2/25/20 Tylersville 3-12 @ Avis 0-14 Tylersville Tyler Lucas 97-3 Mike Bonchack 94-3 Chad Riley 94-1 Reece Lucas 93-2 Kyler Phillips 93-2 Lane Vonada 92-3 John Brungard 91-2 John Green 91-1 Team 745-17 Avis Chad Marshall 100-8 Nathan Clinger 99-3 Erik ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 2/4/20 Strouse Electric 6-3 @ Tylersville 2-10 Strouse Electric Kevin Novosel 99-4 Gary Vonada 96-5 Adam Yarnell 95-4 Mike Novosel Jr. 95-3 Gib Moyer 95-2 Steve Yarnell 94-5 Todd Holden 94-3 Bob Marshall 94-1 Team 762-27 Junior Trenton Hogan ...

C-D-L: An acronym for successfully regenerating hardwood forests

By DAVE JACKSON For The Express BELLEFONTE— Many factors affect our ability to successfully regenerate and sustain forests. Competing vegetation, high deer impact, and sufficient light to the forest floor, referred to as C-D-L, are three main factors that woodland owners have to contend ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Make up Match for 1/7/20 Strouse Electric 7-3 @ Avis 0-11 Strouse Electric Andy Klaus 99-5 Adam Yarnell 97-3 Gary Vonada 96-5 Mike Novosel Jr. 95-4 Sam McCartney 95-2 Kevin Novosel 95-2 Gib Moyer 94-4 Bob Marshall 94-1 Team 765-26 Junior Trenton Hagan 81-1 Avis Chad ...