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Outdoors

Wolf reminds Pennsylvanians to avoid ticks

HARRISBURG — With the new spring season here, the Wolf Administration reminds Pennsylvania residents and visitors to avoid ticks by taking precautions when spending time outdoors as the weather warms. “Spending time outdoors and participating in physical activity is a key part of living ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League scores

Week 2 Mill Hall vs Markovich Contracting Mill Hall 1-1 Karen Woods 99-5 Jim Baney 98-3 Jeff Koch 97-5 Lynn Woods 97-4 Keith Bittner 95-4 Milt Geyer Jr 93-1 Steve Walker 92-1 Arlen Moore 90-3 Team 761-26 Markovich 2-0 Chase Weise 100-8 Bill Bridgens ...

Gearing up for the return of the Sinnemahone Paddle Race

EMPORIUM — COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the popular canoe and kayak race in 2020. The date for 2021 pushed back one week since PA Fish & Boat Commission has set April 3 as the opening of trout season. Organizers say registration is open and remind all participants ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League Scores Week 1

Markovich Contracting vs. Avis Markovich 1-0 Chase Weise 100-9 Curt Willar 99-5 Tom Welsh 99-5 Kodi Cameron 99-4 Tom Reynolds 98-5 Scott Sorgen 98-5 Navara Reynolds 98-4 Corey Lucas 97-7 Team 788-44 Avis 0-1 Chad Marshall 99-6 Al Foust 97-5 Nate Clinger ...

Planting bare-root seedlings in spring

Planting trees provides many benefits including improved wildlife habitat, high-quality trees for timber or specialty wood products, revegetated buffers along streams to protect water quality, increased species diversity and resiliency, enhanced attractiveness, and a more valuable estate for ...

Montour Preserve ownership to change, other measures taken in agreement

An agreement signed this week between an advocacy group and an energy company aims to preserve the natural beauty of the Montour Preserve. In the deal, Talen Energy agreed to hand over the 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque and the rest of the preserve to a yet-undecided group chosen by the ...

In-town bird watching

If you live in the central Susquehanna valley, be it Sunbury, Lewisburg, Muncy, Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, or towns in between, there is every good reason to enjoy birdwatching in-town. Birds are literally everywhere. Not just in so called “natural” areas. And to our joy, they ...

A look at the National Deer Association’s 2021 Deer Report

HARRISBURG — No state harvested more deer per square mile than Pennsylvania during the 2019-20 hunting season, 8.7. Pennsylvania was one of only three states to harvest more than 300,000 deer in total. These are just two of many insights shared by the National Deer Association (NDA) in their ...

PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas showcases rural region’s unique assets

COUDERSPORT —A new tool is now available to people looking for unique places to visit in the rural Pennsylvania Wilds, a designated 13-county region in north central and northwest Pennsylvania. The PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas features over 45 pages of travel inspiration and useful ...

Game Commission launches HuntFishPA licensing

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) are excited to announce the launch of HuntFishPA, the new user-friendly licensing platform for hunters, anglers, and boaters. Visitors to www.HuntFish.pa.gov will discover convenient ...

Levels of stress hormone in saliva of newborn deer fawns may predict mortality

UNIVERSITY PARK—The first-ever study of the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the saliva of newborn white-tailed deer fawns yielded thought-provoking results that have Penn State researchers suggesting predation is not the only thing in the wild killing fawns. “We think the hormone ...

Hunters encouraged to purchase 2020-21 licenses this week

HARRISBURG — Those who haven’t purchased their 2020-21 Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker licenses, or who need to purchase a permit or privilege for a late-season hunting adventure, should do so this week. Pennsylvania’s Automated Licensing System (PALS) will be temporarily unavailable ...

Pheasants to be released statewide

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania’s pheasant hunters have one last opportunity this season to hunt newly released birds. The seventh and final pheasant releases of 2020 are scheduled for Dec. 22 and 23. More than 10 percent of the pheasants allocated for release in 2020 are stocked during ...

The winter of the Northern Finches

The winter of the finches is upon us. A combination of factors has resulted in an influx, or irruption of several species of northern finches looking for food into the northeast. Fair to poor conifer cone and white birch crops along the eastern Great Lakes, along with spruce budworm outbreaks ...

Monitor the statewide bear harvest in real time

HARRISBURG — Those looking for to track of Pennsylvania’s 2020 bear harvest can find harvest totals, breakdowns of harvests by county and season, and a list of the 10 heaviest bears harvested so far by visiting the Game Commission’s website. Just go to www.pgc.pa.gov, click on the ...

Working forests work to enhance your daily life

HARRISBURG — In honor of National Forests Products Week, take a moment to look around. Whether you are at home, work, or at play, chances are you will catch a glimpse of a wood product. “Wood products are all around us,” says Nicholas Bisaccia, chairman of the board of Keystone Wood ...

Elk season starts Monday

HARRISBURG — Coming off the heels of an unforgettable archery-only elk hunt when 21 of 26 bowhunters — and all 10 who hunted bulls — harvested elk, the 104 general season elk license holders, 26 for bulls and 78 for antlerless, are primed for one of the most exciting hunting adventures in ...

Valuing standing timber and the role of the consulting forester

UNIVERSITY PARK — Many Pennsylvania woodland owners use their property for recreation, a place to hunt, attract and view wildlife, a place for quiet reflection, or as a family legacy to pass on to the next generation. As part of their ownership goals, woodland owners may want or need to ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Tylersville Vs. Liberty Township Tylersville 0-1 Liberty Township 10-0 Kyler Phillips 98-6 Lenny Young JR 100-6 Chad Riley 96-2 ...

Protect yourself from ticks, mosquitoes while outdoors during fall months

HARRISBURG — As people continue to spend time outdoors during the fall months, the Wolf Administration wants to remind residents of the dangers of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses, and to take steps to protect themselves. “Autumn is a wonderful season to spend time outdoors and ...