Outdoors

Please don’t kiss your chickens!

At your local Tractor Supply, Rural King, and farm supply stores, “Chick Days” are in full swing with Easter right around the corner. This means the inevitable sounds of chicks peeping, ducklings quacking, and children and adults alike squealing from the uncontrollable cuteness. However, ...

Overall harvest largest since 2004-05 license year

LOCK HAVEN — Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today. The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Make up matches for 2/12/19 Liberty 11-4 @ Avis 2-13 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-6 Park Lane 97-5 Scott Rodgers 97-4 Clayton Foster 96-5 Bob Fenton 96-5 Collin Foster 96-4 Emery Gunsallus 96-3 Lions Hinton 94-4 Team 770-36 Avis Chad Marshall 98-7 Nathan Clinger ...

Master Gardeners hone pruning skills by trimming trees at fairgrounds

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County conducted a hands-on pruning workshop at the Clinton County Fairgrounds on March 9. Taught by Penn State Extension Horticulture Educator Tom Butzler, the workshop provided an opportunity to review the goals of pruning, as well as the ...

Penn State Extension to offer free walking program

UNIVERSITY PARK —Penn State Extension will be virtually walking for the sixth year through April and May— this time learning about the Natural Wonders of Pennsylvania. Everybody Walk Across PA is a great program for worksites, schools, community groups, and more. Gather your family, ...

Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala to raise money for wildlife conservation

STATE COLLEGE — The 2nd annual Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala to benefit the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, on Friday, April 5, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, based in State College, ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 3/12/19 Mill Hall 5-9 @ Strouse Electric 9-6 Mill Hall Karen Woods 98-5 Lynn Wooods 96-4 Jim Baney 95-3 Jeff Koch 91-1 Steve Walker 91-0 Andy Kotzur 90-0 Tom Hamberger 88-1 Dale Johnson 85-1 Team 734-15 Strouse Electric Mike Novosel Jr. 98-4 Andy ...

2019 Forest Landowners Conference

Large and small woodland owners can learn how to better manage and enjoy their property at the 4th biennial Forest Landowners Conference to be held March 22-23 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. Sponsored by the Center for Private Forests at Penn State and ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 2/26/19 Markovich Const. Inc. 14-0 @ Tylersville 0-12 Markovich Const. Inc. Chase Weise 100-8 Bill Bridgens Sr. 100-7 Tom Welsh 100-6 Navara Reynolds 97-4 Chad Carson 96-5 Dallas Bridgens 96-4 Bill Bridgens Jr. 96-2 Zark Markovich 96-1 Team ...

Wildlife for Everyone Foundation Announces new executive director

STATE COLLEGE — A new Executive Director has been chosen to take the helm of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation (WFEF), the non-profit organization committed to wildlife conservation and education in Pennsylvania. Susan Hawthorne, an experienced professional in the human service non-profit ...

PSU farm safety experts to lead workshop on injury prevention

STATE COLLEGE — A workshop aimed at protecting children and youth who work and/or live on farms, co-hosted by Penn State Extension’s Farm Safety Team, will take place March 28 and 29 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey. The Child Ag Injury Prevention Workshop is designed for those who work in ...

State game warden ranks replenished

LOCK HAVEN — Twenty-seven new game wardens are on the job in Pennsylvania. Following 51 weeks of intensive training, the 31st Class of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation graduated Saturday during a ceremony at Susquehanna Township Middle School. This ...

How to protect your yard from deer

METRO — With more than 60 different species of deer worldwide, there's a good chance individuals will have some sort of interaction with these majestic animals at one point during their lifetimes. Deer, which live on all continents except Antarctica, can survive in everything from ...

Easy to be Green: Winter’s effect on creepy crawlers

Okay, I’ve had enough. I am waving the white flag and revoking my wish for snow. Personally, I think Phil was paid off to forecast an early spring. Unless my eyes were deceiving me, I thought he looked a little more “filled out” as in previous years. But, I still will say, snow is ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Match for 2/12/19 Mill Hall 5-7 @ Markovich Const. Inc. Mill Hall Jim Baney 96-3 Jeff Koch 93-3 Andy Kotzur 92-2 Ed Hamberger 92-1 Tom Hamberger 86-1 Steve Walker 86-1 Team 545-11 Markovich Const. Inc. Chase Weise 100-10 Bill Bridgens Sr. 98-6 Chad Carson 98-5 Zark ...

What are host plants and why do we need them?

“What are host plants?” was a question I received while teaching a recent Master Gardener workshop. It’s a very good question and those who are interested in helping pollinators, such as bees, moths, and butterflies, may find the answer particularly useful. Let’s use butterflies ...

Keeping it green: Gaining 60 pounds a day

One of the most popular sessions at the annual Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference (MAFVC) is on pumpkins. Not hard to see why as it is grown on hundreds of Pennsylvania farms, over several thousand acres, and having a crop value of over $13 million. In fact, the production of orange ...

PA bear harvest totals 3,153 for 2018

HARRISBURG — One of these years, Pennsylvania is going to break the 4,000-bear barrier for a third time in annual black bear harvests. There was hope it would in 2018 with a bear population estimated at 20,000 and a fine start to the November firearms season. But unfavorable weather ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 2/5/19 Strouse Electric 7-4 @ Mill Hall 5-6 Strouse Electric Kevin Novosel 100-4 Bob Marshall 99-5 Andy Klaus 97-5 Steve Yarnell 97-5 Jim Newman 97-4 Gary Vonada 97-3 Gib Moter 96-1 Mitchell Holden 95-2 Team 778-29 Mill Hall Karen Woods 100-6 Lynn Woods ...

Keeping it green: The future of flowers

The annual Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference (MAFVC) in Hershey is a chance for area growers to gather new information about pest issues, marketing ideas, and production matters. It also gives them a glimpse into future trends. Shifting through the agendas over the past years, ...