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Pa. hunters killed record 4,653 black bears in 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wildlife authorities say Pennsylvania hunters killed 4,653 black bears last year, setting a new record. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Monday the total is far above last year's total of 3,153, which was the 11th highest total recorded but was also the lowest in ...

Common Loons at Montour Preserve in Winter

PHOTOS BY LAUREN SHAFFER First Photo: In their breeding plumage, Common Loons are the elegant black and white tuxedo-clad birds of the northern lakes and the oceans. They sport a dagger-like bill and a red eye, white stripes on the neck and spots on the back, making for a handsome ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Match for 1/7/20 Markovich Const. Inc. 8-0 @ Liberty 6-2 Markovich Const. Inc. Scott Sorgen 99-3 Chase Weise 98-8 Navara Reynolds 98-5 Conner Bauman 98-5 Tom Welsh 98-3 Bill Bridgens Sr. 97-5 Jim Guenot 97-2 Kodi Cameron 96-6 Team 781-37 Junior Jase Bechtol ...

Winter owling in Pennsylvania

By EMILY BOHLIN For The Express You might not think of January as an optimal time for birding. The days are shorter. Everything is quiet. It seems like most of the forest creatures are in a state of torpor. All of the spectacular, migratory songbirds have long settled in Central and ...

Massive redwood tree falls, kills hiker in California park

MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT PARK, Calif. (AP) — A huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods National Monument in California on Christmas Eve, authorities said Thursday. Subhradeep Dutta, 28, of Edina, Minnesota, died while walking on a marked dirt trail with two other ...

Hunter nabs big black bruin

PHOTO PROVIDED Hunters from Golden Spike Camp were fortunate enough to get this 604-pound black bear in Clinton County during recent bear season. Steve Rhorabach is credited with shooting the bruin.

Good news, Eagle Cam lovers: There’s a new nest to watch.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business have teamed up once again to offer a new bald-eagle nest livestream for the 2019-20 nesting season. The PA Farm Country Eagle Nest livestream launched on Dec. 18, offering viewers worldwide 24-7 access to live video ...

Baggin’ the Bucks

First Photo: Thayne Muthler of Jersey Shore bagged this seven-point buck on opening day, Saturday, Nov. 29, just about 30 minutes after the official start of the season. He was hunting in the Rauchtown area with Matt Wasson when he shot the deer with a .308 at 7:30 a.m. Second Photo: ...

Listening to the Birds

By TED LOY As I sit on my back porch overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, it is a golden autumn evening. I enjoy the smell of the clean crisp air and the natural world around me. This is one of my seasonal enjoyments, having lived on the Loyalsock Creek for many years. This ...

Grand Canyon on lookout for fungus that can kill bats

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park says it will increase surveillance for a fungus that spreads rapidly among bats and can kill them. The park has been sampling bats and bat droppings for years and hasn't found any infected with white-nose syndrome. Testing ...

Rescuers reach mother-daughter hikers at mountain summit

FRANCONIA (AP) — New Hampshire authorities came to the aid of a mother and daughter out hiking who became stranded at a mountain summit due to whiteout conditions. The pair, Nathalie Beaudet, 54, and Catherine Courtemanche, 24, from Sherbrook, Quebec, hiked a familiar trail up Mount ...

Deer season opens tomorrow … on a Saturday

Tomorrow’s sunrise will open the deer season, ending a long custom in Pennsylvania’s outdoors. Since at least the early 1960s, the season has begun on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board of Pennsylvania game commissioners, responsible for establishing hunting seasons and limits, voted ...

Sampling of Penn State’s Ag Efforts

By TOM BUTZLER (Editors note: This article is the first of a series exploring professional opportunities for Penn State Extension agricultural educators during the 2019 summer) Extension educators come into the Penn State system with deep educational backgrounds and experiences. Most have ...

Master Gardener Holiday Greens Workshop and Sale planned for Dec. 7

LOCK HAVEN — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County have scheduled their Holiday Greens Workshop and Sale for Dec. 7. This annual event features plenty of holiday greens and all the trimmings, hands-on workshops, and a selection of holiday decorations, gifts, and fresh ...

Success follows Third Annual Wild Pheasant Youth Hunt

HARRISBURG — The Third Annual Wild Pheasant Youth Hunt was held this month and once again, youth hunters had their shot at history. Over two Saturdays in November, youth hunters took to the fields in Montour and Northumberland counties to pursue roosters within the Central Susquehanna ...

Those big, splashy winter finches that we miss

By WAYNE LAUBSCHER Years ago, Evening Grosbeaks were fairly regular winter visitors in the northeast. They have not been around so much in the past couple of decades, however. In the 1970’s and 1980’s these unmistakable finches mobbed many a bird feeder, voraciously consuming huge ...

Elk season right around the corner

HARRISBURG — Coming off the heels of an unforgettable first archery-only elk hunt Sept. 14-28, the 98 general season elk license holders, 27 for bulls and 71 for antlerless, are primed for one of the most exciting hunting adventures in the Keystone State. The general elk season begins Monday, ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 10/29/19 Mill Hall 1-3 @ Liberty 4-1 Mill Hall Karen Woods 98-6 Milt Geyer Jr. 98-4 Lynn Woods 98-4 Jim Baney 98-2 Dink Dolan 95-4 Jeff Koch 95-2 Ed Hamberger 93-1 Holly Baney 93-1 Team 768-24 Junior Tyler Weaver 86-2 Liberty Emery Gunsallus 99-4 Lenny ...

Fall hunting is looking up for turkey hunters

HARRISBURG —Two consecutive light fall wild turkey harvests and a substantial statewide turkey population of 212,000 birds should provide plenty of action in the upcoming fall turkey hunting season, which opens Saturday, Nov. 2 in most Wildlife Management Units. The most significant change ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Match on 10/18/19 Strouse Electric 2-0 @ Tylersville 0-2 Strouse Electric Kevin Novosel 98-6 Adam Yarnell 98-3 Jim Newman 98-3 Andy Klaus 98-3 Sam McCartney 97-5 Mitchell Holden 97-4 Gary Vonada 95-2 Bob Marshall 95-2 Team 776-28 Tylersville Mike Bonchack 98-4 John ...