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Outdoors

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Patterning the activities of wild turkeys allows hunters to formulate a plan to take a gobbler when the season opens Saturday, May 3.

There is no need to feel guilty for not yet having done any preseason scouting for Pennsylvania's spring gobbler season.

A week from today is the special youth day for those holding a junior license and those in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program when they may take one bearded bird from one half-hour before sunrise until noon.

Then, a week later, comes the opening of the regular season, Saturday, May 3, with the season continuing through Saturday, May 31.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Newly designed body-gripping traps measuring 10 by 12 inches and broadheads measuring 314 inches now available on the market were approved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners, making them legal to use.

With the changes, the maximum size for lawfully set body-gripping traps will be 10 inches tall by 12 inches wide.

At present, no body-gripping traps larger than 10 inches by 10 inches can be set, and the change will take effect with the start of the 2014-15 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of youngsters will experience the first-time thrill of trout fishing through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Mentored Youth Fishing Day on specially designated waters in the Southeast Region, including Locust Lake.

What lifelong anglers often forget, however, is what excitement bringing a trout to the net can be for any first-time angler. For that reason, consider recruiting a non-fishing friend to participate in the Southeast Region trout opener, which is a week from today, beginning at 8 a.m.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Game Commission statistics for the state's 2013-14 deer seasons hunters took an estimated 352,920 deer, which represents an increase of about 3 percent compared to the previous seasons' total of 343,110.

Hunters took 134,280 antlered deer in the 2013-14 seasons – which is similar to the previous license year when an estimated 133,860 bucks were taken. Also, hunters harvested 218,640 antlerless deer in 2013-14, which represents an about 4 percent increase compared to the 209,250 antlerless deer taken in 2012-13.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This year's annual Spring Equinox Celebration at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is Saturday, March 22, with a variety of programs to celebrate nature's renewal. Programs will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and focus on Pennsylvania's natural landscape, plants, wildlife and bird-friendly, shade-grown coffee and cocoa will be served throughout the day.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

BARNESVILLE – Yes, it was cold, but not so cold that the weather outweighed the thrill of catching trout and enjoying some grilled hot dogs and hot chocolate at last year's Southeast Region Mentored Youth Fishing Day sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at Locust Lake.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

In 2014 the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show, a late-winter Pennsylvania outdoors tradition for generations of sportsmen, returns to Agri-Plex (formerly Agriculture Hall) at the Allentown Fairgrounds with an expanded, three-day schedule when P.B.M. Productions presents the event beginning Friday, Feb. 28, and continuing Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Citing a goal of adding to the ranks of hunters, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners has given preliminary approval to mentor-based program for first-time hunters 18 years old and older. Since 2006, the PGC has offered its Mentored Youth Hunting Program, which enables children younger than the age of 12 to obtain a permit and legally take select game species under the close supervision of a properly licensed adult mentor, and the new Mentored Adult Hunting Program would follow a similar model.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

After more than 30 years of conservation projects, the bald eagle has officially been removed from Pennsylvania's threatened species list. This action took place last month when the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners voted unanimously to reclassify the bald eagle as a Pennsylvania "protected" species.

Saturday, February 15, 2014
This winter has not only produced a large snowfall, but also one of the largest migration in memory of snowy owls, which are being studied by several groups and organizations, including the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Snow, freezing rain, sub-zero temperatures and high winds all contributed to making the winter of 2013-14 on of the most miserable in years. Of course, for those who enjoy ice fishing and ice skating, there are few complaints.