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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.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Archery will be among the popular contests to be held at the National Rifle Association’s nine-day Great American Outdoor Show, which opens Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

HARRISBURG – Last summer National Rifle Association past-president David Keene announced the organization would sponsor an outdoors sports show that would be the largest of its kind in the country.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Matt Hough has been elected as the new executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission by a unanimous vote of the board of game commissioners. Hough, the previous assistant executive director, began his new role Friday with the retirement of former executive director Carl Roe.

Hough has 33 years of service with the PGC, entering the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in June 1981 and was part of the school's 18th graduating class. He served as a wildlife conservation officer, first in Westmoreland County, then in Washington County.

Monday, December 9, 2013

It is a fair assumption that most deer hunters went into this past Monday's opening day of Pennsylvania's two-week firearms season hoping to avoid other hunters moving into their hunting location.

Now, many of those hunters who are still trying to fill a tag will go into the final week of the season hoping for other hunters to also be in the woods and moving around to push deer in their direction.

Monday, December 9, 2013

ArtsQuest and the Lehigh Valley's Trout Unlimited chapters are partnering to raise funds for streamside habitat improvement through a charitable screening of "Kiss the Water," a film which portrays the life of Megan Boyd, a Scot famous for her Atlantic salmon flies, Tuesday, Dec. 17, beginning at 7:15 p.m., at ArtsQuest Center's Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A male bear with an estimated live weight of 772 pounds is the heaviest of the 2,044 bears taken by Pennsylvania hunters after the first two days of the four-day statewide firearms season. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials will release the final totals for the season later, as well as the number taken during the five-day archery and other early seasons.

Over the first two days of the season, bears were taken in 51 counties. Tioga County produced the most bears with 154.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
With this year’s latter start to the statewide firearms deer season hunters may have more opportunity to hunt in the snow, which aids in tracking and seeing deer.

Break out all the clichés about good things coming to those who wait. Or, for Pennsylvania's deer hunters, maybe not, as they are just happy the wait is nearly over for the opening of the two-week statewide firearms season, Monday, Dec. 2.

This is the latest opener for the statewide firearms deer season, which ends Saturday, Dec. 14, in years because of the way the calendar falls this year. With the opening day of the season held the Monday following Thanksgiving, the season gets underway a week later than it does in some years.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A reward is being offered in relation to a 5x5 bull elk that was shot illegally October 15 and found injured and hiding in a patch of goldenrod soon after daylight near Benezette, Elk County. Residents of Winslow Hill, near Benezette, heard several shots at approximately 3 a.m. and the elk apparently was shot while in the front yard of a nearby residence, and it hobbled about 100 yards before lying down, unable to walk further or get back up.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

When it comes to whitetail deer hunting, Pennsylvania's abundant seasons offer ample opportunity for sportsmen to put a deer, and sometimes more, in the freezer each year.

This allows hunters and their families to enjoy delicious, low-fat venison meals numerous times throughout the year, but for some Pennsylvanians, red meat and other groceries are not as easy to come by.

This is where the nonprofit organization Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH), along with the state's 900,000-plus deer hunters, have had such a positive impact statewide for more than two decades.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

DELMONT After 12 years of service to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, including the last eight as executive director, Carl Roe, who earlier this year announced his retirement, last month headed his final quarterly meeting of the board of game commissioners.

"Serving with the Game Commission, particularly in the role of executive director, has been a great honor and privilege," Roe said.

"I take pride and satisfaction in the years I've spent here, and our many, many achievements.