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Outdoors

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A new law increases the penalties for assaulting a Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer or deputy WCO takes effect Sunday, Dec. 23, and increases the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of assaulting a WCO or deputy WCO to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Under the new law, Act 150 of 2012, the penalty of assaulting a wildlife conservation officer of the PGC will be the same penalty for assaulting any other law enforcement official, elected official, personnel of the court, teacher or psychiatric aid.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Most sportsmen – and their families – are less than "wild" about bucking crowds and gift shopping during the December hunting seasons.

So, one of the easiest ways to ease the burden of gift giving is to visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website http://www.pgc. state.pa.us and shop for items listed at "The Outdoor Shop." There one finds everything from unique one-of-a-kind items to stocking suffer that not only will please outdoors enthusiasts, but money generated for the sales supports PGC wildlife management programs.

Monday, December 3, 2012

According to final Pennsylvania Game Commission statistics, 52 elk were taken by the 65 hunters awarded elk licenses for the 2012 elk hunt, which was held Monday-Saturday, Nov. 5-10. Of that total, 19 were antlered and 33 were antlerless.

Taking the heaviest antlered elk was Richard Tratthen, Jr., of Scott Township, Lackawanna County. He took a 840-pound (estimated live weight), 8x8, November 7, in Jay Township, Elk County.

Monday, December 3, 2012

According to Hunters' Specialties pro-staff member Matt Morrett of Harrisburg, far too many hunters take the wrong approach to the last week of Pennsylvania's two-week firearms deer season, which gets underway Monday.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

At this year's quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set seasons and bag limits, the board of game commissioners – realizing that Veterans Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 12 – created a unique way for hunters to show their appreciation to active and retired military personnel by designating it as "Hunt With A Veteran Day."

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Last year, scenes such as this took place a record total of 4,350 times in Pennsylvania, as bear hunters broke the previous record of 4,164 bears taken in 2005.

A few years ago, American Hunter, one of the magazines published by the National Rifle Association, rated Pennsylvania as one of the top five states in the Lower 48 as a destination for bear hunters.

Even without baiting and hunting with dogs being legal, Pennsylvania still rated high with the editors of the magazine. What makes the ranking even more impressive is that when the article appeared, the Pennsylvania Game Commission had not yet established the statewide archery bear season.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pennsylvania Game Commission personnel will conduct free tours Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. of State Game Lands 110 in Berks and Schuylkill counties and SGLs 211 in Dauphin and Lebanon counties will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SOLOMONS, Md. – Three years ago, knowing the attraction of catching giant striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay has for anglers in the mid-Atlantic states, a group of people hit upon an idea to benefit the Greenwell Foundation – a non-profit organization supporting Greenwell State Park along the Patuxent River -- and other organizations by combining the fishing with a charitable cause.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

With the approaching fall hunting seasons, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is scheduling additional basic Hunter-Trapper Education courses for September and October so all new hunters can complete this mandatory course to be eligible to participate in the upcoming fall hunting seasons.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Area bowhunters truly have the best of both worlds.

Those who primarily target rack bucks continue to prepare for the opening of Pennsylvania's statewide archery deer season, Saturday, Sept. 29. For those who also enjoy putting venison in the freezer, however, their opening day is a week away – Saturday, Sept. 15, when antlerless-only hunting is through Friday, Sept. 28, in Wildlife Management Unit 5C.