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Saturday, March 2, 2013

First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader branch of Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club and a member club of the Pennsylvania Federation of Black Powder Shooters, will conduct its first event of the season, Sunday, March 10, beginning at 9 a.m.

Matches are held for flintlock and traditional exposed hammer percussion firearms typical of those of the pre-1840 era. Paper targets are shot at distances of 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards, and novelty matches – including those from Colonial times, such as "over-the-log" – are also held.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

BY FRED JAMES

Special to THE TIMES NEWS

Although the opening of Pennsylvania's spring gobbler season is eight weeks away, hunters right now have the opportunity to pursue some big birds.

No not that big yellow bird, but rather thousands of big, white birds whose overabundant population is threatening their own and other waterfowl breeding grounds.

Waterfowl hunters have a special opportunity to take snow geese in Pennsylvania through April 26 because of the Conservation Snow Goose Season established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

For those interested in connecting with wildlife in their backyard, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is selling bluebird nesting boxes at agency headquarter, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. Boxes sell for $10.60, which includes sales tax, and customers can select from assembled boxes or kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Elected to head the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners for 2013 are, from left, secretary Brian Hoover, president Bob Schlemmer and vice-president Dave Putnam.

HARRISBURG – Hunters submitting dates to employers for vacation days during some fall and winter seasons would be wise to check the calendar.

Opening day for some seasons will begin a week later than usual during the 2013-14 license year that received preliminary approval by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners at Tuesday's quarterly meeting. This was done to accommodate calendar swings related to the timing of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, that occur about every seven years.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Online voting for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year is underway through Friday, Jan. 18, at www.pawatersheds.org/vote. Finalists for the honors are the Juniata River and Swatara Creek in south central Pennsylvania, the Kiskiminetas and Monongahela rivers in the southwest, the Lackawanna River in the northeast and Schuylkill River in the southeast.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

For flintlock muzzleloader and late-season archery hunters, one of the all-too-often overlooked areas to hunt is Pennsylvania State Parks.

Many times, State Parks simply are overlooked and fail to get as much hunting pressure – especially for deer – as other public land, such as State Game Lands and State Forest Land. State Parks are also an ideal destination for the winter small-game season after muzzleloader and archery closes Saturday, Jan. 12.

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.