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Outdoors

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pennsylvania's forest and park system offers a wide range of ways for visitors to enjoy spending time outdoors during the winter, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. To view scheduled activities around the state, visit on the Web at www.getoutdoorspa.state.pa.us.

Monday, December 26, 2011

For everyone who enjoys the song of the beagles and the chatter of squirrels, there is something special about the late season for hunting small game.

Perhaps it's the chance of hunting in a blanket of fresh snow, or the opportunity to hunt with family members and friends that makes the second season so appealing. Regardless of the reason, the season arrives Monday for – in addition to rabbit and squirrel snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse and – in specific wildlife management units – pheasant.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Depending on where one hunts in Pennsylvania, deer have either gone the way of the buffalo – and, yes, buffalo once roamed these pre-Colonial forests – or they are there for the taking.

Obviously, it one hunts where the latter is the case, chances are it is done in Wildlife Management Unit 5C. This WMU is one of three that has some of the most liberal seasons and bag limits in Pennsylvania, but for those who hunt in what is designated the Special Regulations Area, leave the rifles at home and grab a "gun" when the two-week statewide firearms season opens Monday, Nov. 28.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sportsmen's groups from Pennsylvania and across the nation are expressing disappointment at the leadership of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in maintaining its selfish opposition to any legislation that would attempt to expand Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. During PFB's 61st annual meeting this week in Hershey, no changes were approved to PFB's existing policy, which opposes any expansion of Sunday hunting.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

District forest personnel for the Weiser State Forest will provide the public with the opportunity to drive through the Weiser State Forest, Roaring Creek Tract, Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning at the Route 54 parking area.

Traffic will be restricted to Roaring Creek Trail in a one-way direction along the 8-mile trail and exit at the Route 42 gate. All vehicles will be required to exit the State Forest by 3 p.m., and only passenger vehicles cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs and passenger vans will be permitted to enter the tract.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mist rising off the water; crunching of frozen grass underfoot; scraping ice from windshields – all the sounds waterfowl hunters association with the arrival of the late duck season.

This year, the late season in Pennsylvania opens in the North Zone, Friday, Nov. 11, and extends through Wednesday, Jan. 4. It opens in the South Zone, Wednesday, Nov. 15, and extends through Saturday, Jan. 14.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Less serious than Chronic Wasting Disease, but nevertheless Pennsylvania Game Commission staff and board of commissioner members expressed concern at this month's final quarterly meeting of the year were the test results from a wild deer that confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has been found in Northampton County.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Two limited archery/muzzleloader hunts for antlerless deer have been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Kleinfeltersville, Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

These hunts will be held outside of any regular statewide deer season; the only hunting occurring within the management area on these days will be those hunters with special permits."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

With the upcoming Youth Hunting Days approaching, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe said it is important for adult hunters to understand the difference between hunts for juniors and the Mentored Youth Hunting Program for unlicensed youth, which has been expanded for 2011-12 through a recent change in law and regulations to include antlerless deer hunting.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Applications for waterfowl hunters interested in being selected for the limited number of goose blinds at the controlled hunting area at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek wildlife management areas during the regular Canada goose season must be received at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters by Wednesday, Sept. 13. A goose blind application must be submitted using the form found on Page 28 of the "2011-12 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest," which is distributed with each hunting license.