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Outdoors

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Newly elected president Dave Putnam of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners listens to a question about the modifications to the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

HARRISBURG – Proposals that would create what amounts to a 5-7 statewide split for the firearms deer season and drastically change the Mentored Youth Hunting Program highlighted this week's first quarterly meeting of the year by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of commissioners at its Harrisburg headquarters to set seasons and bag limits for the 2015-16 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

With the statewide flintlock muzzleloader and archery deer seasons coming to a close during the upcoming week in Pennsylvania, many hunters will begin turning their attention to predator hunting and trapping during the upcoming months. As such, many will be taking advantage of the free seminars being presented at the "Predator Classic" at Cabela's Hamburg, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11.

A series of four, one-hour seminars will be presented at the same time both days in order that those wishing to attend all sessions may do so. Here is the Saturday and Sunday schedule:

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ice fishing is a lot like other types of fishing, other than the walking on the water aspect.

For the novice, ice fishing simply looks to be no more difficult than walking out on the ice, drilling a few holes and catching some fish. Well, not exactly.

As is the case with fishing open water, ice fishing requires knowledge and acquiring skills to be successful, but the good news is that almost angler who applies themselves can be successful. It all begins by learning about the water to be fished and the tackle being used and its capabilities.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

While hunting is often challenging, bagging the perfect gift for the hunters in one's life is as easy as placing a phone call or logging onto The Outdoor Shop at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us or by calling toll free to 1-888-888-3459.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Urban deer such as this pair, left and center, are plentiful in and near many housing developments in the Special Regulations Area of Wildlife Management Unit 5C, but in order to meet safety regulations for hunting bows must be used rather than firearms.

LANDIS VALLEY – Most deer hunters are steadfast to the point of stubbornness in following family traditions during Pennsylvania's statewide firearms season, which ends a week from today, Saturday, Dec. 13.

Often the same woods and farms have been hunted for generations by family members and their friends regardless of decreasing success rates. Many of these hunters would no sooner consider breaking tradition by finding a new area to hunt than they would think of hunting with any sporting arm other than their favorite firearm.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two limited archery/flintlock muzzleloader hunts for antlerless deer have been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line, Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 14. 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 by those hunters with special permits.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Beginning October 25 those hunting all species of small game will be sharing Pennsylvania’s field and woods with archery deer hunters.

If ever a specific weekend could be designated as the beginning of "hunting season" it would be the final weekend of October.

This year Saturday, Oct. 25, marks the end of the antlerless muzzleloader season that opens today, it is the mid-way point of the statewide archery season and it is the first day that all seasons for small game is underway with pheasants and rabbits being legal along with squirrels. In addition, waterfowl hunting remains open in some areas and fall turkey season is just a week away.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Hunters participating in the antlerless muzzleloader season have the option of using rifles, from left, with inline, traditional percussion or flintlock ignitions and a variety of projectiles and synthetic or traditional blackpowder.

No matter what the appearance of the rifle, Pennsylvania's antlerless muzzleloader deer season provides a unique one-shot challenge for hunters.

This year's eight-day antlerless muzzleloader season opens Saturday, Oct. 18, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 25.

In addition to having a muzzleloader stamp, an antlerless license for the wildlife management unit or a Deer Management Assistance Permit are required for the area being hunted, but there are no restrictions on the type of rifle being used, as is the case during the post-Christmas flintlock season.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

One of the largest bull elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot illegally along with two other bulls this month, and three Centre County men have been charged with teaming in a poaching effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced. Largest of the three bulls had a 10x9-point non-typical rack that initially was measured at 432 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
This adult cow elk was recently fitted with a collar that contains GPS tracking capability and a small camera to record video and audio before falling off the elk in about 75 days, at which time the recordings and readings will be retrieved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

BENEZETTE – Recently, biologists and other employees of the Pennsylvania Game Commission invited some guests to accompany them on an elk hunt.

This hunt, however, was not designed to put antlers on the wall or steaks in the freezer, as those doing the shooting on this hunt did so with cameras. It was all part of a project to learn more about Pennsylvania's elk herd through information that will be compiled from footage captured by a tiny video camera placed on an elk.