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Outdoors

Saturday, July 12, 2014

As much as camping, fishing, picnics and swimming are associated with summer, so too is the arrival of hummingbirds – who cam provide hours of entertaining viewing in one's backyard.

In their own way, hummingbirds are as fascinating to watch as other forms of wildlife. Best of all, they are a lot less destructive than such critters as bear, deer, rabbits and groundhogs.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

An integrated marketing communications initiative intended to increase hunting participation and awareness in Pennsylvania has been undertaken by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and will be unveiled this fall.

Called GoHuntPA, the PGC hired the Harrisburg-based ad agency Top Flight Media to help develop the campaign. This is the first time that the agency has hired an agency to carry out a strategic communications campaign such as this one.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Former Pennsylvania Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Protection director Rich Palmer, center, has been promoted to the position of deputy executive director, filling the vacancy that was created when Matt Hough, right, moved up from that position earlier this year to become executive director.

HARRISBURG – This week the Pennsylvania Game Commission reached out to an experienced source to fill the position of deputy executive director by promoting former Bureau of Wildlife Protection director Rich Palmer to the position.

This week's quarterly meeting of the PGC board of game commissioners was the first in which Palmer served in his new position of deputy executive director, which has been vacant since January when Matt Hough was promoted to executive directory.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

After 32 years of service to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management director Cal DuBrock announced Tuesday at the quarterly meeting of the board of game commissioners he is retiring effective August 1.

Reflecting on his time with the PGC, DuBrock said that in 1987, when he moved from a previous post to begin work with the Bureau of Wildlife Management, there were a total of approximately 12 full-time biologists in the agency. Today, he said, there are almost that many working within the Wildlife Diversity Division.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, located along Coon Club Road off Route 183, south of Summit Station, a self-supporting organization founded in 1976 and a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and the Pennsylvania Federation of Black Powder Shooters, is holding the Eastern Pennsylvania Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Shoot, Thursday-Monday, May 22-26. There is pre-1840 primitive and modern camping on the 22-acre site with firewood and water provided, but no hook-ups.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

NEW TRIPOLI For more than a decade, Katrina Skrapits of Danielsville has made it her mission to introduce women to hunting and the outdoors in her role as a volunteer leader with the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Patterning the activities of wild turkeys allows hunters to formulate a plan to take a gobbler when the season opens Saturday, May 3.

There is no need to feel guilty for not yet having done any preseason scouting for Pennsylvania's spring gobbler season.

A week from today is the special youth day for those holding a junior license and those in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program when they may take one bearded bird from one half-hour before sunrise until noon.

Then, a week later, comes the opening of the regular season, Saturday, May 3, with the season continuing through Saturday, May 31.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Newly designed body-gripping traps measuring 10 by 12 inches and broadheads measuring 314 inches now available on the market were approved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners, making them legal to use.

With the changes, the maximum size for lawfully set body-gripping traps will be 10 inches tall by 12 inches wide.

At present, no body-gripping traps larger than 10 inches by 10 inches can be set, and the change will take effect with the start of the 2014-15 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of youngsters will experience the first-time thrill of trout fishing through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Mentored Youth Fishing Day on specially designated waters in the Southeast Region, including Locust Lake.

What lifelong anglers often forget, however, is what excitement bringing a trout to the net can be for any first-time angler. For that reason, consider recruiting a non-fishing friend to participate in the Southeast Region trout opener, which is a week from today, beginning at 8 a.m.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Game Commission statistics for the state's 2013-14 deer seasons hunters took an estimated 352,920 deer, which represents an increase of about 3 percent compared to the previous seasons' total of 343,110.

Hunters took 134,280 antlered deer in the 2013-14 seasons – which is similar to the previous license year when an estimated 133,860 bucks were taken. Also, hunters harvested 218,640 antlerless deer in 2013-14, which represents an about 4 percent increase compared to the 209,250 antlerless deer taken in 2012-13.