Outdoors

Survival of Mifflin-Juniata NWTF chapter at stake

REEDSVILLE — The Shade Mountain chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is holding its annual banquet next week in Reedsville. At least one member of the group is fearful it will be the last. Jim Buchanan, a turkey hunter from Belleville, got involved with the group more than 30 ...

Something for everyone at show

Every February thousands of outdoors enthusiasts enter the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex to attend what is commonly referred to as the sportsman’s show. For years the official title was the Eastern Sports & Outdoors Show. Once the National Rifle Association took over the event a few ...

Preliminary seasons approved

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at its January meeting gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2017-18 license year. Final approval of seasons and antlerless license allocations are set to occur in March. Modifications ...

Outdoors calendar

Atkinson Mills Sportsman Club ¯ Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Blue Rock Sportsman Club ¯ Club meetings at 2 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month. To east end Blue Rock: From Milroy, follow signs to Reeds Gap State Park. Free camping available and ...

Sentinel photo by DOYLE DIETZ 
Setting up in a cove to escape the wind, this ice angler tends his tip-ups and enjoys the warm rays of the midday winter sun.

Preparation necessary for safe and successful ice fishing

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 ...

Pheasant chick and egg program ends

HARRISBURG — Two long-running programs that enabled groups and individuals to raise pheasants for release in their local areas have come to an end due to financially driven changes to the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program. The Pheasant Chick Program, started in 1933, provided ...

It’s all about different birds

For the past decade my final trip to a duck blind each season has occurred near Chincoteague Island, Virginia. A group of my friends annually gun the final days of the Virginia season with Capt. Pete Wallace of The Chincoteague Hunting / Fishing Center. We keep returning to the area because ...

In this Nov. 16, 2016 photo, various animal mounts appear inside Nature's Touch taxidermy shop in Janesville, Wis.  Don Rich Sr., 71, has worked on hundreds if not thousands of deer over a 44-year career. He transitioned into the business of taxidermy, at first through a correspondence course he took in the early 1970s. He ran his own business part-time for more than two decades while working full-time at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

The dons (and daughter) of deer, and more

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — When the hunter dragged the deer down the stairs and into Nature’s Touch Taxidermy, a silence dropped over Don Rich Jr.’s home studio on Stonefield Lane on Janesville’s east side. It was just three days before the start of Wisconsin’s gun deer season—the ...

State’s 2016 bear harvest is fifth largest

HARRISBURG — This is the golden age of bear hunting. Since the Pennsylvania Game Commission began keeping records of statewide bear harvests in 1915, there has never been a more prolific period for Commonwealth black bear hunters. Pennsylvania hunters harvested 3,529 bears in 2016, the ...

Sentinel photo by DOYLE DIETZ 
When booking a hunt it is an important consideration to talk with veterans such as Dave Guillams Jr., left, a second-generation guide and outfitter at Backcountry Outfitters near Pagosa Springs, Colo., which was founded by his father, Dave, right.

Knowing what to ask when booking outdoors trip

HARRISBURG — This may be the year when the decision is made to book that ultimate hunting or fishing trip out West or the Canadian wilderness at one of the upcoming sports and outdoors shows. Booking such a trip is a big commitment of one’s time and finances. And there is no bigger show ...