Outdoors

Mill Hall woman finds no lack of interest for fly tying class

BELLEFONTE — When Amidea Daniel set up her first beginner’s fly fishing class geared specifically to women in 2012, it reached its cap of 25 registrants on the first day it was advertised. Two days later, the length of the waiting list prompted her to arrange for a second class the ...

Deer harvest, especially buck, up in ‘16

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s buck harvest increased 9 percent, and the overall deer harvest was up 6 percent, in the 2016-17 seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports. Hunters harvested an estimated 333,254 deer in 2016-17 — an increase of about 6 percent ...

State officials striving to retain women anglers

HAZLETON (AP) — Only 18 percent of anglers in Pennsylvania are women, and they drop out of the sport faster than men, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said in his annual report to the state Legislature. Chairman John Arway said reasons why 56 percent of women ...

Program provides the skinny on scat

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There’s nothing like a leisurely walk in the park or an easy pedal on a bike trail on a deliciously crisp winter day. Look up and name the maker of that large treetop nest. Consider the source of those trail-crossing tracks. And occasionally — yuck! — what animal ...

Sentinel photo by DOYLE DIETZ 
A proposed pheasant permit for adult hunters by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners, with a proposed price of $25, drew public support at the agency’s January quarterly meeting from organizations such as Pheasants Forever and individual hunters who feel the fee is needed to continue the program and assure future days afield.

Conservation groups, hunters support proposal

HARRISBURG — Based on public comments at the January quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of commissioners meeting those who consider themselves dedicated pheasant hunters are willing to do whatever it takes to support their sport and keep it going. Those comments ...

Sentinel photo by ZACH KNEPP 
Assateague’s ponies, above, and light house are among the sights the wildlife refuge offers those who love the outdoors.

Assateague Island offers plenty to see

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my annual duck hunting pilgrimage to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. As I stated in that column, I always have a tremendous time hunting the marshes, open water and bays around the island and typically can harvest a nice variety of birds. That hunting success has ...

This is not your typical hunting story

Editor’s note: Juniata County native John Knouse was a member of The Sentinel’s sports department in 2007-08 before moving to Front Royal, Virginia. We welcome back his tales of the outdoors, which will appear occasionally on these pages. Each hunting story normally begins the same way. ...

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 ...