Outdoors

Fall turkey underway in most of state

HARRISBURG — One of Pennsylvania’s most exciting seasons in underway — wild turkey. Hunting season lengths vary according to Wildlife Management Unit from closed season to three-plus weeks. While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has ...

Motorists beware: Whitetails in peak activity time

HARRISBURG — With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert. Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to ...

Enter your buck in our contest

LEWISTOWN — Hundreds of local hunters will be successful in bagging bucks this year and we look forward to seeing them in The Sentinel’s annual Big Buck Contest. Antlered deer that meet the three-point standard and are killed during the archery season are eligible. Winners will be ...

For once, patience not necessary while hunting

One trait that is typically required to be a successful hunter is patience. One does not shoot a big buck on your first trip to the stand in archery season. Nor can a hunter simply walk into a wild grape patch and down a grouse. The rule of thumb in hunting is that the more time you spend in ...

Persistence leads to success in quest for gobblers

As I am laid up from a foot surgery and unable to chase my wife and kids around, scout for deer, run trail cams or really be active, I resort to one thing that always helps to ease my mind: the reliving and telling of hunting stories. I’m very fortunate that over the years I’ve been able ...

Dogs are family members, not machines

YORK SPRINGS (AP) — Each car that pulled into the York Springs State Game Lands was accompanied by a chorus of barking. Dogs weaved in and out of a sea of orange as hunters and their companions prepared for a long day of training. The hunters are a part of the Keystone Chapter of the North ...

Order expands hunting, fishing on public lands

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke last month signed an order to expand hunting and fishing on federal land, saying it would improve wildlife management and conservation. Environmentalists dismissed it as “a do-nothing order.” The order directs the Fish and Wildlife ...

Four electronic devices approved

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval in September a measure that makes four additional electronic devices lawful to use while hunting. Once the changes become official, either this month or next, hunters will be able to use electronic decoys in ...

Commission offers to test deer for CWD

HARRISBURG — Those hunting deer within the state’s Disease Management Areas have the opportunity to have their deer tested free of charge for chronic wasting disease, which at the same time helps the Game Commission fight this deadly disease. The Game Commission is installing large metal ...

Permit required for pheasant hunters

HARRISBURG — Even though pheasant production has been trimmed, hunters heading afield this fall might not notice much difference in the number of pheasants they flush. The Game Commission still plans to release about 170,000 pheasants, a modest reduction from the goal of 200,000 pheasants in ...