Outdoors

Anglers make trek to Pine Grove for year-long contest

PINE GROVE — Usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is — unless that something is the bigger, better-than-ever Family Fun Fishing Event. This year’s seventh annual fishing event kickoff is on Sunday, April 22, with activities scheduled from 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. at ...

Outdoors stores quietly continue to sell assault weapons

DUNDEE, Mich. (AP) — Some big retailers have curbed sales of assault weapons after last month’s school shooting in Florida. But others are sticking to their guns. Several outdoor chains, including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Gander Outdoors and Academy Sports, continue to sell ...

For many, the call of ice fishing is irresistible

JAMESTOWN (AP) — Anyone who likes to go fishing has one of those days from time to time, and a recent Saturday was one of those days. After nearly seven hours on the frozen surface of Pymatuning Reservoir, Jim Diehl of Curtisville didn’t mince his words. “No fish — no fish at ...

PGC offers season changes

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners preliminarily approved hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2018-19 license year. Modifications proposed for the 2018-19 seasons include: eliminating the hen pheasant restriction in some Wildlife Management Units; ...

Jeep in hot water over SUV ad

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers. It’s the second time ads by the automaker have drawn ...

Veteran trapper leads the way to his first fisher

My son and I catch a few raccoons each year, but we are definitely not what most would consider seasoned trappers. When I have questions or want advice, I usually consult my friend Nelson Hosler. Calling him a seasoned trapper is an understatement. The veteran furtaker has traveled throughout ...

CWD rules now apply in Southeast Pa.

HARRISBURG — People who live and hunt deer within parts of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties now need to comply with special rules intended to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Wednesday established Disease Management Area 4 in response to a ...

Pheasant permit may be required of junior hunters

HARRISBURG (AP) — This probably won’t be controversial. Free rarely is. Last year, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners created a $25 pheasant hunting permit and required it of adult hunters — all adult hunters — pursuing agency-stocked pheasants. That included senior lifetime license ...

Game commission OKs semiautomatics

HARRISBURG — Semiautomatic centerfire shotguns that propel single-projectile ammunition soon could be approved for Pennsylvania hunters participating in most firearms deer, bear and elk seasons. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave unanimous preliminary approval to ...

Hunters split on use of powerful rifles

YORK (AP) — In 2017, Pennsylvania became the last state to legalize semi-automatic rifles — including AR-15s — for hunting. It looked like the guns might be allowed for furbearers, small game and big game, until something surprising happened: A survey showed hunters didn’t want ...