Outdoors

Western Pennsylvania range provides ‘thrill’ of renting machine guns

DONEGAL (AP) — The 99 signs he has posted throughout the region — each including a phone number, the silhouette of a Rambo-style M60 machine gun and an advertisement for “Washington County Machine Gun Rentals” — has generated many a phone call to Tredd Barton. Some people are angry. ...

PGC strengthens public requirement in permits

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at its meeting in July gave preliminary approval to a measure that will strengthen the public hunting component for deer-control permits the Game Commission issues for deer problems on private and public properties, often within ...

‘Research and development’ on Juniata a success

MILLERSTOWN — To a recreational angler an evening on the Juniata River is likely viewed as a time for relaxation and escaping the daily grind. For two outdoors writers, however, their outing was all business (wink, wink). They were on a mission of “research and development” — as in ...

Expanded opportunity for ‘webless’ birds

HARRISBURG — The 2018-19 waterfowl seasons are similar to the previous year, although hunters will enjoy longer seasons for doves, woodcock, and other “webless” migratory game bird species this year. Annual migratory game bird seasons are selected by states from frameworks established ...

Commisioners increase fees, delay funding cuts

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission this week increased some fees, installed new board officers and made other changes, while delaying a plan to cut spending on popular items such as fish hatcheries. Commissioners acted on a number of revenue enhancements brought forward ...

Snake hunters head to hills

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The hunter and his son scrambled up a secret mountain in Columbia County, and far above them, a serpent knew they were coming. The snake sat coiled in a rock vein, waiting for the sun to warm its cold blood. It sensed every vibration and tasted the hunters’ sweat with ...

CWD cases multiply in state

HARRISBURG — The number of chronic wasting disease cases continues to multiply in Pennsylvania, and more of the state’s residents are being impacted by rules that aim to slow the spread of the disease, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects. In 2017, chronic wasting disease ...

Danville’s Cram on target with custom rifles

HARRISBURG — Life can be good for the hunter who has stockpiled his preference points, selected the dates and made the final payment with an outfitter for what will be the most anticipated Western elk or mule deer hunt of his lifetime. Such scenarios played out hundreds of times at ...

Ancestor’s handiwork brings family together in Pine Grove

PINE GROVE (AP) — Johannes “John” Bonawitz moved to Pine Grove from Womelsdorf in 1809, bringing with him a knack for gunsmithing. On Saturday, dozens of Bonawitz descendants from across the country gathered at Twin Grove Campground for the first Bonawitz family reunion. Among the food, ...

History kept alive through fisheries program

The origins of species that the walleye are part of — the perch family — are a very old fish. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, fossils within this family have been found in the western region of the United States to be 38 million years old. The walleye today are a ...