Outdoors

Loss of gun rights doesn’t prohibit hunting license

YORK (AP) — In the 1990s, John Wolfe lost the right to carry a gun. But Wolfe bought hunting licenses for many years without running into a problem. Wolfe used a shotgun that he bought when he was about 18 to shoot a nearly 11-inch turkey. Then one December morning in 2014, Wolfe ...

Legislature digs in over hatchery closing threat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Of all the sources of discord in Harrisburg, trout usually isn’t one of them. But a proposal to increase fishing-license fees has turned into a dispute that has lawmakers hoping to oust the head of the Fish and Boat Commission. Without the long-sought fee increase, ...

Landmarks managed for safety to stay open

LANCASTER (AP) — Despite a tricky and manpower-intensive rescue of a teenager, Wind Cave in southern Lancaster County will not be closed to public use. Warning signs, however, will be erected at access points to the popular cave, said Phil Wenger, president and CEO of the Lancaster County ...

High-power loads lethal to turkeys and maybe gun

A fairly new ammo was trending and adored by hunters last year, and I didn’t want to seem as if I were attacking it. After hearing more and more stories of similar situations not just by one ammunition company or round, it is no longer time to sit on my words. This past spring, I planned to ...

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 ...