Outdoors

Some seniors now exempt from pheasant permit

HARRISBURG — Any Pennsylvania hunter who held a senior lifetime hunting or combination license prior to May 13, 2017, will not need to purchase a pheasant permit to hunt pheasants in the 2018-19 license year. The pheasant permit was created last year as a way to help offset the costs of the ...

Lewistown’s rimfire event is state championships

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Pistol Club will be the host for the Rimfire Challenge 2018 Pennsylvania State Championships, which run August 17 to 19 at the club. Andrew Ewing, assistant match director of the state championships, is one of the main reasons the club is hosting them to begin ...

Academy ensures future of conservation lives on in youth

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” In Pennsylvania, high school students are ...

Commisioners set to OK hunting seasons

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is scheduled to meet April 23 and 24 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters, where proposed hunting and trapping seasons for 2018-19 are expected to be approved. Both meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., with doors opening at 7:45 ...

Spring gobbler season holds plenty of potential

HARRISBURG — The approach of spring gobbler season has Pennsylvania hunters eager to get afield. That they’ll be participating in the state’s 50th anniversary spring-gobbler hunt further sweetens the pot. Properly licensed junior hunters and mentored youth can head afield April 21 to ...

Plenty to consider when buying custom call

I inherited my grandfather’s love for making turkey calls. Anyone who knows me knows that it’s a passion in my life deep rooted in both tradition and legacy. So as we move forward in a society that shifts it course from buying products from large box stores such as Bass Pro Shops, ...

Bluebird nest boxes help connect with nature, wildlife

HARRISBURG — It’s time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you spring into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard. Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery are available for sale at ...

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 ...