Outdoors

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 ...

Fish and Boat Commission goes fishing for funding advice

HARRISBURG (AP) — The state Fish and Boat Commission has been tightening its belt for years, but most anglers haven’t felt the pinch. Staff continue to raise and stock 3.2 million trout per year, support co-op nurseries that raise additional trout, oversee industrial watershed impacts, ...

Outdoors calendar

Atkinson Mills Sportsmen’s Club ¯ Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The club is located at 55 Sportsmen Club Lane, McVeytown; email atkinsonmillssportsmensclub@gmail.com; online at http://atkinsonmills-sportsmensclub.weebly.com Blue Rock Sportsman ...

NWTF chapter supports conservation locally

Did you ever wonder what comes from the organizations that the local community supports? I would like to tell readers where they can actually go and see the results — in this case, the work done by the Shade Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Tutkey Federation, which serves Mifflin and ...

Eagle Cam should produce another exciting season

Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Bryan Burhans sounds like a proud father, or perhaps grandfather, when he talks about the return of the agency’s Eagle Cam mounted in a nest at Codorus State Park near Hanover in York County. Eagle Cam is the online service that provides ...

Migration allows study of owls

CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic home. “It was an amazing sight,” said ...