Outdoors

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Zach Knepp, center, shows a 42-inch drum he caught with the help of brother Ty, right, while fishing with their father Dan.

Fishing for drum an unforgettable experience

While my July trip to the Outer Bank’s southern tip was filled with enjoyable moments, one afternoon was truly an experience I will never forget. Long before heading to Hatteras Village for a relaxing vacation, I booked an excursion with Bak Bar Charters and Captain Will Smith as a ...

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Madison Mowery, 11, peeks into the side of a chicken coop with her father, Robert Mowery, as Hailey Mowery, 10, watches from behind at their Moon Township, Pa. farm. While no eggs were found that morning, the family is hoping the chickens eventually produce enough eggs to sell at local farmers markets. June coyote attacks that killed at least 50 chickens set back their original plan to begin selling eggs as early as June.

As coyotes sightings continue to rise, farmers must work to protect livestock

MOON TOWNSHIP (AP) — Most mornings, Robert Mowery and his family head down the hill from their Moon Township home to their small farm to tend to their flock of chickens. But over the course of several days in June, a clever coyote — or maybe several coyotes — feasted on about 50 of the ...

Students draft bill to name official Pa. amphibian

WILLIAMSPORT — The continent’s largest salamander may join the rest of the state emblems as Pennsylvania’s first-ever official amphibian. If the student-drafted bill passes, the brook trout, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, eastern hemlock and mountain laurel will be joined by the ...

Wild pheasant hunt planned for youth

HARRISBURG — After several years of intensive habitat improvement to support wild pheasants, four dozen junior hunters now will have the opportunity to swing on a wild, cackling pheasant rooster as it pounds skyward this fall. A limited-draw youth pheasant hunt will be held in the Central ...

PGC seeks public’s assistance in turkey survey

HARRISBURG — The Game Commission is again seeking help from the public in surveying wild turkeys in August to get a handle on production statewide. The second-annual web-based Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey is underway. The survey for the first time also will include a mobile app ...

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The locals said there would be no flounder, but they were wrong.

Elusive flounder arrive in time for Hatteras dinner

I have been very fortunate to visit many Atlantic coast beaches over the years. From the time I was a young child with my family until present day with my wife and children, I have made one or two yearly visits to beaches in the Bahamas, New Brunswick and many others in between. In late June ...

Commission holding wild trout summit

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host a wild trout summit open to the public at its Centre County regional office at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26. “This is the first time the agency has hosted a meeting to discuss wild trout,” said Andy Shiels, director of the Bureau of ...

Derry Township fish tournament winners named

LEWISTOWN — Justin Piffer, Gary Bookwalter, Jim Kitner, Kenneth Carlin and Pat McConaughey all won their respective divisions in the 2017 Derry Township Fire Police fishing tournament. Piffer won in the Rock Bass division with his 10 1/2-inch fish that and weighed .9 ounces. David Gates ...

New case of Chronic Wasting Disease found in wild

HARRISBURG — Chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging deer in an area of the state where it previously had been detected only in captive deer. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield County, has tested positive for ...

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Kendra Swartz, of East Waterford, helps her son Wyatt empty his trout into Lost Creek on May 14 in Oakland Mills as part of Lack-Tuscarora Elementary School’s annual trout release. A program was held at Lost Creek Golf Course for the students to teach them about watersheds, local conservation organizations, stream restoration, recycling, fly fishing and an insect study.

Teacher shares a vision for the Lost Creek watershed

UNIVERSITY PARK — Since last October, community members in the Lost Creek Watershed in Juniata County have been meeting with Penn State’s Agriculture and Education Center to develop a vision for Lost Creek — what they want to see for their watershed now and into the future. With their ...