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Outdoors

When fox season opens, it’s all about the chase

GLASGOW, Va. (AP) — A distant, deep woods howling sharpened into the baying and barking of hounds as riders gathered recently in the opening meet of the official fox hunting season, hosted by the Rockbridge Hunt, joined by the Glenmore Hunt. Several formally dressed riders encircled ...

Veteran ranger heading to country’s first national park

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Sarah Davis has enjoyed her time in Tupelo and has nothing but praise for the people and environment. “The people are friendly, Tupelo is a great size town with a great location,” said Davis, the chief ranger for the Natchez Trace Parkway. “It’s five hours to ...

It has never been easier for mentors to recruit

WEST CHESTER — Derek Stoner congratulated everyone in the room who had served at least once as a mentor in the Pennsylvania Game Commission Mentored Youth Hunting Program that allows youth younger than 12 years of age to hunt squirrels, rabbits, doves, woodchucks, coyotes, deer and turkeys ...

Less packing time equals more hunting

How many hunting stories, or tall tales. begin with, “I know a guy?” Do they really know “a guy”? I’m sure they do — I know I do. The guy I know is probably in his late 50s or early 60s and he’s a diehard hunter. He’s the kind of hunter that year after year, no matter the ...

Enter your buck in The Sentinel’s annual contest

LEWISTOWN — The Sentinel’s annual Big Buck Contest welcomes entries from hunters who take a deer in Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Snyder or Huntingdon counties, or by residents of those counties hunting anywhere in Pennsylvania. Bucks shot in other states may not be entered. To enter, we ...

Animal warden still has a soft spot after 35 years

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The job of an animal control warden isn’t often glorified. According to the job description, the officers’ duties include investigating animal humane violations, animal bite incidents and removing and disposing of dead animals. They may also have to impound, and ...

Fall hunting season looking up for turkey hunters

From staff reports HARRISBURG — Two consecutive light fall wild turkey harvests and a substantial statewide turkey population of 212,000 birds should provide plenty of action in the fall turkey hunting season, which opened Saturday in most Wildlife Management Units. Turkey season openers ...

If passed, Sunday hunting can’t happen until next year

HARRISBURG — Passing the state House of Representatives Oct. 29 by a 144-54 vote, legislation that would provide expanded Sunday hunting opportunities in Pennsylvania appears likely to become law soon. But the Pennsylvania Game Commission wants hunters to know Senate Bill 147 has not been ...

Hunt with care: Rare virus found to be in Pennsylvania

From staff reports HARRISBURG — Chronic Wasting Disease isn’t the only malady impacting hunters and wildlife in Penn’s Woods this year. A rare mosquito-transmitted virus has been documented in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging hunters and others who ...

Deer on the move on state roadways

HARRISBURG — With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight-saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert. Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to ...