Game Commission protecting winter bat habitat

While few people think of a cold, dark, and wet cave as animal “habitat,” that’s exactly what it is for many of Pennsylvania’s bats — at least for about half of the year. Six of Pennsylvania’s nine bat species enter natural or man-made caves each winter when their food supply of insects disappears. It is […]

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Harveys Lake resident pursues goal to become a pro bass angler

Cody Cutter burned all of his time off from work this year fishing. The Harveys Lake resident used his days off not so much to vacation at the beach, but to moonlight for his other career. Fishing. Cutter, 24, has been working on becoming a professional bass angler for several years, and this year he […]

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Pleasant weather makes for happy hunting on first day of deer rifle season

HUNLOCK CREEK — For the first time in three years, Jeff Williams went out to the woods and brought home a buck. Trouble was, he had his eye on another. “Tbere were two of them, side by side,” Williams, from Larksville, said. “With the angle I had, I only had one shot.” This wasn’t a […]

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Hunters encouraged to donate venison this season

Each year, the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters results in about 200,000 meals for the state’s hungry. And adding to the total has never been easier. By donating venison through Hunters Sharing the Harvest – a program that works through a network of meat processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and […]

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State bear harvest remains down after first three days of season

Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season on Tuesday harvested 318 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,628 — about a 30 percent decrease compared to the 2,308 bears taken during the first three days of the 2016 season. Extensive rain on the season’s opening day, Nov. 18, led to the harvest […]

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Opening day bear harvest drops drastically

The first day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season resulted in a harvest of 659 black bears, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The figure is a decrease from the 1,297 bears harvested on the first day in 2016. Rain throughout the state was a big factor behind the reduced harvest […]

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Wet start to bear season may keep the harvest down

The timing was perfect for Austin Schuler’s first bear. He spent the Saturday opener of the statewide bear season hunting with his stepfather, Kevin Ball, on South Mountain in Wyoming County. At 9 .m., Schuler saw a bear heading toward him, and when it drew closer he connected with a shot. And just as Schuler […]

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Pennsylvania’s deer season opener an annual tradition

Pennsylvania’s coming firearms deer season packs promise for hundreds of thousands of hunters as they await its opener the Monday after Thanksgiving. Unseasonably warm weather and an abundance of fall mast made it more challenging to pattern deer movements throughout the statewide six-week archery season, which concluded Nov. 11. Now “rifle season” offers the next […]

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Building a big buck: Antler-growth factors same for domestic and wild deer

When it comes to raising deer on his farm in Zion Grove, Mike Schlauch’s goals are the same as most hunters: He wants big bucks. While many hunters will dream of harvesting a trophy buck when the statewide deer season opens on Nov. 27, there are several factors involved in the growth of antlers. Factors […]

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Record bear season on the horizon?

An abundance of fall foods will have a huge black-bear population on the move as hunters head out Nov. 18 for the opening day of Pennsylvania’s four-day statewide firearms bear season. Penn’s Woods has been smothered by hard and soft mast this past summer and fall. Leaf-drop also was delayed by uncommonly warm weather into […]

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