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Is cleaner water to blame for fewer muskrats?

Tom Hardisky believes he knows the reason why muskrats have been on the decline in Pennsylvania. Problem is, there might not be a solution. Muskrat populations have declined over the last 25 years and Hardisky, who is a furbearer biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has studied a number of factors in an effort to […]

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Game Commission brings back popular game-lands tours

The last time the Pennsylvania Game Commission conducted public tours of three state game lands in the northeast, more than 2,200 people participated. That was in 2015, and despite the large turnout, the agency decided to cancel the tours last year as various programs were cut to save money. The PGC hasn’t received a hunting […]

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One bald eagle released into the wild, another one needs more work

DANVILLE — When the immature bald eagle soared through the goalpost at the edge of a football field, it was a touchdown for those who worked for months to save the injured bird. But when a second bald eagle was released, there would be no extra point. On Aug. 19 the Pennsylvania Game Commission and […]

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Caught on Camera

Good luck counting all of those points. John Duda of White Haven photographed this buck that appears to have four main beams and a multitude of points, making it a one-of-a-kind non-typical rack. But the photo is a result of good timing on Duda’s part, as he was able to capture the buck while another […]

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Q&A: Jim Shockey’s daughter, Eva, promotes benefits of hunting in new book

Eva Shockey is following in the footsteps of her father, legendary hunter Jim Shockey, and she’s finding out how busy the path can be. She is the co-host with her father on Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures in the Outdoor Channel, an ambassador for numerous hunting and outdoor-related brands and travels the country speaking about hunting […]

Comments - 1:36 pm - updated: 2:10 pm.

Caught on Camera

This photo taken by Leroy Betz in Hollenback Township is a rather ominous sign for next year. A half dozen gypsy moths laying egg masses on a tree in July signal that the destructive caterpillers will return in areas next summer. That means trees, primarily oaks, will be defoliated again and, in places where the […]

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Outdoors with Tom Venesky: A tragic end for a fawn

In the shade of a stand of towering hemlocks bordering a small stream that traversed a hollow, I found solitude. And death. The hollow, which is accessible by a single-lane dirt road overgrown with a rhododendron, hemlocks and oaks, is the perfect place to explore on a hot summer day. The shade offered by the […]

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History in the making with upcoming wild pheasant hunt

This hasn’t happened in decades. At least not in Pennsylvania. For two days in November, hunters will pursue truly wild pheasants — born and raised in Pennsylvania farmland — for a hunt that is both historic and symbolic. Ring-necked pheasants, which are native to Asia, were first stocked in Pennsylvania in the early 20th century. […]

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Local bass tournament news and results

Local bass tournament schedules and results (to have your tournament listed or post results, email [email protected]): Duke’s Bass Tournaments will hold a weekly Wednesday night tournament at Harveys Lake. Starting time is 6 p.m. and weigh-in is at 9 p.m. at the public boat launch. Anglers will weigh-in their heaviest bass and the weekly entry […]

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Local groups partner with PGC to plant 5-mile food plot on State Game Lands 57

FORKSTON TWP. — Randy Storrs eased his four-wheeler onto the old logging road and sprayed the vegetation to prepare the ground to become a food plot. It was the beginning of a long trek, one that will last five miles and take three years to complete. Members of the Red Rock Chapter of the National […]

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