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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 […]

Comments - 6:55 am - updated: 12:26 pm.

Outdoors with Tom Venesky: Ticks in the turkey woods more than just a nuisance

It takes a lot of focus to hunt turkeys in the fall. Every movement in the woods has to be carefully calculated to avoid being detected by a turkey’s keen eyesight. Flocks are tracked down by locating scratchings on the forest floor or by listening for the faint tree calls of roosted birds at daylight. […]

Comments - 6:30 am

Increase in deer movement reminder to be cautious while driving

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 their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as […]

Comments - 6:15 am - updated: 10:37 am.

Caught on Camera

Lew Matalavy of Wyoming County captured this unique white squirrel on his trail camera last winter. The squirrel sticks out against the drab gray winter woods, and it’s likely an easier target for predators. Matalavy said white squirrel was spotted on numerous occasions in the area, but there’s no word of any recent sightings. While […]

Comments - 6:01 am

A change to archery bear season could lead to bigger harvest

Last year hunters harvested 225 bears during the archery season, and one Pennsylvania Game Commission official believes that number could be significantly higher this year. The archery bear season opens on Oct. 30 and concludes Nov. 4 — two weeks earlier than previous years. The Game Commission opted to move the season up in order […]

Comments - 3:27 pm

Outdoors with Tom Venesky: There’s no such thing as a wildlife officer

The unfortunate incident last week involving a waterways conservation officer (WCO) with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission highlighted a misconception that has long plagued the law enforcement personnel of two state agencies. I read and listened to several media accounts of the incident in which law enforcement officials said the WCO was on patrol […]

Comments - 3:26 pm

Mild temperatures present a challenge for hunters to preserve their harvest

Hunters are used to battling the elements when in the field, but this archery season has presented an uncommon foe: heat. With daily temperatures reaching into the upper 70s on some days, the weather during the archery season has been more like summer than fall. While the mild temperatures make for a pleasant day in […]

Comments - 3:25 pm

Fall turkey season opener less than a week away: What you need to know

Any chance of success for hunters during the upcoming fall turkey season is essentially predicated on the spring. That’s when the nesting success of hens, followed by the survival of poults, determines how many turkeys will be in the fall woods for the Oct. 28 season opener. The better things are for nesting and poult […]

Comments - 3:04 pm

Caught on Camera

While this isn’t a trail camera picture or a photo of a wild animal, this shot of a patch of vibrant yellow flowers is an example of the beauty found in nature. Benedict A. Yatko of Hanover Township took the photos along the Susquehanna River near the boat launch behind the Breslau Fire Hall. Yatko […]

Comments - 3:01 pm

Outdoors with Tom Venesky: Lead preventing state’s eagles from soaring

More eagles in Pennsylvania are dying from lead contamination. Granted, there are more eagles in the state than there has been for quite some time, so it makes sense that an increase in mortality would result from numerous factors, including lead. But what I find alarming is the amount of lead in of some of […]

Comments - 3:00 pm - updated: 3:06 pm.

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