Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Harvest Planning and Layout at Frye Mountain WMA

Jeremy Clark – Resource Manager, Lands Program MDIFW’s Lands Program foresters have started laying out areas for a harvest operation at the Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Knox.  A Forest & Wildlife Management Operations Report, or harvest prescription, was developed in 2018 for a 643-acre compartment in the southeastern section of the 5,238-acre […]

Feb 13th

2019

CategoryPosted in Sports Afield

Great Winter Reads

A selection of books for reading by the fireside on a winter evening. When the snow flies, the time is right to curl up by the fire with a good hunting book. Whether you prefer the classics or are looking for something brand-new, here are a few can’t-miss favorites. One of the most interesting hunters […]

Feb 13th

2019

CategoryPosted in Sports Afield

Hunt It to Save It

Photo by Vic Schendel Many think species protection requires the ending of hunting and protection by the government. Neither are true. It was the last clear, bright day of September, and I went out onto the plains to hunt sage grouse. A brace of the oversized birds makes a limit, but there’s still the kicking up […]

Feb 13th

2019

CategoryPosted in Hunt Wild Pennsylvania

Ben Cypher Tells Story About Taking Cameron County’s Biggest Buck on Record

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO. Ben Cypher recently traveled to Harrisburg from Butler County to have his 17-point buck officially scored by Pennsylvania Game Commission staff. Ben, 84, is a disabled veteran who served with the 1st Marine Division in 1953 and 1954. He harvested his 17-point buck on the second day of the […]

Feb 13th

2019

CategoryPosted in Hunt Wild Pennsylvania

New Game Commission Archery Range Ready

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO. Construction on the archery range at the Scotia Shooting Range in Centre County is now complete and ready for archers. The Game Commission maintains public shooting ranges across the state for the shooting enjoyment of Pennsylvanians, and to provide the opportunity to become better hunters. The agency has another […]

Feb 11th

2019

CategoryPosted in Sports Afield

Africa is for the Birds

Hunters focused on big game often overlook the great bird shooting opportunities on the continent. We were just outside of Etosha National Park, in rolling country with the sun just starting to drop over low hills to the west. Namibia’s normally perfect July sky was, well, overcast, carrying a hint of rain so unseasonal as […]

Jan 29th

2019

CategoryPosted in Sports Afield

Traveling with Firearms

Advice for trouble-free travel with firearms, and what to do when things go wrong. Traveling with firearms complicates everything. Honestly, it’s becoming a pain in the posterior…I breathe a sigh of relief when I travel withouta gun case! However, with some exceptions, we still can travel with firearms. It’s pointless to try to list the exceptions, […]

Jan 29th

2019

CategoryPosted in Sports Afield

Climbing for Chamois

The challenging and rewarding pursuit of Europe’s wary mountain goat. Hunting chamois (pronounced shammy or shamwah) is a traditional European pastime. These 55- to 130-pound mountain dwellers have been familiar prey and welcome dinner guests for thousands of years. From peasants and herders to kings and queens, hunters have launched expeditions to slay the hearty, […]

Jan 4th

2019

CategoryPosted in Hunt Wild Pennsylvania

Game Commission’s 2019 ‘Cabin Fever Sundays’ Dates Set

Looking for something outdoor-related and educational to do this winter? Mark your calendars for our 2019 Cabin Fever Sundays series! Three Sundays throughout the colder, wintry months, we will host a seminar for those itching to get some fresh air and learn more about an issue in which the Game Commission is involved. Each of […]

Jan 3rd

2019

CategoryPosted in Hunt Wild Pennsylvania

2018 Buck Harvest Photo Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to RaeAnne Isaacs and Teja Hageter for being voted the winners of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s 2018 Buck Harvest Photo Contest! We’d like to extend a special thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Whether you submitted your photo to one of the categories – rifle or archery – or helped […]

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