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Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mark Nale

Some of the biggest coyotes ever taken in Pennsylvania’s Mosquito Creek contest shot this year

The Mosquito Creek Sportsmen Club, in Clearfield County, Pa., recently finished its 33rd annual coyote hunt. For the first time in hunt history, the top three entries all weighed over 50 pounds.
With thousands of coyotes entered over the 32 previous hunts, only 10 topped 50 pounds. Mosquito Creek holds the largest and longest-running coyote contest in Pennsylvania.

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Cooperative trout nurseries in Pennsylvania getting extra attention

The Fish & Boat Commission is reaffirming the importance of Pennsylvania’s cooperative trout nursery program.
Twenty-five cooperative trout nursery managers and volunteers gathered at the Moshannon Community Center Feb. 24 in a luncheon meeting sponsored by the agency. The session was held to teach better ways for the co-ops to manage their trout, as well as how to fill out the Fish & Boat Commission’s new “Notice of Stocking” form.

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Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission plans $93 project to improve state fish hatcheries

New wild trout streams and Class A Wild Trout Waters seem to be identified and approved at almost every quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. This causes some anglers to wonder if the agency is abandoning or at least de-emphasizing stocked trout.
According to Tim Schaeffer, agency executive director, that is just not the case. He addressed a group of cooperative trout nursery operators at a Feb. 24 meeting in Moshannon.
“Stocked trout are still very important to the commission,” Schaeffer said. “In fact, we have just started on a $93 million hatchery capital improvement project, with completion likely in 2028.”

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Mark Nale: Pennsylvania’s wealth of public land questioned

I was troubled by a recent article in Pennsylvania Outdoor News, headlined “Senators: PGC owns enough game lands.” 
The story reported on comments made by Pennsylvania senators after Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans gave his annual report to the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R–Butler, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Venango and Warren counties) wanted to know if there was an upper limit to the acres of game lands that the Pennsylvania Game Commission should own.

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Increasing number of unusual birds spotted in Pennsylvania lately

Earlier this month I traveled to Cumberland County, Pa., hopefully to see and photograph an unusual bird – a limpkin. If you have never heard of a limpkin, you aren’t alone. Limpkins are native to Florida, Central and South America.
With the help of a local photographer and Facebook friend, I was able to locate the limpkin feeding along Conodoquinet Creek in suburban Mechanicsburg.

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Rule changes on Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake upset bass anglers, tournament organizers

Tournament bass anglers and tournament organizers in Pennsylvania are upset about rule changes at Raystown Lake for 2024 that sharply reduce hours when events can occur.
A Jan. 16 news release from the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asked fishing tournament directors to schedule the start and end times of their tournaments outside of peak capacity weekend hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, between Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends, “when first-come, first-served boating traffic is heaviest.”

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Mark Nale: Open Fields Doctrine is important for the protection of Pennsylvania’s wildlife

When I read the reader commentary in the Dec. 22 issue of Pennsylvania Outdoor News, I thought, “Wow – this guy makes sense.”
Wayne Bush of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, was commenting about two Clearfield County hunting clubs’ efforts to circumvent the “Open Fields Doctrine,” — a law that allows law enforcement officers, including game wardens, access to undeveloped private property. The clubs lost in court and then appealed the ruling.

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Pennsylvania bear hunters take fewer than 3,000 bruins for first time since 2007

Preliminary bear harvest figures indicate that hunters in Pennsylvania harvested 2,906 bears during all seasons in 2023. This is the first time in 16 years that the harvest has dropped below 3,000 bears.
The harvest was below 3,000 in 2007 and also in 2002, but you have to go way back to 1999 to find harvests consistently below 3,000.

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