Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mark Nale

Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania respond to accusations, tell what happened to funds intended for CWD research

It has been four-and-a-half years since the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania held a press conference in Harrisburg announcing that the group was backing chronic wasting disease research done by Dr. Frank Bastian.
Bastian – at the time a researcher affiliated with Louisiana State University – claimed that CWD is caused by a bacterium, rather than a prion, contrary to what is believed by the vast majority of the scientific community.

Wild flamingos visit Pennsylvania for the first time as birders flock to Franklin County

Birders from all over the eastern United States have been flocking to see the first-ever-reported wild flamingos in Pennsylvania. Avid birder John Carter, of Chambersburg, was the first person to spot them Sept. 7.
“I am beyond words right now, on my lunch break I decided to check some local ponds for shorebirds, and wouldn’t you know I would find the first reported American Flamingos in the state of Pennsylvania,” he wrote on his Facebook page. Carter also reported his find on Cornell University’s eBird. The popular birding website collects and keeps track of bird sightings from all over the world. A representative from Cornell Lab of Ornithology checked out the flamingos a few days later.

Pennsylvania club completes another Tubmill Creek tributary restoration effort

The Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited recently completed yet another habitat project in its continuing efforts to restore Pennsylvania’s Tubmill Creek and its tributaries.
This year’s undertaking improved 2,500 feet of Hendricks Creek on the Peters property, just downstream from last year’s improvements.
“This is our 16th continuous year of restoring sections of stream in the Tubmill Creek watershed,” club President Lin Gamble said. “It was one of our most ambitious projects to date.”

New trout management strategy floated for 12 stream sections in Pennsylvania

A new trout management strategy was introduced at the April 5 Fisheries and Hatcheries Committee meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
According to David Nihart, chief of the Division of Fisheries Management for the agency, the new program, if approved, would benefit anglers wanting to target and keep stocked trout.
In addition, it would encourage growth of the wild brown trout population in those same streams.

Mark Nale: Pennsylvania game commissioners got it right on doe license allocations

At their April 2023 meeting, the Board of Game Commissioners made the right move toward better scientific management of Pennsylvania’s deer herd. They shocked some hunters by not interfering with the antlerless license allocations put forth by Game Commission biologists.
Past practice was for commissioners to field “there-are-no-deer” complaints from hunters and then to ask for reduced allocations for wildlife management units within their district. This brought hunters into the equation, but it wasn’t good for wildlife management. Have you ever met a deer hunter who said that there were too many deer?

Pennsylvania citizens pack Department of Environmental Protection hearing for Huntingdon wetland

More than 75 people attended the May 3 hearing that could decide the fate of the popular Old Crow Wetland in Huntingdon County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held the hearing to gather testimony regarding the discharge of stormwater from a proposed Rutter’s truck stop/gas station/convenience store on the outskirts of Huntingdon.

Pennsylvania study shows many more of state’s elk calves die than previously thought

A three-year study that was recently completed shows that elk calves in Pennsylvania survive at a much lower rate than previously thought. This new discovery likely will affect future elk management decisions.
The research was the work of former elk biologist aide Avery Corondi, now in a master’s degree program at Penn State. It was done in cooperation with and fully funded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Two large fish habitat projects finished at Sayers Lake in Pennsylvania

Two large fish habitat projects were completed during the winter drawdown at Sayers Lake in Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County. Anglers will reap rewards for years to come.
Sayers Dam, an Army Corps of Engineers’ flood control facility, is drawn down 20 feet every winter so that it can retain more water if a flood should hit the area due to snowmelt or heavy spring rains.
The dam is being slowly refilled now and should be at summer level by the end of May.

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