Undercurrents by Jeff Mulhollem

Daley named Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor of the Year

Harrisburg — Jim Daley, of Cranberry Township, Butler County, recently was honored by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners as the 2009 Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor of the year. “Jim Daley typically goes above-and-beyond the call of duty to provide the…

Game Commission offers Project WILD programs for educators

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a series of upcoming professional development opportunities offered as part of the agency’s Project WILD program. Classroom teachers, early childhood teachers, informal educators, homeschooler leaders and Scout and youth group leaders are…

Game Commission urges support for wildlife housing issues

Harrisburg — As development continues take over wildlife habitats, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has a way for wildlife enthusiasts to help support wildlife housing needs without having to apply for a second mortgage. The agency’s Howard Nursery is…

Clubs urged to participate in pheasant chick and egg program

Harrisburg — Sportsmen’s organizations with approved propagation facilities can augment local ring-necked pheasant stockings and increase localized recreational hunting opportunities by raising day‑old pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Applications to participate can be downloaded from the…

Game Commission releases official 2009 bear harvest

Harrisburg — According to official 2009 bear harvest figures released today by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took a total of 3,512 bears, which included 116 bears during the archery bear season; 3,052 bears during the statewide three-day season; and…

Pennsylvania Volunteers Win Top Awards at NWTF Convention

Edgefield, S.C — The Pennsylvania State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation received two L.A. Dixon Memorial Chapter Awards during the NWTF's 34th annual National Convention and Sport Show, which was sponsored by Midway USA, in Nashville, Tenn. The…

Zionsville NWTF Chapter Wins National Award for Educating Youth

Edgefield, S.C. — Volunteers with the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are dedicated to preserving North America's outdoor traditions by providing opportunities for youth to learn outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, shooting and more. NWTF's…

China to release pollution-fighting fish in lake

Authorities in eastern China have said they will release 20 million algae-eating fish into one of the nation's most scenic lakes that has been ravaged by pollution.  Taihu Lake, which straddles Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, has been severely polluted by…

Hunter-killed elk test negative for CWD and other diseases

Harrisburg — Samples taken from the 43 hunter-killed elk during the state’s 2009 hunting season have all tested negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife veterinarian.    Samples also tested negative…

PGC habitat-improvement project includes controlled-burn on State Game Land176

State College, Pa. — Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently announced that they plan to conduct controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem.  Originally outlined in public meetings…

Pa. Game Commission offers seedlings to landowners

Harrisburg — Landowners seeking to plant trees beneficial to wildlife can order seedlings being offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery, which is accepting orders until April 27.  Order forms and information are available on the agency’s Web site…

Game Commission responds to legislative deer audit

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe on Tuessay responded to the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s audit titled “The Deer Management Program of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, A Comprehensive Review and Evaluation.” “We believe it was a thorough review of our…

Flawed concept may set back market-based rescue of Chesapeake Bay

Bills in Congress, some state agencies, and some environmental advocates are promoting a program of buying and selling pollution credits as a way to have regulated polluters pay unregulated farmers hundreds of millions of dollars every year to install practices…

PGC 'disappointed' with legislative resources audit

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today issued the following statement on the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s audit titled “Examination of Current and Future Costs and Revenues from Forest Products, Oil, Gas and Mineral Extraction…

Lake Erie frozen for first time in 14 years

According AccuWeather.com, following a cold snap in the Northeast, Lake Erie's surface is virtually frozen over for the first time in about 14 years. The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along the northern shore and several inches along…

Commissioner picks still remain an issue

Jeff Mulhollem Game and fish commissioner appointments have been controversial for a century. Today, with deer-management and trout-stocking issues at the forefront of sportsmen debate, that is likely more true than ever. "If Jesus Christ himself were nominating commissioner candidates,…

Huge Pa. coyotes have us pondering wolves

Coyotes of about 50 pounds are not unheard of in Pennsylvania, but to hear that three were just taken in the recent Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt is an eye-opener. In case you missed it, it was established by a study…

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Jeff-Mulhollem

Jeff Mulhollem, now of State College, Pa., has been writing, editing and publishing for Pennsylvania sportsmen for more than three decades, and he relishes covering issues that are important to hunters, fishermen and other outdoors enthusiasts in a tough, balanced and professional way. One of very few outdoor writers who is as comfortable writing about agriculture, the environment or complex natural science as hunting and fishing, he strongly believes ethical journalism should be practiced online as well as on paper. His greatest outdoor passion is fishing.

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