Outdoors

Reflections in Nature: Rifle deer season starts Monday

Here in Pennsylvania, the opening of buck season on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day has been a tradition for more than a century and many schools and some businesses are closed this day. Since the hunters have many opportunities to hunt for the elusive whitetail before the regular ...

Photo by John Eaton
As the band plays, the Fezziwigs and visitors at the 2016 Dickens of a Christmas do the Sir Roger de Coverley contra dance in Wellsboro.

Dickens of a Christmas celebrates 34th year this weekend

Special to the Sun-Gazette WELLSBORO — The community’s Dickens of a Christmas is celebrating its 34th anniversary this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 and 3. The festival annually rekindles the holiday spirit by turning back the clock to England’s Victorian era and author ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF Charles Hildebrand
A red-breasted nuthatch perches on a suet feeder.

Fall begins bird feeding season

Spring and early- to mid-summer can be busy times around the backyard feeder stations. Male and female birds are busy nesting and raising young and having tasty seeds and maybe suet reasonably close to suitable nesting habitat allows the mature birds to replenish their energy reserves with ...

Golden harvest: Some Pa. farmers collect deer urine

LANDISBURG (AP) — It was harvest time at Rick Lowe’s split-level home in rural Perry County, and the flypaper above his living room couch swung heavy with the dead. Down some stairs, behind wooden doors, the pungent laboratory where Lowe practices his reverse alchemy was full of needles ...

Out & About

Christmas event planned WATSONTOWN — The Watsontown Area Business Association will begin the Christmas season with a “Making Family Memories Evening” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Watsontown Canal Pavilion, next to the Lingle Neighborhood Market. Tree lighting begins at 6, followed ...

Luzerne County archer harvests 500-pound bear

MOUNTAIN TOP (AP) — Devon Woolfolk didn’t expect to see a bear while he was archery hunting in Rice Township on Oct. 31. In fact, Woolfolk wasn’t anticipating a bear walking in front of his treestand and offering a broadside shot. But just in case the unexpected happened, Woolfolk ...

Biologists: State may see an increase in buck harvest for 3rd year

Pennsylvania’s coming firearms deer season packs promise for hundreds of thousands of hunters as they await its opener the Monday after Thanksgiving. Unseasonably warm weather and an abundance of fall mast made it more challenging to pattern deer movements throughout the statewide six-week ...

AWASH IN ALGAE: Toxic threat flourishes despite vast sums spent to prevent it

MONROE, Mich. — Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, ...

AP Explains: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. ...

Channel your inner lumberjack by harvesting your own firewood

When winter scratches at the door, flannel-shirted lumberjacks fight back with roaring fires fueled by wood they hauled, cut and dried themselves. But local expert Richard Spencer has tips on how to harvest firewood so that even fledgling tree-fellers can invoke their inner lumberjack, ...

Monsanto asks Arkansas judge to halt state’s ban on herbicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state’s plan to ban an herbicide that’s drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage. Monsanto asked a ...

Riders compete in state 4-H horse show

HARRISBURG — The 58th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held Oct. 27-29 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 73 performance classes throughout the weekend. More than 1,600 entries were shown by youth. The ...

Learn about issue of farm succession

Penn State Extension will offer a two-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 for farmers who are facing how to decide what do to with their farms when they retire. Titled “What’s Your Exit Strategy? Empowering Families To Get Started On Their Succession Plan,” the workshop ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Nov. 13 No hay report issued. All animals sold per 100 pounds unless otherwise stated. The market information in this report is collected through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Quality Systems Assessment’s Livestock Auction Market Reporting ...

Real estate transactions filed in county courthouse

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Wayne Riley Jr. and Jessica Emily Smith to Ronald C. Gair Jr., $196,000, 1301 Country Club Drive • David C. and Pamela L. Shipman to Michael J. Bower, $260,000, 2031 Riverside Drive • ...

Soybean workshops set for December

The Penn State Extension Crop Management Team has scheduled four soybean production workshops in December. The daylong workshops teach soybean producers new integrated pest and cultural management practices covering the entire growing season, from planting to harvest. Each workshop ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
During the southward migration, geese, will stop to feed and wait until they have a tail wind to continue the trip.

Reflections in Nature: Where the wild goose goes

So far this has been an autumn with temperatures staying higher than normal. Although the leaves on the trees were late in changing colors, as I’m writing this column, many trees still retain their leaves. We have birds that have not migrated south, and I have seen only a few northern ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on Oct. 13, according to the agency’s website: • Clinton County Wildlife Conservation Officer Kirk Miller reported it was nice to see good hunter participation on the first day of archery ...

PennDOT centers closed for holiday

The state Department of Transportation’s driver license and photo centers will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Customers may obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online ...

Electronic devices now lawful for hunting, agency reports

HARRISBURG — Four electronic devices recently approved for use while hunting now may be used afield. Within established seasons, hunters now may use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and ...