Outdoors

Ruffed Grouse Society to host benefit habitat shoot

MIDDLEBURY CENTER — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its inaugural habitat benefit shoot on July 15 at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays & Game Farm, 619 Leon Brown Road. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support projects to create young forest ...

Construction to begin on Route 154 bridge in Forks Township

Construction for the Route 154 bridge spanning Double Run in Forks Township, Sullivan County, is scheduled to begin as part of the state’s Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Sullivan ...

Governor promotes designated driving, highlights awareness events

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state Department of Transportation, the state police and local police agencies urge travelers across the state to designate a sober driver and buckle their seat belts through the Independence Day holiday weekend. Partnerships throughout the state look to ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on June 16, according to the agency’s website: • Lycoming County Wildlife Conservation Officer Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several bucks sporting visible racks. • Clearfield ...

Dam opening now delayed for weeks

AUSTIN — Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that sediment removal from the George B. Stevenson reservoir has been completed but weather conditions have slowed progress of paving and modifications being made to mooring and launch area. Park officials have extended the opening of the lake ...

Top prize not netted at trout derby

More than 450 people registered for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament on May 20-21, but no one walked away with the top prize of $1,000 in cash. Two of the 461 anglers won $500 cash. Of the 250 tagged fish stocked in Pine Creek by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile ...

Experts choose favorite plants for containers

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is answered by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners. Readers who wish to submit a question to be answered by these experts may email it to region@sungazette.com. Questions also should include the reader’s full name, phone number and town of residence. ...

Revamped Sunday Region section now includes Outdoors news

The Sun-Gazette recently consolidated its Sunday Region and Outdoors sections into one combined section, which generally will be the “B” section every week. Outdoors formerly was the “F” section. With this consolidation will come some changes to content because instead of having six ...

OUT & ABOUT

Otzinachson group, society plan hikes The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region. They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to ...

In the parks

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 May 13 — Bald Eagle Bird Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free; registration required and opens May 1. Learn about bird identification, bird watch by kayak, build a bluebird house to take home, experience live mammals and raptors, dissect owl pellets ...

Afield with Friends: Improve your catch with strike indicators

I discovered years ago I could fool more trout if I could detect the slightest bump on my imitation fly. I also learned, when guiding clients with little casting experience, using a strike indicator when fishing nymphs would help in the learning process to help them be good nymphers. That ...

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program moving closer to Lycoming County

A statewide initiative that puts out highly trained natural science envoys is moving closer to the area and looking for individuals who are ready to take on the rewarding challenge of connecting people to their ecosystems. The Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program is a venture directed ...

State parks to hold public activities

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 April 19 — Spring Bird Walk Series, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at the main park office, then explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned. Excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to learn more about bird ...

Outdoor Briefs

Artist to present program about Pa. mammals Do black bears really hibernate? Are there any flying mammals in Pennsylvania? If you stumble upon a fisher out on your favorite trout stream, will it necessarily be wearing rubber waders? Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, local artist and outdoorsman ...

State forest road to close

WELLSBORO — The Tioga State Forest announces that portions of Painter-Leetonia Road in Elk Township, Tioga County, will be closed effective Monday, due to tree removal. The road is south of Colton Point State Park. The locations of the temporary road closure will be the intersection ...

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Successful anglers line up for a photo with their catches from a previous year’s trout derby sponsored by Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club near Mansfield.

Youth ready for club’s 5th annual trout derby

MANSFIELD — A hearty bunch of young ladies and men donated their time earlier this month to stock trout for the fifth annual kids trout derby sponsored by the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club. Hundreds of trout from Arnot Sportsman’s Club and Morris Rod and Gun Club were scooped, hauled ...

Register now for Upper Pine Creek trout derby

Anglers who register by May 1 for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament will save $5 on the fee for adults. The tournament, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 along a ...

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Two male flickers perform territorial behavior on a lawn in South Williamsport on April 10.

Watch for unique ground-feeding woodpeckers

Think of a bird that you would expect to see on the ground. Perhaps you might think of the American robin or some sort of sparrow. But what about a woodpecker? The northern flicker is a common woodpecker that feeds on the ground and primarily eats ants. It is the most widespread and ...

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Morgan Craft and her dad, Dave, who also was one of her first shooting coaches, display a poster honoring her during the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks’ recent annual banquet.

Olympian: Encourage children to succeed, support their dreams

HUGHESVILLE — The list of Olympic skeet shooter Morgan Craft’s accomplishments are so extensive that, in presenting her with a Distinguished Service Award from the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks, the group’s president, Dayl McClintock, said the award should be renamed the ...

OUTDOOR BRIEFS

Volunteers needed to help clear trail The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear the Loyalsock Trail today and on April 23 and May 7. Work will include clearing the footpath, trimming limbs that block views of blazes and checking blazes and mile markers for tight ...