Outdoors

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 ...

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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 ...

Sugar Valley residents air concerns on Nicholas Meats

LOCK HAVEN — It might get worse before it gets better — and it might never get better at all. That seems to be the attitude of some Sugar Valley residents who live near a slaughterhouse and meat processing plant. About 50 people packed the Greene Township building Monday for a hearing ...

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Lily, 11, and Braxton Waltz, 2 1/2, check out the new rock wall in the Lycoming County Master Gardeners’ Sensory Garden at the Lysock View Complex in Loyalsock Township.

Rock wall adds to Sensory Garden

The crew responsible for a newly constructed rock wall at the Lycoming County Master Gardeners’ Sensory Garden earned recognition from the county commissioners on Thursday. Glenn Luse, a Pennsylvania College of Technology instructor, and seven students from his masonry and stone masonry ...

Gardeners prepare for holiday gift program

Want to put a personal spin on your gift-giving this holiday season? The Lycoming County Master Gardeners may have a workshop for you. A make-it-and-take-it class called “Garden Gifts for Christmas” will be held at noon on Saturday in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County ...

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An unidentified person walks on the Bluebird Trail at the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority property near DuBoistown.

Walk in Penn’s Woods: New initiative on Oct. 1 showcases state’s forests

A new program, initiated by Penn State’s Center for Private Forests along with the Bureau of Forestry, kicks off this fall to showcase the many values and uses of Pennsylvania’s forests. Throughout the state, local water authorites, sawmills, landowners and conservation groups ...