Outdoors

Semiautomatic rifles now OK to use for hunting small game, furbearers

HARRISBURG — Hunters heading afield in the 2017-18 seasons will be able to carry semiautomatic rifles for hunting small game and furbearers — but not for big game — based on regulatory changes approved Tuesday by the state Board of Game Commissioners. The commissioners in January ...

Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club begins spring with busy April

MANSFIELD — The Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club, 339 Sportsman’s Club Road, kicks off springtime with a busy month. Among its activities are the following events, which are open to the public as well as members. For more information, call the contact person listed or visit the club’s ...

DEP to gather Pennsylvanians’ input on environmental justice

State Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell is hosting nine roundtables across the state over the next two months to meet with residents and hear their perspectives on environmental justice. In Williamsport, a session will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ...

2 clubs will hold a NRA pistol course

Two area sportsman’s clubs will offer the NRA Basic Pistol Course this year. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6 and Sept. 9 at Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club, 4646 Route 287 in Wellsboro, and on May 20 and Sept. 16 at Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club, 339 Sportsman’s Club Road ...

Youth fishing derby planned

The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will hold a children’s fishing derby on June 3 at the Sheshequin campgrounds, 7 miles north of Trout Run on Route 14 at the Marsh Hill bridge. Children up to age 13 are eligible to participate. The derby will be held rain or shine, and the area is handicap ...

Thai jungle seen as breeding ground for Indochinese tigers

BANGKOK — Conservationists say they have evidence that the critically endangered Indochinese tiger is breeding in a Thai jungle, giving hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be less than 300. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN









A male trumpeter swan, identified 
by its wing tags 
as M78, flies over 
Rose Valley Lake 
in Gamble Township on March 25.

Trumpeter swan makes a rare appearance at Rose Valley Lake

Last Saturday I awoke to a text saying that a friend had found a trumpeter swan at Rose Valley Lake. This species is rare enough in our area that a serious birder knows to skip breakfast and get to the lake as quickly as possible, or risk not getting the species for the yearly county ...

State: Pheasant permit will be needed for next hunting season

Adult and senior hunters in Pennsylvania who pursue pheasants will need to purchase a pheasant permit in addition to a general hunting license in the 2017-18 license year. Junior hunters will not need a permit. The state Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to creating a ...

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 ...

In the parks

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 April 8 — Spring Cleanup Day, 9 a.m., meet at the Environmental Learning Center. Registration encouraged by April 6 by calling 814-625-9369. Gloves and gear provided. Coffee provided at 8:30 a.m. April 15 — Saturday Morning Stroll, 10 ...

Wildlife in the news

CWD reaches Wyoming’s Green River Basin JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A contagious neurological disease that causes elk, deer and moose to wither away and die has spread to Wyoming’s Green River Basin. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Wyoming Game and Fish Department technicians ...

Ducks Unlimited launches new online films

Ducks Unlimited is launching another season of its acclaimed online film series, “DU Films,” in March. Watch a preview of this year’s series, as well films from previous seasons, at www.ducks.org/dufilms. The series is a departure from traditional outdoor shows. Each film features ...

‘Steel City’ boasts Warhol, August Wilson and best cake in America

PITTSBURGH — If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh, you’ll need to learn a few things. Yinz is local for y’all. Carnegie is pronounced Car-NAY-gie (as in Andrew Carnegie, who made a fortune in Pittsburgh’s steel industry, and whose name adorns libraries, museums and more.) And you ...

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Lucas Bielby, left,  and Jay Hoggan drive their team out to feed elk Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, on the Patrol Cabin feed ground in the Gros Ventre north of Jackson, Wyo. While wintering elk have spread out across three feed grounds along the drainage in years past, only about 1,000 elk remained on the Patrol Cabin feed ground this year. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Isolated elk tenders stay close to their work

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — It’s not too big of a deal for a Gros Ventre elk feeder to spend a night “out.” In other words, be stranded — and with no more than an ever-present colleague and elk for company and only dreams of a warm bed and meal. The cause can be a broken ...

OUTDOOR BRIEFS

48th annual rock, mineral show at new site WYSOX — The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club concludes its 48th annual show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Lake Road. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for youth and free for those under age 8. Club members and ...

Bird walks begin Saturday at Hills Creek

WELLSBORO — Gary Tyson, Tiadaghton Audubon Society field trip coordinator, is leading the Saturday Morning Birding Walk series, beginning Saturday, at Hills Creek State Park. The park is on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township, about 7 miles northeast of here. Walks in April will begin ...

IN THE PARKS

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 Through April 19 — Spring Bird Walk Series, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays (except for April 12). Meet at the main park office, then explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned. These bird walks are an ...

Sportsmen clubs announce public events

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sun-Gazette reserves the right to edit items submitted for the “Shooting Sports” section. To submit an event, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3116.) Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County 6386 Route 87, Loyalsockville www.consolidatedsportsmen.com Al Foust, ...

Penn College archers finish indoor season

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Competing March 11-12 at the Indoor Nationals at James Madison University, Pennsylvania College of Technology archers finished with two firsts, two seconds and two thirds while closing out the indoor portion of their season. Markus Weber, of La Plate, Maryland, won the ...

Experts: Coyote sighting uptick in Tenn. is seasonal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The howls from area residents about coyote sightings and problem encounters seem to be increasing around Knox County, but experts say it’s just seasonal business-as-usual. Chris Abraham said he let his dog out on a recent evening in the backyard of his Fountain ...