Outdoors

PA deer farmers play prominent role in managing chronic wasting disease

HARRISBURG — A new study that examines the links between infection and genetic markers aims to help deer and elk farmers manage chronic wasting disease, also known as CWD, a fatal brain disease that poses a serious threat to the health of the animals and the livelihood of their farmers in ...

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Charlie Pittenger, 15, of New Columbia, shows off his first black bear, which he shot on the first day of rifle deer season last month. When he and his dad headed into the woods that day, Charlie was hoping to bag his first buck. Harvesting the bear instead still “was a special thing,” Charlie said, even though the meat was inedible due to an infection.

Young hunter harvests bruin during extended season

NEW COLUMBIA — When Charlie Pittenger walked into the pre-dawn darkness of the woods on the first day of deer season, he was hoping for his first buck — but a black bear three times his size would do just fine, he said. Charlie, 15, started hunting with his grandfather and his ...

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Shown above is a view of the wetlands that are part of a newly purchased lot that will serve as an access area for the northern part of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

Additional 132 acres purchased for Pine Creek Rail Trail upgrades

The Pine Creek Rail Trail added 132 acres earlier this month when the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and the state Bureau of Forestry quickly worked to secure the land that will become the new Cavanaugh Access fitted with new improvements. The new land will serve as a needed ...

Outdoor Briefs

Last hike of the year is set for today The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold their last public hikes of the year today. It is at R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest in Union County. The group will hike a variety of ...

Clubs announce activities

(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, ...

In the parks

Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro Office: 570-724-4246 Jan. 1 — First Day Hike, 1 p.m., beach parking area. Start out on the right foot in 2017 with a short hike, exploring nature in winter. The slow-paced, family-oriented hike will be less than 1.5 miles in length. If conditions warrant, ...

85-year-old Illinois woman has hunted deer since 1958

NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — Every hunting season since 1958, Doris McKay, 85, of Neoga, has ventured into the woods in search of deer. This year at the end of deer hunting season she was to continue doing what she loves, carrying the same gun she’s used for 60 years. “I’m not going to sit in ...

Winners of ’16 National Outdoor Book Awards announced

POCATELLO, Idaho — A woman’s thousand-mile journey across Alaska in a dogsled.  A scientist’s quest to find primitive creatures under the seas.  The saga of the first ascent of one of the world’s most dangerous mountains. These are some of the themes among this year’s winners of ...

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The carpenter ants at right were inactive inside a log. When columnist Bill Bower split open the log, some of the ants started moving about but many remained in a big
ball. Note  the tan cocoons.

Reflections in Nature: Carpenter ants hibernate too

In our backyard, I’ve noticed that the ground beneath the Norway spruce tree is littered with tips of branches. At first I thought that the tree was attacked by a disease and that strong winds had caused the tips of branches to break off and fall to the ground. Upon closer ...

Wildlife in the News

Scientists say reindeer may be shrinking in individual size due to warming climate STOCKHOLM (AP) — Reindeer living on the Arctic island of Svalbard are getting smaller — and scientists say climate change may be the cause. Scientists from Britain and Norway have found that adult ...

Crazy ants inudate residences in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hoping to underscore his point about a new pestilence that has arrived in Central Texas, ant researcher Edward LeBrun pointed to a Mason jar in his office. The Austin American-Statesman reports the jar looked like it was filled with blackberry jam. But it was actually ...

Trip to Israel gives Hanukkah new meaning for family

JERUSALEM — For Reform Jews like us, Hanukkah means lighting candles, eating latkes and opening presents. But this year the holiday holds deeper meaning: It’s a way of remembering our trip to Israel, where we connected with the real story of Hanukkah and brought a piece of it home. We ...

Reflections in Nature: Paw paw fruits rich in zinc

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my wife Mary Alice and I visited our son’s family in Virginia. We were delighted to see our first great grandchild, a beautiful baby girl named Grayson. The grandparents told us they wanted Grayson to call them Nanna and Paw Paw. On a ...

ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 3 AND THEREAFTER - In a Nov. 17, 2016 photo, a sandhill crane does a courtship dance in a harvested corn field near the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Medaryville, Ind. Sandhill cranes that leave their northern nesting grounds every year stop by the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area's wetlands between October and December on their way south for the winter. (J. Kyle Keener/Pharos-Tribune via AP)

Indiana wetlands are a stopover for migrating sandhill cranes

EDARYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Every fall, Pulaski and Jasper counties get thousands of new residents. They stand about 3 1/2 feet tall, have long legs and necks, red foreheads, sharp beaks and 7-foot wingspans and like to dance. They’re sandhill cranes that leave their ...

Outdoor Briefs

Annual Frostbite run is today The 36th annual Frostbite 5 Mile Run and Penguin 5K Walk will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at the DuBoistown Fire Hall. A registration fee covers a race T-shirt and a chance to win one of 65 medals and trophies. It is sponsored by local businesses, with all ...

In the Parks

Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro Office: 570-724-4246 Jan. 1 — First Day Hike, 1 p.m., beach parking area. Start out on the right foot in 2017 with a short hike, exploring nature in winter. The slow-paced, family-oriented hike will be less than 1.5 miles in length. If conditions warrant, ...

Clubs announce activities

(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, ...