“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.”
The early bird seasons begin in less than one month.
Canada goose and dove hunters may take to the fields on Sept. 1.
Dove hunters will have the opportunity to participate in what is being called a triple-split season. The first season runs through Sept. 29, with hunting allowed between noon and sunset. The second and third splits will be Oct. 27 to Nov. 24 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons, the daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 30.
The early statewide season for resident Canada geese is Sept. 1-25. The bag limit in the early season is eight geese and a possession limit of 16. However, there are bag limits restrictions in most of the Southern James Bay Population Goose Zone and on the Pymatuning Reservoir.
The controlled hunting areas at the Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon-Lancaster counties, as well as all of State Game Land 46, will remain closed to September goose hunting to address the decline in the resident Canada goose flock.
According to Kevin Jacobs who is the Game Commission’s waterfowl biologist, “Hunting remains the most effective and efficient way to manage resident Canada geese, provided that hunters can gain access to geese in problem areas.”
Young Pennsylvania hunters, ages 12-15 that have a junior hunting license will be able to participate in special waterfowl hunting days on Saturday, Sept. 15 and on Sept. 22. As a reminder, the Game Commission is hosting its annual Waterfowl Symposium on Aug. 10 at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Eco camp openings
There are just a few remaining spots for children between the ages of 13-15 at the EcoQuest Camp that will run Aug. 14-17 at the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center that is near Carlisle.
Each day at the camp combines recreational activity, such as hiking, kayaking, swimming and hands-on conservation projects with fun connections to nature.
The goal of EcoQuest is to improve the campers’ appreciation of the out-of-doors while learning to conserve our natural resources. The total fee is $85 and to register please call (717) 486-3799 or email email@example.com.
The big meteor showers of the year will be here soon but not quite yet this week. However, you can start looking up because there’s plenty to see this week.
If you look about one-quarter of the way up from the southwestern horizon to the top of the sky an hour after the sun goes down, your eye will likely be drawn to three bright objects.
The highest one is Saturn, which shines at magnitude 0.8. That’s slightly brighter than its neighbors, at the brightness of 1.0 is the star Spica and the brightest one is the planet Mars (to Saturn’s lower right).
Saturn always looks spectacular when viewed through a telescope. Mars shines brightly all week. This week, the biggest reason to focus on Mars is that on Sunday night (actually early Monday morning) an emissary from our country, the robotic explorer named Curiosity, will land on the Martian surface in the Gale Crater at about 1:30 a.m.
By the way, the name Curiosity was selected by NASA based on the winning essay submitted by a Kansas sixth-grader.
There are lots of indicators pointing to continued strong sales for firearms, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
One of the best indicators of firearms sales is the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System, which federally-licensed retailers use to conduct the mandatory check on purchasers of new and used firearms.
Last year was a record-setting sales year and July marked an unprecedented 26th straight month of background check increases when compared to the same period in the previous year.
What’s happening there?
Raystown Lake over in Huntingdon County is our state’s only water to receive new, deeper levels of detail in the most-recent round of upgrades by Navionics.
For more information or to view these maps please visit: www.navionics.com.
“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.”
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Men's basketball: Minnesota defeats Penn State
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Mifflinburg’s Adriana Grabski has plenty of gold medals — seven district and four state to be precise — but the senior will eye up another two to round out her illustrius high school swimming career at the 2014 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the Girls AA finals, which begins Friday at Bucknell University.
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Girls basketball: Mifflinburg falls in first round
If she had played it by the book, Kelly Griffith would have emptied her bench late in Saturday’s game and given the Mifflinburg reserves some token state playoff time.
Boys basketball: Lewisburg falls on buzzer-beater
Lewisburg’s Jesse Flannery just laid on the court looking up, as if hoping maybe, just maybe, the basket didn’t just happen.
AAA Wrestling: Shikellamy's Pepper takes fifth in the state
Saturday was a memorable day for Shikellamy wrestling fans.
Girls basketball: Bower girls lead Millville past Upper Dauphin
Like a sprinter, Maci Bower exploded forward with her finish line in sight at the other end of the floor.
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Scranton Prep’s pressure defense often prevented Danville from getting its offense started.
AA state wrestling: All 3 Southern wrestlers take silver
Blake Marks knows what is is like to win in sudden and dramatic fashion. He did it Friday night in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound semifinals.
AA state wrestling: 3 Southern Tigers march into finals
The Lane family had all the makings of a family reunion to be held today in the Giant Center in Hershey.
Girls basketball: Mount Carmel prevails behind big fourth quarter
To hear her mother explain it, Ali Varano hates to lose more than she wants to win. That’s just how the Mount Carmel senior is wired.
Wrestling: Shikellamy's Pepper still has shot at 3rd place
Dwayne Pepper grudgingly admitted that he has a reason to smile.
Girls basketball: Warrior Run falls to Dunmore in first round of states
At a time when her teammates were struggling offensively, Steph Shamburg took one last shot at extending the Warrior Run season and the most productive scoring career in program history.
LIVE updates from PIAA wrestling
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