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Published: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:21:33 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:21:33 GMT

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Pa.'s deer harvest increases from previous season

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:06:56 GMT

Sportsmen hoping to set their sights on a buck this past hunting season apparently had some pretty good luck as Pennsylvania's antlered deer harvest increased by 15 percent over the previous year.

According to figures recently released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took 137,580 antlered...




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Some catching fish despite finicky weather

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:31:00 GMT

Despite a crazy weather pattern, many got out fishing since the local opening of trout season a week ago.

FRESHWATER

Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob said that although the water has been low and clear, the harshness of the weather will make it uncomfortable...




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Bi-State Shad Tournament offering $5,000 top prize for first time

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 02:29:00 GMT

Anglers who take part in the annual Bi-State Shad Fishing Contest each spring have a lot to look forward to this year, as the event is set to offer a $5,000 first-place prize to the top finisher. The sixth-annual tournament, set for April 21-24 on the Delaware River, will also feature the largest...




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PA Fish & Boat Commission celebrates century and a half of conservation

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:00:00 GMT

As one of the oldest state fish and wildlife agencies in the nation, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has a rich history of protecting and enhancing the state's rivers, lakes, streams and aquatic resources.

Established in response to concerns over water pollution caused by logging, sedimentation...




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Pennsylvania trout openers and mentored youth days coming soon

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:29:00 GMT

For a majority of Pennsylvania's anglers, few times of the year are as exciting as the opening of trout season, when area streams and lakes are teeming with freshly stocked brooks, browns and rainbows just waiting to be caught.

Over the next few weeks, thousands of fishermen throughout the region...




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Pennsylvania Game Commission may ban drones over game lands

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:15:16 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission may ban drones over 1.5 million acres of state game lands after reports of the unmanned craft near an eagle's nest and others interfering with migrating waterfowl.

LNP (http://bit.ly/1pEKV8H ) reports the commission may give preliminary approval...




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Trout Unlimited's spring event to take attendees on ultimate excursion

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 01:42:00 GMT

For most trout anglers, there's a palpable sense of excitement when they pick up their fishing rod, hit the road and explore a body of water they've never fished before.

For Lee Hartman, it's fair to say that the summer of 1990 led him on the ultimate excursion as he packed his bags, flew halfway...




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New road through Allentown's Waterfront will fill gap in D&L Trail

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:27:00 GMT

The $325 million Waterfront project promises a collection of shiny new office buildings alongside upscale apartments, but Elissa Garofalo is far more excited about the tiny strip of land that snakes through the massive development along the Lehigh River.

For more than 100 years it has been a railroad...




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Local skiing brothers feel the need for speed

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 02:17:00 GMT

For most families who ski, the sport is an outdoor pursuit that brings everyone together for a fun-filled day on the slopes.

For one family from Orefield, however, the love for the activity has developed into a passion that's led two of its members to become among the best skiers the region has...




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Macungie resident's new book sheds light on life of elusive coyote

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 01:01:00 GMT

They're seldom seen, sometimes misunderstood and much more prevalent than most people think.

While this might sound like a description of the purported residents of Hangar 18, it's also one that works extremely well for one of the most highly adaptable and highly intelligent animals on the continent...




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State's 2015 bruin harvest third-best all-time

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:01:00 GMT

Pennsylvania has long been known as one of the premier black bear hunting states in the nation and there is perhaps no better time to be a bruin hunter in the Keystone State than right now.

Thanks to an extremely healthy bear population, a record number of hunters in the field and good mast crops,...




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PA falcon cam returns in time for Valentine's Day

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:48:00 GMT

Two peregrine falcons are back at their nest atop a government building in downtown Harrisburg, and people can monitor their activities through a livestream.

People can now watch year-round the nest on the 15th floor of the Department of Environmental Protection's Rachel Carson State Office Building....




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Newsmaker Q&A: Terry Elsemore, partner in Blue Mountain's planned condo hotel

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:58:00 GMT

Terry Elsemore, president of Maine-based Fractional Strategies Inc., is partnering with Blue Mountain Resort on the planned Vista Lodge Residence Club, a four-star condominium hotel that would open at the resort in late 2018. While the $30 million project is still in its early stages, Elsemore...




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Lehigh is nominated but not a winner for River of the Year

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Steeped in historical and recreational value, the free-flowing Susquehanna River North Branch in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year after a five-week public voting period.

The Lehigh River, as well as the Kiski-Conemaugh, Lackawanna and Ohio rivers,...




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PA Eagle cam captures bruised beak

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 03:07:55 GMT

Eagle-eyed viewers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's live stream caught a possible injury on one of the Hanover eagles last week.

Screen grabs show a scrape around the beak of one of the eagles, near the nostril, said Codorus State Park volunteer Karen Lippy, who heard concerns about the injury...




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Posting of nun's trophy deer draws backlash

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 20:19:00 GMT

ST. MARYS (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese has taken down the Facebook photo of a nun with a 10-point buck she bagged after the posting drew criticism, some of it vulgar, by anti-hunting and animal rights activists, the diocese said.

Sister John Paul Bauer killed the deer on Nov. 30, the first day...




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Northeast ski resorts hope for 'winter deja vu'

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 02:49:00 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — It may be tough to top last winter's record ski season in Vermont and colossal snowfall around New England, but Northeastern resorts hope to continue to draw in crowds with upgrades to snowmaking, lifts and lodging this winter.

Other news this season ranges from a bus to bring...




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Morning Call sports writer Gary Blockus signs off

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:13:00 GMT

"In daylights, in sunsets

In midnights, in cups of coffee

In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife

In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes

How do you measure, a year in the life … Measure in love."

—"Seasons of Love" by Jonathan Larson, for "Rent"

For 35 years, my life has been...




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Better than your average bear hunting season

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:40:08 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hunters killed 223 bears during the third day of Pennsylvania's statewide bear season, raising the three-day total to nearly 2,500.

That's almost a 9 percent increase over the number of bears taken during the first three days of last year's season.

The figures come from preliminary...




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Orefield man gets 11-point buck in archery season

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:20:12 GMT

For 25-year-old Anthony Barber, just another routine recent Saturday morning turned into the heart-pounding thrill of a lifetime.

Barber, who lives in Orefield, was archery hunting for deer on Nov. 14 with longtime friend Tom Beil on a friend's piece of property in the Slatington area when he scored...




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