Category: Birds

Spurring On a Great Tradition: Youth Turkey Hunt at Pymatuning WMA

On Saturday, April 24, Youth Turkey Day in Pennsylvania, the Northwest Region hosted the first-ever turkey hunt at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.  A lottery application process helped to select the seven lucky junior hunters, who then took part in an educational training session… Continue Reading “Spurring On a Great Tradition: Youth Turkey Hunt at Pymatuning WMA”

Youth Pheasant Season: A Mentor’s Perspective

By Gary Kephart Hunting heritage runs deep in my family and one of my most enjoyable memories of hunting as a youth was hunting pheasants with my uncle and a close friend who had a farm just outside of town in Adams County, Pennsylvania.  … Continue Reading “Youth Pheasant Season: A Mentor’s Perspective”

Birds Are in Trouble. Here’s How You Can Help.

A recent State of the Birds report and Science article reveal that North America has lost nearly 3 billion breeding birds since 1970 – that’s a staggering 29 percent of all birds! The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups of birds and habitats.… Continue Reading “Birds Are in Trouble. Here’s How You Can Help.”

Simple Strategies for September Geese

By Derek Stoner, Hunter Outreach Coordinator The heady scent of fresh-cut field corn competed with the odor of cow manure to keep my sense of smell occupied while awaiting the arrival of geese. Scouting efforts revealed that this small flock of Canadas should arrive… Continue Reading “Simple Strategies for September Geese”

Tried and True Tips for Dove Hunting Success

By Tyler Frantz            With one subtle flip of a calendar page, the 2019-2020 hunting seasons are born. The long awaited September migratory bird openers mark the official commencement of Pennsylvania’s fall hunting opportunities. As camo-clad hunters flock to farm fields in pursuit of… Continue Reading “Tried and True Tips for Dove Hunting Success”

When Hens are a Problem, Be the Hen

By Steve Sorensen Peak spring gobbler action arrives when gobblers get lonely. Be there and you’re halfway to success. But more often, gobblers are “henned-up.” They won’t gobble much, they’ll go only where the hens go, and they’ll frustrate turkey hunters from novices to… Continue Reading “When Hens are a Problem, Be the Hen”

Celebrate Spring Gobbler Season 2019!

By Bryan Burhans, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Game Commission Turkey calls should come with the following warning label: “Exposure to turkey hunting can result in loss of sleep, rapid heart rate, severe fatigue, dry mouth, and sore muscles. Highly addictive, please consult your physician prior… Continue Reading “Celebrate Spring Gobbler Season 2019!”

Winter Duck Banding

Amidst the noisy backdrop of swirling Snow Geese, Pennsylvania Game Commission employees Lauren Ferreri (biological manager of Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Southeastern PA) and Dan Lynch (Wildlife Education Specialist) remove ducks from a trap on the edge of the lake at Middle… Continue Reading “Winter Duck Banding”

Roasted Turkey with Mulberry Sauce

It’s Wild Game Wednesday! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so that means this week’s Wild Game Wednesday could feature only one thing: TURKEY! Keep this recipe in mind if you have extra wild turkey you’d like to use throughout the holiday. On Wild Game Wednesday, we take… Continue Reading “Roasted Turkey with Mulberry Sauce”

Hummingbird Visitors this Winter?

As colder weather arrives in Pennsylvania, energetic little visitors from the west may be arriving in our state. Several species of hummingbirds that normally spend the winter in the southern United States and Central America are now being recorded in the eastern United States,… Continue Reading “Hummingbird Visitors this Winter?”