FLINT AND STEEL FIRE MAKING

Friday, May 24 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Ohiopyle State Park, Kentuck Campground Amphitheater

Before the invention of matches, flint and steel was the preferred method of starting fires. Come learn the basic elements of what is needed to build a flint and steel fire. Then try your hand at this primitive skill. Successful builders of a flint and steel fire will be rewarded with s’mores!

Contact Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986 or bawallace@pa.gov.

FERNCLIFF HISTORY HIKE

Sunday, May 26 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle Train Station

124 Main St, Ohiopyle, Pa. 15470

From the Train Station we will hike across the low bridge and onto the Ferncliff Peninsula. Along the way we will talk about what makes Ferncliff such a special place. We’ll also stop by the fabulous Ferncliff Hotel and talk about Ohiopyle at the turn of the century. Join us for this easy one and half mile hike.

Contact Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986 or bawallace@pa.gov.

HIGH POINT HIKE

Saturday, May 25 at 10:a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forbes State Forest

Hike to the High Point and explore the surrounding Mt. Davis Natural Area on this moderate, 6 mile hike. Learn about the historical and natural resources in the unique forestland.

Registration required. For more information or to register contact rmahony@pa.gov or 724-259-2201.

NIGHT HIKE

Sunday, May 26 at 9 - 10:30 p.m.

Ohiopyle State Park, Kentuck Campground Amphitheater

124 Main St, Ohiopyle, Pa. 15470

Many animals travel through the night without flashlights. Tonight we’re going to give it a try. We will go on a one-mile hike through the woods and use our senses to find our way and explore the forest.

Contact Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986 or bawallace@pa.gov.

BANDING SONGBIRDS

Thursday, May 30 7 p.m.

Mingo Creek Park - Shelter 9 - No Fee

Would you like to learn more about our local songbirds? Join us at Mingo Creek Park to learn about the MAP research program that is documenting the breeding status of songbirds that call Mingo Creek Park home. A short discussion will be followed by a moderate walk to the bird banding station. This is a weather dependent activity. The program will be cancelled if it is raining or too windy.

Pre-registration required; registration not more than 30 days in advance.

Information: Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation, 724-228-6867.

VOLUNTEER TRAIL CLEAN UP DAY (NATIONAL TRAILS DAY)

Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ohiopyle State Park, Please call for location

124 Main St., Ohiopyle, Pa. 15470

If you enjoy the beauty and wilderness of Ohiopyle State Park, we ask you to consider spending a little time chipping in. Clean ups are sponsored by the Friends of Ohiopyle (FOO). Please contact Barb Wallace at bawallace@pa.gov to sign up. Consider joining FOO or visit their website at www.friendsofohiopyle.info.

BEECH TRAIL HIKE

Sunday, June 2 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ohiopyle State Park, Kentuck Campground Amphitheater

124 Main St, Ohiopyle, Pa. 15470

We will wind our way down to the bike trail from the Kentuck Campground amphitheater through an old stand of beech trees. This three mile loop will take us through moderately rough terrain. Along the way we will discover some hidden treasures such as a waterfall and interesting rock formations. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

Contact Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986 or bawallace@pa.gov.

MEADOW RUN HIKE

Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ohiopyle State Park, Meadow Run Parking Lot

124 Main St, Ohiopyle, PA. 15470

The Meadow Run Trail has many geological features that create the back drop for its beauty. From large rock formations to water falls to majestic hemlocks, this trail is a must. The loop is about a 1.5 miles long. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Contact Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986 or bawallace@pa.gov.

HUNTER-TRAPPER INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE

NOTE: Must be 11 years old to register. Students must attend the two- to three-hour class to be tested and certified. Students must study entire course content on own online, taking about 8-10 hours to complete.

3D ARCHERY COURSE

TNT Shooting Grounds

407 Morris Hollow Rd, Smock, Pa 15480

Course has 30 targets at $10 and sporting clays

Open 7 days a week

Call 724-677-2609 for information.

SHOOTING, RIFLE, ARCHERY

Rostraver Sportsman and Conservation Association trap shoots every Thursday from 10 a.m. until last shooter and every Saturday from noon until last shooter. Public welcome.

Located at 559 Cedar Creek Rd. Belle Vernon, Pa. Club meetings are the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

TRAP SHOOTING

Nixon Gun Club

Open to public. Sundays 6-10 p.m.

Information: 724-785-2311.

SPORTING CLAYS AND FIVE-STAND

California Hill Gun Club

Open 9 a.m.-noon Sundays to the public.

Information: 724-938-3480

SUCCESSFUL TURKEY HUNTING

Online registration only; must be at least age 11 to register.

Prior to attending, you should complete the independent study part of this program online. If you don’t want to study online, please telephone the PGC Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday) to request a printed version of our “Successful Turkey Hunting Student Manual.”

FAIRBANK ROD AND GUN CLUB SPORTING CLAYS

Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Find us on Facebook for more information.

SUCCESSFUL FURTAKING

Prior to attending the one-day class, all students must complete the independent study part of the training by clicking on the link “Successful Furtaking Student Manual” on the website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

If not online, please telephone the PGC Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday)to request a printed version of the manual.

SUCCESSFUL BOWHUNTER-ED CLASSES

NOTE: All the online Pennsylvania Bowhunter Education Course must be completed before registering for Successful Bowhunting.

The online bowhunter education course (Pennsylvania Bowhunter Education Course) and Successful Bowhunting field day to complete the requirements for bowhunter education.

SUCCESSFUL FURTAKING

Prior to attending the one-day class, all students must complete the independent study part of the training by clicking on the link “Successful Furtaking! Student Manual” on the website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

If not online, please telephone the PGC Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015. (M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) to request a printed version of the manual.

The independent study portion of the course takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete.

2018-19 HUNTING SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS

These are the seasons and bag limits for most hunting and trapping seasons from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 13-Nov. 24; Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28 (6 daily, 18 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 13–Nov. 24 and Dec. 10-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail) Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license: Sept. 29-Oct. 13 (4 daily, 12 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail): Oct. 13-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28 (4 daily, 12 possession).

PHEASANT: Oct. 20-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 13-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28 (8 daily, 24 possession).

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26–Jan. 1, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

CROWS: July 1-April 14, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): WMU 1B – Oct. 27-Nov. 3; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Oct. 27-Nov. 16 and Nov. 22-24; WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B, – Oct. 27-Nov. 3 and Nov. 22-24; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E– Oct. 27-Nov. 10 and Nov. 22-24; WMU 2C – Oct. 27-Nov. 16 and Nov. 22-24; WMU 5A – Nov. 1-3; WMU 5B – Oct. 30-Nov. 1; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and mentored youth – April 20, 2019. Only 1 spring gobbler may be taken during this hunt.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): April 27-May 31, 2019. Daily limit 1, season limit 2. (Second spring gobbler may be only taken by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.) From April 27-May 11, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon; from May 13-31, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide) Archery: Oct. 29-Nov. 3. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 17-21. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D): Nov. 26-Dec. 1. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Nov. 26-Dec. 8. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 1B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A): Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D) archery: Sept. 15-Nov. 24. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMU 5B) archery: Sept. 29-Nov. 10. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) muzzleloader: Oct. 13-20. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) special firearms: Oct. 18-20, for junior and senior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active duty military.

ELK (Antlered or Antlerless): Nov. 5-10. Only one elk may be taken during the license year.

ELK, EXTENDED (Antlered and Antlerless): Nov. 12-17. Only one elk may be taken during the license year. Eligible elk license recipients who haven’t harvested an elk by Nov. 10, in designated areas.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 15- Nov. 24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 26, 2018. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: Sept. 29-Nov. 12 and Dec. 26-Jan. 12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Nov. 26-Dec. 8. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered Only) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Nov. 26-30. One antlered deer per hunting license year. (Holders of valid DMAP antlerless deer permits may harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.)

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Dec. 1-8. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS SPECIAL FIREARMS (Statewide): Oct. 18-20. Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 13-20. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (Statewide): Dec. 26-Jan. 12. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D): Dec. 26-Jan. 26. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS EXTENDED REGULAR FIREARMS: (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): Dec. 26-Jan. 26. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS (Military Bases): Hunting permitted on days established by the U.S. Department of the Army at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County; New Cumberland Army Depot, York County; and Fort Detrick, Raven Rock Site, Adams County. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

2018-19 Furbearer Hunting seasons and bag limits

COYOTES: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

RACCOONS and FOXES: Oct. 20-Feb. 16, unlimited.

OPOSSUM, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

BOBCAT (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D and 4E): Jan. 12-Feb. 6. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

PORCUPINES: Sept. 1-March 30, 2019. (3 daily, season limit of 10).

2018-19 Trapping seasons and bag limits

MINKS and MUSKRATS: Nov. 17-Jan. 6. Unlimited.

COYOTES, FOXES, OPOSSUMS, RACCOONS, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: Oct. 21–Feb. 17. No limit.

COYOTES and FOXES (Statewide) Cable Restraints: Dec. 26-Feb. 17. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

BEAVERS (Statewide): Dec. 26-March 31 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

BOBCATS (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 15-Jan. 6.

One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

FISHERS (WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 15-26. One fisher per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

RIVER OTTERS (WMUs 3C and 3D): Feb. 16-23, 2019. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

2018-19 Falconry seasons and bag limits

SQUIRRELS (combined) Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (6 daily, 18 possession)

BOBWHITE QUAIL Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (8 daily, 24 possession)

RUFFED GROUSE Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (2 daily, 6 possession)

COTTONTAIL RABBITS Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (4 daily, 12 possession)

SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARES Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (1 daily, 3 possession)

RINGNECK PHEASANTS (Male or Female combined): Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (6 daily, 18 possession)

Waterfowl & Migratory Game Birds

DUCKS, SEA DUCKS, COOTS and MERGANSERS Lake Erie Zone - Oct. 29-Jan. 5; Northwest Zone - Oct. 6-Dec. 8 and Dec. 27-Jan. 1; North Zone - Oct. 6-Nov. 17 and Dec. 18-Jan. 12; South Zone - Oct. 13-20 and Nov. 20-Jan. 19. Ducks & Sea Ducks - 6 daily, 18 in possession. Coots - 15 daily, 45 in possession. Mergansers - 5 daily, 15 in possession.

CANADA GEESE Southern James Bay Population Zone - Sept. 1-25 (In western Crawford County, the season runs from Sept. 1-15) (1 daily, 3 possession); Oct. 6-Nov. 24 and Dec. 11-Jan. 19 (3 daily, 9 possession). Resident Population Zone - Sept. 1-25 (8 daily, 24 possession); Oct. 27-Nov. 24, Dec. 17-Jan. 19 and Jan. 26-Feb. 23 (5 daily, 15 possession). Atlantic Population Zone - Sept. 1-25 (8 daily, 24 possession); Nov. 15-24 and Dec. 15-Jan. 31 (3 daily, 9 possession).

LIGHT GEESE Southern James Bay Population Zone - Regular Season Oct. 1-Jan. 19 and Conservation Season Jan. 21-April 19. Resident Population Zone - Regular Season Oct. 23-Feb. 23 and Conservation Season Feb. 25-April 19. Atlantic Population Zone - Regular Season Oct. 1- Jan. 31 and Conservation Season Feb. 1-April 19. (25 daily, no possession limit).

BRANT All goose zones Oct. 13-Dec. 21 (2 daily, 6 possession)

WOODCOCK Statewide Oct. 13-Nov. 24 and Dec. 10-18 (3 daily, 9 possession)

GALLINULES Statewide Sept. 1-Nov. 21 (3 daily, 9 possession)

COMMON SNIPE Statewide Oct. 13-Nov. 24 and Dec. 10-18 (8 daily, 24 possession)

DOVES Statewide Sept. 1-Nov. 24 and Dec. 18-Jan. 5 (15 daily, 45 possession)

VIRGINIA and SORA RAILS Statewide Sept. 1-Nov. 21 (3 daily, 9 possession)

YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS Statewide Sept. 15. North Zone - Jan. 19. Northwest Zone - Dec. 15. Lake Erie Zone - Oct. 20. South Zone - Jan. 26.

No open season on other wild birds or mammals.

Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons and bag limits

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