Elk alternatives; open air on the go at Pinchot | Sports activities


Now that you remember that Monday, July 11th is the first day that Pennsylvania residents can apply for an antlerless deer license, don’t miss out on moose hunting opportunities.

The application period for the moose hunts runs from now until July 31st.

Online applications can be made at www.huntfish.pa.gov to obtain a moose license and to check the status of your application.

There will be three moose seasons.

The archery season lasts from September 10th to 24th (14 with antlers, 15 without antlers).

The general season runs from October 31st to November. 5 (31 with antlers, 70 without antlers).

The off-season lasts from December 31st to January 1st. 7, 2023 (15 with antlers, 33 without antlers).

For most seasons, there are four options when an applicant applies.

• Antler Only: The applicant is only interested in hunting moose with antlers.

• Antlerless only: The applicant is only interested in hunting antlerless moose.

• Both sexes: The applicant is interested in hunting moose with or without antlers.

• Point-Only: The applicant will NOT be included in the draw for the current year, but will receive the bonus point.

Each application costs $11.97, an application for all three seasons would cost a total of $35.91.

The annual Elk License Drawing will be held on August 20th during Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. Successful applicants who provide a phone number or email address will be notified immediately, others will be notified by mail.

Applicants can only be drawn for one season/day per year. If you applied for all three seasons and were drawn for the archery season, your general and postseason applications will be removed immediately and you will receive bonus points for those seasons (1 point per season).

One bonus point is earned for each unsuccessful application, but the points are valid only for each season.

Bonus points serve as a multiplier and your name will be raffled with that many bonus points, effectively increasing the chance of a license raffle.

Bonus points reset to 0 when drawn for a specific season, however all points for alternate seasons remain unchanged. The inclusion of bonus points must be applied for in the current license year.

Good luck in drawing your application. Better luck when it counts in Penn’s Woods.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Pinchot Park is a 2,338 full-service park in northern York County off PA 177 between Rossville and Lewisberry. There are agricultural fields and forested hills with a 340-acre Pinchot Lake.

The park is open daily, year-round, from 8 a.m. to sunset. Day use areas close at sunset.

What can you do in Pinchot Park?

Hike the Mason-Dixon Trail.

Take an educational pontoon cruise on Pinchot Lake.

Kayak, canoe or paddle board on the lake.

Play disc golf on one of the two 18-hole courses.

Enjoy a stay in one of the yurts or camping cabins.

Check out the diabase boulders and ledges throughout the park.

Take on the challenge of Pinchot Lake’s “Big Bass” water.

Enjoy a night at the campsite.

Reservations can be made online or by calling toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers are invited to help with a special creek cleanup at the Conewago Creek fly fishing area on Saturday, July 16 from 8:00 am to about 12:00 pm.

The effort supports Gillian Short’s National Honors Society Leadership Project and Adams County Trout Unlimited.

Anyone who can help should email Gary Perry at [email protected] by July 12th. Meet for the Cleanup at Rockwell Lanes Bowling Alley, 2855 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

• How many life jackets are required on boats operating in Pennsylvania? One for everyone on board.

“Did you know that for every $1 spent in state parks, nearly $13 goes back to the community? The outdoor recreation industry directly contributes $12 billion to Pennsylvania’s GDP, accounts for 1.5% of the overall economy, and is responsible for 150,000 full-time, year-round jobs.” – Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources