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Deer season dates announced

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery white-tailed deer season opened statewide last weekend and runs to Nov. 18, 2022. The regular deer season begins Dec. 26, 2022 and runs Jan. 16, 2023.

Archery hunters may use long, recurve or compound bows. Bows must have a draw weight of at least 35 pounds and crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 126 pounds. Don’t forget, hunters who harvest a deer must properly fill out and tag their harvest before the carcass is moved. Details on how to properly tag big game can be found on page 22 of the 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Digest or by clicking here


In an effort to reduce the number of tree stand related injuries this hunting season, tree stand users are reminded to wear a harness while hunting.

Wearing a fall arrest or full-body harness is the best way to prevent hitting the ground and being seriously hurt if you should fall. Always wear a harness and keep it attached to the tree when hunting from, hanging, or taking down a tree stand.

Transitions in and out of the stand are most dangerous. Using a harness anytime your feet leave the ground can help prevent falls when getting in and out of a stand.

Remember: Hunt safely. Wear a harness. More tree hunting safety tips can be found here.WE MADE THE LIST. BE SURE TO CHECK IT TWICE!

Bowhunting Checklist

Are you ready? Before you head out hunting this fall, use this checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything!It’s always important to be prepared before your hunt.

Plan your trip, inspect all of your gear and have a plan in case of an emergency. Good luck. Have fun. Hunt safely.

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Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

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Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

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