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Wild animals a mix of beauty and beast

June 5, 2016 The spring gobbler season that just ended was one of the strangest I can remember as far as weather is concerned. more »»

Shawnee crowns derby champ

June 5, 2016 The Memorial Day weekend kids’ fishing derby, presented by the Friends of Shawnee, was open to kids under the age of 16, who had their carp, caught at Shawnee State park, weighed and measured at the... more »»

Mayflies put the “fly” in fly-fishing

May 29, 2016 In my early days as a fly-fisherman, I studied mayflies intensely because they are so important to so many aspects of the sport. more »»

Offering some recipes for your summer barbecues

May 29, 2016 Have you ever lain awake nights wondering how you could fix possum or frog legs so your family would eat it? How about Mud Hens or a clean-out-the freezer stew of rattlesnake or barbecued Beaver? ... more »»

Mark your calendar for fish-for-free day

May 22, 2016 Next Sunday will be the first of two Fish-For-Free days in for 2016. The other is Monday, July 4. No fishing license is required to fish on either of these days. more »»

Many tasty ways to prepare trout

May 22, 2016 Ah, summer! Many of us have trout and wild turkey in the freezer and wonder how to cook these delicacies, especially on the grille or for a summer supper. more »»

Saltmarsh sparrow facing extinction

May 22, 2016 PORTLAND, Maine — The saltmarsh sparrow is disappearing from its home on the East Coast and could be headed for extinction in as little as 50 years, say scientists whose work could help protect the... more »»

Hunters around the state used to new turkey times

May 15, 2016 Beginning Monday, gobbler hunters may hunt from a half-hour before dawn to a half-hour after sunset each day until May 31. more »»

Springtime crappies provide fishing fun and good eating

May 15, 2016 Around mid to late May is usually a prime time to catch crappies as these popular panfish migrate to the shoreline prior to spawnin. more »»

Good line makes fishing a pleasure

May 8, 2016 We fishermen love to discuss our favorite rods and reels and how well they perform on the water. I, too, am quite fond of my pet outfits and the many great fish they helped me catch. more »»

Finding a way to survive week No. 2

May 8, 2016 The second week of gobbler hunting is in full swing this week, but many hunters have faded away, victims of fatigue and/or a crowded schedule. Getting up at 4 a.m. more »»

Streamside manners make fishing better for all

May 1, 2016 Courtesy. Respect. These are two fundamental social concepts that often take a backseat in the fast-paced, “me first” lifestyle so many folks are caught up in nowadays. more »»

Details important for the hunt

May 1, 2016 Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wild turkey biologist, recently said that an earlier spring has coaxed hens into nesting sooner, which is helping to set the table for hunters to... more »»

Nesting birds known to face many natural perils

April 24, 2016 Back in January, I reported on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam that was in place to deliver a live video stream via the Internet of a pair of nesting bald eagles near Codorus State Park... more »»

Never too early to get your turkey hunting groove on

April 24, 2016 This Saturday, I will be among the horde of hunters who will crawl out of bed about 3:30 a.m. more »»

Fed helps those who love gobblers

April 24, 2016 HARRISBURG — With Pennsylvania’s spring gobbler season about to kick off, the state’s turkeys are benefiting — now and in the future — from habitat work performed in partnership with National Wild... more »»

Trout opener hit or miss

April 17, 2016 By John Hartsock HOLLIDAYSBURG — The opening day of the 2016 trout season for fishermen in Blair County and surrounding areas provided a study in contrasts. more »»

Teaching youth turkey hunting rewarding

April 17, 2016 This Saturday will be an exciting day for many young folks since it is youth hunting day for spring gobblers. more »»

Time to select early-season dry-fly patterns for fishing

April 17, 2016 Last week, I offered some suggestions on assembling a basic assortment of nymph patterns for early-season trout in our region. This week, I’ll present a similar discussion targeting dry-fly pattern. more »»

Trout fishing always turns into an adventure

April 10, 2016 Our thoughts are equally divided between trout and turkey these days. We marvel at the annual opening day “bank-yank,” and yet the excitement for it seems never to wane. more »»

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