Outdoors

Extended season provides many hunting challenges

Commentary The extended deer season began back on Dec. 26, for muzzleloader and bow and arrow only. It is the toughest and hardiest among us who go out in Pennsylvania’s weather after Christmas to try to get a deer, especially with archery equipment and I admire those who do it.  ...

Local TU chapter offering winter fly-tying classes

Commentary Throughout 2016, I had the pleasure of fishing with many other anglers, including some younger folks. It’s always gratifying to see future generations taking up a sport that has been so rewarding for me. Equally satisfying is the enthusiasm and passion many of these newer ...

New year brings promise, anticipation

Because my first column of 2017 falls on New Year’s Day, it presents a perfect time for reflection, a reason to look back over the preceding 12 months and remember the good times and events that shaped yet another journey through the cycle of the seasons. I remember as a youngster the ...

Game Commission keeps eye on its finances

We all wonder just what is going to happen to us and our budgets come 2017. The tax reassessment looms large in our thinking. We have been notified that both Penelec and People’s Natural Gas will be upping their rates. It looms large for many in the area, including me, because I too am ...

West Virginia officials happy that elk population is growing

HOLDEN, W.Va. — On land where coal was once mined, officials have trumpeted the return of an elk herd to West Virginia for the first time in 141 years. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials from the state Division of Natural Resources and other agencies introduced the public to 24 elk ...

You can go wild for Christmas dinner

Some years ago, my sister who was hosting the family Christmas dinner that year, decided she wanted to have an all-wild meal. Since I am the only one in my immediate family that hunts, the meat and recipes fell to me. The applesauce and apple and blueberry pies were from apples and berries I ...

Game Commission to close two pheasant farms

Just in time to give a hearty “bah, humbug” to thousands of Pennsylvania hunters and 14 of its own employees, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last week it would be closing two of its four pheasant farms — the Western Game Farm in Crawford County and the Northcentral Game Farm ...

End of deer season brings other opportunities

Commentary The end of deer season, however, doesn’t mean the end of hunting by any means because a variety of late-season opportunities will be available throughout the coming weeks and months for those intrepid folks who enjoy being out and about in the winter woods. Most popular ...

For some hunters, it’s just a matter of taste

Commentary If the hunters in your home are among those who bagged a deer, you have a supply of clean, healthful, lean meat to augment the food budget. Already some of you are wrinkling your noses at the thought — “I can’t stand the wild taste” — is what I hear so often. I do ...

Timber industry decision could end up hurting wildlife

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Plans for managing the nation’s largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be “the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now.” The Tongass National Forest released a management plan ...

Photos can have lasting impact

Commentary In past years during deer season, I almost always received a request from a friend or two with nice buck to photograph him with his trophy because I had a “good camera.” Nowadays, everyone has a cell phone equipped with a camera, allowing them to take photos of anything, ...

Patience must be a virtue for deer hunters

Commentary By now, you are either cussing out the fact that you didn’t see a buck worth bagging or exulting over your 10 point. Much of the success or lack of it can be attributed to luck as much as anything. There is still another week, however, and the game sort of changes for this ...

Deer may not be on the move this hunting season

Do you remember the freaky weather we endured last deer season? Opening day was cold and the wind blew steadily at a 30-40 mph clip making just standing up in the woods an uncomfortable effort. The next two days it rained. After that the temperature went up to 50 to 65 degrees every day. As ...

Pennsylvania deer hunters await opening day

It appears the 2016 bear season will fall well short of the potential record harvest predicted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. According to Game Commission sources, all the pieces were in place for an “epic” bear season this year. The three primary factors for that prediction were an ...

Things to bear in mind

This year could be among the best black bear season in Pennsylvania’s history. The weather has not been bad so far this year, so probably few bears have headed for winter dens. Food is abundant this year, so bears, like turkeys, are spread out over the terrain. All the hunters have to do is ...

Bear season evokes many memories

When I sat down to write this week’s column, I was almost stunned to realize that bear season starts next Saturday. Bear hunting has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity here in Pennsylvania for a number of reasons. One of those is the remarkable success rate Pennsylvania hunters have ...

Deer-vehicle collisions on the rise this time of year

Drivers who have lived in this region for any length of time don’t need to be reminded of the possibility of encountering deer crossing the highway almost any time of year. And if you haven’t hit a deer, you probably have had a close call at one time or another. And while deer-vehicle ...

Patience can be turkey hunter’s biggest asset in the woods

Fall turkey hunting opened Saturday, with two full weeks to go in WMU 4D and I’ll bet a lot of you went afield with some MAC turkey calls in your pocket. Mac Turkey Calls is the brainchild of Mark Cornelius of Tyrone. Like many others in this business, he was dissatisfied with the calls he ...

Providing personal Thanksgiving dinner a thrill

Things are heating up now in the woods for archery deer hunters. The rut is coming on so now tactics change. Tree stands are repositioned to intercept deer as they enter into or emerge from heavy cover along lines of rubs that indicate travel lanes. Deer grunt calls and rattling antlers are ...

Pheasant propagation program sees changes

The statewide pheasant season opened Sunday, and according to Pennsylvania Game Commission sources, hunters should find increased opportunities for this popular gamebirds. I’ve often lamented the fact that we have lost a once impressive population of wild ring-necked pheasants here in ...