Outdoors

Venison fans should get out their recipe cards

My hunting buddy, Bob Beck of Duncansville, gave me this recipe that is so easy and so good I make it for myself. It is also quite good in the crock-pot so I thought I would share it with yout. EASY VENISON STEAKS n 2 medium — sized venison steaks n 1 package onion soup mix n 1 ...

For hunters, some things never change

Well, another deer season is in the books. For all those hunters who were successful, remember to file your kill reports as required by law. And if you had a DMAP permit, you must file a report whether you harvested a deer or not. Failure to do so could result in our being denied a DMAP ...

Things change for second week of deer season

By now, you are either grousing about 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 week. I ...

This time of year not the same as it used to be

Deer season used to be one of my favorite times each year. I looked forward to the first day of deer season like a kid looks forward to Christmas morning, barely able to get to sleep even though I planned to be up very early. I was also fortunate that my parents owned a decent chunk of ...

Bear season ends up mostly a bust this year

Pennsylvania’s four-day bear season, which ran from Nov. 18 to 22 is now in the books, and all indications are this year’s harvest will be a meager one compared to some of the record-setting seasons that have taken place in recent years. Although the harvest figures were only available ...

Deer season gets ‘into your blood’

In the past 65 years, since I embarked on my first deer season, a spirit of anticipation grips me in the 36 hours before daylight of the opening morning that I look forward to all year, every year. It’s in my blood folks. I’ve told my friends and family for each of those 65 years that ...

Berries and nuts plentiful in woods

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Abundant crops of acorns, beech nuts and other less-well-known species are providing wildlife across at least parts of the Northeast with an unusually bountiful Thanksgiving feast that is fattening every animal that depends on them, from mice and to turkeys, deer and ...

Looking for cold ‘steel’ in the Erie tributaries

The fall run of steelhead is well under way on the Lake Erie tributaries in Pennsylvania. About 25 years ago, I first started traveling to Erie County each fall and winter to fish for steelhead. Back then, the “smaller” ones averaged around five toseven pounds, with a fair number of fish ...

Lack of snow won’t help tracking

The upcoming week has much to offer as we have three days over Thanksgiving to hunt turkeys. Having some snow helps as tracking turkeys through the snow is fairly easy to do. Sitting around in the snow waiting for turkeys to come to your calling or to just show up can be a cold and monotonous ...

Archery hunter harvests 500-pound bear

By Tom Venesky The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader MOUNTAIN TOP — Devon Woolfolk didn’t expect to see a bear while he was archery hunting in Rice Township on Oct. 31. In fact, Woolfolk wasn’t anticipating a bear walking in front of his treestand and offering a broadside shot. But just ...

Bear hunting looks promising

Commentary This year could be 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. There is so much food available this year that bears, like turkeys, are spread out over the terrain. All ...

International fly-tying event comes to Pa.

Next weekend, I will be a featured fly tier at the International Fly Tying Symposium. This will be the 27th edition of this prestigious event, which showcases some of the best fly-tying talent in the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom. Whether you want to ...

Patience can pay off

Game Commission turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena reports that this year turkeys are plentiful. So all one has to do is walk into the woods and pop one. Of course, it is seldom that easy. This past week flocks were broken up, turkeys chased from spot to spot and plenty of them harvested. Flocks ...

Beware of deer on the highway

Commentary The beginning of November ushers in the breeding season for deer, commonly referred to as the “rut.” The peak of the rut in Pennsylvania typically occurs for about two weeks from early to mid-November. During the rut, even the wiliest old bucks allow the mating urge to trump ...

Wildlife falling into routines as autumn sets in

At last the weather is beginning to act autumnal. Now you can take your prize dog afield and not fear heat stroke for the animal. Deer are moving during the day on their own as the routines of the rut begin to take over the woods. Archery hunters are moving their treestands away from feeding ...

State pheasant hunting needs foxing

Well, the pheasant season opened yesterday. Did you go pheasant hunting? If so, did you see or shoot any pheasants? Of course, whether you shot any pheasants or not this year, you had to fork up $26.90 to buy the Game Commission’s new pheasant hunting permit for the dubious privilege of ...

Where else would you rather be?

Well, the pheasant season opened yesterday. Did you go pheasant hunting? If so, did you see or shoot any pheasants? Of course, whether you shot any pheasants or not this year, you had to fork up $26.90 to buy the Game Commission’s new pheasant hunting permit for the dubious privilege of ...

Position open for HFC spot

Well, the pheasant season opened yesterday. Did you go pheasant hunting? If so, did you see or shoot any pheasants? Of course, whether you shot any pheasants or not this year, you had to fork up $26.90 to buy the Game Commission’s new pheasant hunting permit for the dubious privilege of ...

Lead poisoning in state bald eagles on the rise

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking hunters for some help. Hunters can help keep eagles safe by burying entrails of harvested game. An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of ...

Birds and the bees time for bucks and does

Commentary Last week I mentioned my buddy, Joanie Haidle, called me with an update on her adventures. Seems she was checking her trailcams and came upon one that had been totally ripped off the tree. It was bent and twisted and teeth marks peppered the outside of it. She spent a couple of ...