Outdoors

New opportunities exist for summertime trout

When it comes to summertime trout-fishing tactics, I’m usually preaching stealth and finesse. Under typical summer water conditions, successful trout anglers are those who can cope with low water and ultra-spooky fish by carefully sneaking into casting range while keeping a low profile and ...

You need a walk in the woods

The recent rains have our woodlands looking like a South American rain forest. Weeds along fields are so high you can’t see into the field. The browsers, such as whitetail deer are happy with all the tender leaves and the bears are looking for berries ripening all over the woods. Grouse ...

Asian carp causing trouble in midwest

The Associated Press DECATUR, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, said he ...

Baby steps in play when it comes to Sunday hunting

It appears that a bill to permit Sunday hunting is moving right along legislatively. Before you launch into full-force rejoicing over it, look carefully. This is not a bill to allow hunting on every Sunday but rather a bill that will allow Sunday hunting on just three Sundays: one during the ...

A fun time getting ‘snake bit’ on the Potomac

In June 2002, a fisherman discovered a northern snakehead in a pond near Crofton, Maryland. The northern snakehead is a large, predatory freshwater fish native to China, Russia, North Korea and South Korea and is also regarded as an important food fish in those places. Maryland officials, ...

Whale death total alarming some scientists

By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species. There are only a little more than 400 of the right ...

CWD spreading in Pennsylvania

Despite facts and statistics from other states that have been battling CWD even longer than has Pennsylvania, many sportsmen refuse to believe or accept their findings. Agree or not, facts show that CWD is spreading in our state just as it has in other states, such as Wisconsin and West ...

Cambria County adds state game lands

BOLIVAR — The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southwest Region Director Thomas A. Fazi announced the addition of 2,166 acres of land to State Game Lands 042. This additional acreage lies in Lower Yoder and Upper Yoder Townships, Cambria County. Also, this newly acquired land already ...

A symbolic day spent in Penns Woods

As I rounded a turn on the narrow backroad, I was delighted to see the steep hillside on the right was awash in the white and pink blossoms of mountain laurel. Part of my mission that day was to photograph some fresh mountain laurel, so finding this particular stand of our state flower in ...

It’s always fun to pass on some fishing traditions

Schools are done and summer officially arrives later this week. While I’m not going to offer any predictions, I’m cautiously optimistic that we finally might be returning to more normal summer weather patterns this year compared to the rainiest summer on record last year. That ...

It’s time to think about elk season

Beginning Monday you can apply for new hunting licenses. And by the way, there are some changes in elk hunting seasons for the upcoming year. One important change, of which hunters should be aware, involves application for elk licenses, which are awarded by lottery. Two new elk seasons ...

Grizzlies on the move in the Colorado Rockies

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Grizzly bears are expanding their range in the U.S. Northern Rockies, spreading from remote wilderness into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in ...

A break from hunting to honor WWII vets

I watched in awe the ceremonies commemorating the landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy. There was President Trump’s speech. I cried as I looked on at the few remaining veterans of that day that are now so feeble that most could not even stand on their own. Also, I read the astonishing ...

It’s time to restructure both PGC, PFBC

After last week’s revelations from the auditor general’s office that appeared on the front page of the Mirror on May 31, does anyone still think the Pennsylvania Game Commission is capable of managing its own financial resources, let alone the wildlife resources of ...

Road to training facility closing during drilling operations work

BELLEFONTE — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that a pending construction project will result in the temporary closure of its H.R. Stackhouse Training Facility and surrounding areas that include portions of Fisherman’s Paradise, located in Benner Township, Centre County. ...

PGC seeking opinions on proposed changes

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is seeking public comment on proposed changes to fishing tackle regulations along a section of Spruce Creek located in Huntingdon County. At its next meeting on July 15 and 16, the Board of Commissioners will consider a proposal to add ...

Fun times bumping into folks from Presque Isle

The past week for me will rank as one of the strangest in recent memory. It all started so simply, when I realized I had a few open days on my schedule just before the Memorial Day weekend. That welcome situation prompted me to plan a trip with my brother to Presque Isle Bay on Lake Erie for ...

Morrett a welcome addition for PGC

By now you have probably heard that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has added a hunting pro to their public relations staff as their new marketing specialist. Many will probably think that it is about time they added someone who can speak for the hunting community and who knows from ...

Fish for Free Day just over the horizon

After another wet and rainy spring, it’s hard to believe that the Memorial Day weekend is here already. Next weekend, of course, will mark the opening of the summer recreation season for many folks. With that in mind, the first of two Fish-For-Free days for 2019 in Pennsylvania occurs next ...

Turkey hunters have best stories to tell

A hunter crippled a wild turkey one season. He spent three days looking for it but had no luck. He hung up his gun for the rest of the season. “I know that bird is dead,” he said “and that’s my limit for this year.” That’s top-drawer sportsmanship. But there are more ways than ...