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Outdoors

Not a big fan, but will still accept the new hunting rule

One of the great freedoms we enjoy, at least so far, is the right to express our opinions about anything without punishment. As the opening day of rifle deer season approaches, hunters are openly proclaiming their opinions as to what is going to be the result of having changed the opening ...

Nothing like elk watching and fishing

The peak of the mating season for our Pennsylvania elk herd, commonly called the “rut,” occurs from mid-September to early October and provides a special experience for dedicated wildlife watchers. Currently, about 1,000 elk inhabit Pennsylvania’s elk range, which comprises parts of ...

Grouse numbers down in Montana, US West

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for the wide-ranging bird species that federal officials rejected for protections in ...

It was a triple trophy day

Folks of my generation will remember the days when the Game Commission gave the “Triple Trophy Award” to any hunter who bagged a buck, a bear and a gobbler in one year’s hunting season. They have discontinued that practice long ago. It was pretty difficult to bag all three of those ...

CWD rules affect out-of-state hunters

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians who harvest deer, elk, mule deer or moose out-of-state likely can’t bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease. Pennsylvania long has prohibited the importation ...

Family fishing event slated for Canoe Creek

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, John Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Canoe Creek State Park, are sponsoring a Family Fishing event on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2-6 p.m. at Canoe Creek State Park. This free instructional program is taught by PFBC-trained instructors and allows ...

Piping plovers heading south

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Sometimes success comes in threes. For the third consecutive year, federally endangered piping plovers have nested, hatched and fledged chicks into the wild on Presque Isle State Park’s Gull Point, on the shores of Lake Erie, near Erie. But those four ...

Hunting opportunities set for Labor Day

This year, Labor Day marks the beginning of some popular early hunting opportunities. Since 1945, dove hunting has ushered in the first days afield each season for generations of Pennsylvania hunters. Dove hunting starts tomorrow and runs until November 29. Again this year, legal shooting ...

Loving September and what follows

Ahhhh ... September at last. We can sense the change in the air. We know changes are happening in the woods and archery season is our next big game season. We have watched deer all summer develop antlers, which are now covered with that beautiful, nutrient-rich covering ...

Sea Lions damaging salmon populations

BOISE, Idaho — More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead, federal officials said earlier this week. The National Marine Fisheries Service said it’s taking ...

Sometimes it’s good to have the bear necessities

Last week, as I listed various animals and their present afflictions, I overlooked the Black Bear. Mange is spreading through the bear population and will certainly reduce their numbers. If you spot a bear with mange you will certainly recognize that something is wrong, even if you can’t ...

Time to enjoy some Labor Day fishing

It seems hard to believe, but we are entering the last week of August already. Again this year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering some special incentives on Labor Day. The first of those is a special one-day adult resident or non-resident Labor Day fishing license for ...

Deer-feeding ban recommended

HARRISBURG — A committee of Pennsylvania Game Commission staff has recommended a statewide ban on feeding white-tailed deer. The agency biologists say that banning artificial feeding stations would help slow the spread of wildlife diseases. They’re asking residents to voluntarily stop ...

Enjoying some mid-summer fishing opportunities

As we enter mid-August, it’s a pleasure to have typical summertime fishing conditions. Wow, it feels good to say that after more than a year and a half of continual rain, high water and generally dismal fishing opportunities. And although we seem to have escaped that trend in recent week, ...

Spotted Lanternfly could be next big concern on horizon

Have you noticed that lately the focus of our outdoor pursuits is how to prevent, treat and manage the various plagues that seem to be afflicting us of late? CWD is probably our most pressing problem just now but the Nile Virus is charged with the reduction of the Ruffed Grouse population. ...

Report: Asian Carp can find plenty of food in Lake Michigan

By Josh Flesher The Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper ...

National Wild Turkey Federation banquet on tap

This Saturday night is the exciting fund-raising banquet of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. This chapter has won many awards for its habitat improvement, planting activities that benefit the wild turkey and many other wild creatures. Doors open at ...

Spinnerbait for summertime bass

Last week, I discussed buzzbaits, a popular surface lure for bass. This week I’ll turn the attention to spinnerbaits, a similar wire-frame lure with its hook molded into a lead head and features a spinner blade or two to attract fish with flash and vibration. Spinnerbaits are versatile ...

Everyone is buzzing for summertime bass

After a year and a half, Pennsylvania’s unprecedented monsoon season has seemed to have abated, and our lakes and rivers are starting to get back to something approaching normal summer levels. And the bass that live in those waters also seem the be enjoying the return to normalcy as well, ...

To-do list for hunters: National Shooting Sports month is here

For the outdoors person, August is a welcome month. Soon, autumn will be upon us and we have a lot of stuff to do to be ready for it. The National Shooting Sports Foundation Has designated August as National Shooting Sports month and have given us some tips on how to celebrate the month. ...