Outdoors

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 ...

Helpful tips to use on gobbler parts

You sure can’t use May’s weather to prove a global warming theory. I sat in the woods one day last week and endured a hailstorm and winds so cold, I thought it was deer season, not spring gobbler season. For the umpteenth time in my life I wondered why I was out there. “Why am I not ...

May is prime time for crappie fishing

May is a grand month for outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. Glorious weather and the splendid return of green foliage makes springtime a beautiful time of year throughout the region. Turkey hunters take to the woods in hope of coaxing a gobbler into shotgun range, while trout fishermen ...

The cat’s meow!

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is excited to announce a new state record flathead catfish. On April 6, angler Jeff Bonawitz, 54, of East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County launched his boat from the Muddy Creek public access area located south of Lower Bear Island ...

Caddisflies produce top-water trout action

If someone had told me I wouldn’t catch a single trout on a dry during the entire month of May here in central Pennsylvania, I would have been willing to bet almost anything I owned to the contrary. But that is indeed what happened last year — the lack of dry-fly success, that is, not ...

The right decoy matters big time

Outdoor television shows suggest that using decoys on your turkey hunt draws turkeys irresistibly to your setup. Reality sets in, however, when you actually set up your decoys, turkeys appear and seem to be spooked by them and won’t approach your set ...

Bug problem in Grand Canyon

The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: “It’s buggy out there.” That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects ...

Totally tubular

A text message from my old friend and expert bass guide Ken Penrod appeared on my phone late last Monday afternoon. It simply said, “Have an empty boat tomorrow. Can you come down?” Without hesitation I responded that my brother Dwayne and I would be happy to occupy the empty seats in his ...

Start of deer season has mixed feelings

Well, April is almost gone. Before us stretches a month of trout fishing at its best and spring gobbler hunting, one of the supreme thrills of the hunting seasons. The opening day of deer season has been officially set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving but that has not changed the minds of ...

Hunting pro joins PGC

HARRISBURG — Just in time for turkey season, the Pennsylvania Game Com­mis­sion has an expert in-house. World champion turkey caller and television personality Matt Morrett this week began full-time employment with the Game Commission. While Morrett’s impressive hunting background no ...

Panfish derby scheduled

The Blair Bassmasters will hold their annual panfish derby on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon near the boat rental area on the swimming side of Canoe Creek Lake. The rain date for the event will be Sunday, June 2, same place and time. Prizes for casting will be awarded in the following ...

Pair of simple flies prove deadly for early-season trout

Is there anything better than standing knee-deep in a trout stream on a perfect spring day? The current pushes around my legs while I listen to the special music of the water as it tumbles over the rocks in the riffle before me. I watch the shimmering highlights on that busy water, sparkling ...

Spring time for gobblers in central PA

This Saturday is the big, exciting day! The opening of spring gobbler season is a thriller, no matter how the day goes or what the weather turns out to be. But here is what is really going on out there. Spring is the mating season for wild turkeys. A gobbler thunders out every morning at ...

State will continue to fill up waterways

HARRISBURG — While the official opening days of trout season may have passed, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is reminding anglers that stocking will continue during the season to keep fish plentiful in waterways. “It’s a fact of life that spring can be one of the busiest ...

Warm weather means busy first day

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Sunny, warm temperatures and cloudy water conditions greeted area fishermen for the first day of the 2019 trout season in Blair County and surrounding counties Saturday. The water on Canoe Creek was murky, but that wasn’t all bad, maintained most of the fishermen surveyed. ...

Game Commission shakes up deer season and more

Yesterday, of course, marked the opening of trout season, and thousands of local anglers descended on the many trout streams throughout our region. I’m hopeful that many fellow anglers had some success and enjoyed the day. Once the hoopla and the crowds of opening weekend subside, trout ...

Possible license cost increase not bothering area anglers

Officials at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission spent months seriously considering a price increase in the cost of a fishing license for the 2019 trout season. That did not come to pass, but had it gone through, it would have been the first trout license fee increase since ...

Deer season moved up

HARRISBURG — Deer hunting season in Pennsylvania will be starting on a Saturday rather than a Monday beginning next season. The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted 5-3 Tuesday to move opening day of deer rifle season to the first Saturday after thanksgiving. Rifle season for hunting deer ...

No more putting off your preparation for trout season

This Saturday, of course, is the opening of trout season in our region. While the annual opener is always a much-awaited day for many trout anglers, it might just hold a little more anticipation this year. No one needs to be reminded of 2018 being the wettest year on record. Most streams ran ...