Outdoors

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 ...

When it comes to CWD ordeal, always trust science in the end

According to Sam Dunkle, former Pennsylvania Game Commissioner and noted conservationist, there are three influences on how most people form their opinions about Chronic Wasting Disease: political, sociological and scientific. He spoke his opinions at the recent Landowner’s Appreciation ...

Mentored Youth Trout Day is right around the corner

The statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day is this Saturday, April 6. Fishing hours will be from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. All stocked trout waters are included in the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day. Special regulation areas, such as catch and release fly-fishing only or delayed harvest artificial ...

Hunting with my guardian angels

March is over so now we can get down to business, which for the outdoorsmen is trout and spring gobbler openings. Trout stocking dates and preseason gobbler scouting consumes the thoughts and planning of enthusiasts statewide. Including mine. Wearing fluorescent orange during spring turkey ...

What do the deer harvest numbers really mean?

The Pennsylvania Game Commission released the deer harvest estimates last Tuesday for the recently completed 2018-2019 deer seasons. I must confess that while a lot of fellow hunters seem to be fascinated by those numbers when they appear each spring, I typically give them a quick look and move ...

Science vs. emotion part of CWD

Apparently, the fear of harvesting a diseased deer did not hamper the deer harvest last deer season since the Game Commission reports a harvest that was the overall highest in the last 14 years. Despite a really rotten weather day on opening day, every deer hunter’s nightmare — steady, ...

Report: Ripple effect from climate change will affect Great Lakes area

The Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported earlier this ...

Special regulation waters offer early trout opportunities

The official first day of spring is now just a few days away, and most anglers are ready to enjoy some springtime weather and get back on the water. While most streams and lakes that are stocked with trout in Pennsylvania are now closed to all fishing until the opening day of trout season, ...

A cabin in the woods provides so many memorable stories

Haven’t we gloried in the fairly warm weather this past week? Was old Phil right after all? We shall see but this one thing is for sure: the gobblers are blaring their lust abroad and don’t we enjoy that? All over the planet birds, geese and butterflies are readying for their long ...

Squirrels damage syrup business

DANVILLE, Vt. — Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations. Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple producers, but this year an ...

Money needed to clean Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to combat the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state’s other lakes and rivers. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants to set aside $900 million from this year’s new state budget for water quality ...