Outdoors

Some first-bait casting out tips that everyone can use

Commentary The past two weeks have certainly produced some crazy swings in the weather. On the last Friday in February, I was basking in sunshine and air temperatures in the high 70s on the banks of the Juniata River while catching some nice smallmouth bass. Last Wednesday and Thursday, I ...

Special regulation waters provide preseason trout fishing scenarios

If some of that grand weather we had during the last half of February didn’t help shake off the winter blues and provoke the urge to get outside and do any number of things, I’m not sure what could. I certainly took advantage those balmy days to hit the water and fish for both bass and ...

The turkey hunt different around here

Commentary I was surprised a few weeks ago to read in Outdoors News magazine that the Game Commission is considering a legislative bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania turkey hunters from calling to turkeys in the month before season opens. Think of that! Let me say that I am firmly ...

Trout stocking efforts to begin

While I haven’t looked at any official statistics, it seems that the weather this February was much milder than the past few years. The past two weeks in particular offered some unseasonably warm days that just begged a fellow to pack up his fishing tackle and shake off the winter blues. I ...

State officials striving to retain women anglers

HAZLETON — Only 18 percent of anglers in Pennsylvania are women, and they drop out of the sport faster than men, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said Wednesday in his annual report to the Legislature. Chairman John Arway said reasons why 56 percent of women decline ...

Web cam eagles ready for the spotlight again

For the past three years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has installed a video camera in an active bald eagle nest to provide a live video stream via the Internet of the adult eagles incubating their eggs and subsequently tending and feeding the eaglets once they hatch. In early 2014, the ...

Jaffa Show arrives just in time

This weekend kicks off the immensely popular outdoors extravaganza that is the Jaffa Show. The hours are Thursday, 3-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A show of this magnitude chases away cabin fever in a big way at least for awhile. It certainly does ...

Duck decoy exhibit part of Erie museum

ERIE — Frank Buchner made a living working on ships that traveled throughout the Great Lakes in the first half of the last century. He was a captain and engineer on what were then known as “sand suckers,” which were large vessels, often converted freighters, deployed to dredge channels. ...

Migration time for snow geese

Winter snows are descending on Pennsylvania No, I am not talking about the cold, wet white stuff that blanketed most of the state last week, but rather hundreds of thousands of snow geese on their annual spring migration to breeding grounds on the arctic tundra of Canada. This invasion seems ...

Coyote hunting climbs fast track to popularity

Coyote hunting is picking up adherents quickly since hunters are finding out how exciting and challenging hunting these crafty predators can be. Pennsylvania hunters are already addicted to chasing these rather ugly beasts. So much so that many outdoor shows — including the upcoming Jaffa ...

Black bear harvests keep getting better

HARRISBURG — This is the golden age of bear hunting. Since the Pennsylvania Game Commission began keeping records of statewide bear harvests in 1915, there has never been a more prolific period for Commonwealth black bear hunters. Pennsylvania hunters harvested 3,529 bears in 2016, the ...

Preliminary approval given to semi-automatic hunting rifles

Last week, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to several measures that could change the way many of us hunt in Pennsylvania. The most dramatic of those is a proposal to permit the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting big game, small game and furbearers ...

There’s a new age of turkey calling competition now in the air

Across the state right now, many turkey calling contests are being staged. Some of these are strictly for fun and local entertainment, but most are deadly serious events. Called “sanctioned” contests, they are approved and often sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, the ...

Montana government deal will allow slaughter of wild bison

BILLINGS, Mont. — A deal disclosed this past week  will allow the mass slaughter of hundreds of wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park, while sparing 25 animals that American Indian tribes want to start new herds. The Associated Press obtained details on the deal between ...

Young: Popular wild game dinner will be held in March

It’s always my pleasure to announce the popular Wild Game Feast hosted by the Altoona Alliance Church located at 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. next to Planet Fitness. This year will mark the 12th annual installment of this worthwhile event, which will be held on Saturday, March 11. The buffet ...

Grenoble: Pheasants, chicks and ruffed grouse are on my mind

Publications across the state are rife with advertisements about outdoor shows, the sportsman’s winter grasp on sanity. No Steelers in the Super Bowl so woe is us. Our big local show, known as the Jaffa Outdoor Show, is less than a month away now. I have no information yet on the entire ...

National archery group offering competition for students across state

HARRISBURG — A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers. The 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 10 in State College. Qualifying for the state event is currently open across the state. And the Pennsylvania Game ...

Planting native trees and shrubs helps wildlife

Last week, I discussed here some warnings about not putting out food for wildlife in the wintertime. Having grown up in the country myself, I know how satisfying it can be to see wild birds and mammals literally in your backyard, so the temptation to attract them with offerings of food is easy ...

Deer Management group offers up tidbits for hunters

Recently I sat in on a presentation by Jack Sorber — or the Quality Deer Management Association — and he unloaded a few tidbits on us. This organization has always been about management of land and habitat. He emphasized a fact that we all know —  if you don’t have good habitat, ...

Extended season provides many hunting challenges

Commentary The extended deer season began back on Dec. 26, for muzzleloader and bow and arrow only. It is the toughest and hardiest among us who go out in Pennsylvania’s weather after Christmas to try to get a deer, especially with archery equipment and I admire those who do it.  ...