Outdoors

Group files notice over walrus protection

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A national environmental organization filed notice recently that it will sue the Trump administration over its rejection of Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity called the action last week ...

PGC announces pheasant release

BOLIVAR —Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Director Thomas A. Fazi recently announced agency employees began releasing ring-necked pheasants throughout the 10-county region. Agency-raised birds were released for the junior pheasant hunt which was scheduled earlier this ...

October still brings plenty of hunting and fishing

In many ways, October reminds me a little of May because there seems to be so many great things going on for those of us who enjoy the outdoors. May is certainly my favorite as I am partial to springtime and the summer months that will soon follow. October is another wonderful time of year ...

Not just CWD: Hunters learning about dangers of EHD

Mention EHD to hunters and most will just stare blankly. CWD they know but EHD? Then when you say it stands for Epizootic Hemorrhaghic Disease it sounds like a joke. What kind of name is that? It’s a serious disease going through the deer herd this year in certain parts of the state. My ...

Foliage presents amazing natural transition

Commentary As we turn the calendar to October, most of Pennsylvania will soon enjoy the annual transition from the green leaves of summer trees into the flaming foliage of autumn. Entire ridges will be awash in yellow, red, orange, russet or bronze as each species of tree displays its own fall ...

Portage’s Krug bags 800-pound elk

Commentary I know intimately the racing heart and pounding pulse hunters feel just hearing the thundering of a mature longbeard gobbler in the spring. How much greater must that thrill be when what you hear and what is charging toward your calls is a mature elk, bugling and galloping? I’ve ...

Fall fishing starting to heat up for local anglers

Commentary Fall officially arrived at 4:02 p.m. last Friday, even though we experienced a week of summer-like days with daytime temperatures in the 80s. I always enjoy balmy weather during autumn, and being a warm-weather guy, I would welcome those kinds of days until Christmas—and ...

Ladies want real outdoors clothes

Recently a friend was gushing to me about the wonderful bargains he had found on some outdoor clothes at a sale. A new camouflage jacket was reduced to just $50 and new boots for $98. I also remembered that just last year, a hunting buddy remarked that my camouflage looked like the latest ...

National day will commemorate outdoor sports

Commentary This Saturday, Sept. 23, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. While looking through my personal notes and journals, I realized that it has been a few years since I have written about this this annual event designed to celebrate and promote the outdoor sports and conservation. The ...

Humans need to pay more attention

Commentary As I was idly channel surfing one late evening after the Pirates game concluded, I bumped into the documentary about Timothy Treadwell on PBS. I sat up until 3 a.m. watching it. Treadwell was a well-meaning chap who, some years ago, set out to prove that he could live unarmed ...

Groups want hike to whaling quoates

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is seeking a significant increase in the number of bowhead whales that can be harvested annually by subsistence hunters from 11 remote villages in a changing Arctic environment. The commission wants yearly ...

Prime time for elk viewing starting

Commentary During the next several weeks, thousands of visitors armed with binoculars, spotting scopes or cameras will travel to north-central Pennsylvania to view the wild elk living there. Currently, about 1,000 elk inhabit Pennsylvania’s elk range, which comprises parts of Elk, McKean, ...

Anticipation placed on hold

Commentary Anticipation is the deer hunter’s constant companion in those weeks before archery season and then rifle season. In between important football games we sandwich scouting trips, sighting in the rifle at the range, practicing with the bow and arrow in the backyard, buying new ...

Elk euthanized after wandering into DMA

From Mirror reports The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced a trophy bull elk that wandered south of Interstate 80 and into a chronic-wasting disease management area was euthanized by an agency wildlife conservation officer to ensure it would not bring CWD back to the elk ...

Dove season kicks off fall hunting for all

Commentary September brings not-so-subtle changes into a hunter’s psyche. The promise of the plethora of new seasons and opportunities, beginning with dove and goose seasons, quickens the heart. Things smell differently too in September and intensify as the weeks pass. A chill in the air ...

Groups are suing to protect bears

By Matt Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe have asked a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals would not be allowed. The Northern ...

Labor Day ushers in plenty of outdoor opportunities

Commentary Every August I find myself wondering where the summer has gone, and this week has brought on that annual feeling of dread regarding the waning days of summertime. The arrival of September this Friday brings with it the opening days of the mourning dove and early Canada geese ...

It smells like hunting spirit out there

Commentary It’s finally the end of August and the hunter can smell the upcoming seasons in the air. Everything in the woods seems especially pungent and how we savor those scents. Another great smell at this time of year are the new things we order online and how new they smell as we ...

Nittany Lion grad makes pro bass fishing history

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — There are an estimated 600,000 living Penn State alumni in the world, and Grae Buck is doing something none of the rest are: He’s competing at the very top level of professional bass fishing, on the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Tour. And he is ...

Hunting isn’t easy

For 30 years I’ve been badgered by the anti-hunting folks. Since I know the silly rhetoric they use stems from ignorance, plus an inaccurate conception of what hunting is really all about, it bothers me little. I seldom respond to it, but frankly, I’m disgusted to the max with the lofty ...