Outdoors

Son helping out his father with passion for the outdoors

By Alyssa Choiniere The Associated Press SMOCK — As soon as Matthew Houser learned to walk, he learned to help his father scout during hunting season on their family farm in Smock. On a recent Monday, Matthew helped his dad, Vaughn Houser walk up a ramp to the tree stand he built as a ...

Forecast showing small algae bloom

The Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Another significant algae bloom is likely to spread through western Lake Erie this summer, but it will be smaller than the largest ones of recent years, researchers said Thursday. What they can’t predict is how toxic it might be. The National ...

Are we doing, watching or just wondering?

Many years ago, one of my most influential mentors advised me, “Young fellow, there are three types of people in the world: those that make things happen; those that watch things happen; and those that sit around and wonder what happened. Which do you want to be?” At first, that assessment ...

Stay calm, and smart, when it’s a bear

A glimpse of a back bear in the woods is always an exciting time. My hunting buddy and I spotted one this past week while out spotting for deer. When you spot that black patch in the woods, there is no mistaking what it is. A bear’s coat is a glossy black that stands out from the black of a ...

Anterless deer licenses available for purchase

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — If you haven’t yet purchased your 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting license, now might be the time. The new license year began July 1, so only 2018-19 licenses are valid when hunting or using Game Commission shooting ranges. And the sale of 2018-19 antlerless ...

A great way to spend your Fourth of July holiday

This Wednesday — the Fourth of July — is the second Fish-For-Free day in Pennsylvania for 2018, so no fishing license is required to fish anywhere in the state. If your holiday plans include spending some time on the water, consider packing an extra rod and reel and inviting someone to go ...

Banquet season on the horizon

’Tis the season for the important wildlife fund-raising banquets to gear up and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is among the first to get going. This year’s Hunting Heritage Banquet will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Bavarian Hall in Lakemont. The ...

Commission saves day for peregrine falcon

From Mirror, wire reports BOLIVAR — The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently fostered an injured peregrine falcon fledgling from the Elizabeth Bridge nest in Pittsburgh to a cliffside nest located in the northeast region of the state. The nest was selected because it currently has ...

Altoona couple earn Cambria forestry management award

Tom Lipple has been an outdoor enthusiast for most of his life, but he has only become involved in forestry management in the relatively recent past. In 2006, the Altoona man and his wife, JoAnne, purchased a 188-acre plot of forest ground that is located between the villages of Dysart and ...

What you should know in buying a fishing kayak

If it ever stops raining, we might be able to go fishing again. Trout fishing has been great for the past several weeks, at least for those few days when the streams have been down to a manageable level. With the generally high water levels, I haven’t encountered much dry-fly action on the ...

It’s time to debunk myths about rattlesnakes

As I write this on the first official day of summer and the rain is falling, it seems as if the summer rain is running a longevity contest with the winter snow that didn’t end until the end of April. The undergrowth in the woods is like an Amazon rainforest in places. The weeds in my yard ...

Time for some reflection on angling ethics

For the past five weeks, I wrote a series of articles on the top streams of central Pennsylvania. I thoroughly enjoyed that special project, but I’m also glad to return to composing my regular column this week. And those five weeks were pretty interesting for me overall. My schedule was ...

Never too early for deer licenses

On Monday, the new Pennsylvania hunting licenses go on sale. Then the first round of resident antlerless deer licenses go on sale July 9. So waste no time acquiring your new hunting license and then meeting the July 9 deadline. Non-residents can apply for a doe license on July 16. The second ...

Raystown DMAP coupons available

HUNTINGDON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake recently announced the enrollment of project lands in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, with two DMAP units established for the 2018-2019 deer hunting season. DMAP Unit 2831 includes all ...

Upper Juniata full of smallmouth bass

Editor’s note: This is the last in a five-part series of central Pennsylvania’s top fishing streams. Over the past four weeks, we have showcased some of central Pennsylvania’s finest trout streams. In this fifth and final installment of the series, we will feature another remarkable ...

Planning for trout fishing as much fun as catching fish

Right now is the perfect time for natural bait trout fishing. The frequent rains have kept water levels in trout streams about right; insects, worms, beetles, and other assorted bugs are being washed into the waters and falling from the tree limbs that overhang streams, and trout gobble them ...

Hiking Appalachian Trail life-changing experience

YORK — The wind blew so hard it knocked him to the ground. The rain pelted his face to the point “I had serious brain freeze. It felt like I was drinking a Slurpee for 20 minutes straight.” The cold was so intense he couldn’t open his hands. All Lance Ness could do was keep hiking ...

Despite criticism, gobbler hunting strong after 50 years

It was predicted by experts to be a very good spring gobbler season this year. Time will tell if the harvest was a record but the weather was not our friend. Cold weather up until time to start hunting, then rain nearly every day. Hard to believe this season just past marked 50 years that ...

Spring Creek simply in a class by itself

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series. Centre County’s Spring Creek is often rated as the top trout stream in Pennsylvania. Several factors contribute to the popularity of this fertile limestone stream. Foremost among them is its exceptional population of wild brown ...

Enjoying my view of nature from the boonies

Recently, I traveled to Armstrong County for two weeks of spring gobbler with my best hunting buddy, Joanie Haidle. Mere hours after my arrival, however, her mother became very ill, was taken to the hospital by ambulance . Since she is in the last stages of Alzheimer’s, Joanie stayed in ...