Outdoors

Ice fishing finally arrives for Lake Erie residents

ERIE — Luke Soboleski and two friends dragged their equipment-laden sled onto the Misery Bay ice on a recent sunny afternoon, joining about 25 other huts dotting the popular Presque Isle State Park ice-fishing spot. Soboleski, 19, of McKean, and his friends drilled three holes — one for ...

Build a new rod to beat the winter boredom

Building your own fishing rods can be a great wintertime hobby for anglers who like to work with their hands. I started building rods in the early 1970s. Back then, rods were made from fiberglass. Just a few years later, graphite appeared on the scene as a rod material and revolutionized the ...

PGC has game plan for wild turkeys

For several years now, turkey hunters have been grousing about the fact that the populations of wild turkeys seems to be diminishing. That may surprise many folks because it seems that it is turkeys you will see more than any other kind of wildlife, especially in the winter months. However, ...

Refinery to be built near national park

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project. Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively ...

When it comes to feeding winter wildlife, don’t do it?

As we enter the latter part of January, most of south-central Pennsylvania has enjoyed a relatively mild winter so far with more rain than snow and few brutally cold days. I’m well aware, of course, those conditions could, and probably will, change to more harsh winter weather over the coming ...

Winter atmosphere makes it worthwhile

I truly have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with snow. I love the atmosphere it occasionally brings to my life but I hate shoveling it and driving in it. When the land lies covered with snow, it gives birth to a special sort of silence. It’s a heavy quiet, a noticeable absence of ...

Pink salmon listed as threats to orcas

SEATTLE — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data ...

Game Commission resumes seedling sales to public

Whether you just have a large backyard or many acres of land that you would like to make more attractive to wildlife, one of the best ways to do so is by planting native Pennsylvania trees and shrubs. Not only do these plants have the potential to provide valuable food and cover to a wide ...

Bears a fascinating part of state’s landscape

I remember vividly back in the late 1970s that a huge concern was that there were not too many black bears in the state. In fact I remember the year when bear season was canceled because of the concern that we could not allow a bear harvest because there were not enough sustainable animals to ...

Winter tackle maintenance will pay off real soon

One of the consequences of being an incurable gearhead is having almost too much fishing equipment. Notice I say “almost,” because the only thing I like better than accumulating fishing tackle is using all those rods, reels and lures. I also expect my gear to function flawlessly on the ...

Coyotes may be impacting deer population in state

The after-Christmas deer hunters should have a fairly good season, since the weather forecasts are favorable to hunting. Cold and windy has been the pattern so far. In the mountainous areas, there has been some snow and temperatures that don’t freeze your bones. I’m sure the ugly ...

Still chances to make Christmas wishes true

A box of bullets? I chuckled to myself as I unwrapped the present my adult son had sent me for Christmas. Immediately I wondered if if anywhere in Pennsylvania there would be another woman who would be as delighted with this Christmas present as I was. They are for my new handgun which my son ...

Resolving to fish more often in 2019

Now that the Christmas buying season is over, all the businesses that had relentlessly filled my email inbox with an unending array of bargains and specials for my shopping pleasure have now shifted to sending heaps of new offers to help me start the new year. One of those, sent by a company ...

For what it’s worth … Bigfoot doesn’t wear orange

While navigating around the internet last week, I happened to see a story on the Fox News website headlined “Hunter thought he was firing at Bigfoot, ‘victim’ tells police.” Now, I rarely pay attention to stories about Bigfoot, space aliens, wild mountain lions in Pennsylvania or the ...

Reflections on rain for the holiday season

Hello and a blessed Christmas to you all. I will be celebrating with Christmas Eve services in church Monday evening and dinner out with friends a couple times and a rousing Christmas party we had with our Bible class that I teach at my church. The ritual I look forward to most of all, ...

Keep these savory recipes on hand for any occasion

Years ago, I invited several friends to share a “wild” Christmas dinner with me. It was fun. My tablecloth was wrapping paper with whitetail deer on it, plates and glasses with various wildlife themes and all the food with the exception of potatoes was something I had bagged, picked or ...

EagleCam scheduled to run a fifth season

HARRISBURG — The livestream from a bald-eagle nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover has launched for a fifth season, with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary joining HDOnTap and Comcast Business as a partner in the project. The Pennsylvania Game Commission in November awarded a permit to HDOnTap to ...

Groups work together to come up with plan to save birds

HARRISBURG — Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, The Conservation Fund, Berks Nature, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission recently partnered to conserve vital acreage for migratory birds, announcing plans to protect and improve more than 77 acres of farmland located in the shadow of the Kittatinny ...

Orca recovery proposed in Washington

SEATTLE — With scientists warning that the Northwest’s beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans earlier this week to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. “We ...

New fishing licenses ready for purchase

With the close of deer season yesterday, the process of enduring another winter begins. The late small-game seasons start tomorrow and can offer some opportunities to get outside if the weather cooperates. And those who still have an unfilled deer tag will also have one last chance to get a ...