Outdoors

Lady hunters want woods to stay green

I hate pink! I’ve always hated pink —it silently cries pampered, princess and weakness. And now I am really boiling. Some bumble-headed writer for the Detroit Free Press has blessed the world with an article declaring that women hunters are wanting pink included on our hunting clothes. ...

Keeping landmarks safe the No. 1 priority for all

By Ad Crable The Associated Press LANCASTER — Despite a tricky and manpower-intensive rescue of a teenager, Wind Cave in southern Lancaster County will not be closed to public use. Warning signs, however, will be erected at access points to the popular cave, said Phil Wenger, president ...

Preseason trout stocking efforts under way

Reviewing some of my notes from this time last year brought back some wonderful memories of many unseasonably warm days during the last week of February. I took full advantage of that glorious weather by making several trips to the Juniata River and catching 100 or more smallmouth bass. It ...

Guess it’s time to spring into action

The spring woods dance in the woods is under way! Every bird, from robins to wild turkeys, is gearing up for the process of attracting a mate and building a nest. It’s boom time for every spring turkey hunter to be out locating roosting spots, hangouts and favorite fields for strutting ...

Government sticking up for Keystone plants

By John Hayes The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It’s such a pretty little plant. A vertical column of magenta blossoms bursting above green grasses in wet meadows. But the purple fringeless orchid is its own worst enemy. A complex species native to Pennsylvania with limited ...

A close-up look at the world’s fastest creature

Let’s start this week with a short quiz. What is the fastest member of the animal kingdom? Before you answer, however, allow me to provide a hint: This creature is found in the wild in Pennsylvania. That bit of information obviously rules out the cheetah, which is probably the answer ...

Jaffa Show, PGC fundraising and the sounds of spring

I am so excited to be there and to participate in The Jaffa Outdoors Show that currently is under way at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Since you are reading me this morning, that means the show will end later today so you still have time to come in and scan the booths and see all the offerings ...

Archery tournament coming to State College

HARRISBURG — A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers. The 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held Friday, March 9, in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania. ...

Seminars galore await you at the Jaffa Show

This is the big week for all of you who are outdoorsmen as the Jaffa Show opens its doors on Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at noon and going until 8 p.m. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Since the Mirror has run several full-page color ads about the ...

Semi-automatic rifle debate kicks into gear

By Maddie Crocenzi The Associated Press YORK — In 2017, Pennsylvania became the last state to legalize semi-automatic rifles — including AR-15s — for hunting. It looked like the guns might be allowed for furbearers, small game and big game, until something surprising happened: A ...

Jeep in hot water over Super Bowl ad

By Scott Sonner The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers. It’s the second ...

Commissioners get it wrong again on semiautomatics

At its meeting on Jan. 30, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to regulations that would allow semiautomatic shotguns for hunting deer, bears or elk. For elk hunting, shotguns would need to be 12-gauge or larger. These regulations would become law if ...

Learning about coyotes from an expert

They tell me it is good weather and conditions for coyote hunting. But, from what some experts at it tell me, you’ll need a good four-wheel drive truck. One of the most popular tactics for locating coyotes is to drive the back roads and forested trails slowly with your tracking dogs, ...

For some, ice fishing can be irresistible

JAMESTOWN — Anyone who likes to go fishing has one of those days from time to time, and a recent Saturday was one of those days. After nearly seven hours on the frozen surface of Pymatuning Reservoir, Jim Diehl of Curtisville didn’t mince his words. “No fish — no fish at all,” he ...

Jaffa Show will take your mind off the winter blues

Six weeks more of winter is no surprise, I guess. The Jaffa Outdoor Show always comes in the nick of time to rescue us from the depth of winter depression. I am bristling with excitement as I see the lineup for the Jaffa Show which will be presented at the Jaffa Mosque on Broad Ave. from ...

Time again for Wild Game Feast at Altoona Alliance

It’s always my pleasure to announce the popular Wild Game Feast hosted each year by the Altoona Alliance Church located at 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. next to Planet Fitness. This year will mark the 13th annual installment of this worthwhile event, which will be held on Saturday, March 17. ...

New director takes over as PGC director

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management has a new director. Matthew Schnupp, who for 10 years served as chief wildlife biologist and research liaison for the 825,000-acre King Ranch, in Kingsville, Texas, started in the position today. Schnupp fills ...

Mark the Jaffa Show for February calendar

January seems to be flying by and are we not so thankful as one of the biggest events in our outdoor lives are the after Christmas hunts, which have been impacted by the brutal weather? Only the hardiest among us have ventured out in pursuit of rabbits or deer in this deep freeze. But it ...

Groundhogs don’t have a clue about winter

This Friday, news media and throngs of other silly folks will gather near the small Jefferson County town of Punxsutawney well before dawn to celebrate one of our most ridiculous unofficial holidays: Groundhog Day. This daffy ritual consists of a cadre of jokers in top hats and tails ...

TV hunting shows fail to convey the real experience

Ah, winter, how I hate thee. Let me count the ways. I hate the cold days and bitter winds. I hate the snow and ice that I must sweep, scrape and shovel from my car and sidewalk. I hate the endless boredom of being held hostage indoors for weeks on end, away from the things I like to do in ...