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Spieth’s caddie makes sure math adds up in the end

The Associated Press SOUTHPORT, England — A former sixth-grade math teacher, Michael Greller is strong in numbers. Jordan Spieth leaned more on his caddie’s words at the British Open. “This is as much mine as it is his,” Spieth said as he clutched the silver claret jug. And then ...

PFBC continues closed bass season on the Susky

At its meeting on July 11, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission adopted a proposal that I have been hoping to see for about 50 years: eliminating the requirement to display your fishing license while fishing. Having to wear one’s fishing license has always seemed incredibly silly to ...

Camp all about turkeys

The first ever Gobblers Camp is coming to town, and it is quite an opportunity for this area for hunters, conservationists and anyone who simply wants to learn more about wild turkeys. A team of wildlife and outdoor professionals teach at the Pennsylvania Gobblers field school from various ...

CWD expands in Pa.’s wild deer herd

Early last month, a wild deer in Clearfield County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The deer, an adult buck, was reported to the Game Commission because it appeared to be sick. Wildlife conservation officers located the animal on state game lands in Bell Township and put it down. ...

It’s always best to be informed about rattlesnakes

I should be dead of a rattlesnake bite 30 years ago. Thanks only, I am sure, to my ever present squadron of guardian angels am I still among the living. I have jumped over rattlers, stepped down beside them, stepped over them, stepped on them and yet not one has made any attempt to strike ...

Seneca Rocks draws experienced climbers, novices

SENECA ROCKS, W.Va. — The pale ridge rises like the ragged fin of a prehistoric fish in a rolling green sea of low forested mountains in eastern West Virginia. Massive and intimidating, the craggy landscape of Seneca Rocks draws serious rock climbers from Washington, Pittsburgh and ...

Women have right to carry guns, too

Be aware that the anti-gun factions have a new tactic. The folks who organized the “women’s march” at inauguration time last January, have announced that they are now organizing a “women’s march” against the National Rifle Association scheduled for sometime this summer. I must ...

Choosing lures for summertime bass fishing

As we enter July, bass will become the focus for many anglers. Both largemouths and smallmouths offer countless fishing opportunities this time of year, but during the summer, bigger bass tend to be easier to catch during the low-light periods of dusk or dawn or after dark. That doesn’t ...

Doe license time is on the horizon

Can you believe it is already time to be readying the doe license applications? Who is thinking of that at this time of year? Baseball Hall of Fame votes, good fishing holes and golf games are more in our purview this time of year. Although for people like me, no matter what else is going on, ...

The time for great dry-fly fishing is now

By this time last year, most of the smaller streams in our region were so low and warm that I abandoned trout fishing on them until well into the fall. It wasn’t because I don’t enjoy challenging fishing, but when some streams began to look like ditches full of wet rocks, challenging ...

Don’t put out a welcome mat for black bears

Why does a bear show up in town? All across the state this summer will come reports of black bears that wander into populated areas, climb trees and refuse to come down. Police and firemen are called, but it usually ends with the Game Commission having to tranquilize the animal, lower it ...

Commission takes shot at hunting license buyers

Commentary The 2017-18 hunting licenses go on sale tomorrow and will be valid on July 1. You will need your new license to apply for an antlerless deer license, of course, and the first round for applications will be on July 10 this year for resident hunters and July 17 for nonresidents. ...

Nature always finds a way to amaze

Commentary Back in the 1950s, I was babysitting my two young cousins. Their house was on a high bank overlooking one of the state’s finest trout streams, Lick Run in Clinton County. Later on in my lifetime, this stream would be declared a wild trout stream. My only thoughts as I gazed down ...

Bass season set to open in less than one week

The opening of bass season this Saturday, June 17, all species of fish in Pennsylvania will once again be in season. The first day of bass season gets little fanfare compared with the opening of trout season. Bass aren’t stocked by the millions here in Pennsylvania as trout are, so most ...

Navigating the world of hunting licenses

Right now, new hunting licenses are renewable and those of us who have senior citizen licenses also must renew. I too have wondered over the years since I got my senior lifetime license, which I consider one of the best purchases of my life, why I have to pay for the increased fees for special ...

Montana switching wolf population data

The Associated Press HELENA, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials say the way they count wolves is too expensive and falls far short of an actual population estimate, so they plan to switch to a model that uses information gathered from hunters. However, wildlife advocates say wolf ...

PGC working hard to help game birds

HARRISBURG — A state-agency partnership is creating more habitat for two troubled game birds and other wildlife species that rely on young forest. Since 2011, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have teamed to restore thousands of ...

Fun to savor that rare perfect day

For many of us who love to fish and hunt, the anticipation of each new day in the woods or on the water is almost as stimulating as the outing itself. As we contemplate each upcoming outing in our minds, the fish will bite all day, the biggest buck on the mountain always appears, or a wily ...

If you’re going to hunt, check out these recipes

Last year I cooked some wild turkey for a group of friends. Like many, they were wary, expecting to taste something they hoped to tolerate but did not expect to like. I cooked it simply, turkey breast in a crockpot. Then I sliced it and made home-made gravy for it. Most of those who tried it ...

Different factors could determine a trophy

Most avid hunters and fishermen I know have a special appreciation for the species of fish and game they pursue. Some of us even become obsessed with hunting or catching the biggest or best specimens of a given species, characterizing them as “trophies.” Over the past couple of weeks, I ...