Outdoors

Clinton County proud of its ‘Creek’

Editor’s note: This is the third in a five-part series. Dozens of streams throughout Pennsylvania are named “Fishing Creek,” and some of those waterways do indeed produce good fishing. But one of the most interesting and popular of the Keystone State’s many “Fishing Creeks” is ...

Bear mange reaching epidemic status in state

The Associated Press LANCASTER — Over a lifetime, some Lancaster County residents may have seen a fox with mange. Hunters may have glimpsed an infected coyote. It’s a horrible sight with clumps of hair missing from the beautiful animals. Now, unfortunately, the scourge of mange has ...

Hunting gobblers all day long a good thing

Monday begins the season for hunting all day long. Several years ago, when this idea of hunting gobblers all day long was just a proposal, hunters were vocal that it would destroy the turkey population and be fatal to hens and so on. As usual, science has proved this not to be true, and in ...

Penns Creek offers unique experience

Any credible list of the best trout streams of Pennsylvania, or even the eastern United States, will always have Penns Creek near the top. Although the fishing is rarely easy on this outstanding waterway, Penns Creek possesses a character all its own and has enjoyed generations of dedicated ...

6 fish populations off overstocked list

By Patrick Whitle The Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced earlier this week. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement as ...

After Agnes, water quality fishing got better in the Little Juniata River

Until the early 1970s, the Little Juniata River was little more than an industrial sewer, its flows an ugly brown color with an equally unappealing smell. In just over a decade, however, this long-suffering waterway transformed into one of the most popular trout streams in the Mid-Atlantic ...

Plenty of rules to follow when prepping turkey

A hunter crippled a wild turkey one season. He spent three days looking for it but had no luck. He hung up his gun for the rest of the season. “I know that bird is dead,” he said “and that’s my limit for this year.” That’s top drawer sportsmanship. But there are more ways than ...

Panfish Derby scheduled for June 2

The Blair Bassmasters will hold their annual Panfish Derby on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon near the boat rental area on the swimming side of Canoe Creek Lake. The rain date is Sunday, June 3, for the same time and place. Prizes for casting will be awarded in the following age ...

Flower power for hungry folks

As Eleanor turned into the driveway, I couldn’t help but notice the reeds and grasses that waved in the wind from the box attached to the back of her motorcycle. Neither could her husband, Harold, with whom I was chatting when she arrived home loaded with her daily roadside harvest. ...

Keystone Sportsmen group ready to host annual field day

The Keystone Sportsmen for Youth group is planning its 25th annual Youth Field Day to be held at the Blair County Game Fish and Forestry Association grounds at Riggles Gap on Saturday, June 2. The event begins 7:30 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. All youth must be ...

The thrill of gobbler season

After fretting about perhaps having to hunt gobblers in the snow this spring, yesterday’s opener for spring gobblers was simply a relief. There are plenty of gobblers out there, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has assured us so we have the outlook of great days ahead. How many were ...

You really need to try fly fishing

Every year about this time, I talk to folks who are keen to start fly-fishing for trout. Most of them already enjoy trout fishing and desire to expand their opportunities, especially after the first weeks of the season. Sometimes, they were on their favorite stream during a hatch of mayflies ...

A few tips for you to land bigger fish

If our weather can get any more schizophrenic, I’m not sure I want to see it. After teasing us with a few days of unseasonably warm weather leading up to a gorgeous day for the opening of trout season, things chilled off again last Sunday. Heavy rains late that night rendered many streams ...

Springtime for gobblers … nothing like it

Come Saturday, I expect to be among the horde of hunters out to begin the month-long spring gobbler season. Only the opening of deer season rivals the sheer excitement I experience on this day. The raucous gobbling of tom turkeys is to me a symphony of sound unmatched by any other sound in my ...

Urban beavers at home in city

PITTSBURGH — A minor ecological setback took a bite out of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s plans to plant thousands of native-species trees throughout Pittsburgh. Another native species, beavers, felled a row of recently planted trees at North Shore Riverfront Park in the shadow of Heinz ...

This week’s trout stockings

BEDFORD COUNTY Date Body of water Meeting place Time Tuesday Cove Creek Lower Landmark Restaurant, Bedford, SR 30 9 a.m. Wednesday Clear Creek Everett Sportsman Club 9 a.m. Thursday Raystown Branch Juniata River Lower Landmark Restaurant, Bedford, SR 30 9 ...

Conditions are conducive for area fishermen

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — Sunny skies and warm, very comfortable temperatures greeted area fishermen for the opening of the 2018 trout season in Blair and surrounding counties Saturday morning. It was optimal weather for fishing, and Eric Mortimer ...

State bear harvest has impressive numbers

Despite one of the worst opening days in more than three decades of bear hunting, Pennsylvania charted yet another Top 10 harvest in 2017. Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 season, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for ...

Grannoms kick off major fly hatches

If I’ve learned anything during a lifetime in the outdoors, it’s that nature has its own calendar, and that calendar is often radically out of sync with the one we humans use. This spring, or mostly the lack of it, has been a prime example of that premise. I saw some skunk cabbage last ...

Warm reception

Heavy snow flurries filled the air at the Pleasant Valley Boulevard Shopping Center early this week, but fishermen who stopped by the sporting goods section at Unkel Joe’s Woodshed to pick up supplies for Saturday’s opening day of trout season for Blair and surrounding counties knew that ...