Outdoors

Humans need to pay more attention

Commentary As I was idly channel surfing one late evening after the Pirates game concluded, I bumped into the documentary about Timothy Treadwell on PBS. I sat up until 3 a.m. watching it. Treadwell was a well-meaning chap who, some years ago, set out to prove that he could live unarmed ...

Groups want hike to whaling quoates

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is seeking a significant increase in the number of bowhead whales that can be harvested annually by subsistence hunters from 11 remote villages in a changing Arctic environment. The commission wants yearly ...

Prime time for elk viewing starting

Commentary During the next several weeks, thousands of visitors armed with binoculars, spotting scopes or cameras will travel to north-central Pennsylvania to view the wild elk living there. Currently, about 1,000 elk inhabit Pennsylvania’s elk range, which comprises parts of Elk, McKean, ...

Anticipation placed on hold

Commentary Anticipation is the deer hunter’s constant companion in those weeks before archery season and then rifle season. In between important football games we sandwich scouting trips, sighting in the rifle at the range, practicing with the bow and arrow in the backyard, buying new ...

Elk euthanized after wandering into DMA

From Mirror reports The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced a trophy bull elk that wandered south of Interstate 80 and into a chronic-wasting disease management area was euthanized by an agency wildlife conservation officer to ensure it would not bring CWD back to the elk ...

Dove season kicks off fall hunting for all

Commentary September brings not-so-subtle changes into a hunter’s psyche. The promise of the plethora of new seasons and opportunities, beginning with dove and goose seasons, quickens the heart. Things smell differently too in September and intensify as the weeks pass. A chill in the air ...

Groups are suing to protect bears

By Matt Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe have asked a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals would not be allowed. The Northern ...

Labor Day ushers in plenty of outdoor opportunities

Commentary Every August I find myself wondering where the summer has gone, and this week has brought on that annual feeling of dread regarding the waning days of summertime. The arrival of September this Friday brings with it the opening days of the mourning dove and early Canada geese ...

It smells like hunting spirit out there

Commentary It’s finally the end of August and the hunter can smell the upcoming seasons in the air. Everything in the woods seems especially pungent and how we savor those scents. Another great smell at this time of year are the new things we order online and how new they smell as we ...

Nittany Lion grad makes pro bass fishing history

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — There are an estimated 600,000 living Penn State alumni in the world, and Grae Buck is doing something none of the rest are: He’s competing at the very top level of professional bass fishing, on the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Tour. And he is ...

Hunting isn’t easy

For 30 years I’ve been badgered by the anti-hunting folks. Since I know the silly rhetoric they use stems from ignorance, plus an inaccurate conception of what hunting is really all about, it bothers me little. I seldom respond to it, but frankly, I’m disgusted to the max with the lofty ...

Summertime bass fishing heats up on the Juniata

This time last year throughout our region, we were in the grip of a dreadful drought. Three months without any significant rain had reduced many smaller streams into ditches full of wet rocks. Trout fishing on most streams was little more than an exercise in futility. Even my favorite ...

Pheasants, target practice and worrying about CWD

The best pheasant hunting to be enjoyed this fall season may be the special youth pheasant hunts being offered. These are special hunting opportunities for junior hunters between 12 and 16 years of age, who have successfully completed a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course. Each year, ...

Fly fishing for those who served

Fly fishing has been a large and rewarding part of my life over the past 50 years. During that time, I’ve had the pleasure to meet and fish with hundreds of folks who share my passion and devotion to this wonderful sport. But few days on the water have been as rewarding as the times spent ...

Rare whale spotted by research vessel

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Federal researchers studying critically endangered North Pacific right whales sometimes go years without finding their subjects. Last weekend, they got lucky. A research vessel in the Bering Sea photographed two of the animals last Sunday and ...

Chronic Wasting Disease continues to leave mark

Commentary The ongoing efforts to contain the spread of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania’s wild deer herd continues to make news, and most of that news isn’t good. On July 26, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it was creating a new executive-level position to direct the ...

Fun times are just around the corner

Commentary August begins to get the outdoors person’s juices flowing. Tints of red and orange are showing on the Sumac, bucks have enough antler growth that they are visible above the ears. Spotters are keeping their eyes on certain fields to try to catch sight of fall turkey flocks and ...

Coyote sightings worrying farmers

The Associated Press MOON TOWNSHIP — Most mornings, Robert Mowery and his family head down the hill from their Moon Township home to their small farm to tend to their flock of chickens. But over the course of several days in June, a clever coyote — or maybe several coyotes — feasted ...

Making a few memories on the Juniata

Commentary For me, one of the greatest attractions to fishing has always been there is so much more to fishing than just catching fish. Make no mistake about it, I love catching fish, but I dearly appreciate the experience of pursuing them on the many wonderful streams, rivers and lake ...

Always room for one more story

Commentary Occasionally you are privileged to meet and know a real outdoor character. I’ve known a few in my life, one of which was my hunting buddy and friend Buck Alt from the Poconos. No one could tell a story like Buck and I miss him much. Sometimes you meet people through the ...