Outdoors

Providing personal Thanksgiving dinner a thrill

Things are heating up now in the woods for archery deer hunters. The rut is coming on so now tactics change. Tree stands are repositioned to intercept deer as they enter into or emerge from heavy cover along lines of rubs that indicate travel lanes. Deer grunt calls and rattling antlers are ...

Pheasant propagation program sees changes

The statewide pheasant season opened Sunday, and according to Pennsylvania Game Commission sources, hunters should find increased opportunities for this popular gamebirds. I’ve often lamented the fact that we have lost a once impressive population of wild ring-necked pheasants here in ...

Raffle winner harvests elk

BENEZETTE — The Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s 2016 Elk Tag Raffle winner selected at a public drawing held at the 2016 Elk Expo on Aug. 21 was Steve Unis from Ulster. Unis’ name was selected from 10,354 tickets purchased for this once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt a world-class ...

Sometimes there’s really no place like home

One of the main reasons I've never become an archery hunter is fishing can be so good in the fall. So as much as I like to hunt deer, I have always opted to spend most of October pursuing trout and bass on the rivers, streams and lakes rather than sitting in a tree stand trying to get a deer ...

Must do something with those pesky squirrels

Squirrel hunting season opened Saturday. The Game Commission calls squirrel the most underhunted species in Pennsylvania.Archery hunting is probably most of the reason why that is, because right now the rut is approaching, bucks are getting very frisky right now, rubs and scrapes are appearing ...

Fall offers many hiking opportunities

Early fall is a great time for walking, hiking or biking here in our region. The cooler weather can be invigorating and quite pleasant, most of the annoying bugs are gone, and the brilliant fall foliage that will be appearing shortly will add a special ambience to an outing unlike any other ...

Observing nature’s long-standing rituals a real treat

Last archery season, thousands of deer were harvested, about half of them on the first day! Opening day has always been the most productive day for bowhunters, just as it is for rifle hunters. Don't be fooled by that figure, however, it still represents only about two percent of the archers ...

Start of archery season kicks off October

Who doesn't love October? This Saturday, Oct. 1 is the opening day of archery deer season. Everything that happens in the woods in October is framed in color, and the weather is nippy but not too cold or too hot. All sorts of sounds assail the hunter's senses: a flock of geese passing over, ...

Shooting deer with camera harder than using a gun

Having been an outdoor photographer for more than 30 years, I have a special appreciation for the work of some of the real masters of the craft. I marvel at some of the images I see in magazines and books, knowing how much time, effort, patience and often a bit of luck that it took to make a ...

State elk viewing opportunities happening now

Elk can be a spectacular sight any time of year, but these impressive animals are especially compelling to view in the fall, which is the mating season for elk. Mature bulls can weigh nearly 1,000 pounds and will be sporting a grand set of antlers, headgear they will use to impress potential ...

Hunters must be aware of baiting

Some years ago, on the opening day of bear season, I decided to take my rifle along while I scouted out my favorite deer stand in the Game Lands. I had little hope of seeing a bear. My real intent was to look for deer signs in my chosen deer hunting area which would start the next week.My ...

Creation of Atlantic’s first monument upsets fishermen

By Jennifer McdermottThe Associated PressPROVIDENCE, R.I. - Fishermen in New England say President Barack Obama needlessly dealt a big blow to their industry when he created the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument and circumvented the existing process for protecting fisheries.The ...

Call of the wild can be rewarding experience

Over 115 entries from more than a dozen states were received for the annual Turkey Call Manufacturers national contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the big Labor Day festival that the Riggles Gap Sportsmen's Cub sponsors each year. The entries were judged by a panel of 7 ...

Game, fish agencies need to restructure

I enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend with a couple of fishing outings with friends and family, including a two-day trip to the Susquehanna River last Sunday and Monday. Still basking in the pleasure of that outing as I got back to business Tuesday morning, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) ...

California’s salmon struggle after fifth year of drought

STINSON BEACH, Calif. - The sleek, flapping salmon that fishermen hauled aboard the rolling Salty Lady charter boat near the Golden Gate Bridge were the survivors of the survivors.After five years of drought, the native Chinook salmon that the men were reeling in this past week were there only ...

Coming of autumn marks a time of transition

The Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of the fall season for many folks. Most kids returned to school last week, and the early hunting seasons for Canada geese and doves opened on Thursday. Fortunately, opening day wasn't the scorcher that hunters encountered last ...

Loved the legend thing

Thirty-five years ago, I stood in line with scores of others to get my picture taken with baseball legend Ted Williams. Why did I do that?Perhaps to brag to friends that I have a photo of Williams? To kid myself that Williams would ever remember me, or that I was anything more than one of ...

Labor Day ushers in outdoor opportunities

As I confronted the keyboard to compose this week's column I realized there are a bunch of important events on the horizon. Sept. 1 and the first of the early-fall hunting seasons start midweek and the Labor Day weekend with lots of other events soon follows. As we turn the next calendar page ...

Summer’s end brings beginning of preparations for fall season

Every hunter loves to see August end; it signals the end of a long, hot summer and the beginning of preparations for all types of hunting soon to come. I read on Facebook that the predictions are for a really cold, hard winter based on these two facts -the deer are morphing into their winter ...

Popular river closes after thousands of fish die

By Matthew BrownThe Associated PressBILLINGS, Mont. - Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways this past Friday, barring all fishing, rafting and other activities to prevent the spread of a parasite ...