Outdoors

Grow up. Get over it. Try some venison

If the hunters in your home are among those who bagged a deer, you have a supply of clean, healthful, lean meat to augment the food budget. Already some of you are wrinkling your noses at the thought. “I can’t stand the wild taste,” is what I hear so often. I do not believe there is ...

Mandarin duck gaining popularity

NEW YORK — It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi. A horde of photographers has been gathering daily in the park off Fifth Avenue for well over a month, ...

First day of deer season more than just tagging a buck

Deer season was enjoyable this year for me. Filling my buck tag on Wednesday afternoon certainly helped the satisfaction, but other factors made this year more fun than some recent seasons. The best of those was snow. When I began hunting, having snow for the first week of deer season was ...

Hunters, non-hunters worry about wicked winters

It is not just hunters who express concern for the state’s wildlife during a prolonged and wicked winter. Many non-hunters also wonder how wildlife survives during rough winters. It is not easy to explain nor to contemplate. But wildlife copes differently than humans do with harsh ...

Caribou will find home in Canada

The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The six mountain caribou remaining in the lower 48 states will be relocated farther north into Canada, a move that ends decades of efforts to reintroduce the large animals into Idaho and Washington state. The Spokesman Review says biologists hope to ...

South American hawk wows crowd in Maine

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — A hawk that is native to Central and South America drew a lot of attention from Maine’s birding community Friday after appearing in a park, where it brawled with a fellow raptor and dined on a squirrel. The great black hawk has been a source of ...

PGC releases preliminary bear, elk harvest numbers

As I sit at my computer working on this week’s column, it’s Black Friday morning, and I’m being treated to emails by the dozen from every possible vendor with every kind of sale or special offer to celebrate this bizarre, unofficial “holiday” in tribute to American consumerism. ...

Better than Thanksgiving and better than Christmas

For me it is today, more so than tomorrow, that is the most exciting day of the year. Fueled by memories of over 65 deer seasons past, my anticipation of the season is as strong as it ever was. Even remembering how many things have changed over the years does not dampen my enthusiasm for the ...

Hunters getting more grounds

HARRISBURG — New hunting grounds will be available to Pennsylvania deer hunters Monday, if they take advantage of additional state forest road access in 18 of the 20 state forest districts. More than 3,000 miles of roadway in state forestlands will be open to deer hunters into January 2019, ...

Conservation agencies need modern world address

If you listen to the rhetoric coming from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, both agencies have been struggling to make ends meet financially for several decades now. The reason for those financial woes is relatively simple. First, both our fish ...

’Tis the season to talk about deer, bears and that holiday bird

The first snow of winter seemed to have arrived earlier than usual this year yet it will be a gift for the bear hunters. That season opened Saturday and the hope was that many of the truly large bears known to be in Pennsylvania will be harvested this year. The snow should help. There is, ...

House dropping protection of gray wolves in lower states

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill this past week to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and ...

State’s bear hunting gaining in popularity

Last week I attended a fundraising banquet of the ruffed Grouse Association and as usual, it was really a hoot. I sat with the same bunch of fellows from Trophy Mountain Lodge near Huntingdon and so I had a real blast as usual. They have a hunt for senior citizens coming up on Tuesday and ...

Fly-fishing loses legendary author Meck

Pennsylvania native and nationally renowned fly-fisherman Charles R. Meck passed away on Sept. 18 surrounded by family at Fairport Baptist Home in Fairport, N.Y. He was 86. Charlie was undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in fly-fishing during the past 50 years. A prolific author ...

Judge protecting red wolves territory

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal authorities violated a federal law aimed at preserving endangered species by planning to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild, a federal judge ruled in blocking a move that environmentalists said would hasten the ...

Game Commission rolls out new app

Many hunters share my displeasure with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s specious cost-cutting move of not supplying the traditional printed copy of the “Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest” with the purchase of a hunting license. That book, of course, provides essential ...

Tracking food sources can aid your hunt

What a strange autumn it has been so far. The leaves didn’t turn colors and it seems as if it rains every day. The wet ground does make for good still-hunting if you are still archery hunting and/or wild turkey hunting. It’s the kind of weather that I am thankful to have a portable ...

Brown trout realize it’s spawning time

As the unrelenting rains of late spring and summer have finally waned, many of rivers and streams in the region are finally dropping to more normal levels. We can only hope this situation continues and that it will allow us to enjoy at least a few weeks of fall fishing opportunities. Another ...

Different seasons, different styles of hunting

Fall turkey season opened on Saturday to a miserable weather day that kept many hunters, including me, at home. Spring and fall turkey hunting methods differ so drastically one could think he was hunting two separate species. Even those methods used within fall season can vary a lot, ...

Pennsylvania archer gets his dream deer

The Associated Press KIRKWOOD — Kenny Yoder of Kirkwood feels blessed. I would say so, since he had his bow at full draw on a big-bodied nine-point buck and then one of the largest bucks ever to be taken in archery season in Pennsylvania sauntered into view. Yoder, the girls soccer ...