Outdoors

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 ...

Same hill produces another big turkey

Empowered by the still fresh memories of a six-bearded gobbler I had bagged on this hill two years before, I coaxed my senior citizen legs upward. I did point a small flashlight downward because I remembered the huge groundhog holes that peppered this hillside. My friend, Joanie Haidle, in ...

Hunting with friend produced some memorable times

Commentary To every seasoned gobbler hunter there will come a time that simply makes a fool out of you. I was reminiscing recently about one of those madcap seasons my buddy in the Poconos and I had about 20 years ago. Buck Alt and I learned that year that was a lot we still did not know. ...

Mom enabled early love for outdoors

Commentary Today is Mother’s Day, a perfect time to pay tribute to my mother who influenced and supported my fascination for the outdoors from an early age. My father was a city kid who never fished or hunted, but Mom grew up in the country during the depression, when gardening, fishing ...

Always something to learn

Commentary Beginning Monday, gobbler hunters may hunt from a half-hour before dawn to a half-hour after sunset each day until May 31. Pennsylvania hunters have mostly adapted to this all-day season, although as all changes in the hunting scene are — it was met with skepticism and ...

Trafficking trade includes eagles

The Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. — A two-year undercover operation that led to indictments against 15 people for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds offers a rare window into the black market for eagle carcasses, feathers, parts and handicrafts, including one alleged ...

Don’t forget to try those spinnerbaits for prespawn bass

On most lakes and rivers here in our area, we are entering the peak of pre-spawn activity for bass. Although bass season is now closed until mid-June, bass anglers who embrace catch-and-release can enjoy some great fishing for big bass in shallow water this time of year as these fish go on a ...

A to-do list for gobbler hunters

Yesterday’s opener for spring gobbler sported weather so good you had to enjoy that even if you didn’t hear a gobbler. Because this column was put together before opening day, I cannot tell you what adventures may have come my way. If anything worth talking about did happen, you will ...

Sometimes you have to give thanks for wild trout

As we enter the second week of trout season, the carnival of opening morning is now over as the crowds of anglers who flocked to most stocked streams in search of gullible hatchery trout have dissipated dramatically. Unless a particular waterway has received a recent in-season stocking, the ...

Turkey hunters getting anxious

Last spring, hunters took 35,966 spring turkeys in Pennsylvania, which is lower than the previous two spring harvests of about 41,200 each. But the 2016 harvest still was similar to spring harvests from 2010 to 2013. “A light turkey harvest last fall and a mild winter have set the stage for ...

Opening day perfect for anglers

PAVIA — For the second straight spring, 9-year-old Parker Miller caught a trout to remember. Parker, a third-grade student at Forest Hills Elementary School, fooled a trophy rainbow trout that measured over 20 inches early Saturday morning in a popular fishing hole on Bobs Creek near Pavia ...

Spring can have more than one meaning

Easter Sunday is surely one of the special celebrations that the Christian world enjoys. The resurrection of Christ is the hope for us all and most surely the hope of each of us as we face the grim reaper in our time. I got word just a few days ago that the father of my dear outdoor friend ...

Cuddling cubs is part of plan by commission

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Late last year, a she-bear made her den in remote woods near the Eastern Continental Divide in Cambria County. Four or five trees that had fallen into each other created a shelter, the kind of spot children would fashion into a fort. She piled twigs and ...

Comparing wild turkeys alongside the bald eagle

On a beautiful spring morning a couple of weeks ago, I was on my way to do some fishing when I spied two wild turkeys in a field close to the road. Both birds flushed when I drove by, and I watched them sail into a nearby woodlot. As I was pulling on my waders a short time later, a fleeting ...

Game Commission biting the hand that feeds it

Commentary Once again, our Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners have proven that the way we operate the Game Commission is fatally flawed, woefully out of touch with its constituency and completely unsustainable in the way it’s currently structured. Worse than that, the Game ...

Gobbler hunting is spring-time fun

Commentary In three short weeks, 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 ...

Bird on the mend after scary accident

By Michael Casey The Associated Press EPPING, N.H. — Heading home to New Hampshire, truckers Will Sword and Tyler Buckley were on the road in Massachusetts when they heard a bang. At first, they thought the truck had hit a tree. But when they stopped and Buckley got out to investigate, ...

Say goodbye to License Digest

Commentary In accordance with what has been the usual routine in this decade, there will be several changes in the game law for next year’s seasons. The first is that the Game Commission has announced that they will discontinue printing the License Digest that always came with the ...

New guidebook details Pennsylvania’s best fly-fishing waters

Commentary This year, March certainly made its entrance like a lion — no, make that a polar bear. After some unseasonably glorious weather during the last week of February, the first two weeks of March served up brutal winds and frigid temperatures capped off by several inches of snow ...