Outdoors

Opening day of trout season popular rite of spring

The annual spring carnival known as the first day of trout season will get under way next Saturday morning on streams and lakes throughout Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, no one around here needs to be reminded that the weather has been anything but springlike in recent weeks. Most of the trout ...

Nothing better than gobbler time

For the spring gobbler hunter, now begins the countdown to the most exciting season of the hunting calendar. It’s time to scout but for hunters that term means different things to different hunters. Most of all we want to locate a few gobblers we can try to lure to our calls when season ...

Commission releases deer harvest numbers

On March 20, the Pennsylvania Game Commission released the official deer harvest report for the 2017-18 hunting seasons. I have lost interest in this bag of insipid statistics, mostly because it’s about the same old thing each year, give or take a few percentage points one way or the ...

Wild game event brings terrific stories about faith

A couple weeks ago, I and several hundred others gathered to hear one of the members of the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles and his father, also a former NFL player speak, along with the wild game banquet at the Alliance church of Altoona. The event is noted for in its annual ...

Setting the hook an essential skill for success

Nothing says, “Spring is here,” like the eight inches or more of snow. I quit trying to figure out the weather years ago and just deal with what nature throws our way. But it sure would be nice to have snow again for deer season more often than for fishing season. Over the years, I’ve ...

Woods are busy this time of year

Since we are in the heart of Chronic Wasting Disease Area, we will be the ones most likely to catch sight of some of the collared deer the Game Commission decided would be so fitted in Deer Management Area 2 . This area takes in southern Blair and northern Bedford Counties as well as Fulton and ...

Idaho adds grizzly bear hunting

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission in a 7-0 vote recently directed the Department of Fish and Game to gather public ...

Finally, we can talk about first casts for bass

After spending too much time in the past several weeks grousing about lousy weather and the lack of fishing opportunities, I’m delighted to report making my long-awaited first outing of 2018 last Monday afternoon. The weather wasn’t exactly balmy as I journeyed to the Juniata River in ...

A second buck debate begins

The winds of opinion are whirling full speed now on whether or not the state’s Game Commission should allow a hunter to harvest a second buck during the season, provided he purchases a special license that permits him to do so. Most deer hunters’ opinions on the matter hinge largely on ...

Trout stocking dispute heats up

By Justine McDaniel The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Of all the sources of discord in Harrisburg, trout usually isn’t one of them. But a proposal to increase fishing-license fees has turned into a dispute that has lawmakers hoping to oust the head of the Fish and Boat ...

Special waters provide preseason trout fishing

Right now, I’m suffering from one of the longest bouts of fishing withdrawal I’ve experienced in many years. By the middle of March most years, I have typically made several outings for trout or bass or both. But some lousy weather, high water, a bout with the flu and schedule conflicts, ...

Lady hunters want woods to stay green

I hate pink! I’ve always hated pink —it silently cries pampered, princess and weakness. And now I am really boiling. Some bumble-headed writer for the Detroit Free Press has blessed the world with an article declaring that women hunters are wanting pink included on our hunting clothes. ...

Keeping landmarks safe the No. 1 priority for all

By Ad Crable The Associated Press LANCASTER — Despite a tricky and manpower-intensive rescue of a teenager, Wind Cave in southern Lancaster County will not be closed to public use. Warning signs, however, will be erected at access points to the popular cave, said Phil Wenger, president ...

Preseason trout stocking efforts under way

Reviewing some of my notes from this time last year brought back some wonderful memories of many unseasonably warm days during the last week of February. I took full advantage of that glorious weather by making several trips to the Juniata River and catching 100 or more smallmouth bass. It ...

Guess it’s time to spring into action

The spring woods dance in the woods is under way! Every bird, from robins to wild turkeys, is gearing up for the process of attracting a mate and building a nest. It’s boom time for every spring turkey hunter to be out locating roosting spots, hangouts and favorite fields for strutting ...

Government sticking up for Keystone plants

By John Hayes The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It’s such a pretty little plant. A vertical column of magenta blossoms bursting above green grasses in wet meadows. But the purple fringeless orchid is its own worst enemy. A complex species native to Pennsylvania with limited ...

A close-up look at the world’s fastest creature

Let’s start this week with a short quiz. What is the fastest member of the animal kingdom? Before you answer, however, allow me to provide a hint: This creature is found in the wild in Pennsylvania. That bit of information obviously rules out the cheetah, which is probably the answer ...

Jaffa Show, PGC fundraising and the sounds of spring

I am so excited to be there and to participate in The Jaffa Outdoors Show that currently is under way at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Since you are reading me this morning, that means the show will end later today so you still have time to come in and scan the booths and see all the offerings ...

Archery tournament coming to State College

HARRISBURG — A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers. The 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held Friday, March 9, in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania. ...

Seminars galore await you at the Jaffa Show

This is the big week for all of you who are outdoorsmen as the Jaffa Show opens its doors on Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at noon and going until 8 p.m. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Since the Mirror has run several full-page color ads about the ...