Outdoors

Coyote hunting climbs fast track to popularity

Coyote hunting is picking up adherents quickly since hunters are finding out how exciting and challenging hunting these crafty predators can be. Pennsylvania hunters are already addicted to chasing these rather ugly beasts. So much so that many outdoor shows — including the upcoming Jaffa ...

Black bear harvests keep getting better

HARRISBURG — This is the golden age of bear hunting. Since the Pennsylvania Game Commission began keeping records of statewide bear harvests in 1915, there has never been a more prolific period for Commonwealth black bear hunters. Pennsylvania hunters harvested 3,529 bears in 2016, the ...

Preliminary approval given to semi-automatic hunting rifles

Last week, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to several measures that could change the way many of us hunt in Pennsylvania. The most dramatic of those is a proposal to permit the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting big game, small game and furbearers ...

There’s a new age of turkey calling competition now in the air

Across the state right now, many turkey calling contests are being staged. Some of these are strictly for fun and local entertainment, but most are deadly serious events. Called “sanctioned” contests, they are approved and often sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, the ...

Montana government deal will allow slaughter of wild bison

BILLINGS, Mont. — A deal disclosed this past week  will allow the mass slaughter of hundreds of wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park, while sparing 25 animals that American Indian tribes want to start new herds. The Associated Press obtained details on the deal between ...

Young: Popular wild game dinner will be held in March

It’s always my pleasure to announce the popular Wild Game Feast hosted by the Altoona Alliance Church located at 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. next to Planet Fitness. This year will mark the 12th annual installment of this worthwhile event, which will be held on Saturday, March 11. The buffet ...

Grenoble: Pheasants, chicks and ruffed grouse are on my mind

Publications across the state are rife with advertisements about outdoor shows, the sportsman’s winter grasp on sanity. No Steelers in the Super Bowl so woe is us. Our big local show, known as the Jaffa Outdoor Show, is less than a month away now. I have no information yet on the entire ...

National archery group offering competition for students across state

HARRISBURG — A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers. The 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 10 in State College. Qualifying for the state event is currently open across the state. And the Pennsylvania Game ...

Planting native trees and shrubs helps wildlife

Last week, I discussed here some warnings about not putting out food for wildlife in the wintertime. Having grown up in the country myself, I know how satisfying it can be to see wild birds and mammals literally in your backyard, so the temptation to attract them with offerings of food is easy ...

Deer Management group offers up tidbits for hunters

Recently I sat in on a presentation by Jack Sorber — or the Quality Deer Management Association — and he unloaded a few tidbits on us. This organization has always been about management of land and habitat. He emphasized a fact that we all know —  if you don’t have good habitat, ...

Extended season provides many hunting challenges

Commentary The extended deer season began back on Dec. 26, for muzzleloader and bow and arrow only. It is the toughest and hardiest among us who go out in Pennsylvania’s weather after Christmas to try to get a deer, especially with archery equipment and I admire those who do it.  ...

Local TU chapter offering winter fly-tying classes

Commentary Throughout 2016, I had the pleasure of fishing with many other anglers, including some younger folks. It’s always gratifying to see future generations taking up a sport that has been so rewarding for me. Equally satisfying is the enthusiasm and passion many of these newer ...

New year brings promise, anticipation

Because my first column of 2017 falls on New Year’s Day, it presents a perfect time for reflection, a reason to look back over the preceding 12 months and remember the good times and events that shaped yet another journey through the cycle of the seasons. I remember as a youngster the ...

Game Commission keeps eye on its finances

We all wonder just what is going to happen to us and our budgets come 2017. The tax reassessment looms large in our thinking. We have been notified that both Penelec and People’s Natural Gas will be upping their rates. It looms large for many in the area, including me, because I too am ...

West Virginia officials happy that elk population is growing

HOLDEN, W.Va. — On land where coal was once mined, officials have trumpeted the return of an elk herd to West Virginia for the first time in 141 years. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials from the state Division of Natural Resources and other agencies introduced the public to 24 elk ...

You can go wild for Christmas dinner

Some years ago, my sister who was hosting the family Christmas dinner that year, decided she wanted to have an all-wild meal. Since I am the only one in my immediate family that hunts, the meat and recipes fell to me. The applesauce and apple and blueberry pies were from apples and berries I ...

Game Commission to close two pheasant farms

Just in time to give a hearty “bah, humbug” to thousands of Pennsylvania hunters and 14 of its own employees, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last week it would be closing two of its four pheasant farms — the Western Game Farm in Crawford County and the Northcentral Game Farm ...

End of deer season brings other opportunities

Commentary The end of deer season, however, doesn’t mean the end of hunting by any means because a variety of late-season opportunities will be available throughout the coming weeks and months for those intrepid folks who enjoy being out and about in the winter woods. Most popular ...

For some hunters, it’s just a matter of taste

Commentary 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 ...

Timber industry decision could end up hurting wildlife

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Plans for managing the nation’s largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be “the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now.” The Tongass National Forest released a management plan ...