Outdoors

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 ...

Semi-automatic rifle debate kicks into gear

By Maddie Crocenzi The Associated Press YORK — In 2017, Pennsylvania became the last state to legalize semi-automatic rifles — including AR-15s — for hunting. It looked like the guns might be allowed for furbearers, small game and big game, until something surprising happened: A ...

Jeep in hot water over Super Bowl ad

By Scott Sonner The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers. It’s the second ...

Commissioners get it wrong again on semiautomatics

At its meeting on Jan. 30, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to regulations that would allow semiautomatic shotguns for hunting deer, bears or elk. For elk hunting, shotguns would need to be 12-gauge or larger. These regulations would become law if ...

Learning about coyotes from an expert

They tell me it is good weather and conditions for coyote hunting. But, from what some experts at it tell me, you’ll need a good four-wheel drive truck. One of the most popular tactics for locating coyotes is to drive the back roads and forested trails slowly with your tracking dogs, ...

For some, ice fishing can be irresistible

JAMESTOWN — Anyone who likes to go fishing has one of those days from time to time, and a recent Saturday was one of those days. After nearly seven hours on the frozen surface of Pymatuning Reservoir, Jim Diehl of Curtisville didn’t mince his words. “No fish — no fish at all,” he ...

Jaffa Show will take your mind off the winter blues

Six weeks more of winter is no surprise, I guess. The Jaffa Outdoor Show always comes in the nick of time to rescue us from the depth of winter depression. I am bristling with excitement as I see the lineup for the Jaffa Show which will be presented at the Jaffa Mosque on Broad Ave. from ...

Time again for Wild Game Feast at Altoona Alliance

It’s always my pleasure to announce the popular Wild Game Feast hosted each year by the Altoona Alliance Church located at 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. next to Planet Fitness. This year will mark the 13th annual installment of this worthwhile event, which will be held on Saturday, March 17. ...

New director takes over as PGC director

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management has a new director. Matthew Schnupp, who for 10 years served as chief wildlife biologist and research liaison for the 825,000-acre King Ranch, in Kingsville, Texas, started in the position today. Schnupp fills ...

Mark the Jaffa Show for February calendar

January seems to be flying by and are we not so thankful as one of the biggest events in our outdoor lives are the after Christmas hunts, which have been impacted by the brutal weather? Only the hardiest among us have ventured out in pursuit of rabbits or deer in this deep freeze. But it ...

Groundhogs don’t have a clue about winter

This Friday, news media and throngs of other silly folks will gather near the small Jefferson County town of Punxsutawney well before dawn to celebrate one of our most ridiculous unofficial holidays: Groundhog Day. This daffy ritual consists of a cadre of jokers in top hats and tails ...

TV hunting shows fail to convey the real experience

Ah, winter, how I hate thee. Let me count the ways. I hate the cold days and bitter winds. I hate the snow and ice that I must sweep, scrape and shovel from my car and sidewalk. I hate the endless boredom of being held hostage indoors for weeks on end, away from the things I like to do in ...

Turkey calling contests are worth your time

Ben Rogers Lee was to turkey calling and hunting what Vince Lombardi and Johnny Unitas were to football. For those who can’t remember farther back than Bill Cowher, well, you missed what Lee brought to turkey hunting. Ben Rogers Lee was from the south and when he came north in the early ...

Dinner event will feature local fly-fishing legends

Well, the brutal Arctic weather that had settled on our region finally released it icy grip somewhat last week. Temperatures soared into the 50s on Thursday, and I celebrated the day by pheasant hunting with a friend and his pointing dog. I acquired a new 20-gauge over-under shotgun last ...

Caselena the authority when it comes to turkey talk

To the average turkey hunter, meeting Mary Jo Caselena can be surprising. This petite woman, who couldn’t possibly weigh more than 90 pounds, is the state’s professional turkey biologist? Indeed she is and once she opens her mouth to start explaining the Game Commission’s plans and ...

Pennsylvania has new record archery buck

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last week that a monster buck killed last October in Westmoreland County has been certified as the new state record in the Typical Archery category. Ron Shaulis, of West Newton, harvested the 13-point buck on Oct. 24 on public land with a compound ...

Deer in moonlight hits the right spot

The moon eerily lit up the snow-covered fields on New Year’s night. It was not only the full moon but a ‘super moon,”and it lived up to its name. I was holed up inside my house for the fifth straight day and night because of the weather and gripped with a full-fledged case of cabin ...

Pennsylvania set to have its first game wardens

Starting Monday, the law-enforcement officers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be officially called “state game wardens.” I suppose many folks are thinking to themselves, “Weren’t they always called game wardens?” Actually, no. The wildlife law-enforcement personnel in many ...

Deer struggling to survive in wintry conditions

The trimmings are in the trash by now, and the venison has been transformed into steaks, hamburger and bologna. We all secretly figured that we would pay for the spring-like weather we had the first week of rifle deer season and were we ever right! A few hardy hunters will venture out in ...