Outdoors

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 ...

Salter and Rutledge really know how to talk turkey

Commentary No doubt the snow storm of last week dampened the ardor of wild turkeys across the state. Most turkey hunters will consider that a gift since most believe that the season opens at least two weeks too late. The breeding season is usually well over by the time season starts which ...

Feeling so blessed to be part of NWTF event held in Nashville

Commentary The Opryland Hotel in Nashville is a monstrous, breathtakingly beautiful monolith of a complex. You are given a map of it when you check in. No matter where you want to go, it’s one mile to get there, and getting there involves at least two elevator changes and long, long ...

Some first-bait casting out tips that everyone can use

Commentary The past two weeks have certainly produced some crazy swings in the weather. On the last Friday in February, I was basking in sunshine and air temperatures in the high 70s on the banks of the Juniata River while catching some nice smallmouth bass. Last Wednesday and Thursday, I ...

Special regulation waters provide preseason trout fishing scenarios

If some of that grand weather we had during the last half of February didn’t help shake off the winter blues and provoke the urge to get outside and do any number of things, I’m not sure what could. I certainly took advantage those balmy days to hit the water and fish for both bass and ...

The turkey hunt different around here

Commentary I was surprised a few weeks ago to read in Outdoors News magazine that the Game Commission is considering a legislative bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania turkey hunters from calling to turkeys in the month before season opens. Think of that! Let me say that I am firmly ...

Trout stocking efforts to begin

While I haven’t looked at any official statistics, it seems that the weather this February was much milder than the past few years. The past two weeks in particular offered some unseasonably warm days that just begged a fellow to pack up his fishing tackle and shake off the winter blues. I ...

State officials striving to retain women anglers

HAZLETON — Only 18 percent of anglers in Pennsylvania are women, and they drop out of the sport faster than men, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said Wednesday in his annual report to the Legislature. Chairman John Arway said reasons why 56 percent of women decline ...

Web cam eagles ready for the spotlight again

For the past three years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has installed a video camera in an active bald eagle nest to provide a live video stream via the Internet of the adult eagles incubating their eggs and subsequently tending and feeding the eaglets once they hatch. In early 2014, the ...

Jaffa Show arrives just in time

This weekend kicks off the immensely popular outdoors extravaganza that is the Jaffa Show. The hours are Thursday, 3-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A show of this magnitude chases away cabin fever in a big way at least for awhile. It certainly does ...

Duck decoy exhibit part of Erie museum

ERIE — Frank Buchner made a living working on ships that traveled throughout the Great Lakes in the first half of the last century. He was a captain and engineer on what were then known as “sand suckers,” which were large vessels, often converted freighters, deployed to dredge channels. ...

Migration time for snow geese

Winter snows are descending on Pennsylvania No, I am not talking about the cold, wet white stuff that blanketed most of the state last week, but rather hundreds of thousands of snow geese on their annual spring migration to breeding grounds on the arctic tundra of Canada. This invasion seems ...

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 ...