Outdoors

Game, fish agencies need to restructure

I enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend with a couple of fishing outings with friends and family, including a two-day trip to the Susquehanna River last Sunday and Monday. Still basking in the pleasure of that outing as I got back to business Tuesday morning, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) ...

California’s salmon struggle after fifth year of drought

STINSON BEACH, Calif. - The sleek, flapping salmon that fishermen hauled aboard the rolling Salty Lady charter boat near the Golden Gate Bridge were the survivors of the survivors.After five years of drought, the native Chinook salmon that the men were reeling in this past week were there only ...

Coming of autumn marks a time of transition

The Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of the fall season for many folks. Most kids returned to school last week, and the early hunting seasons for Canada geese and doves opened on Thursday. Fortunately, opening day wasn't the scorcher that hunters encountered last ...

Loved the legend thing

Thirty-five years ago, I stood in line with scores of others to get my picture taken with baseball legend Ted Williams. Why did I do that?Perhaps to brag to friends that I have a photo of Williams? To kid myself that Williams would ever remember me, or that I was anything more than one of ...

Labor Day ushers in outdoor opportunities

As I confronted the keyboard to compose this week's column I realized there are a bunch of important events on the horizon. Sept. 1 and the first of the early-fall hunting seasons start midweek and the Labor Day weekend with lots of other events soon follows. As we turn the next calendar page ...

Summer’s end brings beginning of preparations for fall season

Every hunter loves to see August end; it signals the end of a long, hot summer and the beginning of preparations for all types of hunting soon to come. I read on Facebook that the predictions are for a really cold, hard winter based on these two facts -the deer are morphing into their winter ...

Popular river closes after thousands of fish die

By Matthew BrownThe Associated PressBILLINGS, Mont. - Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways this past Friday, barring all fishing, rafting and other activities to prevent the spread of a parasite ...

There’s a reason they call it wildlife

The rugged outdoorsmen of the past, who went west before the Conestoga wagons, were trappers. Trapping furs to sell to the earliest settlers was how they made their livelihood.Today's trappers are still a hardy breed, although their endeavors look far different than they did in pre-pioneer ...

Wilderness guides mauled by bear

By Rachel D'OroThe Associated PressANCHORAGE, Alaska - A brown bear mauled two wilderness guides who were leading a hiking excursion in Alaska after the group came between the female animal and her cub in the Tongass National Forest, state troopers said this past Friday.The guides - a man and a ...

Young: DCNR, PFBC close Penns Creek to save trout

The summer of 2016 will not be a fond memory for most trout anglers here in the south-central region of Pennsylvania.When weather and water conditions are favorable, summertime trout fishing can be an interesting and enjoyable experience. I love the challenge of fly-fishing for trout under ...

Grenoble: While listening, Commission needs to use own judgment

No doubt, deer hunting is the heart of most Pennsylvania outdoorsperson's dreams. Deer hunting is also the bread and butter of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.So it is no surprise that the Commission has initiated yet another "hunters' group" to help solve the problems of our state's deer ...

Hunter-trapper courses

CAMBRIA COUNTYON LINE REGISTRATION ONLYDate and time: Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Location: Wilmore Sportsmens Club, 2240 Portage Street, Wilmore 15962Class limit: 35Contact: Bob Patterson 241-6023Date and time: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.Location: Middle Taylor Community Center ...

Legendary Beckey still plotting routes

SEATTLE - He's notched more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, wrote the definitive guidebooks to a major North American mountain range, and at age 93, Fred Beckey is still plotting routes - though more slowly and buoyed by a cadre of fiercely protective partners.For years, ...

Red hooks important for summertime fishing

Almost every avid fisherman I know, and myself included, tends to be a stickler for the details. They subscribe to the theory of taking care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.They also analyze their fishing tactics to the point of overthinking almost ...

Bats survey seeks signs of life for Commission

HOP BOTTOM - Biologist Richard Fritsky drives at 20 miles per hour down a dark country road.He's listening.With a $965 microphone, sophisticated computer programs and his biology training, he is searching for bats.The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which employs Fritsky, studies the bat ...

Grenoble: Meet a porcupine, learn something new about nature

Soon, the porcupine hunting season will begin on Sept. 1, but at present, that sends a few chills of anticipation up anyone's spine. Most wonder what possible purpose the porcupine holds in the scheme of life since about all you can count on them for is pure destruction and mayhem.Porkies are ...

Young: Carp cures hot-weather fishing doldrums

T he relentless, broiling summer heat continues to make fishing problematic. Fishing during midday will be a torturous and mostly unproductive exercise, so most die-hard anglers will strive to be on the water for a few hours at dawn, dusk or after dark under these conditions. Fishing for carp ...

Washington scientist goes digital over fish

SEATTLE - University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of sting ray and other fish.Last fall, he installed a small computed tomography, or CT, scanner at the UW's Friday Harbor ...

Game Commission holding big-buck photo contest

HARRISBURG - As dear season approaches, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding a big-buck photo contest to showcase some of the huge whitetails caught on trail cameras this summer and fall in Penns Woods.Submissions should be sent to the PGCtrailcam@pa.gov. They are limited to 5 megabytes ...

Go deep to beat the heat for summertime bass

No one in our region needs to be reminded the weather during the last several week has been hot, brutally hot. I also don't need to remind local anglers that the recent wave of scorching weather has made fishing tough, brutally tough.Trout fishing in particular has suffered for the heat and ...