Outdoors

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 ...

Bears, banquets and enhancing wildlife

As I was writing this column, my hunting buddy and I saw a bear in the area we had been scoping out all summer.That is my third bear sighting this year, and that is an unusual number to see in a wild setting. When folks feed or bait bears to a certain site, you can depend on seeing the blacks ...

Group will work to improve deer hunts

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Game Commission is bringing several hunting groups together to expand the agency's goal to improve deer hunting in Pennsylvania.The groups will work collaboratively as the "Deer Management Working Group" to discuss ideas and develop workable solutions to benefit ...

Two millionth student is in the right place

HARRISBURG - Twelve-year-old Jon Kreiser, of Palmyra, would be getting his first hunting license in the coming season, so he enrolled in a Hunter-Trapper Education course to be held at the Izaak Walton League of Lebanon County in June of 2015.His kid brother, Darby Kreiser, tagged along.Darby ...

HTE class set in Bedford

BEDFORD - The Bedford County Sportsmen's Club will host a Pennsylvania Game Commission Basic Hunter/Trapper Education Course on Aug. 19-20.It will be a "Skills Station'' class that must be pre-registered for by visiting www.pgc.state.pa.us. The class will be limited to 50 students.Students are ...

‘Last Chance’ on Appalachian Trail

QUARRYVILLE - Many of those who hike all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail within 12 months have their climactic celebration on top of Mount Katahdin in Maine, with a knot of other finishers.A lesser number of them end their journey on Springer Mountain in Georgia.Warren Wolf, 67, a resident ...

Feeding bears usually leads to scary situation

How could anyone have imagined that a train derailment would ultimately result in scores of drunken bears creating havoc?The story was chronicled in "National Wildlife'' magazine and happened in 1985. A corn-laden train derailed near a wilderness area. After a quick salvage job, railway ...

Outdoors bills need help to get passed

If by any chance you have forgotten that tomorrow is the day that county treasurers are accepting doe license applications, you better get a move on.Wildlife Management Unit 4D has been allotted 34,000 licenses. Nonresidents can begin applying on July 18.n The National Wild Turkey Federation ...

Kayak fishing opens new dimension

This summer marks my 11th season of fishing from a kayak, and I still find myself wondering how I ever got along without one.In spite of that, I also laugh at myself when I recall that it took a fair amount of arm-twisting for me even to try fishing from a kayak. Fortunately, a friend from Erie ...

Audit of fish license fees spurs debate

The Associated PressHARRISBURG - A new legislative audit has spurred some debate about the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's efforts to reverse a long-term decline in the number of anglers by tinkering with its license fees.The audit by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee was ...

Becoming a common site

As my brother and I unloaded our kayaks and began unpacking our fishing gear, I was delighted to see no other vehicles at the popular parking spot along the Juniata River last Wednesday morning. Because the water was quite shallow at our launch site, I suggested we just pull the boats the 200 ...

Bill could eliminate confusion over firearms

When World War II was raging, I was in grade school, and so the impact of that war did not hit me until many years later. I do remember that my father's brother was killed at the Battle of the Bulge. It caused great grief for my family, though at the time, I didn't grasp it fully.As I have aged ...

Lyme disease still a concern throughout state

A couple of weeks ago I ran into a good friend who told me he had recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease. He joins the list of several other friends who have also contracted this troublesome disease via a tick bite. Since early childhood, summertime meant many hours spent outdoors, from ...

Erie houseboat folks enjoying the good life

ERIE - Tom and Nancy Bloom don't like to travel.The retired Erie couple - both are 76 - say they don't crave the Florida warmth like many of their friends.Their dream escape unfolds nearly every day from April through October on Houseboat 28 in Presque Isle State Park's Horseshoe Pond."This is ...

They’re called wild animals for a reason

What's up with all the recent wildlife episodes involving children these days?There was a 2-year old who was recently snatched by an alligator from shallow water and killed, a child falls into a gorilla enclosure at a zoo and receives some pretty rough treatment until the animal is killed in ...

Remembering dad’s influence on Father’s Day

My father didn't hunt or fish, but he had a profound influence on my dedication to those sports and the love of the outdoors in general.When I was growing up, most boys were introduced to the outdoor sports by parents, grandparents or some other male family member, almost as a rite of passage, ...

Finding value in a backyard

Somewhere I heard that the world is about evenly divided between the keepers and the tossers.You know the ones, the keepers store away every card and calendar they've ever received, drawers full of string, screws and fanbelts because they might be able to use them one day. The tossers, of ...

Bass season set to open this Saturday

When bass season opens at midnight this Saturday, all species of fish will once again be in season in Pennsylvania.In spite of bass fishing's popularity, however, the start of bass fishing here in our region doesn't evoke all the hoopla the opening day of trout season brings for several ...

Graduation time is more interesting than it has to be

Days before the spring gobbler season started - and just a few days before a scheduled trip to Nashville for my grandaughter's college graduation - I was stricken with a strange and very painful affliction in my knee that left me unable to walk.So, I scheduled wheelchair service at the airports ...