Outdoors

Photos can have lasting impact

Commentary In past years during deer season, I almost always received a request from a friend or two with nice buck to photograph him with his trophy because I had a “good camera.” Nowadays, everyone has a cell phone equipped with a camera, allowing them to take photos of anything, ...

Patience must be a virtue for deer hunters

Commentary By now, you are either cussing out the fact that you didn’t see a buck worth bagging or exulting over your 10 point. Much of the success or lack of it can be attributed to luck as much as anything. There is still another week, however, and the game sort of changes for this ...

Deer may not be on the move this hunting season

Do you remember the freaky weather we endured last deer season? Opening day was cold and the wind blew steadily at a 30-40 mph clip making just standing up in the woods an uncomfortable effort. The next two days it rained. After that the temperature went up to 50 to 65 degrees every day. As ...

Pennsylvania deer hunters await opening day

It appears the 2016 bear season will fall well short of the potential record harvest predicted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. According to Game Commission sources, all the pieces were in place for an “epic” bear season this year. The three primary factors for that prediction were an ...

Things to bear in mind

This year could be among the best black bear season in Pennsylvania’s history. The weather has not been bad so far this year, so probably few bears have headed for winter dens. Food is abundant this year, so bears, like turkeys, are spread out over the terrain. All the hunters have to do is ...

Bear season evokes many memories

When I sat down to write this week’s column, I was almost stunned to realize that bear season starts next Saturday. Bear hunting has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity here in Pennsylvania for a number of reasons. One of those is the remarkable success rate Pennsylvania hunters have ...

Deer-vehicle collisions on the rise this time of year

Drivers who have lived in this region for any length of time don’t need to be reminded of the possibility of encountering deer crossing the highway almost any time of year. And if you haven’t hit a deer, you probably have had a close call at one time or another. And while deer-vehicle ...

Patience can be turkey hunter’s biggest asset in the woods

Fall turkey hunting opened Saturday, with two full weeks to go in WMU 4D and I’ll bet a lot of you went afield with some MAC turkey calls in your pocket. Mac Turkey Calls is the brainchild of Mark Cornelius of Tyrone. Like many others in this business, he was dissatisfied with the calls he ...

Providing personal Thanksgiving dinner a thrill

Things are heating up now in the woods for archery deer hunters. The rut is coming on so now tactics change. Tree stands are repositioned to intercept deer as they enter into or emerge from heavy cover along lines of rubs that indicate travel lanes. Deer grunt calls and rattling antlers are ...

Pheasant propagation program sees changes

The statewide pheasant season opened Sunday, and according to Pennsylvania Game Commission sources, hunters should find increased opportunities for this popular gamebirds. I’ve often lamented the fact that we have lost a once impressive population of wild ring-necked pheasants here in ...

Raffle winner harvests elk

BENEZETTE — The Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s 2016 Elk Tag Raffle winner selected at a public drawing held at the 2016 Elk Expo on Aug. 21 was Steve Unis from Ulster. Unis’ name was selected from 10,354 tickets purchased for this once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt a world-class ...

Sometimes there’s really no place like home

One of the main reasons I've never become an archery hunter is fishing can be so good in the fall. So as much as I like to hunt deer, I have always opted to spend most of October pursuing trout and bass on the rivers, streams and lakes rather than sitting in a tree stand trying to get a deer ...

Must do something with those pesky squirrels

Squirrel hunting season opened Saturday. The Game Commission calls squirrel the most underhunted species in Pennsylvania.Archery hunting is probably most of the reason why that is, because right now the rut is approaching, bucks are getting very frisky right now, rubs and scrapes are appearing ...

Fall offers many hiking opportunities

Early fall is a great time for walking, hiking or biking here in our region. The cooler weather can be invigorating and quite pleasant, most of the annoying bugs are gone, and the brilliant fall foliage that will be appearing shortly will add a special ambience to an outing unlike any other ...

Observing nature’s long-standing rituals a real treat

Last archery season, thousands of deer were harvested, about half of them on the first day! Opening day has always been the most productive day for bowhunters, just as it is for rifle hunters. Don't be fooled by that figure, however, it still represents only about two percent of the archers ...

Start of archery season kicks off October

Who doesn't love October? This Saturday, Oct. 1 is the opening day of archery deer season. Everything that happens in the woods in October is framed in color, and the weather is nippy but not too cold or too hot. All sorts of sounds assail the hunter's senses: a flock of geese passing over, ...

Shooting deer with camera harder than using a gun

Having been an outdoor photographer for more than 30 years, I have a special appreciation for the work of some of the real masters of the craft. I marvel at some of the images I see in magazines and books, knowing how much time, effort, patience and often a bit of luck that it took to make a ...

State elk viewing opportunities happening now

Elk can be a spectacular sight any time of year, but these impressive animals are especially compelling to view in the fall, which is the mating season for elk. Mature bulls can weigh nearly 1,000 pounds and will be sporting a grand set of antlers, headgear they will use to impress potential ...

Hunters must be aware of baiting

Some years ago, on the opening day of bear season, I decided to take my rifle along while I scouted out my favorite deer stand in the Game Lands. I had little hope of seeing a bear. My real intent was to look for deer signs in my chosen deer hunting area which would start the next week.My ...

Creation of Atlantic’s first monument upsets fishermen

By Jennifer McdermottThe Associated PressPROVIDENCE, R.I. - Fishermen in New England say President Barack Obama needlessly dealt a big blow to their industry when he created the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument and circumvented the existing process for protecting fisheries.The ...