Outdoors

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 ...

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 ...