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Outdoors

Cicadas can be considered a friend to poultry

By Shirley Grenoble For the Mirror Jeff Mulhollem, editor of the magazine “Outdoors News,” suggested in a recent issue that turkey hunters will have a bonus treat in fields that will draw turkeys: Cicadas. They are a favorite food for the birds but only show up once every 17 years or ...

Yosemite climbers face new obstacle

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Climbing El Capitan and the famous big walls of Yosemite National Park got a bit harder Friday. The park added red tape to cut through before climbers can begin the physically grueling and mentally demanding feat of inching up vertical granite walls ...

May is warbler watching month

By Walt Young For the Mirror May is a wonderous month for outdoor enthusiasts throughout Pennsylvania. I’ve often speculated that May could be three or four months long and it would still be impossible to take advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer. The spring turkey season ...

Mayflies make May primetime for fly anglers

The month of May can be the best time of year for fly anglers in central Pennsylvania. Several factors contribute to that wonderful possibility. Pleasant spring weather and optimal water conditions can make a day on a trout stream a near perfect experience. May is also the time of year many ...

Gypsy moth spray schedule to begin

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — In an effort to protect wildlife habitat, the Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to spray more than 50,000 acres of state game lands this spring. Spraying will occur on 25 different state game lands — 50,125 acres in all — and will begin as soon as ...

NDA offering virtual programs on Chronic Wasting Disease

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The National Deer Association, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Wildlife Futures Program, is holding a series of meetings to update and inform the public on Chronic Wasting Disease, a disease that always is fatal to the deer and elk ...

Things you learn to land that spring gobbler

By Shirley Grenoble For the Mirror When spring gobbler season opens May 1, we are wondering if it could possibly be snow or rain to we will have to contend with this time. One thing we all know is that if gobblers are as stubborn and close-mouthed this season as they were last year, we ...

Dead man accepted risks of world with grizzly bears

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Grizzly bears are part of life in the gateway communities bordering Yellowstone National Park, and backcountry snowmobile guide Charles “Carl” Mock knew well the risks that come with working, hiking and fishing among the ...

North American bat population dying off

From Mirror reports White-nose syndrome has killed over 90% of northern long-eared, little brown and tri-colored bat populations in fewer than 10 years, according to a new study published in Conservation Biology. Researchers also noted declines in Indiana bat and big brown bat ...

Spring gobbler season around the corner

By Shirley Grenoble For the Mirror Soon several opening days will — for spring gobbler hunters — end a dreary winter season. Youth hunting season begins April 24 with the statewide season opening on May 1. If you have forgotten to send for the bonus spring turkey license, the ...

Anglers excited about cicadas

By Brian Whipkey The Associated Press ERIE — Anglers are expecting a fisherman’s paradise toward the end of May in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Brood X cicadas are expected to emerge after a 17-year slumber and the high-protein insects are delicious food for a variety of ...

Outdoors cycling benefits from virus

By Michael Precker The Associated Press It doesn’t seem right to put “silver lining” and “pandemic” in the same sentence. But the past year of COVID-19 has been a boon for bicycling, an indisputably healthy activity. “Bikes have been one of those bright spots, as we’ve been ...

Two-week deer season approved

HARRIBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved concurrent hunting for antlered and antlerless deer through the duration of the 2021-22 firearms deer season. LNP newspaper reports that commission members acknowledged at their spring meeting Saturday that much of the feedback ...

Remembering my first trout season

This past weekend marks the earliest statewide opening of trout season that I can remember. For my entire lifetime, the first day of trout season was set for the Saturday in April closest to the fifteenth of the month. Last year, due to COVID-19 concerns, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat ...

Archery program survives pandemic

HARRISBURG — In a year that has been anything but typical for students across the state, Pennsylvania’s National Archery in the Schools Program has helped to keep student archers safely shooting their bows throughout the 2020-21 school year. The program, which is managed in Pennsylvania by ...

Anglers glad to be outside

NEWRY — The opening day of the 2021 trout fishing season dawned sunny but with extremely cold temperatures Saturday. By late morning though, although there was a brisk breeze present, the temperature had warmed up quite a bit. Bryce Noland, 21, of Ebensburg, was fishing with a good buddy, ...

Having a tough time looking for a chair blind

I have always been a female who does not want flowers, candy, or jewelry for gifts. Instead, give me a box of shotgun shells, camouflage jacket, new long underwear or socks and I’m ready to swoon. You’ve noticed recently that rifle or shotgun supplies are getting more and more scarce on ...

River fish struggle in the Susquehanna

By Mike Argento The Associated Press YORK, Pa. (AP) — Brian Shumaker caught his first fish when he was maybe 8 years old. He grew up in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, two blocks away from the Susquehanna River — his family pretty much living outdoors. Both of his grandfathers fished ...

Grizzly bears forced to find new Rocky Mountain homes

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be ...

Streams stocked and ready for anglers

Trout stocking on area streams traditionally hasn’t begun each year until March 1. This year, due to the fact that Saturday’s trout season opener for the entire state comes two weeks earlier than it normally does — falling this Saturday, April 3 — preseason stocking also began two ...