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Outdoors

Talking turkey, firearms and black bears

During a recent baseball game between the Reds and Pirates a few weeks ago, I heard commentator Bob Walk laughing over the curious sight of a gang of wild turkeys that were chasing a mail delivery truck up a street. Every time the truck would stop, the turkeys would catch up and attack the ...

PGC earns national recognition

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The Washington, D.C.-based Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has recognized the Pennsylvania Game Commission for excellence, presenting the agency with two national awards recently at its annual meeting, which is being held virtually this year. The ...

Now is the time for Pennsylvania elk viewing

The cooler days we experienced last week finally ended the extended summer heat wave in time for the official arrival of fall this Tuesday. So many experiences make being outdoors in the fall a special time indeed. One of those is the opportunity to view the peak of the mating season for our ...

New state record brown trout certified

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently certified a new state record brown trout. The huge trout was caught in Lake Erie by Robert Ferraro of Erie on August 8. Ferraro and three friends were trolling for steelhead in 74 feet of water at an area of Lake Erie known as the Condos when ...

Exotic lizard, reptile worlds explored locally

Dogs and cats are still the most common and beloved household pets, but there is also a heavier current market for much more exotic animals like snakes and lizards. Last Saturday’s Altoona Reptile Expo that was held at the Altoona Grand Hotel was a testament to that. Several hundred men, ...

Fall fishing can have its moments

Cooler temperatures in the air and on the water, scenic foliage, and a variety of species of fish available for the taking all make the fall months of September and October an optimal and productive time for area fishermen. “The fall actually has the most available species of fish that you ...

Wildlife proposal stirs debate

The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont — A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to ...

California guide winds up with quite a catch

The Associated Press RED BLUFF, Calif. — In more than 15 years as a fishing guide, John Kenyon has hooked plenty of fish and many other items, including anchors and lawn chairs. But what he pulled from the Sacramento River in his latest fishing trip required a bomb squad. Kenyon said his ...

Early-season hunting chances on the horizon

Since a season for mourning doves was established in Pennsylvania back in 1945, dove hunting has provided a popular early-season hunting opportunity for generations of Pennsylvania hunters. This year, dove season starts this Tuesday, Sept. 1, and runs through Nov. 27. Legal shooting hours ...

Dove hunters, get out your notebook

Labor Day is the unofficial kickoff for hunting season. Every outdoor person can literally smell it. And, sure enough, on Sept. 1, it is the opening day for doves. There’s plenty to do too, guns need sighted in, turkey calls tuned, hay bales set up for archery target practice and ...

‘Frankenfish’ appearing in Delaware waterways

The Associated Press CALICOON, N.Y. — A professional fishing guide spotted an invasive and hearty predator fish in the Delaware River, which runs in part along the border between New York and Pennsylvania. The Northern Snakehead is an invasive species that is such an effective hunter it ...

You need to take care of the details sometimes

Over a long fishing career, I have often had the privilege of fishing with and learning from many top-notch anglers. Some of those experts were justifiably considered “famous” or “pros,” but so many more were simply avid local fishermen who were dedicated to being successful at catching ...

A good life, and lots of work, on Presque Isle

The Associated Press ERIE — Houseboat culture at Presque Isle State Park’s Horeseshoe Pond offers a dream summer escape, gorgeous sunsets, magnificent wildlife viewing and countless recreational water activities. Ownership, however, carries a slew of maintenance and repair ...

Hunting prep work a big deal

The pandemic is playing havoc with all our lives and schedules and we who are outdoors persons are no exception. Many of us have found relief by spending some time in the woods breathing fresh air and not having to worry much about face masks or distancing while in the woods. I take quite a ...

PGC bringing back wild pheasant hunt for youth

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — For the fourth year in a row, several junior hunters will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of seeing a cackling pheasant rooster pounding skyward while having a special opportunity to harvest the wild game bird this Fall. The Pennsylvania Game ...

Teacher treks river by himself this time

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Every summer, Dennis Simpson, 66, of Elizabethtown, Ohio, takes on a challenge that tests his endurance. This summer of COVID-19, when just existing is testing the endurance of so many, he is solo sailing the length of the Ohio River, from its beginning ...

Wearing life jacket is of utmost importance

The calendar may read that we are in the final months of the traditional summer season here in Pennsylvania. But as we all know, 2020 has been far from a traditional year. With warm temperatures likely to continue well into the autumn, there will be plenty of opportunities left to enjoy ...

Night fishing might hit the spot

While the brutal series of 90-degree days has eased somewhat, the hot, dry summer continues. To contend with those conditions, a few of the hardcore anglers I know have resorted to working the night shift to catch some fish rather than deal with the relentless heat and bright days. ...

Time capsule needed to enjoy hunting camps

LANCASTER — Come with me. back to a time when going to hunting camps in Pennsylvania involved train rides, then long mule shuttles to primitive cabins or tents. To a time when squirrels and rabbits were the main targets, not deer or turkeys, which were scarce. A camp taking two deer in a ...

Take a hike? Please do in Pennsylvania

Most forms of outdoor recreation have been somewhat challenging for the past few weeks given the brutal and unrelenting heat wave we’ve experienced. Early morning hikes on wooded trails have been one option for beating the heat while getting some exercise and connecting with nature. ...