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Outdoors

Small-game hunting not what it used to be

The traditional fall small-game seasons will get underway next Saturday with the opening of the squirrel, rabbit and grouse seasons statewide. Pheasant season will begin a week later on Saturday, October 26. All the seasons for these popular species have been extended in recent years, ...

Not thrilled with the sniper plan

The spectre of CWD haunts every deer hunter in Pennsylvania. Opinions are flaring in every direction. Some time ago, it was brought forth that the only solution to wiping out CWD was bringing in snipers to shoot the deer found in the heavily infected areas of the state, namely Blair, Fulton ...

Lanternflies bugging everyone involved

The Associated Press KUTZTOWN — In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania’s citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They’re stomping and spraying and zapping and bragging about their kills on social media. “DESTROY THEM,” ...

Big bucks for big buck: Area man bags $20,000 for Kansas deer

Shannon Gladfelter won $20,000 for finishing with the second-best buck killed in the Bone Collectors North American Whitetail Championship in Kansas last month. But Gladfelter, 42, of Tyrone, insists that the most important thing for him about the experience was not the bucks, but the ...

Having the blues over missing the birds

An article in the Altoona Mirror last week made me think! It was about the decrease in the number of songbirds in our environment. Last spring, during the spring gobbler season, was the first I realized that I was not hearing or seeing as many birds as usual. One of the things the spring ...

Hunters will see some new and expanded hunting seasons for 2019 campaign

The statewide archery season for deer opened yesterday, kicking off a full slate of fall hunting opportunities, including several new and expanded seasons. The special season for squirrels and rabbits for junior license holders also started yesterday. Junior hunters also get a head start for ...

Wondering where have all the crayfish gone?

Getting back on the Juniata River for smallmouth bass this summer was a welcome relief after the unprecedented rains of 2018 that maintained river levels ranging from unfishable to flood stage the entire year. Even this year, the river was much higher than normal most of the spring and early ...

Loving October means loving all that is good about hunting

Who doesn’t love October? This Saturday, Oct. 5 is the opening day of archery deer season. Everything that happens in the woods in October is framed in color, 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 ...

17 states sue federal government over Endangered Species Act rules

SEATTLE (AP) — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows ...

Tyrone grad wins bass title

A local angler recently won the Pennsylvania state championship at the B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional at Sebago Lake in Maine. Doug Savino, a 37-year-old second grade teacher in the Philipsburg-Osceola school district, placed 20th overall in a field of 180 boaters and topped Matt Becker of ...

There are ways to avoid Chronic problems

A look at any of the maps published in several publications recently will assure you that we here in Blair and surrounding counties are in the bullseye for Chronic Wasting Disease. That forces hunters to have to make decisions about where they will hunt deer. I knew a couple of years ago ...

PGC wants feedback on CWD literature

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today released a draft of its new Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan, a document that, when adopted, will guide the agency’s management of CWD, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects. The plan is in draft form and available to ...

Not a big fan, but will still accept the new hunting rule

One of the great freedoms we enjoy, at least so far, is the right to express our opinions about anything without punishment. As the opening day of rifle deer season approaches, hunters are openly proclaiming their opinions as to what is going to be the result of having changed the opening ...

Nothing like elk watching and fishing

The peak of the mating season for our Pennsylvania elk herd, commonly called the “rut,” occurs from mid-September to early October and provides a special experience for dedicated wildlife watchers. Currently, about 1,000 elk inhabit Pennsylvania’s elk range, which comprises parts of ...

Grouse numbers down in Montana, US West

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for the wide-ranging bird species that federal officials rejected for protections in ...

It was a triple trophy day

Folks of my generation will remember the days when the Game Commission gave the “Triple Trophy Award” to any hunter who bagged a buck, a bear and a gobbler in one year’s hunting season. They have discontinued that practice long ago. It was pretty difficult to bag all three of those ...

CWD rules affect out-of-state hunters

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians who harvest deer, elk, mule deer or moose out-of-state likely can’t bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease. Pennsylvania long has prohibited the importation ...

Family fishing event slated for Canoe Creek

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, John Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Canoe Creek State Park, are sponsoring a Family Fishing event on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2-6 p.m. at Canoe Creek State Park. This free instructional program is taught by PFBC-trained instructors and allows ...

Piping plovers heading south

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Sometimes success comes in threes. For the third consecutive year, federally endangered piping plovers have nested, hatched and fledged chicks into the wild on Presque Isle State Park’s Gull Point, on the shores of Lake Erie, near Erie. But those four ...

Hunting opportunities set for Labor Day

This year, Labor Day marks the beginning of some popular early hunting opportunities. Since 1945, dove hunting has ushered in the first days afield each season for generations of Pennsylvania hunters. Dove hunting starts tomorrow and runs until November 29. Again this year, legal shooting ...