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Outdoors

No turkey calling contests this season

Every outdoors person’s thoughts turn to spring as March approaches this time of year. Even while we are drowning in the persistent snow and cold, we are longing for trout season and spring gobbler seasons to arrive. These activities keep each participant socially distant from others, as a ...

Unique study highlights bobcat population

UNIVERSITY PARK — The reintroduction of 32 bobcats to an island off the coast of Georgia more than three decades ago created an ideal experiment to examine the accuracy of a genetic-modeling technique that predicts extinction of isolated wildlife populations. That’s the conclusion of ...

Wisconsin concerned over wolf kill numbers

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin hunters and trappers killed nearly double the number of wolves that the state allotted for a weeklong season, and they did it so quickly that officials ended the hunt after less than three days, according to figures released ...

Wildlife viewing, preseason trout opportunities exist

The official first day of spring is now just one month away according to the calendar. I suppose I’m not alone in wishing some springlike weather arrives even earlier. To help pass the waning weeks of winter, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is again offering some online livestreams for ...

Bluebird nesting boxes are available

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Spring might not be “just around the corner,” but bluebirds will be scouting out nesting sites before you know it, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission can help bring them and other songbirds to your backyard. Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at ...

Disc golf set for Raystown

From Mirror reports HUNTINGDON — It was recently announced that Raystown Lake has been selected to receive $25,000 in funding on behalf of USACE Headquarters’ Handshake Partnership Program to implement a disc golf course, with construction scheduled to begin in fall 2021. USACE started ...

Science needs more cold for smelts study

By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A lack of ice in cold weather states this year has made it difficult for scientists to study the population of an ecologically important fish. Rainbow smelts, which are small fish that are very popular with ice anglers, have been ...

Plenty to keep busy for hunters, anglers

Winter seems determined this year to linger on for at least the next several weeks. Add to that the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19, and our options for passing those often-dreary winter days are even more limited than usual. I feel fortunate to have acquired the do-it-yourself trait at an ...

Bedford group works to improve area’s natural resources

From Mirror reports BEDFORD — Most Bedford County residents would agree the Bedford region is an outdoor enthusiast and sportsman paradise. One can find trails, parks, and fishing holes from one end of the county to the other nestled within wide swaths of forests, farms, serene ...

Family’s life is on the river

By Frank Bodani The Associated Press YORK — The river flowed easy, like poured syrup, which made Devin Winand smile as he pulled one kayak after another onto the shore. A few couples strolled the river’s edge as the evening sky blushed to pink. A lone paddleboarder dropped in a ...

Ice anglers want more cold

By Josh Reilly The Associated Press ERIE — Erie’s ice-fishing seasons have become as unpredictable as its weather. The city’s location along the shores of Lake Erie on the northwestern tip of Pennsylvania famously exposes it to ever-changing winter weather patterns. The Erie ...

Krug’s book on habitat will certainly grow on you

Joe Krug has written a book, a special and specialized kind of book, one that will be of great value to anyone who ever planted an apple tree in the backyard and wondered why it died. It’s called “It’s All About Habitat.” And it is! When Krug understood that habitat is wildlife’s ...

Remembering the fur trade through historical actors

By Ad Crable The Associated Press LANCASTER — On a cold and sunny winter day on Dec. 30, six local residents gathered at a rural road near the Lancaster-Berks line and unloaded a wooden canoe, a faux fur and an old jug of the kind that once held rum. The ensemble began pushing the ...

PFBC changing trout opener again, stocking procedures

Both the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission held their first meetings of 2021 last week. These events were held virtually via the Internet and a few noteworthy items surfaced from both agencies. I’ll start with the PFBC. I’m sure most anglers ...

Falconry requires many disciplines for success

By Jason Nark The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The red-tailed hawk sat perched on the twisted limb of an old, dead tree, its eyes locked on the woman traipsing through the briars and thickets below. Wherever Jade Chen went, Candy Corn, the hawk, followed. Sometimes Chen, 33, had to ...

Montana lawmakers work on changes for managing wolfs

The Associated Press HELENA, Montana — Two northwest Montana lawmakers are considering a number of bills that could moderately or significantly change the way Montana manages wolves. Sen. Bob Brown and Rep. Paul Fielder, both Republicans from Thompson Falls, recently drafted legislation ...

Having an ice time in winter

When the weather breaks and becomes warmer each spring, the thoughts of many area outdoorsmen turn to fishing. Some outdoorsmen, though, like Colton Dinges of Hollidaysburg, enjoy fishing all year long, and for Dinges, ice fishing on area lakes during the winter months is one of his most avid ...

You can become an expert angler

What is an expert? In simplest terms, an expert would generally be considered one who has extensive knowledge and experience about a certain subject. Most experts also possess an uncommon amount of passion and dedication regarding their particular area of expertise. True experts are often quite ...

Whipple Dam back open to the public

From Mirror reports HUNTINGDON — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of State Parks reopened Whipple Dam State Park this past Friday. The park had been closed since September 2019 for a large-scale rehabilitation project the included the following improvements: ...

Judge wants gov’t to fix wolf problem

A judge has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to release more endangered red wolves from breeding programs to bolster the dwindling wild population. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed an order this past week directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft a ...