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Outdoors

You don’t need December for it to be magical

Saturday is the magic day for all deer hunters — the opener, the second year for the Saturday opener and the first time in recent history that there will be deer hunting on a Sunday. By the end of the day, you will be either griping because you didn’t see a buck worth bagging or ...

Bellwood native gets hunt of a lifetime

Bellwood native Jared Cowan has been hunting for two decades, but this fall, he experienced the thrill of his hunting career when he killed a bull elk for the first time in his life while hunting in New Mexico. Cowan, 32, who now lives in Greensburg, used a Remington 700 rifle to kill the ...

Game Commission working on gathering harvest numbers for bear season

HARRISBURG — Those looking for to track of Pennsylvania’s 2020 bear harvest can find harvest totals, breakdowns of harvests by county and season, and a list of the 10 heaviest bears harvested so far by visiting the Game Commission’s website. Just go to www.pgc.pa.gov, click on the Black ...

National park a gift from tribe

The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation’s largest tribal national park on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. The 444-acre park will allow the tribe to tell the story of the Ioway ...

Reflections on 20 years of deer hunting in the state

It seems hard to believe that it is time to write about the opening day of the regular deer season this week. I began writing my weekly outdoors column for the Mirror about 20 years ago, and until last year, my annual column about the first day of deer season traditionally appeared on the ...

Cold not a bother for steelhead anglers

For area fishermen who are looking for a trophy-size, late-fall challenge, pursuing steelhead trout in Erie County or steelhead and/or salmon in the northwest part of New York State can be a very fulfilling option. Steelhead trout normally start running from Lake Erie into the tributary ...

Hunting licenses soar in a pandemic world

The Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Hunting was a big part of Zane Goucher’s youth, when he pursued whitetail deer and ruffed grouse in the Maine woods with his father. He eventually drifted away from the sport but has returned after a 22-year absence, inspired by the coronavirus ...

Just a few tips for the bear hunters out there

On Saturday, Nov. 21, black bear hunting season opens. This year, for the first time on the next day, Nov. 22, it will be one of the Sundays given for hunting. Most hunters, I think are glad for that extra day. I am of the age that I can remember when it seemed that the black bear population ...

Hunting bears in Pennsylvania has become more popular than ever before

This weekend will mark the first of three historic weekends with the first regulated Sunday big-game hunting in the annals of Pennsylvania hunting history. Sunday, Nov. 15 will be the first of those Sundays, marking the final day of the statewide archery deer season. Next Sunday, November ...

Tracking gators in Minnesota?

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man who was tracking a large buck on the opening weekend of deer hunting season wound up finding another prize for his collection when he came across a 3-foot alligator. Cory Klocek was hunting Saturday on farmland in East Bethel, about 40 ...

There’s no real need to cry over spilled carp

Back on Oct. 28, I received a text message from my sister in Florida. Apparently, she had earlier received a message from our niece here in Blair County about a bunch of carp being stranded in shallow water because of the lake at Lakemont Park being drained. At that time, I hadn’t heard ...

Archery hunt nets Blair man one big buck

According to Kyle Brown, the morning of Saturday, Oct. 17, dawned as a “potato chip” kind of day. Nice fall weather, with the sound of leaves crunching underfoot, provided an optimal backdrop for an archery deer hunting excursion. With a crossbow in tow after dawn broke, Brown, 31, of ...

Group hoping to save land near Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday. The Corps ...

Practice to protect yourself this season

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — With the hunting season underway in Pennsylvania, the Department of Agriculture released recommended best management practices to help protect hunters and their families against Chronic Wasting Disease. “As fall washes over the commonwealth and ...

Is there any place you’d rather be?

Saturday, Oct. 31, is the fall turkey season opener in most of Pennsylvania. Forecasts are for a cloudy day and the recent rains will make things pretty good. Lots of leaves fall when it rains for a couple days in a row. The main sign most hunters will be looking for are the scratching ...

Elk season gets underway starting Monday

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Coming off the heels of an unforgettable archery-only elk hunt when 21 of 26 bowhunters — and all 10 who hunted bulls — harvested elk, the 104 general season elk license holders, 26 for bulls and 78 for antlerless, are primed for one of the most ...

Rare birds released into wild

The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park may be well-known for its role in rebuilding populations of large mammals like grizzly bears, wolves and bison, yet trumpeter swans have a similar story of dogged recovery that is not as well known. “They were reduced to ...

October can be a busy outdoors month

If asked to pick my favorite month of the year here in our part of the world, it would be May, without a doubt. During May, the weather generally tends to be pleasant. With springtime at its peak, the landscape once again becomes awash in rich greenery, accented with the yellows, whites and ...

State could set new bear record

rom Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania has a chance to break last year’s record bear harvest of 4,653 in the coming bear seasons. At first glance, it seems an unlikely possibility given so many bears were taken last fall. But even with last fall’s phenomenal harvest, there’s ...

PGC wants to answer your deer questions

HARRISBURG — There’s nothing wrong with having questions. But having answers is even better. Hunters pursuing deer across Pennsylvania — and particularly where Chronic Wasting Disease exists — can access those this fall. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering a CWD hotline where ...