Outdoors

State’s bear hunting gaining in popularity

Last week I attended a fundraising banquet of the ruffed Grouse Association and as usual, it was really a hoot. I sat with the same bunch of fellows from Trophy Mountain Lodge near Huntingdon and so I had a real blast as usual. They have a hunt for senior citizens coming up on Tuesday and ...

Fly-fishing loses legendary author Meck

Pennsylvania native and nationally renowned fly-fisherman Charles R. Meck passed away on Sept. 18 surrounded by family at Fairport Baptist Home in Fairport, N.Y. He was 86. Charlie was undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in fly-fishing during the past 50 years. A prolific author ...

Judge protecting red wolves territory

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal authorities violated a federal law aimed at preserving endangered species by planning to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild, a federal judge ruled in blocking a move that environmentalists said would hasten the ...

Game Commission rolls out new app

Many hunters share my displeasure with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s specious cost-cutting move of not supplying the traditional printed copy of the “Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest” with the purchase of a hunting license. That book, of course, provides essential ...

Tracking food sources can aid your hunt

What a strange autumn it has been so far. The leaves didn’t turn colors and it seems as if it rains every day. The wet ground does make for good still-hunting if you are still archery hunting and/or wild turkey hunting. It’s the kind of weather that I am thankful to have a portable ...

Brown trout realize it’s spawning time

As the unrelenting rains of late spring and summer have finally waned, many of rivers and streams in the region are finally dropping to more normal levels. We can only hope this situation continues and that it will allow us to enjoy at least a few weeks of fall fishing opportunities. Another ...

Different seasons, different styles of hunting

Fall turkey season opened on Saturday to a miserable weather day that kept many hunters, including me, at home. Spring and fall turkey hunting methods differ so drastically one could think he was hunting two separate species. Even those methods used within fall season can vary a lot, ...

Pennsylvania archer gets his dream deer

The Associated Press KIRKWOOD — Kenny Yoder of Kirkwood feels blessed. I would say so, since he had his bow at full draw on a big-bodied nine-point buck and then one of the largest bucks ever to be taken in archery season in Pennsylvania sauntered into view. Yoder, the girls soccer ...

What you need to know for pheasant season

Much distress and disagreement was voiced with the new plan for pheasant licenses and rules last season. Here below is exactly what the Game Commission has changed for this year. The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, and it promises to be a memorable one for hunters ...

Proper field care makes great game dinners

Last week, I treated myself to two evenings of fine dining. Those wonderful dinners, however, weren’t in some fancy, expensive restaurant. Each meal was prepared in my kitchen, and I served as my own personal chef. The first entree was fried striped bass fillets dusted with Old Bay ...

Checking out some of the new hunting regulations

Once again this year, the Game Commission is not providing hunting license buyers with a copy of the “Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest,” which is a bit ironic considering the many changes and new regs that have occurred during the last two years. To keep abreast of things, ...

Not everyone thinks squirrels are adorable

Squirrel hunting season opened Saturday. The Game Commission calls squirrel the most underhunted species in Pennsylvania. Archery hunting is probably most of the reason why that is, because right now the rut is approaching, bucks are getting very frisky right ...

Experts says walruses need more protection

By Dan Joling The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century ...

Taking in the sights, sounds of Autumn

Archery and small game hunters surely have an advantage over those of us who enjoy the scenery from our cars. To be in the woods, right in the middle of autumn at its best, to see hear and smell nature’s finest show, well, it is special indeed. How many hours have I spent in a ...

US Forest Service works to save grouse

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service advanced changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration’s efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction. The agency ...

Hope for some traditional fall weather

Remember when we used to have four distinct seasons here in Pennsylvania? That normal natural cycle certainly was out of whack this year for sure as we have endured some crazy weather patterns. Last winter produced many days with brutal cold temperatures but not much snow. It seemed like we ...

So many tips for deer hunters

David Blanton is an expert deer hunter and the host of a most popular Outdoor television show. Some time ago he gave a seminar locally about deer hunting and here are some of the tips he suggested would up our success at bagging an archery–hunted deer. Blanton is famous worldwide for ...

National park gets two wolves

By John Flesher The Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Two gray wolves have been relocated from the Minnesota mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the species on the Lake Superior island chain, officials said Thursday. The National Park ...

Nothing beats being in the woods

Archery and small game hunters surely have an advantage over those of us who enjoy the scenery from our cars. To be in the woods, right in the middle of autumn at its best, to see hear and smell nature’s finest show, well, it is special indeed. How many hours have I spent in a tree stand, ...

Pennsylvania’s elk herd presents a special treat

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. During the next several weeks, thousands of visitors armed with binoculars, spotting ...