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Outdoors

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. ...

Grants set for Wild Resource program

HARRISBURG — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently announced that its Wild Resource Conservation Program soon will begin accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity. Overseen by DCNR, the program safeguards ...

Two Louisiana hunters fined $85K for killing rare species

The Associated Press LAFAYETTE, La. — A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given earlier this past week to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the ...

You can make the most of quarantine time on the grill

Recently, during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, I acquired some fish fillets. I have scores of great recipes for preparing fish but my mind went back to one of the most exciting fishing trips I was ever on, to Canandaigua Lake, so far my most memorable fishing trip. On this ...

Lehigh Valley deals with bear problem

By Kayla Dwyer The Associated Press EASTON — The bear first left a friendly warning. One morning in mid-May, it knocked over the garbage cans in Gary Ramunni’s driveway in rural Williams Township, dragging trash bags all the way to the woods. Two weeks later, it did it again. “We ...

Raystown officials stress water safety

From Mirror reports HUNTINGDON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, is urging Raystown Lake visitors to practice water safety when recreating near the water. This appeal comes as the Army Corps recently announced throughout the United States, more than 30 people lost ...

Gov’t helping out bats

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — As bats in Pennsylvania continue to recover from the deadly disease white-nose syndrome and other threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are working together to conserve ...

Summer the best for topwater bass action

The sight of a bass clobbering a surface lure is always exciting. Good surface action will usually continue throughout the summer and until the first cold snap of fall begins to cool down the water temperatures somewhat. And there are an endless variety of surface lures available, making ...

Find big fish in the big city

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — While speeding over the bridges that cross the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, have you ever peeked over the railing and wondered what’s down there? Just a few decades ago, the rivers ran orange and smelled like rotten eggs. Only the most ...

Don’t have to go far for camping

By Blake Toppmeyer The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Backyard camping has a certain brilliance to it that goes beyond experiencing nature. If something goes wrong, your house is just paces away. “If it all falls apart and blows up on you, you just go inside,” said Kevin Hill, ...

It’s tough to deal with this heat in the summertime

My sister lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, having transplanted to the Sunshine State more than 40 year ago to escape our Pennsylvania winters. One day during the last week of June, she sent me a text reporting they had experienced a record 99 degrees that day. I found it interesting that 99 ...

PSU to help with tick trouble

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Did you know that Pennsylvania is ranked No. 1 in the nation for Lyme disease cases? As part of Penn State Extension’s efforts to educate and share information, educators will be hosting a 10-part webinar series on ticks and disease prevention that ...

Animals will find ways to remain cool

In case it slipped your mind that antlerless licenses are being accepted at the moment, you need to get on it now. Being so distracted with COVID-19 and all its complications, many of us found that sending for the doe licenses simply got by us. How do wild creatures cope with a prolonged ...

Snakehead fish latest trouble for commission

The Associated Press Pennsylvania anglers enjoyed a great experience by disregarding the advice of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from a few years ago regarding flathead catfish in the Susquehanna River. An invasive species with an insatiable appetite for any smaller species that ...

Fly-fishing offers different enjoyment

In the wet, sometimes cool opening weeks of the trout season, fish will be receptive to almost any type of bait. People seen on area streams each April through mid-May invariably have live worms like redworms, nightcrawlers, wax worms and mealworms, as well as Power Bait and salmon eggs, in ...

DMAP permits will go away for DMAs

The 2020-2021 hunting licenses went on sale June 22. Since then, I have heard from a lot of folks who were surprised to learn that the special allocation of antlerless deer permits for designated DMAP units within the DMA for CWD here in our region. And just in case you aren’t familiar with ...

Online support sought by DCNR

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently invited public input in an online survey helping DCNR chart the future course for forestlands in Pennsylvania. “As the department moves forward in developing a new ...

Different options are now official for hunters

Now that summer is upon us there is no time to waste. There are still many things about which to argue, turkey calls to care for, guns to clean and oil and camouflage clothes to launder in scentless soap and so on. This year, Sunday hunting will be tried on three different weeks this ...

Raystown set to open back up

From Mirror reports RAYSTOWN LAKE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has announced the reopening of public beaches and most areas within the Raystown Lake Visitors Center on Saturday. The reopening, part of the phased reopening of recreation facilities following ...

Bass fishing gets its chance in spotlight

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The opening day of trout season is a rite of passage for spring each year across Pennsylvania. Though the opening date has changed for some anglers in the Commonwealth because of the institution of the early opener for 18 eastern and southeastern counties, the first day of ...