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Outdoors

When it comes to eating, you can’t beat venison

If the hunters in your home are among those who bagged a deer, you have a supply of clean, healthful, lean meat to augment the food budget. Already some of you are wrinkling your noses at the thought of — “I can’t stand the wild taste.” It’s what I hear so often. I do not believe ...

Classic cookbooks offer favorite game recipes

One of the great benefits of getting a deer or any wild game, for that matter, is the many great meals a successful hunt provides. That is, of course, if you happen to enjoy eating wild game, which I certainly do. I consider the wild game and fish I bring home to be a special treat and ...

Colorado might reintroduce gray wolf

DENVER — Wildlife activists want Colorado voters to decide next year if the endangered gray wolf should be reintroduced in the state decades after it was hunted to near-extinction. Backers of a ballot initiative delivered thousands of voter signatures last Tuesday to the secretary of ...

Saturday deer opener now in the books

Well, the long-awaited and much-debated Saturday opener of the regular deer season for the first time in generations here in Pennsylvania has come and gone. Generally, the debate about changing the first day spilt into three factions. The first was those who were more or less ambivalent ...

Great stories on tap for all hunters

By now, you are either grousing about the fact that you didn’t see a buck worth bagging or exulting over your 10-pointer. Much of the success, or lack of it, can be attributed to luck as much as anything. There is still another week, however, and the game sort of changes for this week. I ...

Fly-tying classes set locally for new year

The John Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering free beginners fly tying classes starting on Saturday, Jan. 11 and continuing every Saturday through February 29. The classes start at 9 a.m. and end at noon each week. The classes will be located at the Allegheny Volunteer Fire ...

Prince Gallitzin will get grant money for kayak access

CAMP HILL — The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, the only non-profit whose mission is Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests, received a grant from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for work on an ADA-accessible kayak launch at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The grant ...

Saturday hunts change Thanksgiving

Pennsylvania’s firearm deer season is underway, though with a significant change from recent decades. Hunters took to the woods the Saturday after Thanksgiving rather than Monday, for the first time since 1963. The change was implemented to increase the number of hunters enjoying the ...

Bear hunters are able to bag some big bruins

Like most Pennsylvania deer hunters, today I’m adjusting to having a forced day off between the first day and the second day of deer season for the first time in my hunting career. And because I’m writing this column while waiting for the turkey to exit the oven on Thanksgiving ...

Loving those memories of deer camps past

Saturday was the controversial opening of rifle deer season so it’s too early to form big opinions as to how it went. We will have to wait for all the polls and surveys to be tabulated to get those answers. But to many hunters, tomorrow will still seem like opening day. As for me, I found ...

No waiting for 2020 fishing licenses

Just in time for the holiday season, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is excited to announced that 2020 fishing licenses are on sale starting today. The price of an annual resident fishing license this year is still $22.90. Multi-year options are also available in 3-, 5- and 10-year ...

Elk season done; Saturday deer opener upcoming

Pennsylvania’s six-day general elk season concluded on Nov. 9. A total of 89 elk were taken by the 98 hunters who drew elk licenses for this year’s hunt. The 27 hunters who drew bull tags enjoyed a 100-percent success rate, as all 27 of them filled those tags. Sixty-two of the 71 hunters ...

Extended seasons should produce record bear harvest

Every year about this time I experience a bit of what could probably be described as “calendar shock.” It happens one day as I check the calendar and realize that the holidays are just about here. Remember, however, that as a hunter (and with no disrespect to Thanksgiving, Christmas or ...

Chaos possibly on the hunting horizon

Black Friday has taken on a different attitude this year, as many households will have a bit of turmoil as women who want to get to the shopping malls will be faced with stone-faced hunters who want to be packed and on the road to hunting camp at the same time. I’m sure that this loss of ...

Hunting licenses available Nov. 29-30

HUNTINGDON — Pennsylvania Game Commission Southcentral Region Director Dave Carlini announced the Southcentral Region Office will be open from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 to accommodate persons wishing to purchase a hunting license. The Game Commission ...

Extentions should produce record bear harvest

Every year about this time I experience a bit of what could probably be described as “calendar shock.” It happens one day as I check the calendar and realize that the holidays are just about here. Remember, however, that as a hunter (and with no disrespect to Thanksgiving, Christmas or ...

The bear facts: Hunters should be making their final preparations

Saturday marks the opening of the regular fall black bear season. This is the week to be doing the final preseason scouting for bear sign, mainly droppings. There’s no mistaking a bear dropping for anything else. If droppings are fresh and in the vicinity of any corn fields or other ...

Limited Sunday hunting crawling through state legislature

Last week the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that would permit hunting on three Sundays: one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season, and one on another Sunday selected by the Game Commission. The state Senate now needs to pass the bill ...

Not so much fun to talk turkey

After the rosy predictions of how great this fall turkey season was supposed to be, I have found my season so far to be dismal. I have discovered many of my favorite turkey haunts, where I always found no sign of turkeys. Leaves cover the forest floor right now but everywhere I have gone, ...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

The Associated Press MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ...