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Outdoors

Need to get away? Nature can lend a hand

As health authorities worldwide tell people to avoid each other, escapes into nature become more enticing. Hiking and other solo sports such as bicycling, paddling and fishing provide a cure for cabin fever as long as folks keep a social distance. “Go for a walk or exercise at home,” ...

Commission commits to new hunting ways

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners recently approved the 2020-21 hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits at its quarterly meeting. This quarterly meeting made history, as it was the first time the board held its meeting virtually, due to continued concerns of the ...

A trout season surprise in a hectic week

The column I was planning for this week was to cover next Saturday’s opening day of trout season, but once again, the all-consuming hysteria regarding COVID-19 derailed that idea. I’m sure most anglers now know that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission pulled a bizarre surprise on ...

Life lessons are out there to be learned

Just a few short months ago hunters were all excited about the upcoming deer season, even though we were concerned about the diseases rampant among wildlife. There was CWD, Mange in black bears and rabies in the raccoon that was raiding our garbage at night. I am extra thankful right now for ...

Taking a break from national park jumps

The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A professional jumper vowed this past week not to leap anymore from cliffs inside national parks after he pleaded guilty to doing it twice in Zion National Park in Utah. Marshall Miller, 42, of Alpine, Utah, said he will respect a law that prohibits ...

Youth trout day still possible this Saturday

Because I’ve been writing this weekly outdoors column for nearly 20 years, folks often ask me how I manage to come up with something to write about every week. Choosing a topic is usually not a problem, as have involved in hunting, fishing and a variety of other outdoor activities all my ...

Outdoors world offering sanctuary for many folks

The Associated Press Jim Klug’s office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It’s a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due ...

Bait shop owners reeling from virus

By Sean Sauro The Associated Press KIRKWOOD — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched one recent morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing ...

Food booth canceled on first day of trout fishing due to coronavirus

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order, the annual Canoe Creek Brethren In Christ Church Food Booth Fundraiser, normally set up in the church parking lot on the opening day of trout season, has been canceled. Donations for the Youth Group’s summer mission trip would ...

Rod and reality: Trout stocking continues despite virus

The COVID-19 pandemic has highjacked the world this spring, causing global unrest and arousing everybody’s most primal fears. No individual, let alone community or organization, has been unaffected, and the worst may be yet to come. The early start for Pennsylvania’s 2020 trout season in ...

COVID-19 continues to affect outdoors world

Although I was hoping not to have to mention the COVID-19 virus again this week, the statewide response to that health crisis ramped up dramatically statewide last week with unprecedented cancellations and business closures, many of them directly affecting us in the outdoors community. And ...

Pandemic delivers body blow to ski industry

The Associated Press DENVER — Ski resorts across the West that were shut down amid coronavirus fears are grappling with an economic “body blow” at a time when they normally would be welcoming hordes of spring break revelers. March is usually one of the busiest months for Colorado ...

Fishing for answers: With trout season coming, retailers adjusting

TYRONE — Last week, at Ace Hardware’s Tyrone location, a male customer and the clerk discussed their plans for the upcoming fishing season as if nothing were out of the ordinary. The store was open for business, and there were a few people in line behind the pair to get their fishing ...

Outdoors: Gobbler time almost here

Do you know what that sound is? That’s the silent signal echoing through the woods right now! For spring gobbler hunters — March or what’s left of it — may be a more important month than April or May. During March, vital things are happening. The flocks of 50 or 60 turkeys you saw ...

Pa. deer harvests up

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 15 years when they took 389,431 deer during the state’s 2019-20 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported Friday. The 2019-20 deer harvest topped the previous year’s ...

PFBC makes changes due to virus

HARRISBURG — Amid concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission this week announced several changes to the 2020 trout season intended to protect the safety of the public and staff, while preserving the opportunity to enjoy the fun and recreational health ...

Getting outside, solitude will help cope with concerns

The coronavirus outbreak has triggered an unprecedented series of responses intended to contain the spread of this health crisis here in the United States. Travel bans and quarantines were the first measures taken against the virus, which apparently originated in China and rapidly transformed ...

Poachers probed in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — State wildlife authorities are investigating a poaching incident after a sturgeon carcass was found in the Boise River. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received the report of the carcass in the river near a Boise bridge on March 3. A conservation officer who ...

Bird expert to speak at Pa. Wildlife Gala

STATE COLLEGE — Scott Weidensaul, acclaimed writer, lecturer and field researcher on topics of ornithology and natural history, will be the guest speaker at the third annual Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala held at the Nittany Lion Inn on Friday, April 3. Weidensaul is the author of more than two ...

Fans of spring time … be patient

Well, we did it! We found another issue to differ over: concurrent deer seasons. That simply means we will be hunting does and bucks at the same time. But of course, some hunters love that idea and others hate it. We have already been doing this for some time now. Now, Saturday of the ...