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Outdoors

Early-season hunting chances on the horizon

Since a season for mourning doves was established in Pennsylvania back in 1945, dove hunting has provided a popular early-season hunting opportunity for generations of Pennsylvania hunters. This year, dove season starts this Tuesday, Sept. 1, and runs through Nov. 27. Legal shooting hours ...

Dove hunters, get out your notebook

Labor Day is the unofficial kickoff for hunting season. Every outdoor person can literally smell it. And, sure enough, on Sept. 1, it is the opening day for doves. There’s plenty to do too, guns need sighted in, turkey calls tuned, hay bales set up for archery target practice and ...

‘Frankenfish’ appearing in Delaware waterways

The Associated Press CALICOON, N.Y. — A professional fishing guide spotted an invasive and hearty predator fish in the Delaware River, which runs in part along the border between New York and Pennsylvania. The Northern Snakehead is an invasive species that is such an effective hunter it ...

You need to take care of the details sometimes

Over a long fishing career, I have often had the privilege of fishing with and learning from many top-notch anglers. Some of those experts were justifiably considered “famous” or “pros,” but so many more were simply avid local fishermen who were dedicated to being successful at catching ...

A good life, and lots of work, on Presque Isle

The Associated Press ERIE — Houseboat culture at Presque Isle State Park’s Horeseshoe Pond offers a dream summer escape, gorgeous sunsets, magnificent wildlife viewing and countless recreational water activities. Ownership, however, carries a slew of maintenance and repair ...

Hunting prep work a big deal

The pandemic is playing havoc with all our lives and schedules and we who are outdoors persons are no exception. Many of us have found relief by spending some time in the woods breathing fresh air and not having to worry much about face masks or distancing while in the woods. I take quite a ...

PGC bringing back wild pheasant hunt for youth

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — For the fourth year in a row, several junior hunters will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of seeing a cackling pheasant rooster pounding skyward while having a special opportunity to harvest the wild game bird this Fall. The Pennsylvania Game ...

Teacher treks river by himself this time

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Every summer, Dennis Simpson, 66, of Elizabethtown, Ohio, takes on a challenge that tests his endurance. This summer of COVID-19, when just existing is testing the endurance of so many, he is solo sailing the length of the Ohio River, from its beginning ...

Wearing life jacket is of utmost importance

The calendar may read that we are in the final months of the traditional summer season here in Pennsylvania. But as we all know, 2020 has been far from a traditional year. With warm temperatures likely to continue well into the autumn, there will be plenty of opportunities left to enjoy ...

Night fishing might hit the spot

While the brutal series of 90-degree days has eased somewhat, the hot, dry summer continues. To contend with those conditions, a few of the hardcore anglers I know have resorted to working the night shift to catch some fish rather than deal with the relentless heat and bright days. ...

Time capsule needed to enjoy hunting camps

LANCASTER — Come with me. back to a time when going to hunting camps in Pennsylvania involved train rides, then long mule shuttles to primitive cabins or tents. To a time when squirrels and rabbits were the main targets, not deer or turkeys, which were scarce. A camp taking two deer in a ...

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 ...