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Outdoors

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 ...

Wisconsin anglers try to save walleye

The Associated Press Arguably the most prized fish in Wisconsin, walleye hold a cultural significance that reaches far beyond being a thrilling fish to catch and a delicious fish to eat for the spear fishers and recreational anglers who harvest them. But walleye populations have been ...

This week’s trout stockings

BEDFORD COUNTY Date Body of water Meeting place Time Thursday Raystown Branch, Juniata River Shawnee Lake, Colvin parking lot, Rt. 96 9:15 a.m. BLAIR COUNTY Date Body of water Meeting place Time Monday Poplar Run, South Poplar Run Newry P.O., SR 220 10:30 ...

Trout stocking time of year

Here in our area and most of Pennsylvania, trout season opens this year at 8 a.m. on April 18, while 18 counties in the southeastern part of the state enjoy a two-week head start on the rest of the state with an April 4 opener. In preparation for this annual rite of spring, Pennsylvania Fish ...

Ohio must do work to keep Lake Erie clean

The Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Political leaders and environmentalists who have spent years pushing Ohio to adopt a pollution diet to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie say the state’s plan to do just that will fall short if there are no new regulations on farmers. They ...

Northeast proud of its hiking areas

By Kent Jackson The Associated Press DENNISON TWP. — From hikes with astronomers, doctors and foresters to yoga by the river and a winter kayaking trip called Shiverfest, regional outdoors enthusiasts have tried novel ways to promote trails and waterways. During a recent trails meeting, ...

It’s simply safer to let deer find their own food

My hunting buddy from Armstrong County recently called me to tell me about finding a dead deer by her front pond. She went out to examine it, saw it had not been shot so she called the local game protector who came out and examined it. As Joanie and the game warden suspected, it had died a ...

Offers for preseason trout fishing are out there

As we enter the final week of February, it’s almost safe to think that winter should be making a quiet exit relatively soon. That cautious optimism is based somewhat on the exceptionally mild winter we have experienced so far. A few of the unseasonably nice days last month and this ...

Jaffa Sports Show coming

The 2020 Jaffa Sports Show is slated for Feb. 21-23 at the at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. There will be over 100 vendors, plus food and beverages with entertainment for the entire family. Show hours are Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to ...

Enjoying a break from winter

Few things are as satisfying as enjoying a welcome break from winter in the form of an unseasonably pleasant day. That’s especially true if the nice weather allows getting out and doing something interesting — like fishing. Feb. 3 was one of those wonderful winter breaks this year that ...

Judge tosses lawsuit to protect bears

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears has been thrown out by a federal judge. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would ...

Asian carp roundup now part of the battle

The Associated Press GOLDEN POND, Ky. — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup ...

Harvesting bears in state a numbers game

Bear hunters set a new harvest record this past season as 4,653 bruins were harvested over four separate seasons. And I can remember back in the 1970s when bear season was cancelled because they feared there were not enough bears to permit a season. It was about that time that Dr. Gary Alt ...

Game commission ‘comfortable’ with bear totals

The Associated Press HARRISBURG — Wildlife authorities say Pennsylvania hunters killed 4,653 black bears last year, setting a new record. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Monday the total is far above last year’s total of 3,153, which was the 11th highest total recorded but was ...

Group seeks to protect seals in Alaska

By Dan Joling The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The only known freshwater harbor seals in the U.S. should be listed as as threatened or endangered, an environmental group said this past week in its second petition for the animals. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned ...

New bill helps landowners with posting properties

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Landowners who post their properties now have the option of using purple paint rather than signs to alert others that lands are private and trespassing isn’t permitted. House Bill 1772, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in November, and took ...