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Outdoors

October can be a busy outdoors month

If asked to pick my favorite month of the year here in our part of the world, it would be May, without a doubt. During May, the weather generally tends to be pleasant. With springtime at its peak, the landscape once again becomes awash in rich greenery, accented with the yellows, whites and ...

State could set new bear record

rom Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania has a chance to break last year’s record bear harvest of 4,653 in the coming bear seasons. At first glance, it seems an unlikely possibility given so many bears were taken last fall. But even with last fall’s phenomenal harvest, there’s ...

PGC wants to answer your deer questions

HARRISBURG — There’s nothing wrong with having questions. But having answers is even better. Hunters pursuing deer across Pennsylvania — and particularly where Chronic Wasting Disease exists — can access those this fall. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering a CWD hotline where ...

Scrapes, rubs must mean it’s that time of the year

It’s getting much more exciting now that we are in archery hunting season. Archers have found a lot of rubs, scrapes, mast sources — acorns, beechnut, wild grapes, etc. That takes a lot of the guesswork out of where your archery stand will be. But now, the focus changes from feeding sites ...

Group trying to find funds to support region’s waterways

PITTSBURGH — The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking grant applicants for its Canoe Access Development Fund, which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways. Founded in 2008 by WPC donors and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, ...

Get used to it … purple has new meaning

With the opening of the statewide archery season last week and the small game seasons for rabbits and ruffed grouse opening next weekend, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts might encounter during their activities afield purple markings on trees and posts. House Bill 1772 that was signed ...

Officials outline lethal removal of bison

By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Skilled shooters will get the first opportunity next fall to help reduce the herd of bison roaming the far northern reaches of Grand Canyon National Park. Don’t call or write asking how to volunteer, officials say. Those ...

Blue Knob driving tour scheduled for outdoor enthusiasts

From Mirror reports BLUE KNOB — Once again this year, the public is invited to tour State Game Lands 26, a 12,000-acre tract situated in Blue Knob. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southcentral region announced a driving tour scheduled for Sunday that runs from noon until 3 p.m. ...

Take some time to enjoy everything that’s autumn

Archery and small game hunters surely have an advantage over those of us who enjoy the scenery from our cars. To be in the woods, right in the middle of autumn at its best, to see hear and smell nature’s finest show, well, it is special indeed. And almost all hunting seasons, except for ...

Wolf honors PGC group for grouse work

HARRISBURG — Work by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to give the state bird, the ruffed grouse, a better chance to recover from dramatic population declines caused by West Nile virus is being recognized by Gov. Tom Wolf. Earlier this week, Wolf presented a team of eight Game Commission ...

Money raised by adult beverages will benefit wildlife in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The conservation of wildlife and the habitats they depend upon in Maryland is the reason why Theodore Roosevelt founded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887. Prestige Imports LLC and Katcef Brothers Inc. in Annapolis has partnered with this respected organization to create, ...

Penn State working to save oak trees

UNIVERSITY PARK — Another invasive disease is threatening an important Pennsylvania forest tree species, and Penn State Extension foresters are investigating ways to control its spread. An outbreak of oak wilt was detected recently at Penn State’s Stone Valley Experimental Forest in ...

Talking turkey, firearms and black bears

During a recent baseball game between the Reds and Pirates a few weeks ago, I heard commentator Bob Walk laughing over the curious sight of a gang of wild turkeys that were chasing a mail delivery truck up a street. Every time the truck would stop, the turkeys would catch up and attack the ...

PGC earns national recognition

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The Washington, D.C.-based Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has recognized the Pennsylvania Game Commission for excellence, presenting the agency with two national awards recently at its annual meeting, which is being held virtually this year. The ...

Now is the time for Pennsylvania elk viewing

The cooler days we experienced last week finally ended the extended summer heat wave in time for the official arrival of fall this Tuesday. So many experiences make being outdoors in the fall a special time indeed. One of those is the opportunity to view the peak of the mating season for our ...

New state record brown trout certified

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently certified a new state record brown trout. The huge trout was caught in Lake Erie by Robert Ferraro of Erie on August 8. Ferraro and three friends were trolling for steelhead in 74 feet of water at an area of Lake Erie known as the Condos when ...

Exotic lizard, reptile worlds explored locally

Dogs and cats are still the most common and beloved household pets, but there is also a heavier current market for much more exotic animals like snakes and lizards. Last Saturday’s Altoona Reptile Expo that was held at the Altoona Grand Hotel was a testament to that. Several hundred men, ...

Fall fishing can have its moments

Cooler temperatures in the air and on the water, scenic foliage, and a variety of species of fish available for the taking all make the fall months of September and October an optimal and productive time for area fishermen. “The fall actually has the most available species of fish that you ...

Wildlife proposal stirs debate

The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont — A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to ...

California guide winds up with quite a catch

The Associated Press RED BLUFF, Calif. — In more than 15 years as a fishing guide, John Kenyon has hooked plenty of fish and many other items, including anchors and lawn chairs. But what he pulled from the Sacramento River in his latest fishing trip required a bomb squad. Kenyon said his ...