I don't know about you, but when I try to count the number of outdoor reasons we are blessed to live in Kinzua Country, I can't count that high. Kinzua Country is a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for outdoor folks of every age, gender, ability or monetary magnitude. Talk about a land of plenty. We got plenty to talk about. Here are just a few of Kinzua Country outdoors blessings:
1. FISHING! Fishing is itself a blessing right off the bat. No better way to spend a day with family and friends than wetting a line on a warm spring day. Did you know that in Warren County alone there are 22 streams that will be stuffed with trout for the April 16 opener? Don't forget that Chapman Dam will also be chock full of sassy salmonids. Brookies & browns, goldens & bows all just awaiting to hit what you throw. Jeepers creepers that's a lot of fish and a lot of fishing! However, the trout anglers piece de resistance is ... the Allegheny River! The eight miles from the dam down to the confluence of the Conewango Creek is justly designated "Trophy Trout Water." There are some real pigs in that river!
Hmmm ... not a trout angler? No problem. The Allegheny Reservoir (affectionately known as The Zoo) has a phenomenal population of Bass, Walleye, Musky, Pike, Perch, Catfish, Carp and more. The Conewango Creek and the Allegheny River also hold good numbers of the species listed above. Whether you are a ground pounder, boater, you canoe, you kayak or you just like to sit in a chair on the shore, Kinzua Country can suit your every angling need.
2. HUNTING! Two words. GOBBLE GOBBLE!!! Need I say more about the tremendous turkey hunting here in Kinzua Country? Acres and acres of fields and woods with strutting birds galore await those willing to rise at 4 a.m. in pursuit of gobblers. Early to bed, early to rise not your cup of tea? You're in luck because this year the second half of the season you can hunt turkeys all day so you don't have to be under a tree before the sun rises! You show me a man, woman or child that doesn't get excited hearing them Tom Turkeys gobbling in the morning and I'll show you a person who spends too much time in their underwear in front of a computer!
Don't forget to get that young hunter/huntress out for the Youth Turkey hunting day on Saturday, April 23. Remember this saying,"Get a kid hooked on fishing. Get a kid high on hunting. Teach a kid to fish and hunt. You won't have to hunt for the kid!"
WHAT??!! YOU DON'T FISH OR HUNT??!! Never fear, as there are plenty of Kinzua Country blessings for you to enjoy. Do you like to hike, bike, swim,water ski, bird watch, sail, ride horses, camp, jet-ski, sight see, ride ATVs, picnic, ride motorcycles, tube, canoe, kayak, just to name a few? Do you like to sit and look up at the Kinzua Country night sky and stare in awe at all of the stars?
Each and every one of the things listed above is a Kinzua Country blessing. The really amazing thing is I didn't cover half! What's sad is the fact that many here do not appreciate how blessed we are. What's really really sad is that many don't even know about Kinzua Country. Did you know that we live within a one day's drive of one third of the population of this country? That's a little over 100 million people! How much better would their lives be if they came to Kinzua Country to share these blessings? Let's invite them!