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Bleech

Treat those live minnows like gold

Since the epidemic of diseased baitfish, vhs, the cost of baitfish has been rising. Now no baitfish can not be transported from one watershed to another, or across state borders, unless an angler buys ‘certified’ minnows and keeps the receipt on hand to prove the minnows are certified. ...

Game Commission delivers annual report to legislature

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough recently presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee. To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the Game Commission’s ...

Jeff Tome

Winter lake trip

The wind off of the lake carries a special kind of cold with it. This cold pushes through every crack in your clothing, freezes nostrils shut and burning the lungs in a way that only a lake wind can. Hands freeze into claws while awareness of toes fades and is replaced by an odd, icy burning in ...

Bleech

Tailwaters from one winter to next

The years hardly matter, and I have long since forgotten what years these things happened. The Kinzua Dam Tailwaters seems a different place from one winter to the next, and there is no telling what will happen the next winter. Walleye and trout are the long running stars of this show. But ...

TO DO

To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.: trap and skeet practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - Thursdays, must arrive before 9:30 a.m.: one round only sporting clays practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - ...

Katie Finch
For The Audubon

Small mammals

On a recent exploration of the snowy landscape with day campers, animal sightings were few but evidence that animals were there was abundant. We followed deer tracks, poked at holes and investigated scratches. Almost overlooked were very tiny tracks. Just a light impression made on the freshly ...

Help available for conservation projects

There is help available for land owners in Warren County looking for dollars for conservation projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for its Sustaining Pennsylvania’s Oak Ecosystems through Partnership in ...

Conservation Officers may be in demand

Are you interested in becoming a Wildlife Conservation Officer? The Pennsylvania Game Commission may have a spot for you. The Game Commission will begin recruiting the 31st class of Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadets through its Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg. The ...

Game Commission moving target toward semi-automatic weapons

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners took a step toward implementing semi-automatic rifles and gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2017-18 license year on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the Game Commission gave unanimous preliminary approval to ...

ANF receives requests to reissue 12 special-use permits

The Allegheny National Forest’s Marienville Ranger District has received requests to reissue 12 expired special use permits for six existing spring developments, two oil and gas pipelines, a fish hatchery, road access right-of-way, storage area and a liquid waste disposal area. The uses are ...

Katie Finch
For The Audubon

On skiing and snow

To say our society is polarized right now on many issues may be an understatement. Some are more important than others- Democrat or Republican, Microsoft or Apple and this weekend Falcons or Patriots. I am a firm believer in the “gray”. There is often value in both sides and one answer ...

Mike Bleech
Outdoors Columnist

Eagle Watch can jumpstart a birding hobby

The annual Eagle Watch Day at Kinzua Dam will be held February 4, Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Bald eagles have been seen during each of the past 10 events. This year is very promising. A few mature eagles and several immature eagles have been seen near the dam recently. Bald ...

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To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.: trap and skeet practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - Thursdays, must arrive before 9:30 a.m.: one round only sporting clays practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun ...

Mike Bleech
Outdoors Columnist

Great opportunitay to catch perch at Presque Isle Bay

The river has been roaring. The ice has melted. So what is an angler to do? How does a nice mess of yellow perch fillets sound? Better still, Lake Erie perch? If you are not now salivating, you do not know enough about Lake Erie Perch. They taste better than most other perch, and they grow ...

Sarah Hatfield
For The Audubon

Living local

My Christmas card this past year featured hogs, fruit, corn, a house, a woodlot and more. “Nurture what nourishes you” the card said at the top. The sentiment was simple – take care of the things that enable you to live well. Embracing a more hands-in-the-ground approach is less simple. ...

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 On Feb. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., representatives from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College, along with a group of dedicated volunteers will be conducting a survey of the hemlocks surrounding the snowmobile and overland trails in North Harmony State Forest.

Protect our trails by protecting our trees

Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking through Chautauqua County’s trails is an experience like no other. This area boasts beautiful rolling hills, deep valleys, wide open fields and thick forested tracts to tickle anyone’s sense of adventure. Especially captivating are ...

Mike Bleech

The real cool cats of North America

After running about a dozen trail cameras for several years, back to film cameras, finally a couple of years ago I got a photo of a bobcat. This summer I got about four bobcat photos, triggering a renewed interest in the wild cats of North America. All three of the more common native North ...

Jeff Tome
For The Audubon

Nature’s perfect flood

The recent flooding at the Audubon Community Nature Center provided a rare opportunity. With water a foot deep on many parts of the property, wildlife became concentrated on the high parts of the forest. Many animals had nowhere else to go without swimming, so I took advantage of the wet by ...

Seedling sales to begin

While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The 2017 seedling order form is available online, and sales are set to begin ...