Outdoor

Try walleye and steelhead at Presque Isle Bay

Water temperatures around the area are right about where we want them to be now. We dropped through the 50s so fast in the river that I did not even get out. Now the river is running very high, though, so it may be best to look elsewhere for good fishing. One place high on the list of area ...

Audubon Nature Play Day extended for Thanksgiving with the Birds, Nov. 17

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Nature Play Day has a different twist for November. On the third Saturday morning of the month children ages two to eight and their favorite adult(s) can drop in the Nature Play Area anytime. Extra play materials are available and a naturalist is present to ...

Deer on the move; motorists urged to use caution

With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert. Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall ...

Will this really be my last deer rifle?

Nothing builds interest in hunting better than success. If you have a kid you want as a hunting partner, forget for a while the kind of hunting you like best now. Think back to when you were a kid. Was it your dad complaining about what deer hunting was like in the past that got you ...

Fall turkey season begins in most parts of state

Pennsylvania’s wild turkey season began Saturday in most parts of the state, but hunters are reminded that season lengths vary by Wildlife Management Unit, and fall-turkey hunting is closed in some areas. Overall, the season structure and season lengths in each Wildlife Management Unit ...

TO DO

To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:30 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 ...

Spicebush — below the surface

Spicebush is a non-descript plant. There seems to be very little that makes it stand out when you first look at it. It is a medium-sized shrub. The leaves are an oval shape with smooth edges. They are an average green color and blend in with other, similar, green shrubs. This plant is only ...

More birds, roosters and opportunity this pheasant season

The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, and it promises to be a memorable one for hunters statewide. Revenue generated by Pennsylvania’s pheasant-hunting permit has been pumped back into the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, and hunters this season are expected to see ...

Audubon president says West Nile findings ‘low level of concern’

In response to recent reporting that West Nile Virus was found on the premises of Audubon Community Nature Center, President Leigh Rovegno released the following statement: “Audubon Community Nature Center has been a test site for the New York State Health Department for over 15 years. They ...

A cutting edge

The Johnny Appleseed Festival has been a growing event in Sheffield for well over a decade. The Lumberjack and Lumberjill competitions have brought in timbersport competitors from around the globe. There’s been one quiet competitor from right here in Warren County. Collin Shephard, a ...

Adapt to survive

How long does it take an eight-point buck to cross the Allegheny Reservoir? A little more than half an hour, it turns out. According to Earl Schweitzer, of Corry, the eight-point buck he took a video of in mid-September was about a third of the way across the reservoir when he and his ...

Flathead catfish still hitting down-river

Mid-September was about as late as we have fished for flathead catfish in Pennsylvania, so there was a fair amount of curiosity attached to this fishing trip. Our destination, on the Allegheny River at Kennerdell. Herb Wagner said we were getting started too late. He would have preferred ...

Feds support project to track species in decline

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to support a proposal for further expansion of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System in Pennsylvania and four other states to monitor eight migratory species of greatest conservation and other wildlife. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will lead a ...

Hard to believe we’re into fall

October is getting almost too close to avoid this September being one of the warmest on record for Northwest Pennsylvania. Yet we did have a fall cool-off. Unfortunately, it was a cool-off from the 90s. The temperature did dip into the low 50s one night while sitting in the backyard by the ...

Hunt safely; wear a harness

Scouring nearly 30 years of medical-database records, a group of doctors has found that nearly 40 hunters each year in Pennsylvania experience falls from tree stands that result in traumatic injuries. On its own, that number might be surprising; even sobering. But it tells only part of the ...

Audubon Little Explorers will have a Fall Frolic on Saturday, Oct. 13

A new season means that big changes are coming to Audubon Community Nature Center. On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn all about these amazing changes and have a Fall Frolic at Little Explorers. Every fall ...

Wildlife tracking to include Warren Co.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to offer financial backing to a wildlife tracking system to specifically monitor eight migratory species across five states. And the project reaches into Warren County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the investment and expansion of ...

The moment I knew

There are some people that can remember the exact moment they knew what they were going to do with the rest their life. Me, I think I’m one of those people. I remember the exact moment I knew I was meant to be a naturalist. Growing up my sister, Clare, and I spent a lot of time catching ...

Goodbye to summer; hello to pike

A turn in the weather. That is all it takes to get pike excited about fall. Forget the calendar. Fall begins whenever nature decides it will begin. Or maybe pike decide when fall begins. They are mean enough to do it. Pike ooze mean. Look a pike in the eyes. Evil, not just nasty. I think ...

Ruffed Grouse Society announces 12 ‘Women’s’ shooting graduates

The Ruffed Grouse Society has announced the twelve graduates of the introductory “Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting” (WIW) program led by the Allegheny Chapter and hosted by the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club in McKean County. The 12 graduates of the four-day course on wingshooting and ...