Outdoor

Be safe out there

I like to hike on Sundays, but on this first Sunday of December, I will not hike. I stare out the kitchen window while my second cup of coffee drips through. It is a cloudless day with the subtle brightness of late fall. Lanky shadows, disproportionately long, crisscross the lawn. A diligent ...

ANF chapter of NCTA tackles many projects

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST), administered by the National Park Service, runs about 4,200 miles from Vermont to North Dakota. The Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail Association works on maintaining the 100 miles of the NCNST that passes through our ...

The question of a second whitetail rut

This week in a waiting room I saw a magazine article which brought to question a second rut. My first thought was, what a foolish question. And how perfectly matched to the minds of deer hunters, such fools we be. The simple answer is, each year whitetails rut once. After applying deer ...

Meeting set over Tracy Ridge objections

A meeting has been scheduled regarding objections filed over the Allegheny National Forest’s decision to open up some trails at the Tracy Ridge Recreation Area. Deputy Forest Supervisor Rich Hatfield said that the meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Supervisor’s office in ...

State’s second largest bear taken in Warren County

The second biggest bear taken during the 2017 hunting season was taken in Warren County, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The PGC says a 691-pound male bear was taken on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Cherry Grove Township, by James M. Langdon of Wattsburg. The state’s heaviest bear ...

PGC releases bear harvest numbers

The second largest bear taken in the first three days of the four-day statewide black bear season was harvested in Warren County. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission preliminary results published Wednesday, James Langdon of Wattsburg, killed the 691-pound bear with a rifle Tuesday in ...

Outdoor Show will be held at Warren YMCA

The annual Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show will have a new venue this year. “The mall has begun some construction inside and are in the process of fixing up fronts in preparation of moving stores and bringing new stores in,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director ...

Forest analysis in Sheffield Township

The Allegheny National Forest’s Bradford Ranger District is initiating an environmental analysis for a forest health improvement project. The 8,780-acre Hoover Project is located in Sheffield Township, Warren County. “This project addresses forest health issues within the project area ...

Bear season opens Nov. 18

An abundance of fall foods will have a huge black-bear population on the move as hunters head out on Saturday, November 18 for the opening day of Pennsylvania’s four-day statewide firearms bear season. Pennsylvania has been smothered by hard and soft mast this past summer and fall. ...

All boaters must wear life jackets

Even if the Allegheny River weren’t running fast and high at Warren, life jackets would be required for all boaters. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission issued a release reminding boaters that they are required to wear life jackets from Nov. 1 through April 30. “When ...

The run is on

So it is a month late, and creek flows might be better. If you want to enjoy fall steelhead fishing, though, now is the time to get over there. The steelhead run is on. Wait no longer. Some rain over the past week and cooler temperatures have brought excellent numbers of steelhead into the ...

Chipmunks

These unusually warm fall days are wonderful for outdoor rambles. Nothing seems to be in a hurry, not even summer. It still seems to have a hold on October. These beautiful days can almost convince us that winter’s white cold is ages away and we have all the time in the world to prepare. It ...

Deer hunting maps and information at ‘Deer Season Kick-Off’ Sunday, Oct. 29

The Allegheny National Forest (NF), Collins Pine Company, and Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) have teamed to provide quality deer hunting information to hunters at the free Deer Season Kick-Off in the University Room at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Sunday, October 29. Doors ...

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 - ...

An autumn to remember

The beautiful weather of September and October have made an autumn to remember. The calendar tells us it is time to put away the lawn furniture but we listen to the weather forecast and we give it another week. While some of my containers have been composted, others look wonderful, with ...

Squirrel guns

Several years ago on this outdoors page I argued with myself over the perfect squirrel rifle. After using .22 rimfire rifles for decades, out came a couple of new .17 caliber rimfire cartridges, the .17 HMR and the significantly shorter .17 Mach 2. I bought one of each, both with heavy barrels. ...

Autumnal recrudescence

Bluebirds murmur as they investigate the nest box, their solemn songs melodic in the morning fog. A White-throated Sparrow joins in from the edge of the pasture, clear and crystal. Faintly a Ruffed Grouse drums, and the peepers call with gusto from the pond. Dandelions appear scattered on the ...

The world is the grass carp’s oyster

So now the grass carp has make its way into Lake Erie. Between April 30 and July 12, representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Toledo collected eggs from the Sandusky River that later were confirmed to be the eggs of grass ...

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 - ...