Outdoor

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 - ...

Seeking new experiences

Rarely does a photo on Facebook make me jealous, but one of my friends put one up last summer that made me drool with envy. She was in a creek with a bunch of other people lifting a giant rock to find one of the most elusive salamanders in the area, the Hellbender. This giant salamander ...

Several forest roads now open to hunter access

Allegheny National Forest officials have opened several forest roads in Warren County to allow access to hunters for the next several months. “The Allegheny National Forest will open designated forest roads for hunter access between September 25, 2017 and February 2, 2018,” a statement ...

Saturday marks start of archery season in state

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, Sept. 30, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Sept. 30 to Nov. 11, and during the late archery deer season, ...

Commissioners to meet Sept. 25, 26

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its final quarterly meeting of 2017 on Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Sept. 25 meeting will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center, in Lancaster County, while the Sept. 26 meeting will be held at ...

A stone’s throw away

There is something about the waters of French Creek and the Allegheny River in Franklin that makes stones not sink. The Pennsylvania stone skipping championship is held where the two waterways converge at Franklin’s Riverfront Park every August. Last weekend, the water did not ...

Trail cameras out

A couple weeks late due to a vacation, this week I started setting out my trail cameras. You may ask why so early. Simple answer, I want all of the information that can be gathered. That, and running trail cameras is entertaining. It is kind of like hunting deer without having to drag them out ...

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 - ...

Elk euthanized after wandering into Diseased Management Area

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a trophy bull elk that wandered south of Interstate 80 and into a chronic-wasting disease (CWD) management area was euthanized by an agency wildlife conservation officer to ensure it would not bring CWD back to the elk range. The 8- by 9-point ...

Going native

The sky swings gently above me as I rest in the hammock my kids bought me on a long ago Father’s Day. The tree that is shading me swings back and forth as well, coming in and out of focus with the swaying of the hammock. This is one of the best places to spend time on these hot days, in a ...

Kayaking — Fatal or fun can be up to the user

Kayaks are being sold at more locations and lower prices than in years past, with additional styles and options available as the sport grows in popularity. At the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), we are glad to see growing numbers of people on the water. However, we are concerned ...

What’s in a forest plan if not vegetation?

A Forest Health Collaborative has identified issues facing the ANF and strategies to deal with those threats. According to a release from the Allegheny National Forest on Friday, impacts from a multitude of native and non-native invasive species, as well as the declining health of many forest ...