Outdoor

Ice fishing finally, maybe

Well, getting toward midwinter and we are, at least, getting ice-making temperatures. Do not take this as a signal to get on the ice. Even if we get below zero nights, ice does not get safely thick instantly. Underwater springs, wells and stumps or limbs near the surface can make ice much ...

Mammals in winter

When it comes to animals, I have a special spot in my heart for every creature. Whether it is a turtle crossing the road or a spider trapped in my bathtub, I have always been one to help an animal in need. Most of my life, I have interacted with mammals; I am fascinated by their diversity yet ...

Game Commission reminds of dangers in attempting to care for wildlife

In response to the incident that took place at Gifford Pinchot State Park, the Game Commission reminds the public that wildlife cannot be taken from the wild. Under Pennsylvania law, it is illegal to take or possess wildlife. These laws were put in place to protect both wildlife and ...

Forest Landowner Conference

Penn State Extension, in partnership with DCNR Bureau of Forestry, The Woodland Owners of the Clarion and Allegheny Valley, and the Clarion County Forest Stewardship Committee has announced the 2019 Clarion Forest Landowner Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at ...

50 sub 50

How fast can you name all 50 states? Or better yet, how fast could you run a marathon (26.22 miles) in each of the 50 states (1,311 miles!)? That is precisely what Warren-native and Edinboro University Health and Phys. Ed professor Jim Roberts, Ph.D., intends to achieve when he completes ...

Into the gloaming

The grass, stiff with frost, crunches under my feet as I walked swiftly along the dimly lit trail. The sun isn’t due to come up for a few minutes. The birds are just starting to wake up, with lazy tweets and chirps coming from the trees and bushes nearby. A deer, startled by my early ...

Lake effect snow

Living in Western New York automatically means dealing with snow for four to five months out of the year. On top of that, residents have become accustomed to the common phenomenon known as lake effect snow. The news channels love to chat about lake effect and are quite good at keeping residents ...

Game Commission mulls change in hunting season

A report from a Harrisburg TV station last month indicates that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering shifting the start of deer rifle season. ABC27 news reported that the 55-year tradition of the Monday after Thanksgiving should be shifted back to the Saturday after ...

Dog power

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns. Despite extended, somewhat awry, construction plans at Chapman State Park, a long-time winter tradition of dogs and men will take place this year at the same ...

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission advises caution for ice anglers

There may not be ice on local waters for fishing yet, but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Glade Swiftwater Rescue Team are hoping anglers will take care when there is. “Ice fishing is a great, inexpensive way to get outdoors in the winter and can produce both large numbers ...

Bizarre trees

Trees can be the backdrop to our outdoor adventures. They are key in defining the forest. But how often do we take in the bigger picture and not focus on the individual. Earlier in the year trees get plenty of attention for showy flowers, interfering pollen or delicious fruit and in the fall ...

Cruising through a winter wonderland

The true lyrics are “walking in a winter wonderland” but for me, I like to go a bit faster; about 35 mph to be exact. My winter wonderland consists of steep snow-covered slopes with plenty of trails to choose from. Practicing tricks, riding through trees, or cruising through the half pipe, ...

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas

To the rescue once again with last minute gift ideas for outdoors folks. No, not me. The wife, Jeri. Here is the reality of shopping for Christmas gifts during the last few days before Christmas. Yes, this is when do most of our shopping. Still, women do a huge majority of the hunting. Women ...

A Christmas myth

The holidays are one of my favorite times to be home. In the days leading up to Christmas, my parent’s house is filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies and the sound of Christmas music. One of my favorite parts of Christmas? Going out and finding the perfect little Charlie Brown ...

Love/hate relationship with wildlife

I have to confess that I absolutely love the wetlands at the Audubon Community Nature Center. The swamps, ponds, and marshes provide everyday opportunities to see wildlife and plants that are hard to find in other places. There are muskrats swimming in the ponds, mink loping across the ...

Wild Pheasant Youth Hunt held on two Saturdays in November

The second annual wild pheasant youth hunt was held in November and, once again, young hunters had their shot at history. Over two Saturdays in November, junior hunters took to the fields in Montour and Northumberland counties to pursue roosters within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant ...

Should have been walleye fishing

Nowhere that I know about is it written in stone that we must go deer hunting on the opening day of the regular firearms season. To be bluntly honest, I would rather have a limit of walleye than any deer other than a huge buck. Eating the walleye would be much more enjoyable and more healthy. ...

10 percent more bears than 2017

Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 365 bears, raising the 2018 statewide season harvest to 1,993 — a 10 percent increase compared to the 1,796 taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2017. Hunters took more bears on the season’s ...

Three-day bear harvest results

Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 211 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,833 – a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken during the 2017 season’s first three days. Bears have been harvested in 54 counties so far during the ...

Special office hours for active-duty military antlerless deer licences

Warren County Treasurer Dennis Munksgard will continue the annual tradition of opening his office on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to sell antlerless deer hunting licenses to qualified residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Forces, or within 60 days from honorable discharge. This traditional ...