Outdoor

Now’s the time to purchase ‘18-19 hunting license

If you haven’t yet purchased your 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting license, now is the time. The new license year began July 1, so only 2018-19 licenses are valid when hunting or using Game Commission shooting ranges. The sale of 2018-19 antlerless deer licenses is about to begin, and only ...

July 4th marks 2nd Fish for Free Day

Anyone in the state can fish on The Fourth of July. The Fourth of July is the second of two Fish-for-Free Days in Pennsylvania this year. All state residents and non-residents can legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the Fourth of July without a fishing ...

Mountain bikers vs. hikers

One has to drive around the Hickory Creek Wilderness frequently to appreciate how much human use it gets. Folks flock to the allure of ‘Wilderness’. You are liable to find hikers and campers in it at any time of the year. Yes, including January and February. The Allegheny Islands ...

Not new, but improved

Even exceptional value trout streams can use some help. A partnership project this week improved stream conditions in Browns Run, Mead Township. “We are trying to improve stream habitat for brown trout migration out of the Allegheny River during spawning season,” Pennsylvania Fish and ...

Game Commission alerting online users to Internet update

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has issued a warning saying that some Internet users might be unable to buy their 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting licenses online due to an upcoming Internet security update. The update affects all purchasing websites – not just the Pennsylvania Automated ...

Easy to get that trophy scored now

For many decades Warren County may have been the poorest trophy big game county in Pennsylvania. No bucks, no bears near the top of the Pennsylvania Big Game Records. It got worse, of course, when comparing local big game animals to the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young big game records. ...

Creature adventures

This is the time of year for everything – farming, gardening, mowing, planting, harvesting, equipment repairs, house projects, building projects, the list goes on and on. There is so much happening that it is hard to remember to simply take a break and enjoy the world. However, taking that ...

Licenses scheduled to go on sale June 18

Licenses for the 2018-19 license year are scheduled to go on sale June 18. DMAP permit sales and elk hunt applications will also open at that time. Hunting and furtaker licenses and permits for the 2018-19 license year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) are scheduled to go on sale June 18, 2018. ...

Busy summer? Try these short vacations

Vacations are all about getting away, seeing new things, doing fun things, recharging the body’s batteries. Vacations should be considered essential to a healthy life. Walking a harmonious path through life may depend on it. Vacations can be spiritual awakenings, or re-awakenings. A really ...

Game Commission working group meeting set

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting for Monday, June 4, at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg. The meeting is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game ...

Game Commission expands CWD rules

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer may bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD). As part of the fight to slow the spread of CWD in the Commonwealth, ...

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 - ...

Willows

When I was little, I discovered the Flower Fairies. This seemed to be the perfect combination of fantasy and nature, and I was hooked. Still am, actually. I had a figurine of the Beech Fairy that hung from window. Still do. And a calendar of the fairies. And postcards. And a book. All of which ...

4th Chautauqua Lake Clean-up held

The fourth annual Chautauqua Lake Cleanup was held on Saturday, May 19 from 8 am to 2:30 p.m. Despite dreary and intermittent rainy weather, a robust crew of 21 volunteers scoured the shorelines by various watercraft to collect 54 tires, 12 cubic yards of trash and 1,020 pounds of mixed metals. ...

We don’t need no stinking crappie minnows

Getting minnows has gotten to be a real pain. We can not take bait minnows across state lines. We can not transport minnows from one watershed to another. Minnow prices have gone up, largely a result of bait shops carrying ‘certified’ minnows. Now here is a jam in the paperwork. A ...

Caddisflies, and moths

It’s coming. The 60th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage weekend at Allegany State Park. Dates are June 1-3, when the Red House area of Allegany State Park comes alive with adults, children, nets, binoculars, buckets and professional nature instructors. They both educate and entertain those who wish ...

TO DO

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 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 ...

Conservancy reporting herbicide application lessened at Chautauqua Lake

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is reporting that — through collaboration with area residents, lake users, fishermen, sportsmen, and local scientists — it has successfully persuaded New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to limit approval of an herbicide ...

Springtime alert: Do not disturb young wildlife

Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year. While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby. So ...