Outdoor

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 ...

Doe licenses sold out for county’s wildlife management units

It took a little longer than usual, but doe licenses for the two wildlife management units (WMUs) in Warren County are sold out. According to Warren County Treasurer Denny Munksgard, WMU 2F’s allocation of 24,000 licenses sold out on July 18 and the last of the 35,000 available for WMU 1B ...

Panama Rocks

During most of my youth, when I was growing up on the south side of Jamestown, my family did not have a car. Our transportation was by bus, bicycle, or on foot, which Dad called “shank’s mare.” So it was a special occasion when, one summer day at age nine, I went with a group of boys from ...

CWD found in the wild in Clearfield County

HARRISBURG (http://www.pgc.pa.gov/)— Chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging deer in an area of the state where it previously had been detected only in captive deer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield ...

The year of the bad attitude black bears

A story about a black bear dragging a camper by the head was in the news this week. Fortunately in this instance, the camper was one of the group leaders. He knew how to deal with the situation and he had the courage to do it. And the other group leaders boldly came to his rescue. The victim ...

Summer on the Allegheny National Forest

Where is the best places to hike on the Allegheny National Forest? Of course this depends on what you like. But if you are lost for an answer, I can make some suggestions. To help you along the way, get a copy of ANF recreation areas map, or buy a more detailed map, at Allegheny National ...

Watching for snakes

We have all been there before, walking in a garden or along a pond edge, when all of a sudden a snake slithers out onto the path. Snakes, especially bigger ones, can look intimidating. Around here, though, almost all the snakes are totally harmless to humans. The two most common types of snake ...

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 - ...

A salute to the paddlers

“Some good percentage of the land must be kept free from exploitation of its commodity resources and commercial exploitation of its recreation resources.” On Thursday evening, June 22, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness executive director Kirk Johnson provided a presentation to the Allegheny ...

The taming of the crow

Monday was a morning like most. I was up by 4:00 a.m. When the newspaper arrived soon after, I made a cup of Bigelow Irish Breakfast Tea, then went onto the front porch to read by the light of a headlamp. Birds sang in the dark. The air was pleasantly mild. Twilight came without notice. ...

OUTDOORS

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 - ...

Apply electronically for goose-blind hunts

Goose hunters in the 2017-18 license year must apply online or in person to enter the drawing to hunt from goose blinds at Middle Creek and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Areas. An electronic goose blind application has replaced the paper application traditionally found within the ...

Dusk to dark

Nightfall turns everything new. When the dark slowly takes away vision, every sound is magnified. A small animal scurrying through leaves sounds like a bear crashing through the brush. Familiar places turn unfamiliar when they disappear from view. There are many terms for that time of day. ...

Hunting licenses go on sale June 19

Pennsylvania hunters and trappers soon will be lining up to purchase their 2017-18 licenses, and they need to be aware of some important changes implemented since this time last year. Hunting licenses for 2017-18 go on sale June 19. The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all ...