Outdoor

Pennsylvania has a new record buck

History was made once again this season, at the Pennsylvania Game Commission headquarters, when a trophy whitetail rack shattered the previous record in the Typical Archery category in the state records. Ron Shaulis, of West Newton, Pa., harvested the trophy buck on Oct. 24, 2017, with a ...

This is boat decision season

What kind of boat will you be using when the next open water fishing season rolls around? Winter is the time when anglers do some serious boat shopping. The January through March outdoor sports shows and boat shows are great places to see a wide variety of the newest fishing boats. You ...

Outdoor Show will be held at Warren YMCA

The Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show will be changing venues this year. “The mall is doing some work in the stores and things we used to use,” said WCCBI Director of Chamber Operations and Tourism John Papalia. So, this year, the outdoor show will be at the Warren YMCA, on ...

The big picture

There was a flock of birds at Audubon (recently) whose population has dropped by 85% to 99% in the last 40 years. That’s a huge number. For every 100 birds around when I was born, only one exists today. No one even knows what has caused the decline and, truthfully, no one has really noticed ...

Low numbers in 2017 Warren County Christmas Bird Count

Never before have there been so few birds at my feeders during December, making me wonder if something was wrong with the feeders. Nothing was wrong, it seems. The 75th Warren County Christmas Bird Count recorded unusually low totals for some species, 18 species which have been seen at least in ...

Legislation would create new conservation funding

HARRISBURG — Bipartisan legislation was reintroduced Dec. 14 in the U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., by Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) that would dedicate $1.3 billion in funding to help states address the needs for thousands of fish and wildlife species in ...

Game Commission adopting new titles

For the first time in its 122-year history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will call its law-enforcement officers “state game wardens.” The change takes effect January 1. “The job titles previously used to describe our field officers — game protector and wildlife conservation ...

Crows

In an effort to counteract the effects of holiday treats, after-work walks in my neighborhood have been more frequent this fall. Living in town, these evening walks are usually accompanied by the “caw, caw, caw” of crows. I easily recognize their large silhouettes and their distinct, steady ...

It happened one Christmas Eve

I believe I could fish in my sleep. It was at the Kinzua Dam Tailwaters, on the Hemlock side, below the big rocks, between the fallen trees, my favorite place to fish for walleye at what then tended to be a stable outflow. Walleye would hang right about at the ends of the fallen trees. Tied ...

Aquatic ecosystems in the ANF at Audubon’s January 5 First Friday

You can learn a lot about “Allegheny National Forest Aquatic Ecosystems and Communities” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on January 5, at 11 a.m. Fisheries biologist Nathan Welker will give a presentation about some of the work being done in the Allegheny ...

Game Commission suspends seedling sales to public

Tree and shrub seedlings from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will not be offered for sale to the public in 2018 due to drastically low inventories. Seedlings will continue to be supplied to participants in the Seedlings for Schools Program, as well as to landowners who open ...

Egger ‘one-ups’ son in Big Buck Bonanza

Hunting in Warren County is more often than not a family affair. A sport passed down from fathers to sons... mothers to daughters. Josh Egger’s been hunting for over 30 years; first hunting with his father, Jim, and now hunting with his 17-year-old son, Andrew. “Any kid around ...

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 ...