Outdoor

Hitting Pymatuning while it’s hot

The spring trap net survey of Pymatuning Reservoir conducted this spring by Fisheries Management Area 1 indicated a great walleye population and a nice number of quality crappie. So why does it seem that no one really cares? A couple of things have conspired against Pymatuning walleye ...

Caterpillar wrangling

The neighborhood gang of kids sat in a circle on the grass looking at a huge caterpillar. It was green, with odd bumps coming out of it. The big debate was over whether the caterpillar was good or bad. This debate ended quickly when one boy said, “bad!” and stomped on it. That happened ...

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 - ...

Thompson announces $98,000 grant for PA Wilds business incubator in Kane

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a federal grant that will help the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) establish a business incubator/accelerator in McKean County that will serve businesses across the Pennsylvania Wilds region. USDA Rural ...

Downtown Small Mouth Bass fishing

Within the city limits of Warren flows a good deal of very fine smallmouth bass fishing water. This includes both the Allegheny River and Conewango Creek. It can be fished by boat or from shore. Some places are good for wading. Warren is among the best places you can be if you like smallmouth ...

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 - ...

Raffle offers last chance at 2018 PA elk license

It’s too late to enter Saturday’s drawing for one of the 125 Pennsylvania elk licenses to be issued by lottery this year. But even for those who missed the deadline, there’s still one last chance to take part in the state’s 2018 elk hunt – and do so in style during a 61-day ...

Paddlefish

Photo submitted to Times Observer Kyle Hunt, of Russell, caught this paddlefish at 1 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, while he was fishing for walleye at the tailwaters below the Kinzua Dam. It was over five feet and 80 pounds. He landed it about 200 yards from where he hooked it. Prior to releasing it, ...

Where are anglers catching the largest walleye?

There was a time in the foggy past at a mystical river called Allegheny, more than anywhere else below a mighty dam called Kinzua, when walleye weighing 12 pounds, 13 pounds, 14 pounds, even 15 pounds were caught with some degree of regularity. For a while, local anglers kept this quiet. But ...

The renewal of trees

I sat at the table as the student while a fellow educator modeled a lesson. We first made observations of different tree leaves. Words poured out. Smooth, zig-zag, oval, pointed, thin, fuzzy, bumpy, green, symmetrical, not symmetrical, dark green, even darker green. She then asked, “Why are ...

This glorious summertime weather

Our annual schedules are based on weather. We vacation during summer because summertime weather is nice. Right? The weather was beautiful when we left Warren for one of our vacations this summer. A little warm maybe, but the car and hotel rooms are air-conditioned. We headed west with the ...

New discoveries — at any age

One of the most important things that I’ve learned since being at the Audubon Community Nature Center is you should never lose your sense of wonder. No matter what age you are, there’s always something incredible to discover. At Audubon, true curiosity is easy to observe when working with ...

The equal opportunity yard is amended

Those of you who have read this column in the past may recall that Jeri and I have declared our yard an ‘equal opportunity yard’. This means that we let the critters do pretty much as they please. Robins are free to hut for worms, harks are welcome to hunt robins, and so on. There have ...

Cook right at home as ANF Deputy Forest Supervisor

Chris Cook has come home. Basically. The “new” Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Deputy Forest Supervisor actually took up his post on Jan. 29 of this year. Cook graduated from Kane Area High School, holds a bachelor’s from Gannon in Anthropology, and a master’s from Texas A&M in ...

Game Commission to meet in Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is scheduled to meet Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31, at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. Both meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., with doors opening at 7:45 a.m. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five ...

A ray of hope

Nature is resilient. Wildlife and plants have survived asteroid hits, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and more violent disruptions than a person can see in a lifetime. One of the disruptions that is happening now is a slow, insidious moving of plants and animals from one part of the world to ...

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 ...