Outdoor

A look ahead to another season on the reservoir

How do you determine which fish is most popular among Warren area anglers? During April and May it would appear that stocked trout are our most popular sport fish. But it depends on where you are looking. Go to Chautauqua Lake and it might appear that the majority of anglers in the region ...

Apples — a tree in a coat of white

The pictures of spring flowers in children’s books are bright pinks, purples and yellows. But look around at all the white flowers - in the fields, on the shrubs and in the trees. And as your eyes scan the landscape and are drawn to the tree in a coat of white, there is a good chance it’s ...

A lifelong obsession with pansies

At our house, pansies always welcome the new gardening season. My spring container near the side door always has the most beautiful pansies I can find. A large container is brought from the garden shed, filled with new potting soil and planted with the pansies. I love the dark, dark purple and ...

25th Annual Warren County Friends of NRA Banquet

Warren County and neighboring residents have displayed their respect for the 2nd amendment for a quarter century with the Friends of NRA Banquet, which benefits the NRA Foundation, a non-political arm of the NRA which benefits youth, women, new shooters and community safety. On May 13th, the ...

Mumbo-jumbo bird songs

People who identify birds by song always seemed to inhabit a different world from me. While I tried to see field marks, watching for a white ring around the eye or a yellow patch on the butt of a bird, these people would be shouting out things like “Chestnut-sided Warbler!” and “Was that ...

Hickory Creek Wilderness trail stewardship

Photo submitted to Times Observer In addition to its primary mission of working with local communities to ensure that increased wilderness protection is a priority of the stewardship of the Allegheny National Forest, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness over the years has also made significant ...

Burn boss calls Jake’s Rocks job a success

Friday’s prescribed burn at the Jake’s Rocks Recreation Area was a success. Scott Crist, the Jake’s Rocks project burn boss, said that for a burn scheduled 2-1/2 days after rain, it went well. Much of the mountain laurel and other species targeted by the prescribed burn, said Crist, ...

Wildfire season

Camping and fishing season in Pennsylvania also means wildfire season. With Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season underway, and weather conditions that keep firefighters busy responding to wildfires across much of the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and ...

Big spring turkey season predicted

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is predicting a big spring for turkey hunters. Properly licensed junior hunters and mentored youth can head afield Saturday, April 22, to participate in Pennsylvania’s annual youth spring turkey hunt. A week later, on April 29, all hunters can head into the ...

‘Burn ahead’

The Allegheny National Forest was on fire Friday afternoon. A prescribed burn at the Jake’s Rocks recreation area went ahead as planned. Starting at around noon, over 20 National Forest Service employees applied a mixture of four parts diesel and one part gasoline to the forest ...

Happiest day of the year

Birds will be singing, peepers will be peeping, flowers will be blooming. Or, we will get 8 inches of heavy snow. No matter, the opening day of trout fishing season is the happiest day of the year, rivaled only by the opening day of deer hunting season. But unlike the opening day of deer ...

Contractor apparently selected for rehab work at Chapman

A contractor has been selected for rehabilitation work to the dam at Chapman State Park. But just when work — and the drawdown of the lake that the work requires — will get underway has yet to be revealed. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services on April 4 issued a notice to ...

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 - ...

For sale: Downed timber on part of Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest is looking to move some product. The ANF recently completed a commercial timber sale at Kiasutha Campground. That sale resulted in a large number of downed trees ready for removal. Those interested must have a Forest Service firewood permit. Permits are ...

Are those eggs?

Imagine two scenarios. Its spring and a group of young kids are outside with an adult leader. They have had a lesson about animals that lay their eggs in water in the spring. They’ve learned about salamander, frog and toad eggs and are now out to see if they can find any evidence of those ...

County eyeing improvements

County officials are considering options for enhancing both the front yard of the Courthouse and the base of the Bike/Hike Trail. The topic was discussed during Monday’s Warren County Commissioner’s work session. Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said he is interested in exploring “what we ...

ANF plans to conduct burns

The Allegheny National Forest plans to conduct prescribed burns in several areas in the near future. The two that are scheduled are both in Forest County in the Marienville Ranger District — 82 acres in the Buzzard Swamp area and six acres at Spring Creek. If weather conditions are right, ...

Spring drive follows tradition

Years ago when taking a drive was a bigger deal, one of the best drives would be the first spring drive. In those years ago times, the drive often would be out Hearts Content Road, which then was a dirt road. Deer and porcupines were the most commonly seen wildlife. Occasionally we would see ...

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 - ...

Peep peep, it’s spring!

They say you know spring is here when the peepers start peeping. That’s the Spring Peeper I’m talking about. As you could probably guess they are named the Spring Peeper because they are one of the first frogs to emerge and start calling; and after a long winter their song is like a herald, ...