Outdoor

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 ...

ANF’s own science experiment

The Allegheny National Forest is going to be used as a giant science experiment to allow scientists to determine where and when ash trees are dying on the forest. The Forest Service Northern Research Station – which includes a Forest Sciences Laboratory in Irvine – has undertaken and ...

Catch walleye now from shallow water at Lake Erie

Watch the weather reports for winds out of the south. One of those evenings when a balmy breeze carries from the land over Lake Erie will do fine. Any time the wind allows boats onto the lake and fishing from shore, be ready to fish by sunset. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss. It ...

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 - ...

A bumpy start

This past weekend I participated in a two-day hike with the Quest Backpacking Program, a backpacking program for eighth graders from Fredonia, Cassadaga, Brocton, and Silver Creek middle schools. There are so many reasons why I love participating in this program, but one of my favorite parts is ...

The cycles of nature

May is the great spring month in this part of the world. Our landscape is shades of brown, with only scattered pines, hemlocks and spruces to give the hills color during late March and April. During May our valleys and hills blossom with color. It begins in the Allegheny River Valley, then the ...

Our natural resources

Over 300 third graders descended on the Warren County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The draw was the annual visit from the Woodmobile, a traveling educational program offered by the Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group (AHUG). But the Woodmobile was not alone. Also presenting information to ...