Outdoor

Boaters/anglers asked to ‘exercise caution’ with dam outflow increases

Spring might seem to be round around the corner but boaters and anglers are going to have to wait a few days to take advantage of it on the Allegheny River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that “significant increases in outflow from Kinzua Dam are planned” for Saturday and ...

Black bear mauls car just outside Warren County

A black bear can do a lot of damage when it gets stuck somewhere. Thomas and Cathy Gibson of Neilltown, Forest County, found out Sunday night what an adult bear can do to the inside of a 2010 Toyota Camry. The bear paid two visits to the Gibson property and vehicles just south of Southwest ...

The face of forests

Local residents have a chance to attend a forum focused on local forestry next month. Registrations for the April 6 Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum from March 24 though March 30 are $30. Reservations are required. No reservations will be accepted after March 30. The Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum ...

Unusual things

How do you know what you saw is what you saw? There are some animals that everyone just seems to know, such as robins, Blue Jays and Raccoons. But what defines the essential “raccoon-ness” of a raccoon? Would you recognize one if it was completely or partially white? Would you know for sure ...

OUTDOORS

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First-time PA hunters, trappers need training

First-time hunters and trappers need to go through some safety training before the Pennsylvania Game Commission will approve their licenses. “The training is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants,” according to the commission’s website. The ...

Semi-auto rifles almost a non-issue

Numerous serious deer hunters in Warren County, and many more hunters who have known about it for years, are not concerned much about the proposal to allow semi-automatic rifles for big game hunting in Pennsylvania. Not many anyway. Those hunters who have hunted New York for big game have ...

Goldfinches

Since the unusually warm days in late February when turtles basked in the sun, fuzzy Pussy Willows peeked out of their hard brown buds and green spikes of daylilies pierced the unfrozen ground I’ve been looking for more signs of spring. A friend of mine said spring in Western NY and PA is ...

Waterways to be stocked for season

Pennsylvania’s trout season will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. With trout season right around the corner, waterways in Warren County are about to be filled with fish. Many local streams and creeks will be stocked soon, beginning with the east branch of the Tionesta Creek on March ...

Treat those live minnows like gold

Since the epidemic of diseased baitfish, vhs, the cost of baitfish has been rising. Now no baitfish can not be transported from one watershed to another, or across state borders, unless an angler buys ‘certified’ minnows and keeps the receipt on hand to prove the minnows are certified. ...

Game Commission delivers annual report to legislature

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough recently presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee. To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the Game Commission’s ...

Winter lake trip

The wind off of the lake carries a special kind of cold with it. This cold pushes through every crack in your clothing, freezes nostrils shut and burning the lungs in a way that only a lake wind can. Hands freeze into claws while awareness of toes fades and is replaced by an odd, icy burning in ...

Tailwaters from one winter to next

The years hardly matter, and I have long since forgotten what years these things happened. The Kinzua Dam Tailwaters seems a different place from one winter to the next, and there is no telling what will happen the next winter. Walleye and trout are the long running stars of this show. But ...

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 - ...

Small mammals

On a recent exploration of the snowy landscape with day campers, animal sightings were few but evidence that animals were there was abundant. We followed deer tracks, poked at holes and investigated scratches. Almost overlooked were very tiny tracks. Just a light impression made on the freshly ...

Help available for conservation projects

There is help available for land owners in Warren County looking for dollars for conservation projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for its Sustaining Pennsylvania’s Oak Ecosystems through Partnership in ...

Conservation Officers may be in demand

Are you interested in becoming a Wildlife Conservation Officer? The Pennsylvania Game Commission may have a spot for you. The Game Commission will begin recruiting the 31st class of Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadets through its Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg. The ...

Game Commission moving target toward semi-automatic weapons

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners took a step toward implementing semi-automatic rifles and gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2017-18 license year on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the Game Commission gave unanimous preliminary approval to ...

ANF receives requests to reissue 12 special-use permits

The Allegheny National Forest’s Marienville Ranger District has received requests to reissue 12 expired special use permits for six existing spring developments, two oil and gas pipelines, a fish hatchery, road access right-of-way, storage area and a liquid waste disposal area. The uses are ...

On skiing and snow

To say our society is polarized right now on many issues may be an understatement. Some are more important than others- Democrat or Republican, Microsoft or Apple and this weekend Falcons or Patriots. I am a firm believer in the “gray”. There is often value in both sides and one answer ...