Outdoor

State Game Commissioners reaffirm support for expanded Sunday hunting

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has reaffirmed its support of legislative action that would allow for expanded Sunday hunting opportunities. The resolution adopted by the board is in response to a direct request from the nonprofit group Hunters United for Sunday Hunting, a ...

April… something

There has been a lot of grumbling about the weather this month, though I cannot say if it is really any more or less than usual. The temperatures go up, it gets sunny and we get lulled into a false sense that spring is here. Next morning, we’re scraping frost or brushing a few inches of snow ...

Fishing with his dad

Photo submitted to Times Observer Kamden West, age four, of Sugar Grove, caught this 21-inch rainbow trout on April 23 while fishing with his dad and uncle. He plans to have it stuffed.

Neighborhood nature

I recently visited several of Utah’s National Parks — Capital Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce and Zion. I know I will not do them justice in the few words here. In short, they were extraordinary in their grandeur and their uniqueness, especially compared to the eastern habitats that I’m ...

TO DO

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Saturday marks opening day of Pa. trout season

Spring is officially underway and the warmer weather has anglers from across the Commonwealth gearing up to fish their favorite spots on this Saturday, April 14, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season. All along streams and lakes throughout Pennsylvania, anglers ...

Well-stocked: Delivering fish in advance of trout season

Several thousand trout were added to Warren County waters on Friday. In advance of the opening day of mentored youth trout season — which opens Saturday, April 7 — and regular trout season — Saturday, April 14 — the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held stocking in Farnsworth ...

PA buck harvest up 10 percent, most in 15 years

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s deer harvest is up. The state Game Commission reports a buck harvest totaling 163,750, a 10 percent increase over last season and the biggest in 15 years. The commission says that more than 20 percent of hunters took an antlered deer. Game ...

Department of Agriculture to charge fee for rabies testing

In 2017, Warren County was one of eight in Pennsylvania that did not have a confirmed case of a rabid animal. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture tracks rabies and is the agency that tests animals that are suspected of having the disease. Due to budget constraints, there is now a fee ...

PA Game Commission to host annual waterfowl briefing

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 16, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2018-19 waterfowl hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 ...

Fishing you don’t want to miss

Once winter breaks, some great fishing immediately follows. Like a lot of the best fishing, weather conditions are not always great. But it is warmer than winter, even though a good ice fishing season did make this winter seem mild. Even if you were not ready to stop ice fishing, and I was ...

Spring dreams

March is a time for dreaming. It is the in-between time that is not quite spring, though some days feel like it, and not quite winter, though many days feel like that as well. It is a time when the world is transitioning from one season to the next, seesawing between winter and spring on an ...

Area’s trout stocking schedule announced

Trout season is almost here, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has announced stocking schedules for the area. With the season opening on March 31 at 8 a.m., stocking will begin on March 13 and will continue through late May. The stocking schedule, including type of trout ...

Game Commission releases 2018-19 hunting seasons

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners (PBGC) recently gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2018-19 license year. Modifications proposed for the 2018-19 seasons include: eliminating the hen pheasant restriction in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, and 5B; ...

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 ...