Outdoor

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 ...

Not new, but improved

Even exceptional value trout streams can use some help. A partnership project this week improved stream conditions in Browns Run, Mead Township. “We are trying to improve stream habitat for brown trout migration out of the Allegheny River during spawning season,” Pennsylvania Fish and ...

Game Commission alerting online users to Internet update

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has issued a warning saying that some Internet users might be unable to buy their 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting licenses online due to an upcoming Internet security update. The update affects all purchasing websites – not just the Pennsylvania Automated ...

Easy to get that trophy scored now

For many decades Warren County may have been the poorest trophy big game county in Pennsylvania. No bucks, no bears near the top of the Pennsylvania Big Game Records. It got worse, of course, when comparing local big game animals to the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young big game records. ...

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, ...