Outdoor

Program helps hunters feed the state’s hungry

It’s prime time for Pennsylvania hunting and, with any luck, some game bags or ear tags have been filled already. But as hunters are giving thanks, they should know also that they are in a position to receive thanks for what they might choose to give. Each year, the generosity of ...

The hunter is a self-contained unit

Serious deer hunting is a challenging venture. The hunter carries everything that will be available to deal with the challenges. Make no mistake about it, what you carry can, and usually does, have a great deal to do with the enjoyment and potential success of the hunt. Choose gear wisely, and ...

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The Audubon Community Nature Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a natural history calendar that features stories of how wildlife has changed in the last 60 years as well as photos of staff, volunteers and visitors from the past.

A year to 60 years in time

What marks the first day of winter? Is it the first snowfall or the winter solstice, which marks the longest night of the year in late December and is the official start of winter? For me, it’s the first snow, a date that is much less predictable. Many other things in nature are far easier to ...

Mike Bleech

Sight-in days on your own or with help

Sighting-in your deer hunting rifle, or bear hunting rifle if they are different rifles, is a mandatory part of the hunt. No, it is not a regulation, but it is mandatory from a sporting viewpoint. You need to know where your bullets hit when you fire the rifle. Not close, it has to be ...

Time to hunt your buck of a lifetime

Pennsylvania’s 12-day firearms deer season, which opens Nov. 28, is just more than a week away. With the countdown to kickoff underway, thousands of the state’s hunters are inching closer to bringing home the buck of a lifetime, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. ...

Mike Bleech

The most fun column to write

One of the best advantages to writing a newspaper column is the opportunity to write a ‘best deer rifle’ column. Just about every deer hunter has an opinion on the best deer rifle. If the subject comes up in a group conversation, most hunters will put in their two bits. And just about every ...

KQDC deer season kick-off — just the facts

Are you interested in becoming a better informed deer hunter?If yes, then you do not want to miss the 2nd Annual KQDC Deer Season Kick-Off, this Sunday, October 30, at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the first seminar starts at 1:00 p.m. It will take place ...

Healing nature

There is something familiar about the first sprinkling of snow covering the landscape. The air is thick in the morning with ice crystals, as if glitter was strewn about from the clouds. The birds huddle in the maple trees, now denude of leaves. Condensation gathers in the corners of my windows, ...

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- Mondays, ...

Happy Trails

If you build it, they will come, WCCBI CEO and President Jim Decker was told by the many people who have been involved in the Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways' Trails at Jakes Rocks project.And that prediction has proven itself to be accurate.According to Decker, counters at the entry roads to the ...

Opening with a whisper

Twas a time when the start of small game season was nearly as exciting as the start of deer season. Typically a small game hunter would see nearly as many hunters in the woods as the first day of deer season.Of course back then, I am talking about the 1960s, we had a lot more small game habitat ...

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- Mondays, ...

Birds of prey

One of the most frequent questions I am asked when out in public representing Audubon is "How's the Bald Eagle, Liberty?" Since being housed at Audubon in 2002 after an injury, Liberty provides visitors with a close-up view of a bird of prey.People love Liberty. Words I've heard used to ...

Youngsville Life

Fall Revival ServicesThe Pittsfield Wesleyan Methodist Church on Rt. 27 will be having Revival Services on October 26-30 (Wednesday-Sunday) at 7 p.m. The Evangelist is Rev. Joseph Smith from Portage. The closing service on Sunday evening will be at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Second Harvest ...

A view of fall

There is a smell in the air that is special to fall. It is an obscure mix of rotting leaves, mushrooms, and cold. The smell works its way into my nose as soon as I walk outside. I associate the smell with chestnuts, apples, cider and homemade donuts frying in oil. It is a time for raking and ...

The Americas before Columbus

The Western European-centric education we received in school, and what we may have read, seen on television and at the movies portrays the inhabitants of the Americas before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 as inferior people. They were viewed as living in harmony with nature, and ...

A note…

A noteto the air of October 11 in the mid-afternoon.You are here. Finally. I forget that I miss you, that you fill me with gratitude. Carrying the scent of fading leaves, low sunshine, and the inaugural biting night of autumn, you wrap the season I've been waiting for into one inhalation. You ...

My favorite season

I love fall. It is my favorite season. Spring and summer have their beauty but the romance of autumn, the beginning of a new year is to me irresistible. The beautiful autumn leaves, my colorful dahlias and the variety of chrysanthemums creates a riot of color in the garden and the doorway.Here ...

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- Mondays, ...

Musky — yes, musky — flyfishing tournament Oct. 15

Fly fishing for musky isn't really a thing.But the Nittany Valley Musky Alliance (NVMA - Chapter 64 of Muskies, Inc.) wants it to become a thing.According to Patrick Krumenacker, fly fishing is a "quieter part" of musky fishing."These are big, bruiser fish," said Krumenacker.As a result, there ...