Outdoor

Forest analysis in Sheffield Township

The Allegheny National Forest’s Bradford Ranger District is initiating an environmental analysis for a forest health improvement project. The 8,780-acre Hoover Project is located in Sheffield Township, Warren County. “This project addresses forest health issues within the project area ...

Bear season opens Nov. 18

An abundance of fall foods will have a huge black-bear population on the move as hunters head out on Saturday, November 18 for the opening day of Pennsylvania’s four-day statewide firearms bear season. Pennsylvania has been smothered by hard and soft mast this past summer and fall. ...

All boaters must wear life jackets

Even if the Allegheny River weren’t running fast and high at Warren, life jackets would be required for all boaters. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission issued a release reminding boaters that they are required to wear life jackets from Nov. 1 through April 30. “When ...

The run is on

So it is a month late, and creek flows might be better. If you want to enjoy fall steelhead fishing, though, now is the time to get over there. The steelhead run is on. Wait no longer. Some rain over the past week and cooler temperatures have brought excellent numbers of steelhead into the ...

Chipmunks

These unusually warm fall days are wonderful for outdoor rambles. Nothing seems to be in a hurry, not even summer. It still seems to have a hold on October. These beautiful days can almost convince us that winter’s white cold is ages away and we have all the time in the world to prepare. It ...

Deer hunting maps and information at ‘Deer Season Kick-Off’ Sunday, Oct. 29

The Allegheny National Forest (NF), Collins Pine Company, and Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) have teamed to provide quality deer hunting information to hunters at the free Deer Season Kick-Off in the University Room at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Sunday, October 29. Doors ...

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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 - ...

An autumn to remember

The beautiful weather of September and October have made an autumn to remember. The calendar tells us it is time to put away the lawn furniture but we listen to the weather forecast and we give it another week. While some of my containers have been composted, others look wonderful, with ...

Squirrel guns

Several years ago on this outdoors page I argued with myself over the perfect squirrel rifle. After using .22 rimfire rifles for decades, out came a couple of new .17 caliber rimfire cartridges, the .17 HMR and the significantly shorter .17 Mach 2. I bought one of each, both with heavy barrels. ...

Autumnal recrudescence

Bluebirds murmur as they investigate the nest box, their solemn songs melodic in the morning fog. A White-throated Sparrow joins in from the edge of the pasture, clear and crystal. Faintly a Ruffed Grouse drums, and the peepers call with gusto from the pond. Dandelions appear scattered on the ...

The world is the grass carp’s oyster

So now the grass carp has make its way into Lake Erie. Between April 30 and July 12, representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Toledo collected eggs from the Sandusky River that later were confirmed to be the eggs of grass ...

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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 - ...

Seeking new experiences

Rarely does a photo on Facebook make me jealous, but one of my friends put one up last summer that made me drool with envy. She was in a creek with a bunch of other people lifting a giant rock to find one of the most elusive salamanders in the area, the Hellbender. This giant salamander ...

Several forest roads now open to hunter access

Allegheny National Forest officials have opened several forest roads in Warren County to allow access to hunters for the next several months. “The Allegheny National Forest will open designated forest roads for hunter access between September 25, 2017 and February 2, 2018,” a statement ...

Saturday marks start of archery season in state

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, Sept. 30, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Sept. 30 to Nov. 11, and during the late archery deer season, ...

Commissioners to meet Sept. 25, 26

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its final quarterly meeting of 2017 on Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Sept. 25 meeting will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center, in Lancaster County, while the Sept. 26 meeting will be held at ...

A stone’s throw away

There is something about the waters of French Creek and the Allegheny River in Franklin that makes stones not sink. The Pennsylvania stone skipping championship is held where the two waterways converge at Franklin’s Riverfront Park every August. Last weekend, the water did not ...

Trail cameras out

A couple weeks late due to a vacation, this week I started setting out my trail cameras. You may ask why so early. Simple answer, I want all of the information that can be gathered. That, and running trail cameras is entertaining. It is kind of like hunting deer without having to drag them out ...

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 - ...