Outdoor

Happiest day of the year

Birds will be singing, peepers will be peeping, flowers will be blooming. Or, we will get 8 inches of heavy snow. No matter, the opening day of trout fishing season is the happiest day of the year, rivaled only by the opening day of deer hunting season. But unlike the opening day of deer ...

Contractor apparently selected for rehab work at Chapman

A contractor has been selected for rehabilitation work to the dam at Chapman State Park. But just when work — and the drawdown of the lake that the work requires — will get underway has yet to be revealed. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services on April 4 issued a notice to ...

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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 - ...

For sale: Downed timber on part of Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest is looking to move some product. The ANF recently completed a commercial timber sale at Kiasutha Campground. That sale resulted in a large number of downed trees ready for removal. Those interested must have a Forest Service firewood permit. Permits are ...

Are those eggs?

Imagine two scenarios. Its spring and a group of young kids are outside with an adult leader. They have had a lesson about animals that lay their eggs in water in the spring. They’ve learned about salamander, frog and toad eggs and are now out to see if they can find any evidence of those ...

County eyeing improvements

County officials are considering options for enhancing both the front yard of the Courthouse and the base of the Bike/Hike Trail. The topic was discussed during Monday’s Warren County Commissioner’s work session. Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said he is interested in exploring “what we ...

ANF plans to conduct burns

The Allegheny National Forest plans to conduct prescribed burns in several areas in the near future. The two that are scheduled are both in Forest County in the Marienville Ranger District — 82 acres in the Buzzard Swamp area and six acres at Spring Creek. If weather conditions are right, ...

Spring drive follows tradition

Years ago when taking a drive was a bigger deal, one of the best drives would be the first spring drive. In those years ago times, the drive often would be out Hearts Content Road, which then was a dirt road. Deer and porcupines were the most commonly seen wildlife. Occasionally we would see ...

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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 - ...

Peep peep, it’s spring!

They say you know spring is here when the peepers start peeping. That’s the Spring Peeper I’m talking about. As you could probably guess they are named the Spring Peeper because they are one of the first frogs to emerge and start calling; and after a long winter their song is like a herald, ...

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

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 - ...

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. ...