Outdoor

Cruising through a winter wonderland

The true lyrics are “walking in a winter wonderland” but for me, I like to go a bit faster; about 35 mph to be exact. My winter wonderland consists of steep snow-covered slopes with plenty of trails to choose from. Practicing tricks, riding through trees, or cruising through the half pipe, ...

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas

To the rescue once again with last minute gift ideas for outdoors folks. No, not me. The wife, Jeri. Here is the reality of shopping for Christmas gifts during the last few days before Christmas. Yes, this is when do most of our shopping. Still, women do a huge majority of the hunting. Women ...

A Christmas myth

The holidays are one of my favorite times to be home. In the days leading up to Christmas, my parent’s house is filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies and the sound of Christmas music. One of my favorite parts of Christmas? Going out and finding the perfect little Charlie Brown ...

Love/hate relationship with wildlife

I have to confess that I absolutely love the wetlands at the Audubon Community Nature Center. The swamps, ponds, and marshes provide everyday opportunities to see wildlife and plants that are hard to find in other places. There are muskrats swimming in the ponds, mink loping across the ...

Wild Pheasant Youth Hunt held on two Saturdays in November

The second annual wild pheasant youth hunt was held in November and, once again, young hunters had their shot at history. Over two Saturdays in November, junior hunters took to the fields in Montour and Northumberland counties to pursue roosters within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant ...

Should have been walleye fishing

Nowhere that I know about is it written in stone that we must go deer hunting on the opening day of the regular firearms season. To be bluntly honest, I would rather have a limit of walleye than any deer other than a huge buck. Eating the walleye would be much more enjoyable and more healthy. ...

10 percent more bears than 2017

Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 365 bears, raising the 2018 statewide season harvest to 1,993 — a 10 percent increase compared to the 1,796 taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2017. Hunters took more bears on the season’s ...

Three-day bear harvest results

Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 211 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,833 – a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken during the 2017 season’s first three days. Bears have been harvested in 54 counties so far during the ...

Special office hours for active-duty military antlerless deer licences

Warren County Treasurer Dennis Munksgard will continue the annual tradition of opening his office on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to sell antlerless deer hunting licenses to qualified residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Forces, or within 60 days from honorable discharge. This traditional ...

Try walleye and steelhead at Presque Isle Bay

Water temperatures around the area are right about where we want them to be now. We dropped through the 50s so fast in the river that I did not even get out. Now the river is running very high, though, so it may be best to look elsewhere for good fishing. One place high on the list of area ...

Audubon Nature Play Day extended for Thanksgiving with the Birds, Nov. 17

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Nature Play Day has a different twist for November. On the third Saturday morning of the month children ages two to eight and their favorite adult(s) can drop in the Nature Play Area anytime. Extra play materials are available and a naturalist is present to ...

Deer on the move; motorists urged to use caution

With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert. Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall ...

Will this really be my last deer rifle?

Nothing builds interest in hunting better than success. If you have a kid you want as a hunting partner, forget for a while the kind of hunting you like best now. Think back to when you were a kid. Was it your dad complaining about what deer hunting was like in the past that got you ...

Fall turkey season begins in most parts of state

Pennsylvania’s wild turkey season began Saturday in most parts of the state, but hunters are reminded that season lengths vary by Wildlife Management Unit, and fall-turkey hunting is closed in some areas. Overall, the season structure and season lengths in each Wildlife Management Unit ...

TO DO

To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:30 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 ...

Spicebush — below the surface

Spicebush is a non-descript plant. There seems to be very little that makes it stand out when you first look at it. It is a medium-sized shrub. The leaves are an oval shape with smooth edges. They are an average green color and blend in with other, similar, green shrubs. This plant is only ...

More birds, roosters and opportunity this pheasant season

The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, and it promises to be a memorable one for hunters statewide. Revenue generated by Pennsylvania’s pheasant-hunting permit has been pumped back into the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, and hunters this season are expected to see ...

Audubon president says West Nile findings ‘low level of concern’

In response to recent reporting that West Nile Virus was found on the premises of Audubon Community Nature Center, President Leigh Rovegno released the following statement: “Audubon Community Nature Center has been a test site for the New York State Health Department for over 15 years. They ...

A cutting edge

The Johnny Appleseed Festival has been a growing event in Sheffield for well over a decade. The Lumberjack and Lumberjill competitions have brought in timbersport competitors from around the globe. There’s been one quiet competitor from right here in Warren County. Collin Shephard, a ...

Adapt to survive

How long does it take an eight-point buck to cross the Allegheny Reservoir? A little more than half an hour, it turns out. According to Earl Schweitzer, of Corry, the eight-point buck he took a video of in mid-September was about a third of the way across the reservoir when he and his ...