Outdoor

Saturday marks opening day of Pa. trout season

Spring is officially underway and the warmer weather has anglers from across the Commonwealth gearing up to fish their favorite spots on this Saturday, April 14, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season. All along streams and lakes throughout Pennsylvania, anglers ...

Well-stocked: Delivering fish in advance of trout season

Several thousand trout were added to Warren County waters on Friday. In advance of the opening day of mentored youth trout season — which opens Saturday, April 7 — and regular trout season — Saturday, April 14 — the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held stocking in Farnsworth ...

PA buck harvest up 10 percent, most in 15 years

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s deer harvest is up. The state Game Commission reports a buck harvest totaling 163,750, a 10 percent increase over last season and the biggest in 15 years. The commission says that more than 20 percent of hunters took an antlered deer. Game ...

Department of Agriculture to charge fee for rabies testing

In 2017, Warren County was one of eight in Pennsylvania that did not have a confirmed case of a rabid animal. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture tracks rabies and is the agency that tests animals that are suspected of having the disease. Due to budget constraints, there is now a fee ...

PA Game Commission to host annual waterfowl briefing

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 16, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2018-19 waterfowl hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 ...

Fishing you don’t want to miss

Once winter breaks, some great fishing immediately follows. Like a lot of the best fishing, weather conditions are not always great. But it is warmer than winter, even though a good ice fishing season did make this winter seem mild. Even if you were not ready to stop ice fishing, and I was ...

Spring dreams

March is a time for dreaming. It is the in-between time that is not quite spring, though some days feel like it, and not quite winter, though many days feel like that as well. It is a time when the world is transitioning from one season to the next, seesawing between winter and spring on an ...

Area’s trout stocking schedule announced

Trout season is almost here, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has announced stocking schedules for the area. With the season opening on March 31 at 8 a.m., stocking will begin on March 13 and will continue through late May. The stocking schedule, including type of trout ...

Game Commission releases 2018-19 hunting seasons

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners (PBGC) recently gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2018-19 license year. Modifications proposed for the 2018-19 seasons include: eliminating the hen pheasant restriction in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, and 5B; ...

Pennsylvania has a new record buck

History was made once again this season, at the Pennsylvania Game Commission headquarters, when a trophy whitetail rack shattered the previous record in the Typical Archery category in the state records. Ron Shaulis, of West Newton, Pa., harvested the trophy buck on Oct. 24, 2017, with a ...

This is boat decision season

What kind of boat will you be using when the next open water fishing season rolls around? Winter is the time when anglers do some serious boat shopping. The January through March outdoor sports shows and boat shows are great places to see a wide variety of the newest fishing boats. You ...

Outdoor Show will be held at Warren YMCA

The Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show will be changing venues this year. “The mall is doing some work in the stores and things we used to use,” said WCCBI Director of Chamber Operations and Tourism John Papalia. So, this year, the outdoor show will be at the Warren YMCA, on ...

The big picture

There was a flock of birds at Audubon (recently) whose population has dropped by 85% to 99% in the last 40 years. That’s a huge number. For every 100 birds around when I was born, only one exists today. No one even knows what has caused the decline and, truthfully, no one has really noticed ...

Low numbers in 2017 Warren County Christmas Bird Count

Never before have there been so few birds at my feeders during December, making me wonder if something was wrong with the feeders. Nothing was wrong, it seems. The 75th Warren County Christmas Bird Count recorded unusually low totals for some species, 18 species which have been seen at least in ...

Legislation would create new conservation funding

HARRISBURG — Bipartisan legislation was reintroduced Dec. 14 in the U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., by Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) that would dedicate $1.3 billion in funding to help states address the needs for thousands of fish and wildlife species in ...

Game Commission adopting new titles

For the first time in its 122-year history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will call its law-enforcement officers “state game wardens.” The change takes effect January 1. “The job titles previously used to describe our field officers — game protector and wildlife conservation ...

Crows

In an effort to counteract the effects of holiday treats, after-work walks in my neighborhood have been more frequent this fall. Living in town, these evening walks are usually accompanied by the “caw, caw, caw” of crows. I easily recognize their large silhouettes and their distinct, steady ...

It happened one Christmas Eve

I believe I could fish in my sleep. It was at the Kinzua Dam Tailwaters, on the Hemlock side, below the big rocks, between the fallen trees, my favorite place to fish for walleye at what then tended to be a stable outflow. Walleye would hang right about at the ends of the fallen trees. Tied ...

Aquatic ecosystems in the ANF at Audubon’s January 5 First Friday

You can learn a lot about “Allegheny National Forest Aquatic Ecosystems and Communities” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on January 5, at 11 a.m. Fisheries biologist Nathan Welker will give a presentation about some of the work being done in the Allegheny ...

Game Commission suspends seedling sales to public

Tree and shrub seedlings from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will not be offered for sale to the public in 2018 due to drastically low inventories. Seedlings will continue to be supplied to participants in the Seedlings for Schools Program, as well as to landowners who open ...