Outdoor

First time’s a charm for Warren’s Evan Peterson

Youth reigns supreme. Evan Peterson, 27, of Warren, and Tanner Rosenberg, 21, of Youngsville, each wound up with a 12-point buck this year. Peterson’s had a bit bigger spread, so he’s the winner of the Times Observer’s “Big Buck Bonanza,” with a special gift from Tall Tales ...

‘To honor him…’

Darin Freeborough was a fixture at the Warren County Outdoor, Travel, and Gun Show. Now, the event will carry his name. “Darin was a great friend and a great advocate for the outdoors — hunting, fishing, and of course, trapping,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director ...

Time for Christmas shopping

So maybe some of you who are not deer hunters have most of your Christmas shopping finished. Well, those of us who are deer hunters have been very busy for the past couple of weeks. And before deer season, how can anyone get into the Christmas spirit? And just how much Christmas spirit is in ...

ANF snowmobile trails opening Dec. 16

The Allegheny National Forest’s snowmobile trails will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016. The only trail that will remain closed is Snowmobile Trail connector #12 (Marienville Bypass) because of flooding. “With all the recent snow we’ve received, we can open the trails ...

The color of winter

After the glorious warm fall colors and before the white blanket of freshly fallen snow our landscape in western New York and Pennsylvania appears very drab. Even after the blanket of snow loses its freshness, the natural world seems full of grays and browns and more grays. However, ‘tis ...

‘Significant improvement’: Tionesta Valley Snowmobilers pave the way

The Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club has submitted its final report as part of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association Mini-Grant, which the club uses to improve ANF snowmobile trails throughout the county. According to the final report, which is a condition of the grant, the club ...

Help Wanted: To operate Warren County Winterfest

Winterfest needs help. According to Winterfest Committee Member Ed Atwood, the free event costs around $12,000 to put on, and the time commitment is no less cumbersome. The sled dog races, which Atwood organizes himself, take about two weeks to set up for alone. In one day, said Atwood, he ...

Deer photo contests featured in December

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Times Observer are asking deer hunters to take two good shots this hunting season – one with their rifle or bow, the other with their camera. The Times Observer will be running a “big bucks” special section on Dec. 17. Bucks taken in the county ...

A laid-back opening day

Ten shots could be heard from our location Monday morning. That was actually more shots than we usually hear on opening day on the KQDC. With no antlerless deer hunting allowed the first week, most of the shots will be aimed at nice bucks. Bill ‘Chilly Willy’ Anderson and I hunted on a  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...