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Outdoor

57th Rotary celebrates 4H achievement night

The 57th Rotary 4-H Achievement Night and the Penn State Extension Annual Meeting were held November 14 at the 4-H Center in Pittsfield. The evening began with 4-H Extension Educator Jennifer Grooms introducing State Senator Scott Hutchinson who spoke briefly to those in attendance. Penn ...

‘Duck’ season

It’s duck season. In this particular case, it’s a hunt with “Duck” season. But when Warren’s Scott Swartz walked into a Northwest Bank branch one random day, he had no idea what he’d be aiming for. Staring at him was a cardboard cutout of former Pittsburgh Steelers’ ...

PGC issues bear harvest record

It wouldn’t be surprising to discover a record number of internet searches on the topic “How to rug a bear.” The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced Monday that hunters set a new Pennsylvania bear-harvest record. Bears were taken in 59 counties. Lycoming County led the state ...

Saturday hunting opener aims to maintain younger hunters

The Pennsylvania Game Commission bucked tradition by opening its rifle deer season on Saturday this year. It was an attempt to keep younger hunters. “We’re losing hunters,” Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Information and Education Supervisor Chip Brunst said. “We ...

Better off

“Because a sea lion needs help, that doesn’t mean the sea lion is weak.” At the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., Youngsville High School graduate Colby Hollabaugh rescues sea lions that are stranded, entangled, or otherwise in need of assistance. Hollabaugh ...

PGC investigates Facebook video of deer beaten by apparent hunters

The PA Game Commission is aware of a video, according to a post on its Facebook page, that was posted to Facebook of two males who allegedly physically assaulted a deer that appears to have already been shot. As of press time, there were over 4.8 thousand responses to the post that has ...

Buck season reboot

Sunrise (today) will open the deer season, ending a long custom in Pennsylvania's outdoors. Since at least the early 1960s, the season has begun on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board of Pennsylvania game commissioners, responsible for establishing hunting seasons and limits, voted for the ...

Different dimension, same trapline

This story began about a week ago at a different junction of the space-time continuum when I went by a different byline. Ok, I screwed up, forgot my own name, thought I was someone else when this story began. And can you really blame me? I am a kid again, going from trap to trap, each time ...

Winter skeletons

This is a revealing time of year. Without the leaves on many of the trees and shrubs, sightlines are longer, that which is hidden forms shadowy outlines and lurking forms. Sometimes it is a downed tree, with roots now reaching toward the sky. Other times it’s a gnarled apple tree, the last of ...

2020 Fishing licenses open Dec.1

Just in time for the holiday season, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is excited to announced Tuesday that 2020 fishing licenses go on sale beginning Sunday, Dec. 1. The price of an annual resident fishing license this year is still $22.90. Multi-year options are also ...

Preliminary three-day bear harvest results

Through three days of Pennsylvania’s general bear season, hunters have harvested 1,498 bears, with bears taken in 52 counties. That compares to a three-day 1,833 in the 2018 general season. However, the 2019 general season harvest is complemented by a large bear harvest during new and ...

A sense of wonder

I can clearly remember the first time I found myself in a grove of Giant Sequoias. On the first night of a camping trip, a group of us went out on a night hike under an almost full moon. We had the trail to ourselves and the entire experience was overwhelming in the best possible way. I also ...

Bear season yields 1,330 in 2 days

After two days, 1,330 black bears have been harvested as part of Pennsylvania’s statewide four-day general bear season, according to preliminary totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. This year’s two-day preliminary bear harvest compares to 1,622 bears taken during ...

Healing Garden project down but not out, yet

Warren City Council earlier this month pumped the brakes on a project that would install infrastructure at Crescent Park. An additional component that was set to come along with those infrastructure repairs? A healing garden. The Street Landscape Committee has been a staunch advocate of ...

NWTF Biologist of Warren appointed District 1 Game Commissioner

Kristen Schnepp-Giger, of Warren, was recently confirmed to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners after being nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf. Schnepp-Giger fills a vacant District 1 spot on the Game Commission’s board. The district includes Butler, Clarion, Crawford, ...

Sunday hunting measure advances

Legislation that would permit limited Sunday hunting is on the governor’s desk for enactment. The Pa. Senate Republican Communications Office announced that Senate Bill 147 “provides for hunting on three Sundays: One during rifle deer season, one during the statewide archery deer season ...

Military licenses

Active duty military who are looking to deer hunt this season will have an additional opportunity to pick up a license. “Due to the opening of deer rifle season on Saturday, November 30, the Warren County Treasurer’s office will be open from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 29, to ...

PGC to stock nearly 4,000 pheasants in habitats for 2019

In 2019, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will stock almost 4,000 pheasants in Warren County. The last two stockings have yet to take place. Like trout stocked in local waterways, those pheasants are stocked to be taken by sportsmen. “Pheasants are stocked for hunters as a ‘put and ...

Library hosts Penn’s Parks meeting

What’s the best feature of a state park? Is it the peace and quiet? Is it the adventure? The scenery? How can parks be an even-cooler place to hang out? More amenities? Less? The public has the opportunity to have a say in the future of state parks both locally and statewide. A ...