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Outdoor

USDA urges farmers to apply for assistance

Farmers and forest landowners looking to make improvements may qualify for federal dollars and assistance. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), “Pennsylvania agricultural producers and landowners are ...

Far-fetched

Some people take their dogs places. In the case of Walt Stover of Tidioute, Millie is taking him to Orlando. Millie, a two-and-a-half year old black Labrador retriever, is highly ranked as a dock diving dog. They’re a team, but Millie does the hard work. In 2018, Stover was ...

Not much for looking back

While I am a serious fan of history, 2019 is hardly history. So the only look back at this past year is to report that the female black squirrel that frequents our yard has about doubled in size. She was a skinny little thing when she arrived. Now when she scampers away carrying a mouthful of ...

This fungi I know…

‘Tis the season of death, or at least a long rest, in nature. The trees are bare, the grass has stopped growing, and the stems of plants brown, shriveled, and lifeless. Many in New York find the season dreary and mundane. Yet we are all guilty of not realizing how important this time of year ...

Audubon birdfeeder and birdseed Make-and-Take, Friday, Jan. 4

You can create a feeding stop for your feathered friends by making a homemade birdfeeder and special blend of birdseed. Stop by Audubon Community Nature Center any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, to participate in the Birdfeeder and Birdseed Make-and-Take. After ...

The dark night

As we steadily creep through winter and into the new year, the focus will eventually begin to move from the calm of night toward a season of increased light and activity. Every day we gain a couple more minutes of light in the evening and eventually more motivation and activity. As those longer ...

Grouse priority area siting tool launches

Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, has suffered dramatic population losses due to the statewide scarcity of young forests and large-scale West Nile virus die-offs. To offset those losses, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a tool to identify prime grouse recovery ...

Take the plunge!

Where have all the Vikings gone? The majestic Polar Bear may not be indigenous to our area, but there is one local, rare, species acclimated to the Allegheny tundra that appears to be threatened to near extinction. It is the brave and fearless Nordic Warriors of the Winterfest Polar ...

The ever-changing forest

None of the deer hunters I spoke with this fall said anything about noticing more deer this year. Very few complained, and none loudly. What a relief. But there were more deer this year in the areas I frequent than there have been in some years. The problem facing hunters is that not enough ...

DEP follows up on oil spill

The Department of Environmental Protection will continue to investigate the spill that created a visible sheen Saturday on the Allegheny River at Starbrick. According to DEP Community Relations Coordinator Tom Decker, an investigator will visit the scene on Tuesday. Not a lot of detail ...

Starbrick VFD responds to weekend oil spill

Some oil reached the Allegheny River in Starbrick Saturday morning as a result of a spill. Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report around 11:30 a.m., according to Chief Kirk Faust. Responders discovered a sheen of oil in a ditch along the railroad tracks behind ...

‘Phil 1, Elk 0’ …

Phil Herrnberger has learned a lot since he answered a question about the score of an elk he shot in Colorado. “Phil 1, Elk 0.” At the time, he didn’t know anything about determining a score for a trophy rack. Now, as an Official Measurer for both the Boone and Crockett Club and the ...

130th Annual 2nd Week of Deer Season Report

We have been through quite a few deer seasons together, maybe not quite 130, but probably 38 of them, or so. If what I have heard so far is any indication, the first few days of this deer season have been unremarkable. Even the very recent bear season which held such promise was without ...

‘A little bit longer’

It was really cold out on October 22, according to Kirk Zofcin Jr. The 12-year-old was archery hunting with his older brother, Colton Thompson, in Mead Township, and was getting pretty bored. He asked if they could quit for the day. Thompson suggested they “give it just a little bit ...

Fresh fish

Efforts to bring the lake at Chapman State Park back to life has taken a big step forward. For the first time since March 2016, brown and rainbow trout were released into the lake on Thursday. Tim Schaeffer, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission executive director, said the event is ...

Man killed in accidental shooting

A man was shot and killed by his own rifle in a hunting accident Thursday morning in Sugar Grove Township. The identity of the hunter, who is not a resident of Warren County, was not released Thursday afternoon. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Warden Dave Donachy, ...

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 ...