Outdoors

Visit to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary worth the trip

DREHERSVILLE — Even in the pitch-black darkness of predawn the telltale rumble of crossing railroad tracks and the mist rising off the Schuylkill River indicate to visitors they are just minutes away from reaching their destination. They are winding their way to the top of the Blue Mountain ...

September means time for geese

The first day of September always has been circled on my calendar. That date ushers in the official start to my hunting season with the opening of resident goose and dove seasons. For years I counted on a great goose hunt during the opening morning. Farmers cut their fields earlier, geese ...

Bear, snail, snake and sunburn on river

WILKES-BARRE (AP) — Sure, there was the bear cub that seemed to disappear into thin air, the snail they named Gary and the snake named Rizzo. There was the evening movie about peoples native to the river, the obligatory (and tasty) campfire s’mores and the realization most people make the ...

PFBC issues invasive species alert state waterway

HARRISBURG — After confirming the presence of the aquatic invasive species known as New Zealand Mudsnail in Little Lehigh Creek, Lehigh County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of ...

Game wardens combine training with vacation

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A stiff breeze pushed two floating hoops around one of Granite Springs Reservoir’s small coves at Curt Gowdy State Park. Hiding in what little shade could be found, spectators anxiously watched Nebraska game warden Jeff Jones wind up his first cast. With a rod and ...

NWTF, sportsman’s club host annual field day

The Shade Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held its 20th annual Youth Field Day and JAKES event on Aug. 11 for 55 youths ages 8 to 15. The event comprises nine stations that the youth are rotated through to receive instruction and hands on experience. The Shade Mountain ...

Layoff prompts family to live dream, hit the road

LANCASTER (AP) — Brian and Diane Peachey had always dreamed about seeing as much of the country as possible. But with just a few weeks of vacation a year, they never could relax or see everything on their list. They liked camping with their three children. Maybe they could buy an RV and ...

Historic lodging an option when visiting national parks

Waking up near the rim of the Grand Canyon, at the edge of a Yellowstone geyser or within view of a Hawaiian volcano are some of the highlights of these hotels in the United States. Situated in or near National Park Service sites, they are among the most exclusive resorts in the world, despite ...

Cave offers unique outdoor adventure, indoors

SPRING MILLS — Few outdoors attractions in Pennsylvania appeal to such a wide range of interests as historic Penn’s Cave, located in the heart of Centre County. Of course, to fully appreciate a visit one must leave the outdoors, board a boat and travel on a unique trip through the only ...

Plan ahead for turkey trophy

The hunt is over and it’s time to preserve that trophy. A few things are to be remembered before a hunter heads to their taxidermist. Fifteen-year member of the National Wild Turkey Federation John Hoover of Forksville, an active turkey hunter and part-time taxidermist of Kings Creek ...