Outdoors

Commisioners increase fees, delay funding cuts

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission this week increased some fees, installed new board officers and made other changes, while delaying a plan to cut spending on popular items such as fish hatcheries. Commissioners acted on a number of revenue enhancements brought forward ...

Snake hunters head to hills

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The hunter and his son scrambled up a secret mountain in Columbia County, and far above them, a serpent knew they were coming. The snake sat coiled in a rock vein, waiting for the sun to warm its cold blood. It sensed every vibration and tasted the hunters’ sweat with ...

CWD cases multiply in state

HARRISBURG — The number of chronic wasting disease cases continues to multiply in Pennsylvania, and more of the state’s residents are being impacted by rules that aim to slow the spread of the disease, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects. In 2017, chronic wasting disease ...

Danville’s Cram on target with custom rifles

HARRISBURG — Life can be good for the hunter who has stockpiled his preference points, selected the dates and made the final payment with an outfitter for what will be the most anticipated Western elk or mule deer hunt of his lifetime. Such scenarios played out hundreds of times at ...

Ancestor’s handiwork brings family together in Pine Grove

PINE GROVE (AP) — Johannes “John” Bonawitz moved to Pine Grove from Womelsdorf in 1809, bringing with him a knack for gunsmithing. On Saturday, dozens of Bonawitz descendants from across the country gathered at Twin Grove Campground for the first Bonawitz family reunion. Among the food, ...

History kept alive through fisheries program

The origins of species that the walleye are part of — the perch family — are a very old fish. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, fossils within this family have been found in the western region of the United States to be 38 million years old. The walleye today are a ...

Scenic upper Juniata is full of smallmouth bass

Over the past four weeks, we have showcased some of central Pennsylvania’s finest trout streams. In this fifth and final installment of the series, we will feature another remarkable waterway of our region: the upper Juniata River. The Juniata River begins at the junction of the Little ...

First day of trout about more than fish

Back in winter, winter my son repeatedly asked me how many days remained until trout season would start. The first grader was eagerly awaiting the mentored youth trout day to arrive to shake his cabin fever. Seeing him excited for his opening day actually had me feeling the same way. I ...

Centre County’s Spring Creek is in a class by itself

Centre County’s Spring Creek is often rated as the top trout stream in Pennsylvania. Several factors contribute to the popularity of this fertile limestone stream. Foremost among them is its exceptional population of wild brown trout. Another is the ample availability of public access ...