Outdoors

The time is here for Hunters Sharing the Harvest

HARRISBURG — According to Hunters Sharing the Harvest executive director John Plowman, a lot of people and organizations share in the ongoing success of the organization To date, since the formation of HSH in 1991, the program has generated more than 1.3 million pounds of venison ...

Group brings vets together for adventure

OHIOPYLE (AP) — Enjoying life: it’s just one of the things they went to war to preserve. A group of veterans came together in October to seek adventure and savor the day as a unit by hitting the rapids of the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park. One of those veterans, Gail Schnell, ...

‘Fish Detective’ praised for research

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist who identified an innovative forensic sleuthing technique to investigate illegal fish introductions is having his research published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal. Sam Bourret, a fisheries biologist ...

Expert tabs eight go-to baits for fall bass fishing

HAMBURG — Outrageous. Bombastic. Competitive. Those adjectives — and many more — can and are used to describe professional bass angler and television personality Mike “Ike” Iaconelli. When he appeared at Cabela’s Hamburg to present a series of seminars on bass fishing, however, he ...

Cooler fall makes for hot fishing on Conneaut Lake

CONNEAUT LAKE — Like all experienced professional fishing guides, Darl Black hedges his bets when booking clients for a fishing trip on Conneaut Lake. Like all veteran outdoors writers, however, Black knows this gem of a lake in northwestern Pennsylvania is a go-to location when he needs ...

Big cats in Pennsylvania: Are they mountain lions or bobcats?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An instinct coiled way down in the human brain knows the difference between a bobcat and a mountain lion. A bobcat gives you a warm, that-kind-of-looks-like-my-cat-but-slightly-bigger feeling. Then there is Rocky. On a recent stifling morning in Adams County, the ...

Outer Banks is always a favorite spot

I consider myself fortunate to have spent time on dozens of different beaches on both coasts. From snorkeling in the Bahamas to kayaking in Alaska, I have witnessed the salt water crash on sand and stones in many well-known destinations. My favorite beach time is spent on my family’s annual ...

Fish hatchery’s new app encourages learning

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Visitors to the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives in Spearfish can now become “agents of discovery.” “We’re really excited about that,” said Archivist April Gregory, who assisted in creating the hatchery’s version of the Agents of ...

Inline muzzleloaders have become nearly foolproof

There is a well-worn saying often heard at hunting lodges in the Deep South concerning one’s hunting accomplishments — “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s fact.” With opening day of the seven-day statewide antlerless muzzleloader season in Pennsylvania Saturday, flintlock hunters who ...

Hunters win with legalization of leashed tracking dogs

LEESPORT — Andy Bensing never lost hope that sooner or later Pennsylvania legislators would do the right thing and allow the use of leashed tracking dogs to track and recover big game animals. Showing the patience that typifies a professional dog trainer, Bensing, who holds a Bachelor of ...