Outdoors

Quality has increased, but old way still the best

There are two common ways hunters try and harvest a gobbler during the spring season. The first is to quietly sneak into an area where turkeys are known to visit and wait for the birds to arrive. Many times hunters who use this strategy will have a blind set up overlooking where they expect ...

The Dave Smith Decoys Strutter decoy.

Snoods as deadly as Barrow Gang

Unlike Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, Jake and Suzie Snood have never squeezed a trigger. Still, the Snoods can be as deadly in todayÌs turkey woods as the Barrow Gang was to mid-Western law enforcement officers in the 1930s. The Snoods are not actually toting any firearms, but these ...

Spring gobbler season has potential

HARRISBURG — Excitement is starting to build for the start of spring-gobbler seasons. There’s good reason for the increasing interest among hunters, said Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wild turkey biologist. A light turkey harvest last fall and a mild winter ...

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How your trophy looks to the camera differs based on any number of factors. Above, a catch while fishing shot in natural light is softer on the angler but the trophy is not as well lit. With flash, right, this turkey is more visible, but the hunter’s appearance is impacted.

Preserving memories on film requires skill, too

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — You have spotted that whitetail deer you have been chasing for years. With the shot fired, you know it is good, the deer is down and now it is time to make that memory last forever. Those who trek outdoors — hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking — preserving your ...

Family trout fishing tradition continues

The statewide opening days of trout season have come and gone. The mentored youth and traditional first mornings once again provided terrific memories for my family and others. While the mentored outing ended up being a great day on the water, I initially feared a complete washout. Heavy rain ...

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Being able to continue catching and releasing healthy smallmouth bass on the Juniata River — like this one that was taken while fishing with Shallow Water Guide Service and guide Jason Halfpenny of Lewistown — could depend on the actions taken on proposals being considered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board of commissioners.

Fish and Boat Commission listens to bass anglers

HARRISBURG — In the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” Harry Nilsson’s crooning of “Everybody’s Talkin’” on the soundtrack included these words: “Everybody’s talking at me. I don’t hear a word they’re saying.” For some time bass anglers have been saying plenty to the ...

Local NWTF chapter marks 20 years

Shade Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Celebrates 20 years with their 20th annual NWTF Banquet. The National Wild Turkey Federation, founded in 1973, is just one of many great charitable organization out there. Others include Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, ...

Traveling means opportunities to see more wildlife

Whenever I am traveling, I am constantly on the lookout for animals from that region which we do not have in central Pennsylvania. Last year my wife said she wanted to see an armadillo on our annual trip to Florida. While I did not think the odds were very good, we in fact did see one ...

Products for the field will benefit the hunter

After a groundhog got away from Richard Boord of Smithon, he realized he wasn’t content with how he was carrying his rifle out in the field. “There has to be a better way,” he told himself. And out of that statement, he created the Dead Rest Sling. This versatile sling fits all ...

Mississippi man adds life to antlers

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — As the last day of January became history, all deer hunters in Mississippi’s Hill Zone — which includes the Golden Triangle — hung up the camo. No more pre-dawn treks to the stand, no more quiet waits for a while. One of those hunters is Dean Goodman. But for at ...