Outdoors

Wild brook trout are among state’s best catches

I grew up spending time in the outdoors in and around the Juniata Valley. For as long as I can remember, I have memories of being on the mountain or along a stream. Those early experiences molded me into someone who greatly appreciates how beautiful, and yet delicate, our natural resources ...

Mentor change may be most important

HARRISBURG — Just the thought or mention of deer in Pennsylvania is guaranteed to get the juices of sportsmen flowing. So, as expected, the news coming out of January’s quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s board of game commissioners that a Saturday opener for the ...

Erie group helps Veterans gather for day of bird hunting and camaraderie

HARTSTOWN (AP) — Eyeing the pile of ring-tailed pheasants and chukar partridges in front of him, Dan Stafford of Erie wondered if he had enough to edge out his brother in the sibling competition the two had waged in fields about one mile north of Hartstown on Saturday. As it happened, his ...

NWTF survey enhances scouting and hunting

To borrow from lyrics written by Roger Waters, indeed it has been a helluva start for the National Wild Turkey Federation Pennsylvania State Chapter Hunter Co-op Survey — but the project could truly become a monster if even more turkey hunters participate and all pull together as a ...

GIS mapping is a hunter’s good friend

Nearly every state has some sort of public land access that allows hunting. That is really no surprise. What may come as a surprise is that through license purchases and conservation efforts hunters have not only supported these types of environments, but continue to fight hard for the right ...

North Dakota club teaches kids to enjoy fishing

COLEHARBOR, N.D. (AP) — Not even deep snow could keep nearly 200 anglers from descending on Lake Audubon. The occasion was the Bis-Man Reel and Rec’s 35th Annual Ice Fishing Derby, an event that has become a “don’t miss” for many fishermen. “This time of year people just want to ...

Earlier start OK’d for buck

HARRISBURG (AP) — Deer hunting season in Pennsylvania will be starting on a Saturday rather than a Monday beginning in November. The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted 5-3 Tuesday to move opening day of deer rifle season to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Rifle season for hunting ...

Now is the time to scout as often as possible

Up until now most preseason turkey scouting has served more as a cure for cabin fever than knowing where gobblers will be and what they will be doing when the Youth Turkey Hunt sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is held, Saturday, April 20, and the statewide season begins a week ...

Hunting knowledge, at the press of a button

It’s tough for me to explain to people why I write. Why I feel the need, the calling to share hunting and fishing stories with others. It often comes as a belief that with each story comes a learning experience to gleaned from its depths. Those learning experiences undoubtedly make us better ...