Outdoors

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 ...

Western Pennsylvania range provides ‘thrill’ of renting machine guns

DONEGAL (AP) — The 99 signs he has posted throughout the region — each including a phone number, the silhouette of a Rambo-style M60 machine gun and an advertisement for “Washington County Machine Gun Rentals” — has generated many a phone call to Tredd Barton. Some people are angry. ...

PGC strengthens public requirement in permits

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at its meeting in July gave preliminary approval to a measure that will strengthen the public hunting component for deer-control permits the Game Commission issues for deer problems on private and public properties, often within ...

‘Research and development’ on Juniata a success

MILLERSTOWN — To a recreational angler an evening on the Juniata River is likely viewed as a time for relaxation and escaping the daily grind. For two outdoors writers, however, their outing was all business (wink, wink). They were on a mission of “research and development” — as in ...

Expanded opportunity for ‘webless’ birds

HARRISBURG — The 2018-19 waterfowl seasons are similar to the previous year, although hunters will enjoy longer seasons for doves, woodcock, and other “webless” migratory game bird species this year. Annual migratory game bird seasons are selected by states from frameworks established ...

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 ...