Outdoors

Memory of first buck is never forgotten

With my heart pumping so hard It was almost the only thing I could hear, I drew back and settled in on my pin. I had rattled lightly and he had come to investigate. This was finally the moment I had been waiting for. You see, it had only been a few months since I had purchased my bow from ...

Native, holdover trout can still be fished in winter

As an outdoors enthusiast, specifically hunting and fishing, there was for many years, a gap in my life. The time between deer season, opening trout season, and spring turkey season seemed to last tor an eternity. That was, until I started winter fishing for native trout and holdovers from the ...

Finding time for son’s first deer

A year ago at this time I was writing a column reviewing that fall’s archery season. It was my favorite to date after two magical experiences. I was able to harvest the largest buck of my hunting career in late October. And while that was definitely a thrill I will never forget, it was a ...

Bull hunters fare better; elk hunt a success

HARISBURG — Nearly 100 lucky participants in Pennsylvania’s 2018 elk hunt have taken home a trophy. Ninety-nine elk were taken by 125 hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 10. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was ...

Wyoming man uses business to support veterans

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — It was known simply as Red Rocks a generation ago, the restaurant and motel on the north side of U.S. Highway 26 just before the big curve 20 miles east of Dubois. While the meals may have been memorable, what goes on inside the former restaurant and motel complex is ...

Expert archery advice, part two

Previously I broke down some hot topics from the archery world with my dear friend Curtis Ashcraft, but I didn’t stop there. As a hunter, I have always believed that the more information I can learn, the better it makes me as an outdoorsman. So I had the chance to question a man I am lucky to ...

Pathway to Parks’ aim is diversity

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There were some sketchy moments as Tanya Cummings thought her self-described “short, little legs,” wouldn’t get her up and over the boulders way taller than her 4-foot-11, well-coiffed and manicured frame, or out of the deep woods in the Plott Balsam ...

Montana bear specialist has 30 years of wildlife work

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Erik Wenum is known as the “bear guy,” and it’s an apt moniker, given the fact that he’s handled nearly 5,000 bears during his tenure with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He’s the bear and mountain lion specialist for the state agency, but truth is, there ...

CDT director has devoted her life to trails

DENVER (AP) — Teresa Martinez said she’ll probably never thru-hike something like the Appalachian Trail or Continental Divide Trail, but that hasn’t stopped her from devoting her life to them. “To know that I’m a small part of something that, for 50 years, has been protecting ...