Outdoors

Missouri man breeds dogs to hunt deer antlers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shed hunting is a popular pastime for many outdoors enthusiasts, and an assist from man’s best friend can help take that hobby to the next level. Roger Sigler, of Smithville, Missouri, breeds and trains dogs that are specialized in finding deer antler sheds. He will be ...

Tips for shooting game – with a camera

You’ve done it. You’ve made your shot perfectly and as your heartbeat begins to slow to a normal speed, you gather up your gear. It doesn’t matter if it was a gun, a bow, or slingshot, you’ve accomplished what you had set out to do. As you weave your way through the thick woods and ...

ND coyote catalog connects landowners, hunters

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — In an effort to keep coyote numbers in check, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department have teamed up to produce the Coyote Catalog. The catalog connects landowners who want coyotes removed from their land with hunters and ...

Commission changes rules, expands mentoring

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would simplify requirements to wear fluorescent orange material while hunting. There would be no changes to the requirements that apply in many seasons. And the use of orange ...

Calling champ a humble legend

In 2015, on a stage crowded with extreme talent, extraordinary turkey knowledge and calling experience, Billy Yargus heard his name called as the winner of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Grand National Calling Champion contest. One of the greatest accomplishments you can achieve as a ...

ATVs to boost Ozark tourism

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kris Muldoon knows his way around the Ozark National Forest as well as others know their own neighborhoods. Muldoon has been riding ATVs in the Ozarks back country since he was a kid. Now, as president of the Clarksville Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, he wants ...

Shutdown doesn’t impact hatchery

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The partial government shutdown didn’t stop personnel at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery from taking care of the fish being raised at the hatchery for eventual release in the tailwaters below Arkansas dams. It’s not the first time personnel with the U.S. ...

Fish commission stresses safety when ice fishing

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds winter anglers to keep safety in mind while enjoying ice fishing. “Ice fishing is a great, inexpensive way to get outdoors in the winter and can produce both large numbers of fish and larger individual fish,” said Andy ...

Southwestern Montana skaters seek ‘wild ice’ for gliding

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The sharp scrape of steel on ice cut through a rare windless December morning at the Silos on Canyon Ferry Reservoir as a quartet of skaters moved briskly across the smooth frozen surface. A mild reflection grew across the ice as they approached, slowing to a stop near ...

New TART Trails to be cultivated for walks, bikes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two inches. It’s the magic number that gets Dave Fisher to start up his truck and rig up his plow to clear snow from several miles of the Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation Trails in Leelanau County. The 61-year-old retiree heads out day or night, ...