Outdoors

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, ...

Northwoods Trails in Arkansas has strong opening

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — About a month after its grand opening, the Northwoods Trails have seen constant activity that’s not expected to slow down anytime soon, according to the trail coordinator. Traci Berry, trail coordinator for the Northwoods, said the steady visitation prompted the ...

New parents leading by fitness example

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — On Oct. 27, Fayetteville residents Wendy and Brad Scott took to the waters of the Tennessee River to compete in the Chattajack 31, a paddling event that features 500 to 600 competitors annually. It was the Scotts’ second go at the competition — they competed ...

Wing shooting and migratory birds

If you’ve never felt the satisfaction of knocking a grouse out of the air with a shotgun while it darted seemingly effortlessly through the dense woods, or dropped a pheasant as it rose from the thick underbrush, you’re missing out. If you’ve never witnessed a flock of ducks or geese ...

Joys of hunting and parenthood

This past spring, I had the opportunity to share in a turkey hunt that has, in a way, become a yearly tradition. One of my best friends, Chase Savage of Annapolis, Maryland, comes once a year to hunt long beards with me here in Virginia. Chase is a combat wounded Marine Corps Veteran who lost ...

When the horn calls, fox hunters, hounds and horses respond

SEWICKLEY (AP) — The horses! Before you see them, you hear the clip-clop sound of metal-shod hooves striking the pavement. Then 15 big beautiful horses in hues of brown, black and gray slowly walk into view. Their riders wear jackets of scarlet or black. The hounds! Trotting briskly ...

Variety of experience will help the next generation

I’m lucky to have been able to travel and hunt many different states in my adulthood. I’ve taken beautiful bucks, harvested a boatload of long beards and a lot of other various game animals, both big and small. Yes, I believe that constitutes as somewhat of a humble brag. Although I have ...