Outdoors

Hunt smart to bag smarter turkeys

If you’ve been hunting turkeys for a while, or even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard hunters talk about “educated birds.” You know, those smart public-land gobblers your buddy always brags about hunting and killing. The fact is, whether it’s public or private land, some ...

Alliance supports PGC’s CWD strategy

HARRISBURG — Count the National Deer Alliance as the latest in a group of respected and credible conservation organizations supporting the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s chronic wasting disease management strategy, while reinforcing that ample scientific research points to prions as the ...

Pa. aims to hook anglers young, spur interest

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Every year, Pennsylvania stocks its public waterways with millions of trout in the hopes that humans will follow. Judging from the numbers who turn out religiously for the opening day of trout season, the strategy is working. On opening day for the 2019 season, anglers ...

Make plans now to get in on the fun at Penn’s Cave

CENTRE HALL — Whether or not March comes in like a lion, the first weekend of the month is a sure sign that consistently warmer weather is on the way. That means fishing, spring gobbler hunting, camping and family picnics. With that in mind, there is no better time to register for the ...

Fishing club hosts annual muskie school

WAUNAKEE, Wis. (AP) — The half-foot-long bait darted through the gin-clear water. The tip of the 9-foot rod bounced up and down, and eyes were transfixed as the bait made its way through the shallows. “This is what they’re eating. It’s about the same size as a bluegill on (lakes) ...

Scent elimination is good all year-round

On social media, I often see newer turkey hunters being hazed by the elders of the sport, suggesting they not forget to use their scent elimination spray and attractant sprays for turkeys. Anyone even slightly familiar with the sport knows that turkeys cannot smell and that this is bogus ...

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 ...