Articles: Adventure

Students to explore along the brook trout trail

Adventure

Nobody said summer school was supposed to be fun. But nobody said it couldn’t be, either. Six college students are going to find that out starting in May when they spend nearly a month fly fishing and camping their way through the heart of Pennsylvania’s brook trout country. It’s all part of the “brook trout […]

Sign in to view article

Spring gobbler season remains popular

Adventure

Pennsylvania’s most avid spring turkey hunters are going all in. With the 2018 season fast approaching – the youth only spring gobbler hunt is April 21, the regular season April 28 to May 31 – expect more than a few to buy a second turkey tag. That’s been the trend. Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania […]

Sign in to view article

Camping memories stir thoughts of going afield

Adventure

We were wearing long pants, wool socks from an afternoon hike and heavy hoodies over t-shirts, and still we crowded the fire. The heat from its dancing flames was more than welcome. Our neighbors were few on this dark, chilly night. It was fall, and the campground – the only one of two in this […]

Sign in to view article

Outdoor Extras; including a trout appetizer

Adventure

Lure of the week Lure name: Rooster Tail Minnow    Company: Yakima Bait (www.yakimabait.com/) Lure type: Inline spinner Sizes and colors: Available in 1/16-, 1/8-, 1/6- and ¼-ounce sizes in 15 finishes, including black, brook trout, firetiger, natural minnow, perch, hot pink and white shiner. Target species: Trout, yellow perch, crappies, bass. Technique: Everyone’s heard of […]

Sign in to view article

Lawmakers taking a look at pheasant permits

Adventure

This is a brouhaha perhaps coming to an end. A little less than a year ago, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners created a $25 pheasant hunting permit. It’s required of all hunters chasing agency-stocked birds. Young hunters were exempt from needing one last fall. Old hunters were not. That includes those who hold a senior lifetime hunting […]

Sign in to view article

Lawmakers to put chronic wasting disease under a microscope

Adventure

It’s no on the calendar yet. But sooner rather than later – perhaps within a month – state lawmakers expect to hold a public hearing examining the problem that is chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania. Exactly what the members of the House of Representatives game and fisheries committee are going to focus on is something […]

Sign in to view article

Opening day of deer season comes under review

Adventure

The Monday after Thanksgiving is always the first day of Pennsylvania deer season. Tradition, right? Yes, but not one that’s been around forever. “If you ask the average hunter, they probably think that’s how it’s always been,” said Travis Lau, communications coordinator for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “But that’s not the case.” That Monday has […]

Sign in to view article

Statewide trout season to bring crowds of anglers and fish

Adventure

Not every angler with a Pennsylvania fishing license will be on the water when the statewide trout season opens on April 14. But it might feel like it. If history holds, more than half a million people – about 60 percent of all those who buy a license – will fish for trout this season. […]

Sign in to view article

Tips for bringing wildlife into the backyard

Adventure

Chances are you’ve looked outside a window and seen backyard wildlife roaming your property at one time or another. Maybe it was a robin, blue jay or even a barred owl. Perhaps it was a white-tailed deer. Or it might have been a salamander, turkey or cotton tail. Probably it was exciting to see. But […]

Sign in to view article

Outdoor Extras; including a DEET-free insect repellent

Adventure

Gear of the week Gear name: Picaridin Company: Sawyer Products (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-premium-insect-repellent-20-picaridin-6-ounce-continuous-spray.html) Gear type: Insect repellent Product description: Ticks, some of which carry Lyme disease, are a huge problem for anyone who spends time outdoors these days. That’s just the unfortunate reality. So it pays to take precautions. That’s where Picaridin comes in. It’s an insect […]

Sign in to view article

License fees perhaps tied to executive director’s fate

Adventure

Last week it was an olive branch. This week it was an apology. Will either be enough to get the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission its much-desired fishing license fee increase? And save executive director John Arway’s job at the same time? Those are the questions. Arway appeared before the House of Representatives game and […]

Sign in to view article

Wolf Rocks Trail offers easy hiking, wonderful views

Adventure

Wolf Rocks is one overlook. But it tells different tales based on the season. Sometimes, with rattles. One year we’d hiked from Laurel Summit State Park – the six-acre site of the trailhead, atop the Laurel ridge in eastern Westmoreland County – to the rocky outcrop in Forbes State Forest in early April. There wasn’t […]

Sign in to view article

Tree stand safety campaign to begin

Adventure

Education rather than enforcement, that’s how the Pennsylvania Game Commission is going to promote tree stand safety this fall. Board members have been debating whether to require anyone hunting from an elevated platform on state game lands to wear a safety harness. Increasing numbers of falls are the reason. Joseph Smith, a doctor in the […]

Sign in to view article

Outdoor Extras; including boater safety tip

Adventure

Lure of the week Lure name: Trout WormZ Company: Lip RipperZ (www.lipripperz.com/) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 2.5-inch model in 13 colors, including zebra, banana split, fighting frog, strawberry cram, white lightning, candy cane and chartreuse shine. Target species: Trout, crappies, bluegills, bass and steelhead. Technique: These are designed to […]

Sign in to view article

Google Earth a handy tool for finding fishy hot spots

Adventure

Waterfowl hunters – at least those in the know — use Google Earth all the time to find hidden beaver ponds and other watery holes where wood ducks and other birds might be. Fishermen can make use of the web-based application, too, though. It’s great for finding farm ponds, small lakes and other waters – […]

Sign in to view article

Fish and Boat Commission gets chilly reception

Adventure

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is calling for a do-over. State lawmakers don’t appear interested, at least so long as the agency’s executive director is involved. That was the starkest thing to come out of a hearing of the state Senate’s game and fisheries committee this week. Lawmakers met to hear the executive directors […]

Sign in to view article

Finding bass throughout the season

Adventure

The Bassmaster Classic has crowned a champ. It wasn’t me. It probably wasn’t you either. The check would have been nice, but that’s OK. Fihsing is still fun. Especially if you can find the bass consistently. And that’s possible. You just have to remember that, with fish as with people, it’s all about being comfortable. […]

Sign in to view article

Backpack kitchens about weight and utility

Adventure

As backcountry kitchens go, ours was as large and heavy as it was battered. Odds and ends of old pots and pans, that’s what we used when backpacking as kids. We’d stuff them into what were little more than daypacks, then toss in the one-burner stove and 1-pound propane canister our family used on picnics. […]

Sign in to view article

Outdoor Extras; including a Swedish Meatball recipe

Adventure

Gear of the week Gear name: May Day Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/may-day-turkey-call-triple-toe-calls.html) Gear type: Glass pot call Product description: Pot calls can be made out of a variety of materials. So why glass? Well, glass glass are louder than their slate counterparts. That means they really shine in windy conditions and overcast days, or […]

Sign in to view article

Deer harvest figures and a look at how PA stacks up

Adventure

Did you get your deer? That’s often the first question hunters ask one another at the close of another season. Last season, the answer for many – or at least more than usual – was yes. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission estimates, hunters killed 367,159 deer in the 2017-18 seasons. That was 9 percent more […]

Sign in to view article

Erie Extreme highlights the fun in fishing

Adventure

Dave Lefebre has a whole new class of groupies. The Harborcreek resident and Erie native has long had a following among bass fishermen. He’s a pro angler, after all, traveling the country to compete on the Bassmaster circuit now after years on the FLW tour. He’s excelled everywhere, ringing up more than $2 million in […]

Sign in to view article

No second buck and other outdoor news

Adventure

Pennsylvania hunters won’t have a chance at a second buck each year after all. Recently, one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s newest board members, Michael Mitrick of York County, suggested allowing a limited number of hunters to shoot a second buck each fall. They’d have to pay for it. Mitrick’s idea was to sell only […]

Sign in to view article

Onset of fire season highlights need for caution

Adventure

You wouldn’t think it, to judge by the snow on the ground in a lot of places. But fire season is here. Across the Northeast, the months of March through May are the worst for forest fires. That’s when, for example, 85 percent of fires in Pennsylvania occur. It’s no mystery what’s behind them either. […]

Sign in to view article

Outdoor Extras; including a Dutch oven stuffed pepper recipe

Adventure

Lure of the week Lure name: Rippin Rap     Company: Rapala (www.rapala.com/) Lure type: Lipless crankbait Sizes and colors: Available in 2-, 2 1/2- and 2 ¾-inch models in a variety of colors, including firetiger, redfire crawdad, chrome blue, purple clown, chrome, chartreuses shad and pearl grey shiner. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: A […]

Sign in to view article

Special junior trapping season under consideration

Adventure

It’s not true that people aren’t trapping like they once did in Pennsylvania. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Participation has been on the upswing for two decades. That’s the exception to the rule. “When we look at furtaking in general in Pennsylvania, we continue to break the mold in that we’ve seen significant and […]

Sign in to view article

Massasauga rattlesnake responds to habitat work

Adventure

The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is in trouble everywhere it roams – or, perhaps more appropriately, slithers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers it a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. That means it’s “likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.” The snakes’ range once extended from central New York and southern Ontario […]

Sign in to view article