Sunday hunting bill clears last big hurdle

There was a moment of doubt, for sure. But it looks as if expanded Sunday hunting is coming to Pennsylvania in 2020. On Oct. 31,...

Anglers will see more big and bright trout in 2020

This is going to spawn a lot of lusty dreams between now and April. Of the angling kind, anyhow. Each year, the Pennsylvania Fish and...

How to bag more pheasants throughout fall

Particular, that’s what ring-necked pheasants are. They don’t require a lot of space to survive. Not on an individual basis anyway. The average bird will...

Tips for hiking safely in hunting season

You see it in the parking lots. Visit almost any public land at this time of year. The jumping off points for outdoor exploration that...

12 fun facts you never knew about pumpkins

Nothing says “October” more than a beautiful, orange pumpkin, but this most beloved symbol of fall is hiding some fun little secrets. Think you know...

Six tips for early archery season

You might compare it to Christmas morning in a tropical jungle. Think thrilling, exciting, heart-pounding at times. Full of the kind of smiles that only...

Game Commission unveils CWD plan, seeks hunter cooperation

Hunters are being asked to save the day regarding the future of white-tailed deer. Again. But this latest request comes with a Bizzaro World-type twist....

Planting a Tree the Right Way

There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.” Fall is...

Pymatuning Lake walleyes still abundant, maybe easier to catch

Maybe nature is balancing itself out at Pymatuning Lake. Anglers can’t be blamed for hoping so. For years, biologists with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat...

Hiking through the sky, below it at Kinzua Bridge State Park

Be warned: if heights set your knees to knocking, this is one hike that will involve plenty of trembling. After all, they don’t call it...

Fall Vegetable Planting

Many gardeners stand over their plot proudly this time of the year, basking in the glory of what they accomplished with a spring planting. They...

Hunters feed the hungry via venison donation programs

America has a hunger problem. Hunters are helping to solve it. And with hunting seasons across the country opening in just days or at most...

What to do if your dog gets bitten by a snake on a hike

It’s been the summer of the snake for one man. We met a couple of weeks ago, via a business transaction. We got to talking...

Fisheries survey: Allegheny River prime for big smallmouth bass

So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there,...

Camping essentials to make every trip memorable for the right reasons

Like the old gray mare, my memory ain’t what she used to be. Oh, I packed the sleeping bags on our last camping trip. The...

Finding the right rail trail for you

You might never convince her. A cousin of mine loves to explore the outdoors. It’s a passion that’s grown in recent years especially, and taken...

Hiking safety key no matter how short the trip

It’s not who you think it is. Each year, park and forest rangers, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other search and rescue personnel take...

Bill which would expand Sunday hunting, faces obstacles yet

The battle is not yet over. Pennsylvania state senators recently approved, by a 36-14 vote, an amended Senate Bill 147, which calls for allowing hunting...

Solo canoes and pack boats growing in popularity

As boats go they’re often overlooked, or at least have been in recent years, as evidenced by the ebb and flow of consumer wants and...

Wildlife watching from the water a real treat

There’s no official name, so far as I know, for the portal that took us into another world. But it hides behind a tricky entrance....

Release of chronic wasting disease plan delayed

  It’s all about speed when it comes to controlling chronic wasting disease. And yet, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is delaying release of its disease...

Avoid strainers to stay safe, alive this boating season

Don’t become spaghetti. When I and some others used to teach boating safety to our troop of Scouts, and talked turned to hazards on the...

Pollinator Palooza

Fat bumblebees explore tall purple baptisia flowers growing in a flowerbed at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association in Ligonier, forcing their way into the indigo blooms...

Favorite Annual Flowers

Long tables covered with healthy, deep green plants filled the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning for the Armstrong County Penn State Master Gardener’s Plant Sale....

Tips on paddling safety this boating season

Fewer than half a dozen steps into the big box sporting goods store and it was crystal clear. There, front and center, stood two stacks...

Emergence of cicadas should produce fantastic fishing

They will fascinate some and annoy, likely even creep out, others. That’s just how it is with bugs and people. So it will be with...

Vernal pools a source of unique, varied life in spring

It was further proof that life often bursts forth in the unlikeliest of places. I was at a close-to-home shooting range, tacking up targets. Someone...

Tips for making the most of morel mushroom season

Forget Game of Thrones. This is a Game of Secrets. And it’s being played right now. Hunters of a sort – armed with onion sacks...

Significant changes to antlerless license totals, but not everywhere

Don’t get too comfortable. Yes, it’s true that, statewide, there will be more antlerless deer licenses available in Pennsylvania this fall than last. Pennsylvania Game...

In the Dirt – Seed Starting

One of the most thrilling days for gardeners is when the seeds get started indoors. It’s a great way to grow things that the neighbors...