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Nothing like a turkey hunting dream

February 16, 2014 Imagine yourself on the point of a mountain just before dawn on a spring morning. I know that will take a lot of doing this snowy day but dream with me. more »»

Owls are fascinating, yet elusive creatures

February 16, 2014 I ended my column last week with a brief note about the unusually high number of snowy owls that have been sighted here in Pennsylvania this winte. more »»

Talkin’ big-game scores and snowy owls

February 9, 2014 The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host a big-game measuring session in Huntingdon on Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.. more »»

Morrett is the man you need to meet

February 9, 2014 Matt Morrett is the headliner at the Jaffa Shrine outdoor show this year — slated for Feb. 21-23 — and he’s a hunter and outdoorsman worth the time to come see and hea. more »»

Feeding winter wildlife can have deadly consequences

February 2, 2014 The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced that a large bull elk found dead on Jan. 9 in Byrnedale, Elk County, was likely the victim of being fed a quantity of corn. more »»

Punxy Phil not that cuddly of a rodent

February 2, 2014 Not often do two super-important events happen on the same day but today they do. It’s a few long hours now until Super Bowl kickof. more »»

Now is the time for coyote hunts

January 26, 2014 If you are hardy enough to brave it, this weather offers some of the best coyote hunting of the yea. more »»

Fly tying is the perfect off-season hobby for fly anglers

January 26, 2014 Few hobbies complement one another as well as fly tying and fly-fishing. more »»

Plenty to check out at Alleghenies event

January 19, 2014 The headliner for the Altoona Mirror’s Alleghenies Outdoors Adventures show Jan. more »»

Turkey calling contest gives many chances to succeed

January 19, 2014 One of the main attractions at the Allegheny Adventures Outdoor Show coming up this weekend, from Friday through Sunday, is the Alan Keagy Memorial Turkey Calling Contest. more »»

Commission scheming to get more money

January 19, 2014 Part of my weekly computer time routinely includes browsing the websites of the Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, DCNR and others to keep abreast on what these agencies are doing and for... more »»

Mid-winter freeze provides opportunity to organize

January 12, 2014 You know we just escaped a bitter cold snap when the temperatures in the mid-40s we experienced this weekend seemed rather balmy. more »»

Deer must weather both storms and CWD

January 12, 2014 It is precisely for habitat conditions such as we are experiencing now with the prolonged, cold, snow and ice that seasons, antlerless allocations and habitat needs are so carefully calculate. more »»

Always a sad day when you lose a hunting buddy

January 5, 2014 Some years ago, the rumor circulated that my hunting buddy, Buck Alt, was dead. It was a false rumor and Buck lived to roam the woods a bit longer. Today, however, it is no longer rumor. more »»

First case of CWD confirmed from 2013

January 5, 2014 One of the biggest outdoor stories of 2013 was the discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild deer here in Pennsylvania. more »»

Frankly, my deer ...

December 29, 2013 I hate Bambi! Few images have done more harm to the reality of life in the wild than that children’s story. more »»

Hoping for a rebound for Susq. smallmouths

December 29, 2013 When it comes time to write the final column of a year, I always find myself in the dual position of reflecting on the many things that occurred during the past 12 months and anticipating what event... more »»

Small game out there for hunters, too

December 22, 2013 This Thursday begins the extended deer seasons, muzzleloader and bow and arrow only. more »»

Late hunting seasons can help to fend off the wintertime blues

December 22, 2013 As my annual case of the post-deer-season doldrums set in last week, it occurred to me that black bears might be the creatures who really have things figured out when it comes to dealing with the... more »»

Successful deer hunt yields meals from the field

December 15, 2013 I’m not sure I would be as enthused about deer hunting as I have always been if I didn’t enjoy eating venison. more »»

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