Into The Outdoors

Into The Outdoors 7/15/14

The focus of this week’s column is going to be a bit on the nasty side. It is time, I think, for a look at perhaps the most useless creature on the earth, the mosquito. Most of us are aware of the fact that mosquitoes carry disease, but West Nile virus is sometimes overlooked. While mosquito bites are, by their very nature, itchy and irritating, for some people, being bitten by a skeeter carrying West Nile can be a serious matter indeed.

Into The Outdoors 6/3/14

Saturday, June 14th, marks the opening of yet another bass season here in the Keystone State.  Some of the regulations are pretty complicated, so be sure to read your manual before heading out, so that you can stay out of trouble.  We are fortunate in this area to live close to some of the best bass fishing in the state.  Lake Arthur and Kahle Lake both contain good populations of some truly big largemouth bass.  The Allegheny and Clarion rivers offer excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, or “bronzebacks.”  This week, let’s focus on the smallmouth

Into The Outdoors 5/27/14

Have you ever heard the expression, “He’s so ugly, he’s cute.”?  Whoever originated it might very well have been speaking of the American toad.  Let’s kick things off this week with a look at these little critters, one of which has taken up residence under our patio.

Into The Outdoors 5/20/14

Most of us like to use a variety of baits and lures when pursuing the various residents of our lakes, rivers and streams.  We all usually have a personal favorite, though.  For me, it’s the nightcrawler.  I know I’ve written about them in the past, but, considering the rainy weather that we’ve had in the last few days or so,  it might be a good idea to look at them again.  As we all know, rainy nights are good nights for those who are able to catch these critters.  Now that the weather has finally broken, warm, rainy nights are more common.&nb

Into The Outdoors 5/13/14

At this time of year, most of us outdoor folks are at least somewhat obsessed with fishing.  We humans, however, are not the only anglers out there.  This week, let’s look at some of the critters with which we compete for fish.

Into The Outdoors 5/6/14

Well, here we are at last.  It is finally May, which is perhaps my favorite month of the whole year.  There are just so many great things about the month.  First and foremost, at least this year, is the fact that the accumulating snow is over.  For teachers and students, another school year is almost finished, which from many years in both roles, I know is extremely important.  The leaves are out, and warm days are becoming the norm.  The weather is nice, and the whole summer lies ahead of us.  But that is by no means all.

Into The Outdoors 4/29/14 Issue

Well, folks, by the time you read this column, it will be almost May.  In my personal opinion, May is the best month of the whole year.  Winter is definitely over, and summer is just around the corner.  I know that there are a lot of summer people out there, and it’s time to celebrate.  May is great for a lot of reasons.  First of all, for teachers and students, it means that school is almost over for another year.

Into The Outdoors 4/22/14 Issue

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again.  Walleye season opens on May 3rd.  As far as I’m concerned, there is no better eating fish in either fresh or salt water.  While I certainly have no problem with catch and release fishing, as many readers know, I also have no problem with catch and eat fishing. This holds especially true when it comes to walleyes.  In fact, I have known people who usually don’t like fish who find walleyes delicious.  Let’s take a look at these tasty, toothy scrappers. 

Into The Outdoors 4/1/14 Issue

With spring now officially getting underway, I thought it might be fun to open things with a little look at some readily available wild edibles.  A personal favorite of mine is wild onions, and soon will be one of the best times to go after them.  You can find them just about anywhere, often even in your own backyard.  Often, you can smell them before you see them.

Into The Outdoors 3/25/14 Issue

Well, folks, the moment so many of us have been eagerly awaiting has finally  come.  It’s Spring!!!

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