Into The Outdoors

Into The Outdoors 2-4-14 Issue

Let’s start things off this week with a little news story. The Clarion County Bassmasters are holding a Kids’ Fishing Seminar on Saturday, March 15th, from 10 AM - 5 PM at the Parker Fire Hall.  It is all free, and will feature education on fishing for different species, conservation and safety. There is also a free hot dog lunch, too! This is an excellent  chance to introduce kids to the fun of fishing, with no cost. For more information, contact Tom Jackson at 724-290-3900.

Into The Outdoors 1-14-14 Issue


Into The Outdoors 12-31-13 Issue


As many of us are painfully aware, it’s been really cold lately, which could spell some decent ice fishing. Since one of my New Year’s resolutions was to try to go ice fishing at least once, let’s look a bit at this somewhat brutal (on the angler) sport. I did it for many years in my younger days, but I haven’t gone ice fishing in many years now.

Into The Outdoors 12-24-13 Issue


Well, here we are again. It’s the last column before Christmas. I can’t believe how fast the year has gone by. In fact, the older I get, the faster they go.

Into The Outdoors 12-17-13 Issue


Well, it’s that time of year yet again.  It’s time once again  to look at Christmas shopping for the outdoor people on your list.    This is, in fact, one of my favorite columns of the whole year, so here goes.  Of course, we can’t cover all of the possibilities, or even most of them.  Hopefully, however, these ideas will be useful, or at least serve as a springboard for ideas of your own.

Into The Outdoors 12-10-13 Issue


Wow! We’ve been having some really weird weather lately. As this is being written, it is warm, foggy, and there are bugs flying around. Tonight would be an ideal night for coon hunting. Although I have not done it for many years, I still have many fond memories of the sport. As a kid, it was the type of hunting I enjoyed (and did) the most. The night of this writing would be the perfect night.

Into The Outdoors 12/3/13 Issue

Over the course of each hunting season, many hunters find, to their nonplus, that their hunting knives are somewhat less than great.  When you come right down to it, many, if not most of us tend to take hunting knives for granted.  They usually come as sort of an afterthought to guns, boots and other gear.  This week, let’s take a look at hunting knives.  While I’m very fond of knives, and own a good many of them, I don’t really think of myself as a knife collector.

Into The Outdoors 11/12/13 Issue

Wow!  It’s hard to believe that the opening day of deer season is just about three weeks away.  If, like me, you hunt in WMU 2D, you’ re still the subject of an experiment by our friends at the Game Commission.  Here, unlike in most of the state, you can hunt bucks only (with the more severe antler restrictions) during the first week of the season.  While I don’t have a real problem with scientific experimentation, I do wonder why it always has to involve me.

Into The Outdoors 11/5/13 Issue

You know, when I was a kid, if someone would have said that bald eagles would someday be a common sight along the Allegheny, I would have thought them insane. Yet today, that has actually come to pass. The same has happened in other parts of Pennsylvania as well. It is a truly wonderful modern day success story. 

Into The Outdoors 10/22/13 Issue

Well, by the time you read this, another opening day of squirrel season will have come and gone.  Here’s hoping everyone who pursued the wily bushytail had a good time.  I didn’t get to hunt due to a steelhead fishing trip to upstate New York.  It is, of course usually pretty leafy on opening day anyway.  It usually takes some rain and wind to knock the leaves off and make the hunting ideal.

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