Into The Outdoors

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.

Into The Outdoors 10-1-13 Issue


Into The Outdoors 9/17/13 Issue

You know, I sort of hate to open the column on a negative note, but there are a couple of unpleasant topics that need addressed, and they are both diseases.  The first is chronic wasting disease (CWD).  Despite a very effective effort on the part of the Game Commission to block it, CWD has found its way into the Keystone State.  There are now two designated disease management areas in the eastern part of the state.  The Game Commission has enacted regulations for those who hunt in these areas.

Into The Outdoors 9-3-13 Issue


Into The Outdoors 8/27/13 Issue


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Into The Outdoors 8/13/13 Issue


I know I say this all the time, but I just can’t believe how fast the time goes by.  It’s now the time when a lot of hunters are about to get their dogs in shape for the upcoming season. A lot of folks also like to take their dogs for a jog, etc.  For that reason, it’s time for our annual look at the subject of dog fitness.  Personally, I haven’t had hunting dogs for many years, but I know a lot of hunters who do.  With a few common sense precautions, a lot of problems can be avoided.

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