NWPA Outdoors

Diving for dinner

   March 29, 2010 6:09 am

Even in Saturday’s growing winds, ducks, geese and swans owned the waters at Presque Isle State Park. Most impressive were the thousands of red-breasted mergansers parading between lingering ice pack and the breakwalls off the beaches. From the viewing deck near Waterworks, it was possible to see them coming, going, preening, performing and just floating….

Pennsylvania Steelhead Association tournament is March 27, 2010

   March 25, 2010 10:16 am

If you’re not a member of the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association, join now so you can take part in Saturday’s Tom Morrison Catch and Release Tournament. Participants can fish from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow the rules, then meet at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 773, 4109 W. 12th St. The banquet that will…

Edinboro game dinner is March 27, 2010

   March 24, 2010 1:10 pm

The Edinboro Athletic Department is hosting the 29th annual Curly Halmi Game Dinner on Saturday, March 27, at Culbertson Hills Golf Resort in Edinboro. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Fish and game is one the menu from the hors d’oeuvres to the chef-prepared entrees. Plus take part in games,…

Erie-area fishing report for March 24, 2010

   March 24, 2010 8:37 am

This week’s fishing report from Randy Leighton, deputy waterways conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission:

On fishing buddies

   March 24, 2010 8:34 am

One of the great draws of fishing, hunting, paddling, hiking or any other activity that gets one outdoors and away from people is that you are, in fact, away from people. Call it isolation, seclusion or solitude, but call it necessary. Without getting too metaphysical, that separation or disconnect from the everyday is necessary for…

The birds are back

   March 23, 2010 2:25 pm

The snow’s gone, and the birds are back at Presque Isle State Park. A visit this past weekend revealed a male and two female hooded mergansers diving for grub on Horseshoe Pond, and two groups totaling 14 ruddy ducks floating near shore in Presque Isle Bay. Two regal mute swans worked the head of the…

Get your national parks bracket

   March 23, 2010 9:45 am

You can be like everyone else and play an NCAA Tournament bracket, or you can pick the winner in the National Parks Playoff. I’ve got Yellowstone, with Yosemite as a darkhorse. Shame that Acadia and Smoky Mountain national parks didn’t make it this year.

Pennsylvania deer harvest estimates

   March 22, 2010 1:31 pm

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Monday released its estimates for harvest during the state’s most recent deer hunting seasons. Kills were down an estimated 8 percent in the state; success in individual wildlife management units varied. The full figures from the PGC follow. Compare them to Ohio and New York figures.

Fill up on Clarion’s wild game menu

   March 17, 2010 10:20 am

Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s 12th annual George Garbarino Scholarship Wild Game Event March 27 can only whet your appetite for the outdoors. The menu “will come from pheasant, rabbit, quail, black bear, wild turkey, moose, caribou, mule deer, white tail deer, elk, many species of fish and more.” Appetizers in the past have included “BBQ…

Around the outdoors

   March 17, 2010 9:51 am

A walk through recent items of interest to outdoors lovers: The Utah House this week passed a bill that would close off unfettered access to streams by way of private lands, making the legislation much like what is on Pennsylvania’s books. The $2.73 billion budget proposal for the National Parks system in 2001 is $22…