Pennsylvania – Mark Nale

More public relations needed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission

A recent email exchange with Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania president Randy Santucci provides food for thought. Santucci and I were discussing the merits of the Pennsylvania Game Commission spending hunting license dollars to expand the agency’s information and education presence in the elk range — including work at the joint Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Keystone Elk Country Alliance visitor…

Good news on the chronic wasting disease front – finally

With deer farms quarantined in 16 counties, the chronic wasting disease situation seemed to be getting worse by the day. Now, there is finally some good news. The two free-roaming deer with connections to Ronald Rutter’s New Oxford deer farm — where chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Pennsylvania — have been shot and killed by hunters. Even better…

Fall colors, pleasant temperatures and outdoor opportunities make October a special month

Mother Nature’s curtain is about to drop on the final act of October — my favorite month of the year. Temperatures were cool enough on many days to provide a pleasant environment for archery deer hunting. At the same time, nighttime temperatures were often warm enough to make for very productive trout fishing the following morning. I took advantage of…

Mast looks generally promising in my area

I have been out scouting a few times in Centre and Blair counties and I’ll share my observations for readers of this blog. The bad news – I see very few (if any) apples anywhere. If you normally bow-hunt for deer near apple trees, you better check to see if there is any fruit to hunt over.  I have seen…

Tailwater Trout in Pennsylvania- What are we waiting for?

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is considering establishing dam-release tailwater trout fisheries in our state. Tailwater trout fisheries rely on regular and dependable bottom releases of cold water from reservoirs. In addition to its favorable temperature, bottom-release water usually supports a diverse population of macroinvertebrates (i.e., trout food). Many of the best trout rivers in western states are tailwater…

Thoughts on banning bait on 7 miles of Penns Creek

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is considering a ban on bait fishing for 7 miles of Penns Creek, one of Pennsylvania’s best wild-trout streams. The section in question (from Elk Creek downstream to the current catch and release area) is currently under All Tackle Trophy Trout regulations – bait, lure and fly-fishing is allowed. UnderAll Tackle Trophy Trout regulations…