A Natural Perspective by Mark Nale

Boop's Pain

Hunting, fishing and just getting out is the fun part of this job, but unfortunately many of the decisions that greatly affect our favorite sports are made in meetings. One such event was the Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 PA Game…

Dismantling the PGC deer program - piece by piece

We are only about a week away from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Board of Commissioner's meeting, which will be held in Harrisburg, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1. This is the meeting where commissioners will give preliminary approval to the seasons…

Christmas 2010 Bird Count

Some hunters and anglers miss the boat when they are unwilling to participate in other non-hunting or non-fishing outdoor activities.  In early January, my daughter, her husband, and I were part of the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.  The Pennsylvania…

Watching the deer and wondering

I recently had the opportunity to observe a group of deer feeding undisturbed through the forest.  I watched these deer for nearly an hour as they meandered here and there. I'm always interested in what the deer are eating, and…

Treestand thoughts - the "hunter's edge"

I don't know if you are like me, but after a couple of deerless days in my treestand, I start to question a lot of things, such as why aren't I seeing any deer?  Is this hunting spot as good…

Bear Season Questions

The 2010 bear season is history. The results, with a much lower than expected kill, beg more questions than answers. Did the altered format, with a Saturday opening day, increase or decrease hunter participation? Were more school-age hunters involved? Are…

About This Blog


Mark Nale grew up in rural Bedford County, where he caught his first trout at age 6 and started accompanying his father rabbit hunting by age 10. His interest in outdoor sports and nature influenced his decision to earn BS and M.Ed degrees in biology education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Mark’s articles and photographs have appeared in local, state, and national publications. Married with three grown children, Mark now hunts, fishes, and writes from his home in the wilds of Centre County.

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