A Natural Perspective by Mark Nale

A porcupine season – Not one of the PGC's better ideas

At their spring meeting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's board of commissioners voted unanimously to hold a porcupine season. The seven-month season is set to begin September 1, with a daily bag limit of six. From my perspective, this was one…

Big-money outdoor sports contests and the polygraph

During my writing career, I have covered many hunting and fishing contests.  The events are certainly exciting and draw large crowds. However, without fail, grumblings and accusations about some type of foul play are heard at every contest. The organizers…

Misplaced Anger

One month ago, in a 22-page decision, Commonwealth Court dismissed the lawsuit filed against the Pennsylvania Game Commission by the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania.  The lawsuit had claimed that the agency was using fraudulent science to manage deer. It also…

Winter Trout

Since New Year's Day, I have been anxious to do some winter trout fishing, but central Pennsylvania has had a colder than average winter. Any remotely possible weather day just never suited my schedule. Finally, on Feb. 16, we had…

Doe Season Length & Structure

One oft-debated "Deer Wars" topic here in Pennsylvania is the length and timing of antlerless deer season. Hunter views run the gamut from supporting 12 days of concurrent buck and doe season, favoring 7 or fewer days of concurrent, to 1…

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

Nale

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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