Wandering Aimlessly

A Little Bear and A Turkey The 2013 Youth Spring Gobbler hunt was slated for last Saturday, April 20th.  Big Jake and the Little Bear Wes were rearing to go; Isaac, at age 5, was still reluctant about shooting the scattergun and decided to wait for 2014. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this […]

Flower Power and Nuts

by William Crisp   We’ve been getting our April Showers lately. I think it has been enough to bring our May flowers. I like showers and flowers. I once made the mistake of telling that to a psychologist (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Trap Field Open

  Bucktail Rod and Gun Club trap field is open for shooting Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $3.00 per round for members only, please. Applications available. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly Spring 2013 Openers -Fishing, Turkey and Discovery

    by Phil Burkhouse   It is amazing how our stream levels fluctuate over a short period of time.  The weekend of the canoe race levels in the Driftwood Branch were approaching the marginal level for canoeing and were perfect for fishing.  Several inches of rain during last week brought on a Flood Watch […]

The Dress Of / And Duress

by William Crisp In the past, one of my typical fishing tips has been the suggestion of wearing dark or camouflaged clothes rather than bright colors while fishing. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly DiscoveryTV Event, Spring, and Fishin’ Anticipation

  by Phil Burkhouse   During the fall of 2010 and 2011, I had the opportunity to spend seven weeks working with award winning nature photographers from all over the globe.  I served as guide/equipment bearer for photographers from Africa, Scotland, England, and the United States.  I had a great time and got paid for […]

Beginning of the Non-Ending Season

by Bill Crisp The second Saturday of April in Pennsylvania, officially, is the beginning of the season without an end; fishing season. The Big Woods is a target of many weekenders’ migrations to pursue trout placed and grown in our pristine waters. I’ve heard many a comment that resources generated from fishing should be focused […]

Promising Spring Gobbler Season

The cool spring so far throughout much of Pennsylvania may lead to increased gobbling for hunters planning to take part in the state’s spring wild turkey season. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly, March 14th, A Good Day

by Phil Burkhouse Mid-March marks the peak of March Madness: the elk horn hunting season.  A few of the older bulls will drop in late February, and many mature bulls will have shed by March 10th, but the Ides of March through the end of the month marks the optimum time to be in the […]

Third Month From the Fun

  by William Crisp   It’s March again. The best thing about March is that it is only a month away from April, two months from May and six months until hunting season. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   TURKEY VULTURE Cathartes aura There is no bird soaring over the Americas so aptly named as the Turkey Vulture. Its first name, Cathartes comes from the Greek word: kathartes, meaning “the purifier” and aura, from the Native Mexican name for the bird: Auroura. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in […]

Wandering Aimlessly, Horn Huntin’

by Phil Burkhouse Jake mentioned several weeks ago that he had not found an elk horn in two years and that he was determined to find one this year.  He said he was going to work really hard at it, and he knew it was going to pay off.  I looked at the “little guy,” […]

Skinning Cats

  by William Crisp   Individuals among your friends, family, strangers or neighbors may have cooed in your concerned ear, too. “They’re not going to take your guns.” (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

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Utah CCW Permit by Phil Burkhouse The National Park System has always stressed that when you are in grizzly bear country, hikers should do the following: wear small metal bells that attach to your shoes so they jingle while you walk, carry pepper spray that comes in an aerosol can, and talk as much and […]

If We Don’t Change

If We Don’t Change by William Crisp   I have over twenty-one years of service in conservation jobs with one agency or another as of this year. Every day there are reminders of what has changed in the past five and ten years, let alone in the last twenty. (Full Story available on the newsstands, […]

Game Commission Offers ‘Seedlings For Schools’ Program

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced the agency again will be helping Commonwealth school students learn about the vital role of trees in the environment through its “Seedlings for Schools” program, through which students plant a variety of tree seedlings at home, on school grounds or in their communities. (Full Story […]

Wandering Aimlessly Gun Economy Picking Up

by Phil Burkhouse I was sitting in a Spit and Argue chair, not one of the original ones near Henry’s Hardware, discussing the gun control issue with several friends.  Naturally, there was much agreement in our thoughts on the subject, but one fellow said something that caught me off guard, and he was exactly right.  […]

An Honst Chat

  by William Crisp   The news of the PA Fish and Boat Commission closing hatcheries came as a big shock to everyone. As the old saying goes, ‘Nothing is closer to immortality than a government program.” (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Mountain Lines

by Nelson Haas     EXTERNAL FRAME PACK If I were to choose a pack for carrying heavy loads over long distances, it would be the external frame pack. Here’s why: (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Bagubas Fall In Dual Match Finale

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider Baguba varsity wrestling team completed their dual meet season last Tuesday in Curwensville against the Golden Tide. Despite pins by Rusty Setzer, Tony Olivett, Jack Karsten, and Hunter Azzato, Curwensville prevailed by a score of 36-27.     (Full Story available […]

Wandering Aimlessly Late Season Snowbirds

by Phil Burkhouse It was 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 10th, and the thermometer in the car read 2 degrees.  I had packed a pair of shorts and was wearing blue jeans; we were headed toward the equator, so our Cameron County clothes we layered with during the winter were left behind. (Full Story available […]

Big Woods Valentine

  by William Crisp   On the eve of the major holiday called Valentine’s Day and right before the weekend of the big coyote hunt, my wife and I lay tucked in our bed ready for a long winter’s nap. However, as it turned out, we would not get much sleep that night. (Full Story […]

Mountain Lions Elimination Ecology

    by Nelson Haas   The Pennsylvania Game Commission has proposed the elimination of all feral hogs in the commonwealth; both wild and penned. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

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Ice Fishers by Phil Burkhouse Last Saturday marked a gathering of ice fishing fanatics eager to share their love of the sport with young fishers, which was good since the truckloads of eager young fishers were quick to arrive!  The ice was checked throughout the week, and when Saturday morning arrived, Bucktail Lake in Sizer […]

Marmots, Tigers, Gnomes & Flowers

by William Crisp Cable television brings a lot of different outdoor stuff to watch with it these days. Besides the hunting and fishing shows, there are The Animal Planet and the Weather Channel. My kids love all those shows and our youngest particularly loves the Weather Channel. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this […]

Mountain Lines

by Nelson Haas   I followed the track into a stand of open second-growth with some scattered laurel. On the upper side of a clump of brush, the cat climbed a slanted log overlooking a small clearing. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly ,Ice Fishing and Sports Shows

by Phil Burkhouse This Saturday, February 9th, the Bucktail Road and Gun Club and CCOYA are planning a youth ice fishing program for fishers seventeen and under.  The event will be held at Bucktail Lake in Sizer Run from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.  To reach Bucktail Lake, take Route 155 north out of Emporium, […]

Fighting Pabulum II

by William Crisp   This week I decided to take a lighter look at the gun control debate. In all outdoor news there is no topic less important or serious than gun control. Gun ownership is a huge part of being a sportsman and so it is a topic that probably needs discussed more often, […]

North Central Whitetails Chapter of QDMA Sets Meeting Date

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting for the newly formed North Central Whitetails chapter of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th at the Emporium Water Company. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly , Postponed: Indefinitely

by Phil Burkhouse I first heard the rumor early last week; the nation’s largest sports and outdoor show, scheduled for February 2-10 in Harrisburg, had developed a major snag.  I was talking via telephone with the first Pennsylvania elk hunter I had guided who faithfully attends the “Show” with many of his friends.  They live […]

Gun Debates Continue

by William Crisp   Causing panic is the quickest way to get a group to move. That’s how the latest gun legislation has gotten its traction; taking advantage of emotion. The trouble with emotionally driven action is that it eliminates the ability to intellectually argue to the group and explain that they are about to […]

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Christmas Bird Counts, Elk, and Flailing Around   by Phil Burkhouse   This week I am going to give you a synopsis of the two Christmas Bird Counts recently completed in our area.  The Emporium Count was held on Sunday, December 23rd, and marked our 24th consecutive Christmas Bird Count.  A circle with a radius of […]

2012, Busy Year For BWA

The Bucktail Watershed Association had a very busy and productive year in 2012, educating folks about the watershed, working to control invasive species and improving watershed health.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly, Winter Redpolls

by Phil Burkhouse Our Christmas week storms piled a considerable amount of snow on our hills and brought many guests from the far north winging into our area, and I don’t mean on planes. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

The Woods Carry a Tune

by William Crisp   As the ringing in my old ears has finally subsided from the ringing in of the New Year, I’m reminded of a relative of mine, who is a musician. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

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  Huston Hill Continued by Phil Burkhouse Last week’s article was taken from the “Memories and Notes” of Blanche Jordan Mendenhall who grew up on Huston Hill in the early 1900s   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

A Season’s Reflections

  by William Crisp   January’s hunting season brings trapping and small game. For the dedicated and/or unlucky but hardy hunters it also brings late deer season with flintlock and winter archery. I prefer to participate in the late small game season. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Pennsylvania Game Commission Offers Seedlings For Landowners

    While it may be winter, now is the time for landowners to begin making plans to help wildlife by to planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery, which will begin Jan. 7 through April 19.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County […]

Northwest Supports Headwaters Conservation Partnership

    The Headwaters Charitable Trust is pleased to announce a special, year-end donation of $4,000 from the Northwest Charitable Foundation, based in Warren, Pennsylvania, in support of the Headwaters Conservation Partnership (HCP) program. The Foundation is affiliated with Northwest Savings Bank which was the founding partner of the Headwaters Conservation Partnership in April of […]

Wandering Aimlessly, The Swamp Donkey

  by Phil Burkhouse It was late October, and Mary and I along with the two little Grovanz grandkids had been cutting some firewood on family land.  We finished cutting and were heading home; it was around 1 p.m. on a beautiful Indian summer day.  I rounded a corner on the dirt road and saw […]

Last Days

  by William Crisp   Starting in August, I start humming the Andy Williams Christmas Carol, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I hum and sing it to myself almost all the way to Christmas. I love the holiday but my poorly carried tune is not just for Christmas, I’m referring to hunting […]

Wandering Aimlessly ,High Hopes

  by Phil Burkhouse   ‘Twas the night before firearms buck season and all through the house not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse—or maybe several mice. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

For Closers

  by William Crisp   The second week of deer season has traditionally been considered a “hungry time.” However, over the past decade that has changed. The best time to hunt Pennsylvania rifle season is at the end of it. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

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Meat in the Pot by Phil Burkhouse Aging meat involves hanging the carcass for a period of time after killing the critter.   If you are one of the lucky few hunters who connect on a deer this season, you will hopefully take care of the critter and turn it into excellent table fare.  Some […]

Michigan’s Seasons

  I’ve been lucky, other than being able to fly a spacecraft; I’ve been able to live out the life I dreamed of as a kid. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly CWD / EHD / HCD

by Phil Burkhouse Last week’s question concerned alphabet deer diseases, and I asked what the abbreviation CWD and EHD stood for.  EHD stands for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease and CWD stands for Chronic Wasting Disease. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Age Old Something or Other…

by William Crisp I’ve noticed a trend that seems to be continuing. It appears that each hunting season, I’m older than the previous one. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Muzzleloader Program Held at SSA

    Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Association (SSA) recently hosted a one-day Muzzleloader basic program. There were six young people who took advantage of the program to learn more about black powder firearms. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Three Ways To Report Your Harvest

    Those participating in the fall turkey season can file their mandatory harvest reports through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s online system, the toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) reporting system telephone number, which is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681), or via postage-paid postcard. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly, Hunting In Super Storm Sandy

  by Phil Burkhouse   It was Sunday afternoon, October 28th, and Jake and I had spent most of the day hiking ridges in West Creek looking for deer sign.  Sandy was on her way up the east coast, but the cloudy and misty weather we were experiencing was from a cold front from the […]

Hunting the Rut; Something New?

  by William Crisp   The hunting and fishing culture is a world heavily dependent on the virtue of “experience” and little changes over the years. Even our controversies are current issues which are dressed up in “new” packaging, but read decades old manuscripts and you’ll see the exact same old gripes being repackaged. (Full […]

4-Day Statewide Bear Season Centerpiece of Line Up

    Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said bear hunters soon will be able to enjoy a four-day statewide bear season, in addition to a full-week archery bear season and a series of extended bear seasons in certain Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) during the upcoming fall months. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]

Bear Check Station Hours of Operation

    Hunters who harvest a bear during the statewide four-day general bear season must take it to one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s check stations within 24 hours. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Take A Veteran Hunting

    Pennsylvania Game Commission officials, in partnership with the state chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), are encouraging hunters to help veterans discover or rediscover the thrills and joys of hunting in Pennsylvania, including the archery bear season that will be open when Veterans Day is observed on Monday, […]

Bear Hunting Tips

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials point out that one of the biggest mistakes bear hunters make is failing to locate areas with good fall food supplies – acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts, apples, corn – before the hunting season and overlooking areas of dense cover where bears like to hide. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in […]

Wandering Aimlessly ,Collared Doe For Little Bear

    by Phil Burkhouse   Wes “The Little Bear” Walters is Big Jake’s “Little Brudder” and has now attained the ripe old age of nine.  Wes has two spike bucks under his belt but informed me last year when the PGC made it possible for mentored youth to kill a doe for the first […]

Erie: Sporking for Fish

  byWilliam Crisp There, literally, “ain’t no” steelhead in the Driftwood. Since there are no steelheads in the streams convenient to my residence or exactly where I want to catch them, as I previously threatened, I did go to Erie to do some fishing for a few days. (Rather than writing a letter complaining that […]

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Archery Update by Phil Burkhouse Saturday, September 29th, marked the season opener for archery season.  Jake and I hiked to a narrow ridge before light and climbed into a two-man tree stand.  There were both red and rock oak acorns on the ground, and several buck rubs were visible.  We hunted until 10 a.m. in […]

Season Incognito: The Hunting Hobo

  by William Crisp   I am, notionally, scribing this article on a piece of bark while deeply embedded in a clandestine area of the forest. I am carefully concealed by camouflage, scent control spray, cigar smoke, and a rolled over keg…not in that order. This communication shall be encrypted and burst out during a […]

Wandering Aimlessly Community Bike Ride, Hike, Picnic

  by Phil Burkhouse   I want to remind all area people about the bike ride, hike, and picnic this Sunday afternoon, October 7th, to honor the 100th anniversary of the present St. James Church in Driftwood.  All members of the community are encouraged to join in this celebration by getting outdoors and participating in […]

Reading the Signs

by William Crisp While scouting and visiting different areas of the Commonwealth and hunting the variety of things I hunt; fishing holes, plants, mushrooms, holy grails, and game, I’ve learned to read the signs. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly

  Autumn 2012 by Phil Burkhouse Statewide archery season for deer begins this Saturday, September 29th, and runs through Monday, November 12th.  Jake, Mary, and I have been doing some preseason scouting trying to pick out a couple of choice spots for the boys to hunt deer. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this […]

The Good Book

  by William Crisp   Archery season opens on Saturday, beginning my favorite time of the year. I got my hunting license and have been practicing shooting since July. I’ve done habitat management, scouted and set stands. The only thing I had left to do was the hard stuff like check the fluorescent orange requirements […]

PGC Advises Motorists To Watch For Deer

    Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe recently advised motorists to slow down after sundown and before sunrise to reduce their risk of having a close encounter with a white-tailed deer. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

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  Webworms, Elk and Fishing by Phil Burkhouse   If you travel Route 120 west to St. Marys the aesthetic beauty of the drive is reduced by the multitude of unsightly tents that cover the hillsides.  The tents I am referring to are the silk tents filled with caterpillars of the fall webworm.  At least […]

Filtering the Roads vs. the Dosers

by William Crisp Recently, I heard a report that fish were found in the Bennett Branch of the Sinnemahoning. The study was done approximately one month after the lime doser was put into operation in the Hollywood, Pa. section of the Bennett Branch. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Archery Deer Season Kicks Off Big Game Seasons

    While Pennsylvania’s statewide fall archery deer season doesn’t open until Sept. 29, archery hunters with an antlerless deer license for Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D started Saturday, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

The Growing, Prominent Presence of Pennsylvania’s Bald Eagles.

  by Joe Kosack Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist PA Game Commission It’s hard to deny the bald eagle’s importance in American history and particularly fitting to remember its legacy as we prepare to celebrate America’s lasting independence on the Fourth of July, according to officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. (Full Story available on the […]

Hunt With a Veteran on Veteran’s Day

    Pennsylvania Game Commission officials, in partnership with the state chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), are encouraging hunters to help veterans discover or rediscover the thrills and joys of hunting in Pennsylvania. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Wandering Aimlessly, Coal Mining in the ‘30s

  by Phil Burkhouse My grandfather, Harry Burkhouse, was born in 1896 and spent part of his working life below the surface of the earth mining for coal.  He never talked much about his career in the mines, and the only reason I even know about it was I remember his coal miner’s lunch bucket […]