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Turtle Times by Phil Burkhouse This is the time of the year the holes begin appearing throughout our area.  Groundhogs obviously dig holes for their dens, and skunks, God bless them, dig out bee nests in yards, but the holes I am presently seeing are not being dug by mammals.  We presently have several reptiles […]

Rafsnell-Fugin-Nator

by William Crisp There are a few quiet moments in my yard that force me to think back to my youth with retrospection. I’m currently having one of those moments. I was one of many sons who spent much of my young life, when not grounded or in detention, playing in the woods. What boys […]

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Throwing the Hawk by Phil Burkhouse I realize with my addiction to birds that many people will glance at this week’s title and think I am writing about our winged predators of the sky, but actually I am writing about a tomahawk that is winged through the air by people power. (Full Story available on […]

Over-Rated

by WilliamCrisp   I enjoy hunting deer in PA and enjoy success or opportunities for success every year. Annually, the Pennsylvania Deer Wars fascinate me. Like the Civil War, the topic pits brother against brother and even father against son, if not man against dog. For decades I felt compelled to pick a side but […]

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Wandering Thru May by Phil Burkhouse The 2013 Spring Turkey Season expired last Friday and not a moment too soon.  Big Jake and I hunted several days a week throughout the month long season including a morning hunt on the last day, but he will have to let his gobbler grow until this fall.  I […]

Nature’s Pace

  by William Crisp   Some of the best times I’ve ever had were while drifting down a river. This is the time of year when you can really enjoy spending a day at nature’s pace; mostly because during the other times of the year you’ll freeze too fast. (Full Story available on the newsstands, […]

Reps. Sankey, Gabler Attend QIDC Meeting

The Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation (QIDC) held its regular monthly meeting, May 20. It was a very busy meeting, with many subjects covered, including the coal industry. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

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Crazy As A Loon by Phil Burkhouse The call came from Ted and the two crazed fishing fanatics we fondly refer to as Big Jake and Little Bear; they had sighted the “Spirit of Northern Waters” at the Y where the Driftwood Branch and the Portage collide.  For those of you not familiar with “Spirit […]

A Tail Of Three Seasons

During the last week of turkey season one of my hunting buddies, Muddy, who annually visits here from the great Northwest to kill the deer we say aren’t here and catch the fish we don’t stock, was back for the turkeys that we don’t complain too much about. He’s been successfully raiding Pennsylvania for a […]

Wanted: Clubs To Host Junior Pheasant Hunts

    After more than a decade of success, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is working to expand its Junior Pheasant Hunt Program and is seeking partners to do so. The commission is asking sportsmen’s clubs and other conservation organizations to meet an increasing demand created by the youngsters who want to participate in the program. […]

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Fraser Who For Christmas? Christmas 2013 is about seven months away, but I am presently thinking about Christmas 2020 because that is approximately when the seedlings I have been planting will be ready to harvest for Christmas trees. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Benghazi, the NRA and Guns

by William Crisp A lot of controversy has arisen out of an incident that occurred last September in a little town in Libya called Benghazi. An American consulate building and CIA annex was attacked by terrorists. In the ensuing hours of fighting, four Americans were killed, including the US Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. While there […]

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   In 2011, the Pennsylvania Game Commission finally realized that Gary Alt’s deer management program was a resounding failure in Wildlife Management Unit 2-G, which lies in the center of the traditional deer hunting capital of Pennsylvania; the large wooded ridges of the Alleghany Plateau, where for years, hunters have flocked […]

Wandering Aimlessly The 357 Magnum Fish

by Phil Burkhouse Mary handed me the phone saying, “It’s your oldest grandson, and he wants to talk with you.”  I said, “Hello Jake,” and tried to decipher a coded message delivered in a high pitched voice with extreme velocity and vibrating with excitement.  I said, “Jake, slow down; I can’t make out what you […]

Boston and Gun Control

by William Crisp Last week the most publicized and latest Senate gun control bill (one of over fifteen) H.R. 1565 or the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Protection Act” in a rare, real, bipartisan effort was defeated. This defeat brought some real outrage from the anti-gun community and the Administration. (Full Story available on the […]

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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 […]