“Show me an outdoorsman and I’ll show you a truck.” That little maxim came up during lunchtime banter at the Outdoor Writers Association of America meeting last summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was just the cue Linda Water Nelson needed to assert her expertise. Nelson, of Austin, Texas, h…
It’s been fairly typical fall weather — sweaters needed in the morning with chilly temperatures, and shed by the afternoon when the sun rises high. Warmer days in the 80s left summer lingering long into September and October.
“Show me an outdoorsman and I’ll show you a truck.” That little maxim came up during lunchtime banter at the Outdoor Writers Association of America meeting last summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was just the cue Linda Water Nelson needed to assert her expertise. Nelson, of Austin, Texas, has written about the automotive industry for more than 30 years, mostly in the outdoor field, including an 11-year run as columnist with Texas Fish & Game magazine.
The statewide archery season for deer opened yesterday, kicking off a full slate of fall hunting opportunities, including several new and expanded seasons.
The cooler weather has arrived, although we still have not had a frost or freeze. Once again, the fall colors are late, and while we will see some nice color in the coming days, the overall show this year looks to be somewhat dull when compared with past experiences.
Every autumn, our hills display a signature that only a few regions can claim. The blazing tint of maple, gum, and hickory leaves, blended with somber oaks, presents a backdrop so familiar here that we forget, or overlook, its splendor. Though we don’t always devote attention to fall foliage, we expect it. It’s part of our place on the Earth.
An essay by Herald Standard outdoors columnist Ben Moyer was among 10 finalists selected from a field of 156 entries nationwide for the 2019 Traver Prize Fly-Fishing Writing Award. Moyer’s entry, At the Heart of Hollows, which features fishing experiences on Dunbar Creek, Meadow Run and the Youghiogheny River, was not ultimately the first-place winner but he expressed appreciation for being considered among the finalists.
Just a short time ago, spring was beginning to unfold across the land and now the colors of fall are quietly filling our woodlands with their annual display as Mother Nature readies the chlorophyll factory to shut down for the winter.
Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports several individuals recently have been cited for shooting things other than paper targets at the State Game Lands 203 rifle range. Shooting produce, bottles, cans or other objects is unlawful and subject to a $100 to $200 fine, plus court costs. This behavior often causes damage to the backstops as objects are usually placed on top of the frames and shot.
Sunny and pleasant has been our weather over the past six weeks, and it looks to continue with above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall for at least the next week to 10 days.
Ohiopyle State Park has no shortage of waterways and outdoor trails for visitors to enjoy at any given time. There’s a little bit of everything in the nearly 20,000-acre park -- something that several local groups are trying to promote in an upcoming weekend-long event.
Fishing is a curious pursuit. Any outing might deliver delight, surprise, or disillusionment. Satisfaction in fishing comes where you find it or make it. It’s a fitting metaphor for life.