August 17, 2015 |
SPISSKA NOVA VES, Slovakia - Slender and fit, Josef Michlik, an acclaimed carver and folk artist in his 80s, draws his bow smoothly across the strings of a beautiful violin crafted of wood from local forests. On his walls hang broad mounted antlers, trophies of a lifetime of deer hunting in the Tatra mountains, the highest in Eastern Europe's Carpathian range. In the kitchen, with its traditional tile stove, his wife, Maria, prepares a snack of blueberry juice and homemade cheese from a milking goat brought in each night for protection from bears and wolves.
December 6, 2013 |
I HOPE you'll excuse the triple negative, but, if they don't make movies like "The Deer Hunter" anymore, it's not because they're not trying. "Out of the Furnace" is an ambitious blue-collar epic with similar themes and circumstances - western Pennsylvania mill workers who go to war, a sense that the country they work for and serve doesn't value their lives very much. There is even a deer hunt, and director Scott Cooper pointedly repeats an image from Michael Cimino's film - a hunter raises his rifle to shoot a buck, has second thoughts.
December 4, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The state legislature is dark. Schoolchildren from the Lehigh Valley to the Ohio border have the day off. Across the northern tier and through the center of the state, businesses close and tradesmen vanish. Welcome to the opening day of rifle deer season - Pennsylvania's unofficial state holiday. Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in the number of licensed hunters. The state Game Commission expected most of them - about 750,000 - to be roaming the woods Monday.
January 23, 2012 |
THE RAZZIES are moving to April. April first, to be exact. The spoof on the Academy Awards picks the year's worst films. The Razzies used to announce contenders the night before the Oscar nominations, which are coming tomorrow. But Razzies founder John Wilson announced yesterday that nominations this season will be released Feb. 25, the eve of the Oscar ceremony. Winners will be announced on April 1. Wilson says Razzies organizers have long wanted to have their awards coincide with April Fool's Day. A news release announcing the change also notes that it will give the 600 Razzies voters "additional time to see the dreck they will eventually nominate.
November 28, 2011
TODAY IS Pennsylvania's only unofficial holiday - the opening of deer season. This year, it arrives amid a clash between two components of state culture: religious roots and hunting tradition. Founded on religious freedoms, our state still tops the national average in weekly churchgoers; and it has 950,000 licensed hunters, second only to Texas. Not suggesting that God and guns don't mix. But they're in the mix in a statewide battle in which you'd think guns hold an edge.
February 23, 2011 |
Noting that a plan to radically thin the deer herd at Gettysburg National Military Park has withstood a court challenge, the U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal appeals court to reject a request to stop a similar operation at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Revolutionary War site is "overrun" with white-tailed deer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Bernstein said in a petition filed Tuesday in Philadelphia. And contrary to the contentions of animal-rights activists, the petition said, park officials settled on a strategy of culling the herd by mass shootings only after an exhaustive public process that produced a written record of "15,000 pages.
December 16, 2010 |
It sounded, at first, like an innocent hunting accident: A Bucks County hunter who had just bagged a buck caught a stray bullet and died on the first day of hunting season last month. But as an investigation unfolded into the Nov. 29 death of hunter Barry Groh, things suddenly seemed more sinister: The apparent shooter is a lawyer who allegedly used a high-powered rifle illegal for deer hunting in Bucks County, and this wasn't his first involvement in bloodshed. In 1993, as lawyer David Michael Manilla and a friend hunted pheasants, a shot hit another hunter in the neck, narrowly missing an artery.
November 29, 2010 |
NEAR CROSS FORK, Pa. - A half-century after that first youthful kill, the deer hunter trudged once more up a familiar old trail. The lonely, wooded slopes above Beech Bottom Run lay dusted with snow Saturday afternoon as the hunter, rifle over his shoulder, scanned them for wild turkey and a defining piece of his past. At the top of the mile-long climb rose a stand of soaring, old-growth hemlocks, their trunks up to three feet wide, somehow spared from the ravenous loggers of the 1890s.
October 7, 2010
At least two of her legs were broken, but she showed no fear as I drove by. Only minutes earlier, having been struck by a passing car, the doe now showed more resignation than pain, as she surveyed passing traffic from the shoulder of Providence Road. When I read of planned "lethal reductions" and the expected protests of animal-rights groups ("Valley Forge Park schedules deer shoots," Tuesday), I remembered that doe. I know many more deer will die on our highways as we struggle with our own inability to confront emotional problems that blind our understanding of the population explosion we've created.
October 4, 2010 |
Officials at Valley Forge National Historical Park said today that they'll begin shooting deer there next month, moving ahead with a culling plan that was delayed for a year. The "lethal reduction" is designed to drastically trim a herd that park managers say has grown big and destructive. During shootings to be held during each of the next four years, the deer population will be reduced from its current 241 per square mile to about 35 per square mile, officials said. Animal-rights activists have staunchly opposed the killings, which they say are harmful, unnecessary, and dangerous to people living around the park.