March 5, 2015 |
A New Jersey agency voted Tuesday to extend the state's bear-hunting season with a second week, drawing a rebuke from environmentalists, who said the proposal was ineffective and could endanger the bear population. The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted to add a six-day hunt in October, to take effect in 2016, in addition to the six days scheduled in December. The proposal also increases the maximum bear harvest per hunter from one to two, starting next year, and expands the zones where hunting is allowed in the northern part of the state.
May 25, 2014 |
Devon may be all about the horses, but on Saturday night some smaller four-legged creatures scampered into the spotlight. The crowd laughed and clapped loudly as 18 foxhounds bounded into the ring. Ears flapping, tails aloft, they formed a pack around three horses with three red-coated riders. One hound promptly lifted a leg on the shrubbery. Another ran sideways over a packmate. But all stayed safely clear of the hooves. They are, after all, professional hunters, trained to track foxes and lead riders to their prey.
December 6, 2013 |
WHEN IT comes to a love of hunting, Uncle Si has nothing on the Quackhead. The Quackhead (a/k/a Chuck Mangione), a roads-department worker in Atco, N.J., is an avid outdoorsman: a fisherman, hunter and member of the Outdoorsmen's Voice, a New Jersey hunting, fishing and social club. Mangione is also a crazy-good cook who makes use of every bit of meat from the game he kills - simmering pots of chili from venison, frying morsels of squirrel to coat in Buffalo wing sauce and baking local bluefish to serve his family of four.
December 4, 2012 |
In June, the appearance of a large black bear in lower Camden County prompted the lockdown of an elementary school. Officials were not concerned that students at Waterford Township's Thomas Richards Elementary School were in actual danger, but they took the step as a precaution. The bear has not been seen in the area since, though its foray through backyards in the township prompted Waterford police to post on their website a link to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife's "Bear Facts" page.
August 21, 2011 |
DISKO ISLAND, Greenland - The old hunter was troubled by the foreigners encroaching on his Inuit people's frozen lands. "The Inuit say that they are going to heat the siku [the sea ice] to make it melt. There will be almost no more winter," the elder said of the southerners in Jean Malaurie's The Last Kings of Thule, the French explorer's classic account of a year in the Arctic. That was 1951. Years later, another Inuit hunter looked out at Disko Bay from this island's rocky fringe and remembered driving his dogsled team over the solid glitter of the siku all the way to Ilulissat, a town 55 miles across the water.
August 19, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Phillip Hunt was the all-time sack leader at the University of Houston. NFL teams were so impressed by that that they didn't even bother to extend one of the 330 invitations to the 2009 predraft scouting combine to him or select him in any of the seven rounds of the draft that year. He ended up getting signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns, but quickly got cut and wasn't even considered worthy of a spot on their practice squad. The biggest strike against Hunt was his size - he's just 6-foot and maybe tops out at 245 if he jumps on the scale right after a trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
April 13, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania hunters may now set their sights on porcupines - but only between September and the end of March. The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday amended its plan to approve a wide-open, shoot-'em-anytime season on the nation's second-largest rodent. But the commission, over objections of wildlife biologists, lifted the 30-year-old protections that had made it illegal to hunt the porcupine, a shy, nocturnal forest-dweller whose only protection is its spiky suit of 30,000 quills, and which is rarely seen in many parts of the state.
April 12, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania hunters may now set their sights on porcupines - but only between September and the end of March. The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday amended its plan to approve a wide-open, shoot-'em-anytime season on the nation's second largest rodent. But the commission, over objections of wildlife biologists, lifted the 30-year-old protections that had made it illegal to hunt the porcupine, a shy, nocturnal forest-dweller whose only protection is its spiky suit of 30,000 quills, and who is rarely seen in many parts of the state.
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.
June 20, 2010
If your canine companion is the light of your life, you will welcome RuffWear's Track Jacket, which can make him more visible - and safer - when he's out and about. The bright orange nylon vest with 3M Scotchlite reflective piping rests lightly on the dog's back, held on by adjustable straps at the neck and ribs. A beam from any light source, such as car headlights or a flashlight, will make the reflective trim glow - a welcome safety measure at night and during hunting season. The water-resistant material helps protect the dog from the elements, and a polyester mesh lining helps keep him cool.