Underwater perspective of a Central Pa. trout stocking

•April 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Taken by The Daily Item photographers, this video shows what goes on under the water during a trout stocking in the south branch of Roaring Creek near Elysburg.

More evidence that “hunting” season never ends

•April 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A pug, a poodle and a beagle may seem like an unlikely hunting party, but hunt they did along with 57 other dogs at the Warrior Run Pet Care Center’s annual Easter Bone Hunt near Watsontown, Pa.

How to fillet a trout

•April 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I’ve always wanted to learn a sure-fire way to fillet a trout and eliminate as much of a chance of bones sneaking into the tasty trout meal. This procedure seems pretty slick … looking forward to trying it out soon.

Ballad of the Blotch-Belly Basses

•April 12, 2014 • 1 Comment


Now, the Blotch-Belly Basses
Had bellies with blotches,
Which made the plain-belly fishes
Really obnoxious. Continue reading ‘Ballad of the Blotch-Belly Basses’

Thrilled to grill with our family’s newest addition

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment


More than 14 years ago, I met the amazing woman who would become my wife at a Chinese restaurant in Lewisburg. After we chatted over chicken and broccoli and finished with fortune cookies, I introduced her to my imaginary internal book of rules.

Among them — one can not read his/her fortune until completely done eating. It just isn’t right. Failure to follow the rule voids out any cool fortune you may get. Continue reading ‘Thrilled to grill with our family’s newest addition’

Campfire cuisine: Grilled asparagus a great way to welcome spring

•March 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Yes, it was snowing and cold and not exactly the sort of weather that one pictures when cooking over an open flame.

But I just didn’t care. Not after a fairly rough winter here in central Pennsylvania. Call it cabin fever — but I was itching to cook outdoors — even if the heat source was from our new charcoal grill. Continue reading ‘Campfire cuisine: Grilled asparagus a great way to welcome spring’

Habitat critical for pheasant recovery program as some farms pull out

•March 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Photo by Hal Korber/Pa. Game Commission shows a rooster born in the wild at a McEwensville-area farm as a result of the pheasant recovery program.

Just shy of a decade ago, Peter Aiken — a longtime Pennsylvania Game Commission specialist, family friend and advocate of resuscitating the region’s pheasant population — had just finishing running his bird dogs at our family’s small farm in rural McEwensville.

“Have you heard about the Wild Pheasant Recovery Program they’re starting around here?” he asked us while packing up his gear. Continue reading ‘Habitat critical for pheasant recovery program as some farms pull out’


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