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It’s near the height of summer, when the temperature is close to peak. Various flowers are budding. There are plenty of hummingbirds around gardens or areas in the wild where flowering … more
If you fish a river long enough you’ll learn some of her secrets—but not all. And if you’re like me, sooner or later you’ll find a favorite pool. Many years ago, my good … more
A large forsythia bush has brightened my life for decades, waving its willowy branches and blooms from the place where it was planted many years ago. I pass by this old friend every time I leave the … more
Five months, two days and 13 hours. That’s how long it had been since we planted our tomato plants—seeds in the basement under the nurturing climate control of heat mats, fans and … more
The PA Game Commission is again looking for public help through the month of August for the annual Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey. This is a citizen-science project that counts the … more
Readers of this column who are avid anglers and who use a fly rod as their primary means for fishing, might wonder: Why a column about playing fish? My guess is that most fly fishers are more … more
ESCANABA, MI — The National Trappers Association Convention and Outdoor Show is being held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds, located in Escanaba, MI. Dates are July 27 through 29, and the  … more
The other day, as I made my way to the entrance of my favorite grocery store, a movement on the pavement caught my attention. Scurrying toward the building’s brick facade was a super spider of … more
At the risk of waxing poetic, I caught myself thinking this week where I would be if not for the light of the moon.  I was thinking not merely about the things I could take for granted, but … more
On a sunny morning in early June, I had gotten the motorcycle out to visit some folks in Dingman Township. Going down a gentle hill, I saw a car trying to park on the side of the road. At the … more
When I began to fish—and I don’t mean fly fish, just good old-fashioned pond, bobber, shiner-for-bait fishing—there were few if any girls or women fishing. At least I didn’t … more
There are those who talk, and those who walk their talk. Without question, Kathy Michell was the latter, a fiercely dedicated licensed wildlife rehabilitator whose graceful physical appearance … more
I get pretty tired. I’m not allowed to say I get more tired than my wife for obvious reasons, but nonetheless, I do run out of energy at least once a day. Sometimes I flat-out run out of … more
Spring into early summer is the time when you might hear the most bird calls and see the most activity in fields and forests across the region. Animals are engaged in courtship and breeding; … more
According to the historical record, the parachute dry fly was likely invented sometime in the 1920s. That same record also indicated that the pattern was first patented in the U.S. and England by … more
When I pulled into a local gas station the other day, I noticed the victim of a collision lying near the entrance. It was easy to identify the species with a quick glance at the distinctive … more
Hunter Hill is taking a column-week off, so this is a story from 2019. A lifetime ago! Enjoy. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you seem to run into more wildlife than you normally do, … more
In my travels during the spring, I usually notice the distinct trilling of American toads from early May until early June. I hear the calls from lakes and ponds, but also along rivers; it seems … more
When I arrived in Missoula, MT, with my friend Joe after a long cross-country bus ride, the first river I saw was the Clark Fork. At the time, we were enrolled as students at the University of … more
“When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin’ along, along—there’ll be no more sobbing when he starts throbbing his own sweet song,” declared Harry Woods when he wrote … more
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