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Tips for hiking safely in hunting season

Outdoors

You see it in the parking lots. Visit almost any public land at this time of year. The jumping off points for outdoor exploration that were often empty, or close to it, during the muggiest, buggiest days of late summer are suddenly busy. And with good reason. The splendors of autumn draw lots of people […]

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Off grid camping offers few amenities, but plenty of fun

Outdoors

It goes by a couple of different names, with which one is the right one depending on just how “fancy” things are. Not that this is anything extravagant in any case. Not unless, that is, you count the scenery in every direction, the stars above, the quiet all around, the overall peacefulness that’s so unlike […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a fried trout recipe

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: XTS Mini Dad Company: Bass Pro Shops (https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-xts-mini-dad-crank-baits) Lure type: Crankbait Sizes and colors: Available a 1.5-inch model in 11 colors, including stream crawfish, yellow brown molting craw, Louisiana craw, green craw, dirty brown craw and matte tiger. Target species: Crappies, […]

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Finally, good news on combating CWD

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Someday, perhaps, someone somewhere will find a cure for chronic wasting disease, or CWD. That will be a happy day indeed. But in the meantime, here — finally, at long last — is at least one bit of good news concerning the troubling ailment. Scientists with the National Institutes of Health announced that anyone who […]

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Accessible Hunter creator inspires others to get back into the woods

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It was for Greg Traynor a moment of revelation. It was autumn, his favorite time of year. And he was in the woods, archery hunting, his most cherished outdoor activity among many. The sun was shining on his face, the leaves were a fiery mix of reds and golds and oranges, turkeys and squirrels and […]

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How to Overwinter Dahlia Tubers

Garden

It is a yearly ritual for me to photograph Amy Krut’s dahlia garden at the end of the season. We became friends on Facebook, and after seeing just about every inch of her landscape filled with the late blooming beauties, I knew I had to photograph them. The low angle of the sun makes for […]

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Pumpkin pie with a pecan sandy crust

Food

How do you make a Thanksgiving classic pumpkin pie even better? Replace your basic pie crust with this delicious pecan sandy cookie crust instead! Pecan candies bring a delicious buttery, nutty goodness to everyone’s all-time favorite holiday pie. The unexpected twist adds some mild fun without upsetting the pumpkin pie purists. Note: Process cookies in […]

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What’s the difference between stock and broth?

Food

For most of my cooking life, I thought “stock” and “broth” were just two different terms for the same thing. (Perhaps one was old-timey and the other new age.) I didn’t really think much about those savory meat-flavored liquids beyond the occasion I wanted to make soup. But as it turns out there are actually […]

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Ask the Gardener: Pokeweed, weed control, osage orange and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in […]

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12 fun facts you never knew about pumpkins

Food

Nothing says “October” more than a beautiful, orange pumpkin, but this most beloved symbol of fall is hiding some fun little secrets. Think you know everything there is to know about these great big gourds? Here are 15 fun facts you never knew about pumpkins: PUMPKINS ARE FRUITS, NOT VEGETABLES Fruits are considered to be […]

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20 Sweet ways to use up leftover Halloween candy

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Extra large haul this year? Fewer trick-or-treaters than you expected? Whatever the reason, come November 1 you may be left with a lot more candy that you counted on. Here are 20 ideas for what to do with all that candy: DONATE IT Get it out of the house. MAKE CARE PACKAGES FOR GRANDPARENTS If […]

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Tuscan risotto with kale, mushrooms, and walnuts

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This classic dish gets upgraded to main meal status with the addition of hearty mushrooms, Tuscan kale, and crunchy walnuts. It’s so easy to prepare, and better yet, you can have this elegant vegetarian dish ready in about 35 minutes. This traditional method of making risotto involves standing at the stove and stirring for around […]

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The best apples for eating fresh

Food

It’s fall and apples are everywhere. If you’re tempted to stock up while they’re in season, think first about how you’ll use them. Will you be baking? Making applesauce? Or do you prefer to eat them fresh, right out of your hand? If it’s the latter, here’s a list of delicious apple varieties you should […]

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10 best shrubs to plant this fall

Garden

The bright orange flowers of a kerria shrub showed up for a second time at the end of the summer. It was a wonderful surprise as the blooms have a showy, intense color. Kerria is easy to grow in part shade, and it’s underused in the landscape. The flowers are less spectacular if exposed to […]

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Ask the Gardener: Gardenias, arbor vine, hydrangeas and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Which apples are best to use in apple pie?

Food

Who doesn’t love homemade apple pie? Come fall, it’s a must-make dessert for just about any baker in America. But if you’ve never made one, or if you think yours could improve, perhaps you should play around with your choice of apples. But wait! With more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United […]

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Yurts provide new camping experience in an ancient way

Outdoors

Funny, I didn’t feel like looting and pillaging. Maybe it was the refrigerator. I mean, yeah. It was nearly 90 degrees outside. The air was uncomfortably thick and sticky –reminiscent of a locker room shower — courtesy of an early morning shower. And the fishing was slower than hoped. The whole scene stood in striking […]

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Ask the Gardener: Transplanting rose of Sharon, overwintering sedums and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Tips on catching steelhead, trout from the beaches

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Rod and reel? Check. Fliers, lures or bait? Check. Waders and net? Check. Oh, and martial arts training, too. It seems, at times, you need all of the above to chase steelhead in fall. Lots and lots of anglers crowd small Great Lakes tributary streams then, targeting the fish making their annual autumnal migrations to […]

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Hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping? Americans support them all

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Intent matters, in the woods, on the water and at the range. So say your neighbors. A new study – “American’s Attitudes toward Hunting, Fishing, Sport Shooting and Trapping” — says most people across the nation support those activities. But, it adds, that approval ebbs and flows based on sportsmen’s and women’s motivations. Hunting to […]

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Outdoor Extras

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: StrapPack Pouch Company: Clakit (https://www.everybodyshops.com/clakit-smartphone-pouch.html) Gear type: Phone carrier Product description: For lots of people, getting outdoors is an opportunity to leave the workaday or regular world behind. And such time away can restore your soul. But having you cell phone […]

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Old Fashioned Caramel Apples

Food

Crisp fall apples, bathed in delicious, gooey caramel — it’s a Halloween delight you simply must make this year! The good news is that they’re super easy to make and tons of fun to personalize. Dip them in crushed nuts, candy or Oreos then decorate with drizzles of white or milk chocolate.  The combos are […]

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You can thank inventor, Joseph Lee for that crispy casserole topping

Food

What do homemade meatballs and crab cakes, crispy-topped casseroles, and crunchy fried shrimp all have in common? They all benefitted from one man’s interest in creating a perfect breadcrumb. Joseph Lee (born in 1849), an African-American son of slaves, was a pioneer in the automation of bread and bread crumb making, overcoming the poor odds he was dealt […]

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Tips and tricks to save your smoothie

Food

Smoothies are a fun way to get your daily fruits and veggies, but sometimes things can go a little awry. They can turn out too thick, too thin, or just plain “blah.” But there’s no reason to throw all of that goodness down the drain just because it doesn’t taste right the first time. Turn […]

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Ask the gardener: Amaryllis flowering early, ornamental grass and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Six tips for early archery season

Outdoors

You might compare it to Christmas morning in a tropical jungle. Think thrilling, exciting, heart-pounding at times. Full of the kind of smiles that only show up when weeks and weeks of anticipation are finally realized. But also muggy, buggy, sweaty, maybe even stinky. That’s the early days of archery season. It’s already open, or […]

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