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Politics meets wildlife and other outdoor news

Outdoors

Politics and wildlife management don’t mix. Most sportsmen and women know that. But politicians? They don’t know. Or maybe they don’t care. Either way, unfortunately, the last week or so saw several examples of elected officials going against the wishes of their own wildlife professionals to set policy. First, there’s New Jersey. The state allowed […]

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Hammock camping a new twist on outdoor adventure

Outdoors

Our campsite along the river’s edge is a familiar one, popular with lots of people. But we were in luck. It was a Saturday, one marked by sunny skies, near-perfect water levels and temperatures in the mid-80s. And yet despite having encountered lots of river traffic, our campsite wasn’t as crowded as it might have […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for bullheads

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Flash Fly Twinkie Rig Company: Luhr-Jensen (https://www.rapala.com/luhr-jensen-lures/) Lure type: Trolling rig Sizes and colors: The Flash Fly and Cut Bait Head are packaged in seven matching UV-enhanced colors that imitate dominant baitfish prey in most regions. Sliding Flash Flies also come […]

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Autumn Quinoa Salad

Food

I’m convinced we grow sick of salads and dread them in our lunchbox because we stop taking the time to focus on the flavors — or lack-their-of — that we’re adding to the bowl. We fall in a rut, and start throw tomatoes over lettuce, grab the nearest salad dressing and call it a day. […]

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A Special Garden for a Special Person

Garden

Jenny Hall is beaming as her 9-year-old son Reid talks about his favorite recipe from the garden at the kitchen table. At the other end of the table, his grandparents Dick and Jane Sylvester are also transfixed by the precocious young man. Reid has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disorder that has him using […]

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Gill lice an emerging threat for PA trout, trout anglers

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Chronic wasting disease. West Nile virus. The hemlock woody adelgid. The spotted lanternfly. Mange. The list of invasive creatures and diseases playing havoc with Pennsylvania fish and wildlife seemingly goes on and on. And now there’s this. Gill lice, parasitic crustaceans that attach to the gills of trout, are turning up in more and more […]

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Funding the CWD fight and more outdoor news

Outdoors

It’s too late in the game for anything to happen now. But in 2019, might sportsmen and women get some help in combating a disease that threatens the future of hunting? They’re at least asking for it. Back in December, two Congressmen – Representative Ron Kind, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and Senator Jon Tester, a […]

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Float tube fishing a joy not to be overlooked

Outdoors

Believe it nor not, it’s already late summer – we’re got less than a month left, officially – and for many anglers, that means one thing. It’s prime time for channel catfish. In a lot of situations, that involves sitting on the bank, tossing live bait out and waiting. George Nielsen does things a little […]

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Odd turtle highlights pets released into the wild

Outdoors

Sometimes the stories you envision are not the stories you write. This is such a case. A few weeks ago, while out fishing and paddling in my kayak, I saw some turtles basking on a log. It was midday and the fish weren’t biting, so I unpacked my camera and went for a closer look. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a kayaking tip

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Deer Flute Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/deer-flute-triple-toe-calls-deer-call.html) Gear type: Deer call Product description: Hunting deer doesn’t mean having to sit down or lean against a tree or climb up one and do nothing more than wait. It’s possible to communicate with […]

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What’s the difference between grape and cherry tomatoes?

Food

The other day I began making one of my favorite stuffed pepper recipes, when I discovered that I had purchased grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes. Minor panic set in. There was probably a reason, I thought, I’ve always roasted cherry instead of grape tomatoes. Would I have to go all the way back to […]

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Gardening Calendar – September

Garden

September continues planting of cool-weather crops in the vegetable garden. Things like spinach, lettuce, corn mache, tatsoi, pak choi, arugula, radishes, turnips, beets and others can be started now. Look locally for plants, as gardeners have learned about extending the season, and garden centers have started carrying fresh plants for fall planting. Plant perennials by […]

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Audubon’s Certified Backyard Habitat

Garden

Bumblebees fly furiously from flower to flower, finding the aromatic and beautiful native bee balm blooms as honeybees feast on swamp milkweed in the garden of David and Laurie Jones. The couple is working on making their yard a Certified Backyard Habitat, a program offered by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. “I’ve been an […]

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Getting permission to hunt private ground and other outdoor news

Outdoors

A roundup of outdoor news from around the country… It’s that time of year: hunters all over are looking for places to hunt. All those eyeing private land should be doing their homework right now. That’s the advice of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It says getting permission before using a property is […]

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Glade Run Lake on the rebound

Outdoors

So far, so good, that’s the story with Glade Run Lake. Located near Valencia in Butler County, the 52-acre lake was drained in 2011 for dam repairs. It was refilled in 2017. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has worked to restore the fishing ever since. Adult trout were stocked each of the past two […]

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Mange in black bears proving a mystery

Outdoors

Black bear populations are growing all across the Northeast, from Pennsylvania to New York to Maryland to New Jersey. So, too, is mange. The question is why. There’s no doubt as to what mange is. It is, according to the Cornell University Wildlife Health Lab, “a skin disease that affects mammals caused by microscopic mites that burrow […]

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Leashed tracking dogs coming to Pennsylvania

Outdoors

The most serious whitetail hunters spend a lot of time in the woods each autumn, looking for deer. Andy Bensing does the same. In his case, though, there’s a difference. Most of the deer he seeks are already dead. And he figures to be busy soon. This spring, after more than a decade of debate, […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a lure for bass

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Rack-it Company: Bandit Lures (https://www.banditlures.com/) Lure type: Topwater Sizes and colors: Available in a 2.75-inch, 5/8-ounce model in 12 colors, including pearl spatter back, red crawfish, chartreuse fleck, viral perch, Tennessee shad and bone orange belly. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth […]

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3 Restaurant-worthy panini recipes you can make at home

Food

There are sandwiches and then there are sandwiches that excite. Creative ingredients, fresh veggies and, most of all, a sizzling grill can take your sad sandwich and leave you with a picture perfect panini. Naturally, we all love toasty browned bread with warm, gooey cheese spilling out. We love them so much, panini even get […]

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In the Garden with Kids – August

Garden

Last August, I went to Target to pick up a couple of things, and I couldn’t understand why the store was so packed. When I got home and started complaining to my wife about the crowds, she said: “It’s back to school. I never go in those stores now.” My kids are all grown up, […]

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Memorial Pond Garden

Garden

The view of George Kinder’s waterfall and pond from the deck is spectacular as the sound of the running water drifts through the air. “I can even hear it from the upstairs, he says smiling on overlooking the garden at his Hampton home. “The first thing I do in the morning is look at the […]

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Public shooting ranges offer great opportunities

Outdoors

If it had been colder, I might have expected to see Jude Law or Ed Harris. They were nowhere to be found, though, so I stuck the muzzle of my rifle into the tube, took aim and pulled the trigger. And so it went for several glorious, fun hours. Shooting is like that, after all. […]

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A look at the fisheries in Dutch Fork and other lakes

Outdoors

This wasn’t the plan for Dutch Fork Lake. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which owns the 91-acre water in Donegal Township in Washington County, drained it in November of 2004 after Hurricane Ivan damaged its dam, rendering it unsafe. It remained empty until spring of 2013. Then, the dam finally rebuilt, the commission stocked […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a Creamed Pike recipe

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Folding shovel and pick Company: Coleman Gear type: Tool Product description: It’s a safety thing, I suppose, but a sometimes difficult one to deal with. On a recent camping trip, the supplied, metal fire ring at our site was a good […]

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Northern snakeheads and other outdoor news

Outdoors

A roundup of outdoor news from around the country … The northern snakehead exists in two worlds. In one, they’re a villainous invasive species, a predator whose presence threatens smallmouth bass, walleyes and other native fish populations. In another, they’re a feisty game fish, one that bites eagerly, fights hard and tastes good. Either way, […]

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Rattling bucks an exciting, if only sometimes, technique

Outdoors

It’s August, and the earliest archery deer seasons in most places are still weeks away. The whitetail rut is even farther in the distance. But admit it. If you’re a deer hunter, you’ve got big antlers on the brain. And maybe this year, you’re thinking, you’re going try rattling bucks in. Well, know this. It’s […]

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