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Looking at ear tagging rules and hunters

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It’s a regulation some don’t know about, others don’t understand and many ignore, at least when it comes to big bucks. That’s how to legally tag a deer. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, when a hunter kills a deer he or she is to attach a tag to the ear. That tag must “remain […]

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Outdoor Extras; Storm Front Classic decoy, tip and recipe

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Gear of the week Gear name: Storm Front Classic Company: Flambeau (https://www.everybodyshops.com/flambeau-storm-front-classic-mallard-decoys-6-pack.html) Gear type: Mallard decoys Product description: The 2017-18 waterfowl seasons are winding down – they last no more than a month in most places, and in some just days – but there are still birds to work. These decoys can help bring them […]

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Flintlock season all about connectivity

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I’ve never met a deer hunter who didn’t think he was part Daniel Boone. That’s not a criticism. We may or may not be as skilled as that pioneer woodsman. But we love the woods, we enjoy exploring wildlife and nature, and we thrill to the sight of deer over a smokepole’s open sights, just […]

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Can you still eat freezer burned foods?

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The freezer can be a lifesaver when it comes to food prep. Whether it’s that container of frozen mashed potatoes, a homemade pie or that slow cooker starter, frozen foods can be a lifesaver, but there’s always the risk of dreaded freezer burn. So what exactly is this icy crust composed of, and is the food still safe […]

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Outdoor Extras; Kasmaster lure, new tip and recipe

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Lure of the week Lure name: Kasmaster      Company: Acme Tackle Co. (www.acmetackle.com) Lure type: Spoon Sizes and colors: Available in a variety of sizes, from 1/24- to 3/8-ounces, in two colors, gold and nickel. Target species: Trout, smallmouth bass and walleyes.. Technique: Acme Kasmaster spoons are a tried and true lure, especially popular among trout […]

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Winter bird feeding tips and tricks

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Wild birds don’t need our help to survive, not even at this time of year. But they are beautiful, colorful and a joy to watch. That’s why bird feeding is such a popular pastime for so many Americans. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does a survey every five years looking at how many people […]

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Sportsmen increasingly out of the loop politically

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Hunting has changed and continues to change. We’re not just talking technology either. Take a look at the people who are doing it. Or not, as the case may be. Hunter numbers have declined in Pennsylvania and across the nation. The baby boomers – responsible for a surge in licenses buyers – is getting older […]

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Lake Erie and other fishing news

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A roundup of odds and ends of western Pennsylvania fishing news for your consideration… Lake Erie Lots and lots of people fish Lake Erie and its tributary streams, seeking all manner of fish. What’s that worth? We’re about to find out. Pennsylvania Sea Grant is doing a $166,315 study examining the impact of Lake Erie […]

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An early look at possible changes to hunting season

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Forget about entering the home stretch. We’re not even halfway home. While the close of the firearms deer season means an end to hunting for many — at least until spring gobbler season if not the next autumn — the truth is the 2017-18 hunting license year runs all the way through June 30. And […]

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Plants with Winter Interest

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On a brisk walk through Frick Park, Phil Gruszka is in his glory pointing out trees and shrubs that are stars of the show during the winter. The 65-year-old director of horticulture and forestry for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory says he’s not ready to retire, “because I love what I do, that’s what keeps you […]

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Outdoor Extras; Matador camera bag, tip and recipe

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Gear of the week Gear name: Camera base layer Company: Matador (https://www.everybodyshops.com/matador-camera-base-layer.html) Gear type: Padded camera case Product description: It’s an occupational hazard. I carry my camera into lots of places where it might get rained on, snowed on, knocked off rocks or trees – every tried putting on a deer drive or encountered an […]

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Wildlife Leadership Academy turning teens into conservation ambassadors

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Full disclosure? I’m a volunteer at several of the camps run by the Wildlife Leadership Academy. That doesn’t mean what I’m about to say here is any less true. These are wonderful camps for high school students interested in the outdoors. What’s more, they’re critically important to producing a generation of young people who care […]

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Fish hatchery uses winter for experimentation

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Once, execution of the plan was as simple as the plan itself. Want fish for stocking? Hatch some eggs, throw the “fry” — or tiny, half inch or shorter fish — in a tank, add food occasionally and wait to see what survives. Things are different these days. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission remains […]

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Elk Foundation banquet offers something unusual

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Someone’s going to go to bed very happy on the night of Feb. 24. They’ll have at least 10,000 reasons to smile, after all. Call it an attempt to stand out from the crowd. Winter, of course, is banquet season. Sportsmen’s and shooting organizations – the Ruffed Grouse Society, Friends of NRA, Whitetails Unlimited and […]

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A handful of predator hunting tips

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The close of deer season means one thing to some hunters: it’s time to pick up predator hunting. Pelts are prime. There are fewer people in the woods. And opportunities are plentiful. Coyotes are fair game all year round, of course. But foxes are legal through Feb. 17, as are raccoons. Bobcats – in the […]

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Gifts for Gardeners

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This is the time of the year when panic starts setting in as the deadline looms to fulfill holiday gift lists. Luckily, gardeners are one of the easiest groups to buy for, a quick trip to the local nursery for 10 packs of seeds makes a great stocking stuffer for starters. When trying to figure […]

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Learn to build a charcuterie board like a pro

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During the holidays, when we’re almost guaranteed to be entertaining, the charcuterie board is a brilliant way to keep guests satisfied until the main course comes out. It’s the ultimate make-ahead appetizer, giving guests a fabulous feast without wasting any precious space in the already over-worked oven. In case you’re unfamiliar, or have trouble pronouncing it (like […]

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12 FUN FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CANDY CANES

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Candy canes are one of the most recognizable symbols (and foods) of the entire holiday season. While most people wouldn’t consider a Christmas complete with the red and white striped sticks, few people know much about their long history. Whether you use one to stir your hot chocolate or just hang them on your tree, here are 10 […]

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3 quick and tasty cranberry appetizers for the holidays

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Crostini literally means “little toasts.” But don’t let that simple translation fool you into thinking this is some bland breakfast. These tiny bites bring big flavor to the party. The sweet pomegranate seeds pair perfectly with the tart cranberries, creamy brie, crunchy baguette and just the right amount of kick from a jalapeño pepper. (You can leave […]

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What you should know about hunger and donating to your local food bank this holiday

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The season of giving is upon us, and while we’re gathering with friends and family and enjoying meals, it’s also important to remember those less fortunate. One in eight people will go hungry this holiday season. While the economy may be improving since the Great Recession, many Americans are still feeling the effects of underemployment, stagnant wages and […]

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Outdoor Extras; Furiko Pendulum Crankbait, new tip and recipe

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Lure of the week Lure name: Furiko Pendulum           Company: Matzuo America (www.matzuo.com/) Lure type: Squarebill crankbait Sizes and colors: To be available in two sizes, 2.5 and 3 inches, in eight colors. Target species: Largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass. Technique: What makes this lure different is what’s said to be a first-to-market innovation, an internal […]

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Bear harvest makes big rebound

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Talk about a big finish. Wow. Pennsylvania’s 2017 black bear harvest was really lagging there for a while, thanks to some poor weather. Rains across most of the state on opening day of the firearms season limited hunter participation. That had the kill way down. While hunters did OK the next few days, they never […]

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Hunting family has a deer season to remember

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This is going to be tough to beat. The game room is John Godfrey’s Natrona Heights home is a taxidermy showcase, with a little bit of everything. There’s a walleye and musky, bass and trout, a coyote and turkey, squirrels and pheasant and, soon, a bobcat, among other things. And there are antlers. Plenty of […]

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Poinsettias

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A sea of red, cream and pink greets visitors as they enter the warm and humid greenhouses at Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse in Clinton. They’ve been growing poinsettias here since 1972, back when just about every plant was red. “There’s been a lot of changes since then,” says owner Mike Janoski, who starts nearly 40,000 […]

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Hunting for meat drives sportsmen

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It’s not all about mounted heads on a wall. In fact, for growing numbers of American hunters, it’s not about that at all. Hunting for meat is increasingly what drives sportsmen and women to pick up a bow or a firearm and head to the woods in search of wild game. Responsive Management is a […]

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Capturing adventures on video comes down to details

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Lots of hunters these days are into filming hunts, and with good reason. It’s fun to do and a way to be able to relive those experiences later. Unless… If you want to know frustration and anger, take an expensive camera into the woods and return home with it ruined, having failed to work or […]

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