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Fish and Boat Commission gets chilly reception

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is calling for a do-over. State lawmakers don’t appear interested, at least so long as the agency’s executive director is involved. That was the starkest thing to come out of a hearing of the state Senate’s game and fisheries committee this week. Lawmakers met to hear the executive directors […]

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Finding bass throughout the season

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The Bassmaster Classic has crowned a champ. It wasn’t me. It probably wasn’t you either. The check would have been nice, but that’s OK. Fihsing is still fun. Especially if you can find the bass consistently. And that’s possible. You just have to remember that, with fish as with people, it’s all about being comfortable. […]

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Backpack kitchens about weight and utility

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As backcountry kitchens go, ours was as large and heavy as it was battered. Odds and ends of old pots and pans, that’s what we used when backpacking as kids. We’d stuff them into what were little more than daypacks, then toss in the one-burner stove and 1-pound propane canister our family used on picnics. […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a Swedish Meatball recipe

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Gear of the week Gear name: May Day Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/may-day-turkey-call-triple-toe-calls.html) Gear type: Glass pot call Product description: Pot calls can be made out of a variety of materials. So why glass? Well, glass glass are louder than their slate counterparts. That means they really shine in windy conditions and overcast days, or […]

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Deer harvest figures and a look at how PA stacks up

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Did you get your deer? That’s often the first question hunters ask one another at the close of another season. Last season, the answer for many – or at least more than usual – was yes. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission estimates, hunters killed 367,159 deer in the 2017-18 seasons. That was 9 percent more […]

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DYE SPECKLED EASTER EGGS USING RICE THIS SPRING

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Whether it’s deviled eggs at brunch or egg salad for a snack, spring is the season for scrumptious egg recipes. But before you crack that plain, white shell, first add a little color to your table by dying them. This fun activity will give you beautiful, speckled eggs. Get creative, and add layers of color for […]

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Incredible facts you never knew about eggs

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Whether they’re Benedict, baked, or hard-boiled, Americans sure love eggs. In fact, just last year, we ate 2.7 trillion of them, according to the Incredible Egg. But our favorite breakfast protein is hiding some fun facts. Did you know that most eggs are laid between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.? Or why some eggs float and others sink? […]

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MUSHROOM STROGANOFF IS A VEGETARIAN DISH TO COZY UP TO

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Try this hearty, vegetarian twist on the classic Stroganoff. It’s creamy, cozy and just as easy to whip up as a meal for one as it is for a crowd. It’s that odd time of year when spring and winter seem to change guard every other day. We’re celebrating the arrival of longer days, yet we’re still […]

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Starting Peas and Other Crops

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St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional start of the planting season, and it’s something I’ve been doing for decades. The weather can be problematic though —it could be wet, cold or the soil might be covered in snow. Regardless of what’s going on with the temperature, the first trick to getting those peas to sprout […]

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Erie Extreme highlights the fun in fishing

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Dave Lefebre has a whole new class of groupies. The Harborcreek resident and Erie native has long had a following among bass fishermen. He’s a pro angler, after all, traveling the country to compete on the Bassmaster circuit now after years on the FLW tour. He’s excelled everywhere, ringing up more than $2 million in […]

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Make the original Irish coffee this St. Patrick’s Day

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If you’re not into St. Patrick’s Day festivities that require guzzling cheap, green beer, perhaps you’ll consider sipping a beverage that is actually Irish in origin. Irish coffee is a warm, creamy cocktail invented in Ireland in the 1940s. Unlike many drinks thrown together for simple enjoyment, the Irish coffee was created with a purpose. […]

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No second buck and other outdoor news

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Pennsylvania hunters won’t have a chance at a second buck each year after all. Recently, one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s newest board members, Michael Mitrick of York County, suggested allowing a limited number of hunters to shoot a second buck each fall. They’d have to pay for it. Mitrick’s idea was to sell only […]

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Onset of fire season highlights need for caution

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You wouldn’t think it, to judge by the snow on the ground in a lot of places. But fire season is here. Across the Northeast, the months of March through May are the worst for forest fires. That’s when, for example, 85 percent of fires in Pennsylvania occur. It’s no mystery what’s behind them either. […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a Dutch oven stuffed pepper recipe

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Lure of the week Lure name: Rippin Rap     Company: Rapala (www.rapala.com/) Lure type: Lipless crankbait Sizes and colors: Available in 2-, 2 1/2- and 2 ¾-inch models in a variety of colors, including firetiger, redfire crawdad, chrome blue, purple clown, chrome, chartreuses shad and pearl grey shiner. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: A […]

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Special junior trapping season under consideration

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It’s not true that people aren’t trapping like they once did in Pennsylvania. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Participation has been on the upswing for two decades. That’s the exception to the rule. “When we look at furtaking in general in Pennsylvania, we continue to break the mold in that we’ve seen significant and […]

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CREAMY AVOCADO PESTO WITH VEGGIE NOODLES

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Pasta never gets old. Just change the sauce and the veggies and you have an entirely different meal. This pasta and sauce combo puts a California twist on an old favorite — pesto. Avocado is so versatile. If you’ve only been using it as a breakfast food or burrito topping, you’ve been missing out. Its unbelievably […]

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Massasauga rattlesnake responds to habitat work

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The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is in trouble everywhere it roams – or, perhaps more appropriately, slithers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers it a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. That means it’s “likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.” The snakes’ range once extended from central New York and southern Ontario […]

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Delaware River trout, trout anglers to go under microscope

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The wild trout of the upper Delaware River are about to get some love. Or at least attention. Starting this spring and continuing through 2020, biologists from two state agencies – the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and New York Department of Environmental Conservation – will study the river’s fish and fishermen. The goal is […]

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Bidwell Training Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Gary Baranowski is on his knees, deadheading flowers in the Bidwell Training Center’s exhibit at the Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show. The school’s director of horticulture technology is leading by example, showing his students what it takes to make each garden area special. It’s that attention to detail that has made the annual […]

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Shenango River changes to occur even as investigation continues

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The Shenango River is always on the trout stocking list, and this year is no exception. But there’s a twist. The commission will no longer stock section 4 of the Shenango in Lawrence and Mercer counties. That’s the piece between the outflow of Shenango River Lake and to the bridge on Buckeye Road downstream. It’s […]

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Successful spring turkey hunting with a decoy

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Spring turkey hunting seasons are only weeks away pretty much everywhere in the country. They get rolling as early as mid-March in some parts of the South. It’s mid-April in much of the Midwest, and late April to early May across a lot of the Northeast. Youth-only seasons are even closer on the calendar. They […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a Pan Fried Trout Recipe

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Gear of the week Gear name: Kodiak Company: Outdoor Element (https://www.everybodyshops.com/kodiak-paracord-survival-bracelet.html) Gear type: Paracord survival bracelet Product description: Several survival tools rolled into one, all conveniently located on your wrist. That’s the Kodiak paracord survival bracelet. It’s made from 8 to 10 feet of 550 paracord, that do-it-all rope of the outdoor world. But there’s […]

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RUSTIC TOMATO TORTELLINI SOUP WITH KALE

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Tortellini always feels a bit fancy, despite being fairly cheap and easy to prepare. A package of the frozen stuff can be stored for months in the freezer and will still taste great. The little stuffed pastas can be used a ton of different ways too, especially if you’re looking to create hearty meals, that […]

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Legacy of Uncle Punzo’s Garden

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In the warmth of a little greenhouse tucked behind a brick house along a side street in Jeannette, John Wassel ladles out some of his homemade salmon chowder. It’s one of two greenhouses that overlook expansive gardens. A black metal sign is tied with frayed string to an old water line. In ornate gold letters, […]

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Some hunters consuming deer, despite risks

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A few hunters, at least, are willingly eating sick deer. Most of the news coming out of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s press conference announcing creation of a fourth disease management area – because of yet more chronic wasting disease – was sad, but all too expected. Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture said on Feb. 12 that […]

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Coyotes, foxes learn to co-exist

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Maybe you were the older brother who liked to dish out noogies. Maybe you were the younger sibling who had to endure them, at least until you caught up, size-wise. In the end, you learned to live together. Urban coyotes and red foxes are apparently learning to do the same. Easy living appears to be […]

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