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Tips on choosing the right flashlight for outdoor adventure

Outdoors

Chances are, if you’re a camper – and even if you’re not – you’ve got a drawer or two or three full of them. Flashlights seem to breed that way. That’s not surprising, especially among the outdoor crowd. National surveys show that that, consistently year to year, flashlights are the most-commonly-purchased item among campers, and […]

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A seismic change may be occurring in the whitetail woods

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It’s that most magical time of year for whitetail deer hunters. The rut is at its peak or very close to it. Bucks — including those mature, thick-beamed, heavy-bodied and typically hard-to-kill ones worthy of magazine covers — are focused on breeding to the exclusion of everything else. They’re as vulnerable as they’re ever going […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a rabbit stew recipe

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Sqweelin Wabbit Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/triple-toe-calls-sqweelin-wabbit-predator-call.html) Gear type: Predator call Product description: It’s that time of year. Predator hunting seasons are here, and one of the most effective calls – for coyotes, bobcats and foxes, among others – is a […]

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Acorns, dandelions and crabapples foraged for tasty treats

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Ellen Zachos, known as the Backyard Forager, laments a late fall snow as she talks via phone from her home in New Mexico. “It’s melting, but it was early, that’s for sure,” she says. Zachos laughs easily and talks with passion about the food she harvests and cooks from in the wild. Fall is one […]

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The truth behind 8 common food and drink urban legends

Food

It turns out, some of the food urban legends you heard on the playground as a kid are still around today. While some of them ended up to be true (like, the occasional alligator living in a sewer), most are far from it (like, “throwing a penny from a skyscraper will kill someone”). But in […]

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3 flavorful quick breads for fall

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GINGER PEAR BREAD This time of year pears are seemingly available everywhere, but it wasn’t always that way. Pears are native to Asia and Europe, so the first pear tree wasn’t planted in North America until 1620 in the Massachusetts Bay colony. Today, there are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world. […]

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Mummy Rice Krispie Treats make for haunted Halloween fun

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Whether you are age two or 92, Rice Krispie squares are sure to bring smiles. This season, create a little spooky fun with the classic treat and add a white chocolate drizzle to turn them into yummy mummies. These easy-to-make treats would be cute individually wrapped for Halloween parties at school or even just as a […]

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In the Garden with Kids – October

Garden

There are lots of things to do with the kids this time of year. Planting pansies is a fun job, and everyone can enjoy the pretty flowers until December or even beyond if we get a warm winter. One of the things I always loved to do with my kids, though, was to decorate rocks. […]

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Exercise now for rock climbing later

Outdoors

It’s a definite maybe. You may still be able to do some rock climbing yet this year, or you might not, depending on where you go and what conditions exist there. Alpine Adventures in New York says its rock climbing season generally runs from late April through mid-October, for example. But there are exceptions. “We […]

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Become an outdoor mentor to perpetuate appreciation for nature, wildlife, adventure

Outdoors

It’s happening all around the country. Government agencies, equipment manufacturers, non-profit organizations, they’re all emphasizing the need to get more people involved in outdoor recreation, be it hunting and fishing, hiking and camping, biking and backpacking, paddling and skiing or anything else. Earlier this month, for example, Maine became the eighth state to create an […]

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Penns Creek trout get new protections

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One of the most famous trout streams east of the Mississippi is getting a new look. But not without controversy. Penns Creek flows 67 miles through the mountains of central Pennsylvania. It’s big by stream standards, large enough to float in spots and sometimes tricky to wade even where it is a little smaller. It’s […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for game bird stew

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: TRD HogZ Company: Z-Man Fishing Products (www.zmanfishing.com) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 3-inch model in 12 colors, including black./blue, dirt, California Craw, Yoga Pants, Mudbug and Motor Oil. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: Designed […]

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Tips for storing your Halloween candy so it will last longer

Food

The end of October typically means way too much candy — even for those with the most insatiable sweet tooth. Whether you have kids bringing home big bags of candy, or you overestimated how much you needed for trick-or-treating night, chances are, you’re going to need to store some sweets for later. If you want […]

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Garden Helps the Hungry

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Morgan Livingston’s official title at the Greater Washington County Food Bank is agricultural innovations manager. “I’m basically the farm manager though,” she says with a smile. But innovation abounds at the food bank, starting with its first vegetable garden behind the large warehouse and thrift store, along with big plans to develop the 24 acres, […]

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Fit, function key when choosing a first mountain bike

Outdoors

This isn’t the time for worrying primarily about sparkles and bangles and color and shine. You want to look the part on the trail, certainly. And you want your equipment to do the same. But buying your first mountain bike is likely going to involve dropping some serious coin, even on the low end of […]

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Whitewater rafting safer, more accessible than might be imagined

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It’s hard to think of more than 3.25 million people as an adventurous “few.” Yet in many ways they are. The Outdoor Industry Association puts together an annual look at participation trends in various outdoor activities. In short, it examines who’s doing what. It determined, as of 2017, that more than three million people went […]

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Might mandatory boat registration be coming to Pennsylvania

Outdoors

Some folks have enjoyed a free ride. It’s been a watery one, for sure, but a free one nonetheless. That might change. Paddlers across Pennsylvania – of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards – will have to pay to register their boats in future years if Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials get their way. It’s […]

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Squirrel hunting remains fun despite changes

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There was, surprisingly, no competition on that day, just as there is not so surprisingly little to none on most days in this era. There’s a New World Order of sorts in the outdoors. On that afternoon more than three decades ago – my first as a gun-carrying hunter – my grandfather picked me up […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a cold weather camping tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Neck gaiter Company: Zan Headgear (https://www.everybodyshops.com/zan-headgear-neck-gaiter-microfleece-black.html) Gear type: Winter weather clothing Product description: Made with thick warm micro fleece, the Zan Headgear neck warmer is perfect for all kinds of winter activities. Just pull it on for motorcycling, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, […]

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Pineapples are this year’s hottest carving trend: Here’s how you do it

Food

After a lifetime of carving pumpkins, maybe you just need to mix things up a bit this year. Pineapples might not scream Halloween, but the tropical fruit works really well as an alternative to traditional gourds. Just take a look on social media for dozens of fun examples. Pumpkins have the advantage of smooth exterior […]

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This is what a teal pumpkin means

Food

If your kid has food allergies, trick-or-treating can be a seriously scary evening out. Many kids are unable to eat items like milk, peanuts, eggs, and soy — ingredients found in many popular Halloween candies. But the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group is raising awareness and making Halloween fun again for kids who […]

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The difference between apple cider and apple juice

Food

Apples are the star fruit of fall: Whether they’re baked in a pie or spiced in a sauce, it’s obvious we love celebrating the return of apple season. But there’s one way we can consume apples that causes confusion even among the most ardent apple connoisseurs — cider. More specifically, what’s the difference between the […]

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October Garden Calendar

Garden

By now you probably know of my obsession to extend the season. I’m growing cool weather plants so I can enjoy the garden as long as possible. In the vegetable garden, things like beets, carrots, cole crops (cabbage, kale, collards, etc.), arugula, corn mache, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, tatsoi and other things are all grown […]

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Growing Garlic

Garden

Dan Tomcik is inspecting a nice-looking raised bed that is ready and waiting to be planted with a very special garlic as a giant scarecrow looms over the garden. This is one of the 26-year-old’s plots in the Fineview Community Garden near his Pittsburgh home, but he cares for another at the Touchtone Center for […]

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Five steps for sighting in your rifle

Outdoors

It’s a time for multitasking. Archery deer seasons are in full swing all around the country, with weeks yet to go. No one need hang up their bow just yet if they haven’t filled their tag or tags. Small game seasons are, depending on where you live, either underway or about to start, too. And […]

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Hibernating bats focus of new white-nose syndrome effort

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The list is long, growing and, ultimately, sad. The number of states with white-nose syndrome – a fungal disease that kills hibernating bats at massive rates and has been for years – now stands at 33. They span the country from Maine to Alabama and Virginia to Texas. The disease is even in Washington, having […]

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