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Young hunter overcomes blindness in the deer woods

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Max Lamm has gone from skeptic to believer. His father, Eric, isn’t a hunter. So he didn’t grow up on tales of camp and whitetails and shots made and missed. In fact, when the Mars Area High School sophomore would hear his friends talk about getting up early and sitting in the cold woods all […]

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Outdoor Extras; Lure of the week, tip and Peppercorn Venison Steaks

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Lure of the week Lure name: Bluegill 4        Company: Savage Gear (www.savagegear-usa.com) Lure type: Swimbait Sizes and colors: The bluegill 4 is available in 4-inch, ¾-ounce model in three colors: redear, darkgill and lightgill. Target species: Largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, muskies and northern pike. Technique: It’s a bluegill’s lot in life, to be prey […]

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Hike 50 challenge pays tribute to trails

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The North Country Trail is not yet 50 years old. It was first created – as a concept if not an on-the-ground path – in 1980. But the legislation that paved the way for it is hitting the half century mark. The National Trails System Act was created in 1968 with the goal of “instituting […]

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Game Commission says no to windmills

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There’s no missing them. Modern windmills are tall, generally standing close to 380 feet, according to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. That’s roughly the height of a 32-story building. Their supporters say their benefits match their height. The Pennsylvania Wind Working Group says they create jobs, offer low cost energy and lessen pollution. They’re plentiful […]

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Elk pregnancy rates under review

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Maybe they’re just playing hard to get. Each year, hunters who kill a cow elk in Pennsylvania are asked to collect blood samples and deliver them to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s check stations. The agency tests them to determine, among other things, if the cow was pregnant. Increasingly, they’re not. “This is restricted to the […]

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Changes may be coming to dove hunting

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For years and years, the rule – or at least, the interpretation of it – has been clear. A bait pile is not a food plot. Hunters can legally hunt a standing crop field. They can’t legally hunt over a pile of corn “You can plant a food plot, or an agricultural crop, and you […]

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Discipline hard to come by when outdoor gadgets come calling

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Maybe he said it. Maybe he didn’t. I’ve always heard the phrase “there’s a sucker born every minute” attributed to P.T. Barnum, the occasional politician, author and founder of a weekly newspaper – how about that – and the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Apparently, there’s some controversy there, though. If you really want to research […]

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Outdoor extras, including a trail snack

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Gear of the week Gear name: Yote Howler Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/triple-toe-calls-yote-howler-predator-call.html) Gear type: Predator call Product description: This is a coyote howler call, as its name suggests. But it’s not just for mimicking that one sound alone. This call can be used to bark, whine, yelp and yip, too. Why’s that important? Instincts. […]

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Brook trout include movers and stayers

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Human beings have a tendency to wander. The Allman Brothers knew about all a ramblin’ man. Willie Nelson couldn’t wait to get on the road again. Jim Croce was rolling down the highway. Shoot, even the B-52s knew everybody was movin’ and groovin’. But brook trout? Turns out quite a few of them like to […]

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Winter means start of the outdoor show season

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It’s officially winter, and has been for about three weeks now. As if you couldn’t tell. This year, more than most in recent memory, that’s meant an early and widespread start to the ice fishing season. It’s caused the growth of quite a few beardcicles on late season hunters. Handwarmer sales are, I would imagine, […]

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Sharpshooting deer coming to PA to combat CWD

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission is “still in the middle” of getting results back from 4,500 hunter-killed white-tailed deer tested for chronic wasting disease. But already, things are looking bad. Twenty-five deer statewide tested positive for the disease, known as CWD, last year, said Wayne Laroche, the agency’s special assistant for CWD response. Thirty have come […]

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Outdoor Extras; Comet MX Mino, Tip and Recipe

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Lure of the week Lure name: Comet MX Mino Company: Mepps (www.mepps.com) Lure type: Spinner and soft plastic combo Sizes and colors: Available in four blade colors – gold, silver, hot firetiger and gold-red-white – and three minnow colors, baby bass, shad and rainbow trout. Target species: Muskies, tiger muskies, northern pike and striped bass. […]

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Debating the past and future of the hunting digest

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It was a move meant to save money, and that it did. But it stirred passions, too. Like seemingly every change to the rules regarding hunting in Pennsylvania, the decision by the Game Commission not to give license buyers a printed copy of the digest — unless they paid extra for it – had people […]

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Archer takes new state record whitetail on public land

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It was the luckiest miss of his life. Ron Shaulis of West Newton was hunting in Forbes State Forest early in archery season. There were several big bucks around. He knew; he’d captured three of them on the trail cameras he’d been running since May. One seemed exceptionally large. But it was smart, too. All […]

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A coyote bounty and other outdoor news

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The days of state wildlife agencies paying hunters and trappers to kill predators are long gone. Sort of. South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources is going to reward hunters and trappers who kill one of a handful of special coyotes with lifetime hunting licenses. The hunter can keep the license himself or pass it along […]

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Should PA deer hunters be allowed two bucks per year

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For more than 100 years, hunters who killed a buck in Pennsylvania were done chasing antlers until the following season. One buck a year is and long has been the limit. A Pennsylvania Game Commissioner wonders if it’s time for that to change. The reason is money. Commissioner Michael Mitrick of York County recently asked […]

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Stocking the Yough with trout

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The Yough River has never been an approved trout water stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Chances are it never will be. If the agency didn’t have fish to spare when it was stocking five million a year, it almost assuredly won’t now that it’s stocking 3.2 million. The river is considered too […]

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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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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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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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