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Five steps for sighting in your rifle

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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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Ruins among the most memorable parts of some hikes

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The stones speak silently of hope, of love, of potential, even perhaps of sadness and tragedy, but always, ultimately, of finality. Roam the outdoors long enough and you will eventually come across ruins. Rock walls, foundations, old chimneys, rotting cabins, they dot the landscape, tucked here and there into pockets of forest and field, the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a hunting blind tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Squelcher Company: BOOYAH Baits (www.booyahbaits.com) Lure type: Slow-retrieve buzzbait Sizes and colors: Available in a 5.6-inch model in 3/8- and ½-ounce versions in black, citrus shad, river killer, tinfoil, silver white and white chartreuse. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: […]

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Boondocking a way to adventure for free in solitude

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Maybe you’ve been there. It’s dark outside, with the otherwise black skies above lit only by thousands, no millions, of twinkling stars. The stillness, the quiet, of the night is total, save for perhaps the gurgling of water over rock in a nearby stream. The smell of pine needles fills your nostrils. As settings for […]

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Homemade fire starters can really help get that campfire going

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You can forget the headlamps at home, get lost for a while when hiking or even pick the rainiest weekends in months. But, brother, don’t screw up the fire. Each year, the Outdoor Foundation and Coleman Co. produce an “American Camper” report. It tracks trends, looking at things like who’s camping, how often they’re going, […]

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PA Sunday hunting tied to coming election

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Spring of 2020 remains the target date for removing the legislative prohibition on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. But the job of reaching it starts right now. That was the message delivered this weekend by leaders of Hunters United for Sunday Hunting. The group held a rally at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s headquarters on Sunday to […]

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Outdoor Extras

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Trekking pole Company: Coleman (https://www.everybodyshops.com/coleman-trekking-pole.html) Gear type: Hiking staff Product description: Hiking in fall and winter has many rewards, aesthetic as well as physical. But it brings some challenges, too. Maintaining your footing on trails that can alternately be wet or […]

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Overlooks a fall hiking destination worth the effort

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There’s no avoiding it. If you are a parent, or will be in the future, the day will come. Your children will be working on a project. It might be for school, or sports, or work. The exact nature of it doesn’t matter. But at some point, your kids — tired, frustrated, unsure that success […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip on fishing steelheads

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Hack Attack Pad Perch Company: Strike King Lures (www.strikeking.com/) Lure type: Topwater Sizes and colors: Available in a 4-inch model in 12 colors: black, green pumpkin gill, white shadow, sexy bluegill, leopard perch, natural blue, natural gold, natural green, shad spawn, […]

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Fall trout fishing is about to pick up

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If you’re a stocked trout fisherman, take a moment or two in the next few weeks and offer thanks for white-tailed deer. After all, they’re providing you with a gift. Springtime trout fishing, when waters are freshly filled with hatchery fish, is a time of crowds. If you go where the fish are, you expect […]

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Changes to fluorescent orange rules delayed, revised again, but still coming

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It’s been two years already, so what’s three more months? Pennsylvania Game Commissioners have by their own admission been talking – and talking and talking and talking – about how and if they should modify the rules hunters have to follow regarding the wearing of fluorescent orange. They are the “the most complex” in the […]

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Planting Bulbs in the Fall for Spring Surprises

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Winter still had an icy grip on the garden after a brief thaw, when through the snow emerged the spectacular blue flowers of snow crocus, unaffected by the frigid temperatures. Even though I know where the flowers are planted, they are always a surprise. All it takes is a day or two in February as […]

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Sleeping well outdoors, in a tent, is really possible

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It was never hard to tell who the rookies were. When my sons first joined Boy Scouts, it was common practice for their troop to take the newest recruits – and usually their fathers — camping right away. That meant tenting in March. It’s an unforgiving month by nature. Still, enthusiasm was always high. This […]

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Outdoor Extras, including an alfredo channel catfish recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Lucky 7 Company: Tri-State Bait Co. (https://www.everybodyshops.com/lucky7-dough-ball-fishing-carp-catfish-bait.html) Gear type: Dough ball bait Product description: When it comes to catching catfish, namely channel cats and bullheads, and carp, scented dough baits are a proven, effective tool. Each flavor of these comes in […]

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National Public Lands Day a celebration of riches

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Before Jurassic World, before Jurassic Park, before even the actual dinosaurs that spawned them, there was Brandywine Falls. Or at least the makings of it. Between 300 and 400 million years ago, Brandywine Creek began cutting its way through the Cuyahoga Valley. In nature’s slow but unrelenting way, the Brandywine gouged and scoured and burnished […]

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Calling whitetails successfully a matter of properly timed aggression

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You want to do it. Oh, man, do you want to do it. For months you’ve dreamt of archery season, always envisioning an edgy, big-racked, thick-bodied whitetail buck walking under your tree stand or up to your ground blind. In your mind’s eye, the deer came in on a string, responding to your calling. Now, […]

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PA Game Commission may change rules for wearing of orange

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It is, by just about everyone’s admission, time to make a decision one way or the other. There’s less agreement on what that decision should be. For many months now, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners have debated whether to simplify the rules specifying how much fluorescent orange hunters have to wear and when. As things are, agency […]

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Hawk watching a season unto itself

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The trail we walked was ancient, or at least much older than the intentions of those traveling it this day. Times, attitudes, change. We started with a gentle climb. Leaving the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association visitor center near Kempton, Pa., at our back, we crossed the road and passed through a gate, manned by a […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a campfire hot dog recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: SonicSubSpin UnderSpin Company: Panther Martin (www.panthermartin.com) Lure type: Spinner Sizes and colors: Available in five colors – black blue flake, silver, white black back, white and chartreuses holographic – in three sizes, ¼-, 3/8- and ½-ounce. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth […]

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Wet weather camping can be fun with the right preparation

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The weather around much of the country lately has been absolutely wonderful. If you’re an ark salesman, that is. But for the rest of us? Not so much. We’ve endured tremendous amounts of rain in a short period of time. And things figure to stay wet for a while, too. Now, rain in and of […]

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First-time campers and lessons learned and shared

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Ever been hit square between the eyes with a blacksmith’s hammer? Me neither, fortunately. But I imagine it feels something like the breath-stealing punch to the face that is the heat baking much of the country lately. Really, c’mon. Do so much as open your front door and walk to the car and you’re dripping […]

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Duck numbers, grizzly bears and more outdoor news

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A roundup of outdoor news from around the country… Duck numbers Waterfowl hunters should expect a few less ducks this fall than last, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But that’s not to say things are bad. The Service’s 2018 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey Report – an annual estimate of duck […]

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Owls add excitement and mystery to evening hikes

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It was the pellets that first gave them away. We were hiking a trail through the woods of a local park. It’s not rugged by any means, yet the terrain had slowed our gait a bit. It was downhill, but steep, and on this day wet. At one point, moving slowly beneath some pines to […]

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Talking about moving the deer season opener

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It is, it seems, a case of trying to live in two worlds. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners – like their counterparts all over the nation – are trying to recruit new hunters and reactivate lapsed ones. Declining license sales that are eroding conservation funding make that a necessity. Yet they’re simultaneously trying to hold onto the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a look at a fire starter

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Blastmatch Company: Ultimate Survival technologies (https://www.everybodyshops.com/ultimate-survival-technologies-blastmatch-firestarter-orange.html) Gear type: Fire starter Product description: Fire is a critical element of any survival scenario. It provides, heat, warmth for boiling water or cooking and, as much as anything else, hope. And the Blastmatch is […]

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