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Finding the right rail trail for you

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You might never convince her. A cousin of mine loves to explore the outdoors. It’s a passion that’s grown in recent years especially, and taken her to some really beautiful places on foot and on a bike. But she’s got one condition. She does not want to see snakes. Of any kind. Ever. So when […]

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Hiking safety key no matter how short the trip

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It’s not who you think it is. Each year, park and forest rangers, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other search and rescue personnel take to the woods to save people in dire straits. There’s never a shortage of people needing help. Yet rarely are the rescued backwoods wanderers, exotic, high adventure explorers who roamed […]

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Fisheries surveys show the mighty Susquehanna is fine for channel catfish

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a paddling tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Stay Put Company: Sawyer (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-stay-put-sunscreen-lotion-spf30.html) Gear type: Sunscreen Product description: I’ve turned my wife into a paddler. She doesn’t fish, but she loves taking her kayak out and cruising rivers and lakes. Unfortunately for her, the same sun that leaves me […]

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Camping essentials to make every trip memorable for the right reasons

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Like the old gray mare, my memory ain’t what she used to be. Oh, I packed the sleeping bags on our last camping trip. The pillows, though, never made it to the Jeep in the driveway, let alone the campground five hours from home. They were sitting on the couch, right beside my wife’s forgotten […]

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Examining changing turkey populations in connection with West Nile Virus

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How would this be for a twist. Across the country, hunters can pursue turkeys twice a year, in spring and again in fall. Yet, perhaps, the most dangerous time for the birds might be late summer. That’s not hunting season. That’s bug season. Researchers are looking at whether mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are […]

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Fisheries surveys show Delaware River holding wild brown, rainbow trout

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Senate bill 147, which would expand Sunday hunting, faces obstacles yet

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The battle is not yet over. Pennsylvania state Senators recently approved, by a 36-14 vote, an amended Senate Bill 147, which calls for allowing hunting on three Sundays each year. Supporters called it a victory, albeit a smaller one than they envisioned. But it remains far from a done deal. Questions remain, both regarding if […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a look into fishing’s butterfly future

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Lure of the week Lure name: Butterfly Float’N Harness Company: Northland Fishing Tackle Lure type: Crawler harness Sizes and colors: Available in two blade sizes, 7/8- and 1 3/8-inch, and 12 color combinations, including blue shiner, clown, electric perch, Wonderbread, pink lemonade and purple tiger. Target species: Walleyes and yellow perch. Technique: This is just […]

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Solo canoes and pack boats growing in popularity

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As boats go they’re often overlooked, or at least have been in recent years, as evidenced by the ebb and flow of consumer wants and demands. But perhaps that’s changing. Solo canoes and more especially pack boats – a canoe-kayak hybrid – are, if not surging in popularity, at least back on the radar in […]

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Fisheries surveys show a musky mixed bag

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Expanded Sunday hunting could come to PA as early as this fall

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It seems now not a matter of if but when. On June 26, two days before taking their summer break, Pennsylvania state Senators approved an amended Senate Bill 147, perhaps – and as of yet, only perhaps — paving the way for expanded Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. Right now, hunters can pursue crows, coyotes and […]

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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: Double Action Company: Double Action Targets Gear type: Target Product description: Self-healing targets aren’t new. But this one is at least different in a neat and fun kind of way. Put a round through it and the hole closes back up […]

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Wildlife watching from the water a real treat

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There’s no official name, so far as I know, for the portal that took us into another world. But it hides behind a tricky entrance. We arrived at the state park boat launch mid-morning of a weekday. It’s summer, and school is surely out everywhere, but still, the crowd was surprisingly large. A variety of […]

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Study says changing values will impact fish and wildlife management

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It’s more evidence of a coming storm, perhaps. Fewer Americans than ever hunt these days. In fact, it recently hit a 25-year low. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, released in 2016, showed that 11.5 million Americans hunted. That was 4.4 percent of the population. If that sounds like a lot, it’s not. By […]

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Fisheries surveys show lakes with lots of bass, channel cats

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a new twist on a campfire favorite

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Wameku Shad 70 Company: SPRO Lure type: Lipless crankbait Sizes and colors: Available a 2.75-inch, ¾-ounce model in eight colors: crawfish gold, crawfish chartreuse, chrome shad, purple rain shad, Rayburn craw, matte sexy shad, delta craw and black back gold. Target […]

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Kayak catfishing growing in popularity

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Justin Johnson never goes fishing intending to develop a hernia. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Blame it on a change of heart and a change in equipment that followed. Johnson, an East Tennessee native, was a bass fisherman early on. Then, in a tackle shop one day, he saw a photo […]

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Hike to Hunt Challenge offered by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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Every hunter, man or woman, who’s ever stopped halfway up a hill, gasping for air, drenched in sweat, pulse racing, attached to a rope with a dead deer at the other end, has said it. I’ve got to get in shape before next season. Well, here’s your chance. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the sportsmen’s group […]

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Release of chronic wasting disease plan delayed while public outreach continues

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It’s all about speed when it comes to controlling chronic wasting disease. And yet, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is delaying release of its disease management plan. That’s by design, said Bryan Burhans, executive director of the agency. The new plan was due out this month, but he didn’t feel like it was ready. Instead, the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a blueberry crunch recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Select S1 Company: Sawyer Gear type: Water filter Product description: Staying properly hydrated is hugely important in the backcountry, or even when just out on a day hike in a local park or forest. So it’s critical to be able to […]

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Grant Woods offers advice on hunting mature bucks

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It’s a different world deer hunters live in these days. That’s what Grant Woods believes, in at least one sense. Creator of GrowingDeerTV.com, Woods hunts all over the country. One change is evident everywhere he goes. “When I was a boy, growing up in Missouri, the only food plot was Granny’s garden or some farmer’s […]

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Fun times camping sometimes born of chaos

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There was giggling amidst the chaos. That’s always a good sign. We’d spent the morning hiking, the afternoon swimming and the first part of evening eating ice cream. We followed that up with a dinner of simple but delicious pizza mountain pies. The next morning promised a guided striped bass fishing trip early and kayak […]

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Avoid strainers to stay safe, alive this boating season

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Don’t become spaghetti. When I and some others used to teach boating safety to our troop of Scouts, and talked turned to hazards on the water, we offered that as one piece of advice. The initial look we got was usually one of confusion. But we explained it like this. Paddle any river or creek […]

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Outdoor Extras, including egg in a hole grilled cheese recipe

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Lure of the week Lure name: Water Dragon Company: Culprit Lures Lure type: Soft plastic lizard Sizes and colors: Available a 7-inch model in 12 colors, including Bama bug, black neon, swamp juice, green pumpkin, watermelon red and sapphire blue. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: There are a lot of soft plastic lizard […]

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Auditor general releases look at Game Commission finances

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Lack of oversight is the biggest problem with how the Pennsylvania Game Commission handles its money. So says Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. His office audited the commission, looking at the years from July 2014 through June 2017. It issued its report on May 30. The audit outlined 11 findings and 43 recommended improvements, the […]

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