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Asking when lawmakers will address CWD

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For more than half a decade now, the news is always bad, always worse than what was known just a few months before. Since being discovered in Pennsylvania in 2012, chronic wasting disease has continually spread. It infects more deer, in more places, every year. That continues. The Pennsylvania Game Commission detected the disease in […]

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Examining how much orange hunters should wear and when

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Maybe you think Pennsylvania’s rules for how much fluorescent orange hunters have to wear while in the field, and when, are complicated. Game Commission officials don’t disagree. In fact, just recently, they labeled them “the most complex and restrictive” in the nation. But does that mean they need simplified? There’s less agreement there. So, for […]

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One Butler County lake prime for fishing, one not

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The crowds are gone at this time of year. The crowds of fishermen, that is. But the crowds of bass remain. Harbar Acres Lake in Butler County, Pennsylvania is not a large lake at just 15 acres. Located on state game land 95, it’s perhaps best known as a trout stocked water, as the Pennsylvania […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a groundhog hunting tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Gravity Water Treatment System Company: Sawyer Products (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-one-gallon-gravity-filtration-system.html) Gear type: Water filter Product description: Chances are when you escape to the backcountry – whether that’s a half mile from the road or 50 – you go there to fish or hunt […]

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Summer is time to be black bear aware

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Sometimes, apparently, oppressive heat is the lesser of two evils. It will devour any chocolate left in your vehicle. But it won’t rip out the windows, tear up the upholstery and cause all sorts of other carnage to do it. A hungry black bear just might. That was, essentially, the warning we encountered last summer […]

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PA hunting guide program likely changing

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Becoming an officially-permitted Pennsylvania hunting guide does not, right now, require a lot of skill. Or any, for that matter. But that may soon change. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is revising its guide permit program to include written and practical skills tests. No such things exist now, said Chad Eyler, chief of the agency’s special […]

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Outdoor extras, including a bluegill stir fry recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Adrenaline Bug          Company: X Zone Lures. (www.xzonelures.com/site/home) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 4-inch model in 11 colors, including Okeechobee craw, purple shadow, Junebug, black red flake, black blue flake and watermelon red flake. Target species: Largemouth […]

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National Recreation Trails are pathways to adventure

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It’s pretty refreshing these days, especially considering the sweat that went into building it. Boring the Staple Bend Tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains was brutal stuff. Workers used picks, shovels and explosive powder, 12 hours a day, six days a week, all for $13 a month. They made 18 inches of progress on a good […]

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Might anglers pay for voluntary permits to support fishing

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Anglers across Pennsylvania haven’t been forced to pay more to fish for a while now. License fees haven’t increased since 2005. But might they be willing to pay more voluntarily? The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is going to find out. Agency staff and board members are looking at ways of increasing revenue. One idea, […]

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Antique lure collecting a fascinating hobby

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Treasures are harder to come by these days, at least at bargain prices. Oh, sure, every now and again, someone finds – stuffed in an old cigar box, tucked away in the attic – a long-gone relative’s antique fishing lures. But rarely do they end up at garage sales any more. Not in the age […]

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Homers and roamers, movers and stayers and other wandering fish

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Anglers take heart. It’s not always your fault that you can’t catch fish in the usual places. Sometimes, they’re just not there. Fish of many species wander – based on season, water flow, temperature or, sometimes, it seems, pure whim – for hours, days or even months a time. Researchers from Juniata College, for example, […]

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Outdoor extras, including a way to help fishing newbies

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Vest Pack Assortment Company: Scientific Anglers (https://www.everybodyshops.com/3m-anglers-vest-pack-assortment.html#tab-product1) Gear type: Fly fishing equipment Product description: This handy little pack contains many, if not all, of the tools a fly angler needs on the water. There’s a pin-back retractor that stretches to 15 […]

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Antlers fascinate, and with good reason

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Leaves just aren’t the same. No one shows off trail camera pictures of the leaves on their favorite tree in spring, when they’re just budding, while breathlessly talking about what they might look like in full maturity. You won’t find anyone lying in bed at night, unable to sleep, dreaming of their leaves, either. And […]

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Pymatuning Lake walleyes may finally turn on

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Death might finally spring life into the Pymatuning Lake walleye fishery. The 17,088-acre lake in northwestern Pennsylvania, which straddles the Ohio line, is packed full of walleyes. Of that there’s no doubt. Biologists with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission surveyed it each spring but one from 1989 through 2018. Catches are tallied on a […]

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Hunters asked to protect eagle populations

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Pennsylvania eagles have blossomed over the last three-plus decades. They’re so abundant as to be mysterious even. “From a lot of two or three nests in the 1970s, we have probably over 300 at this point,” said Patti Barber, a bird biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “I say probably because we have so many […]

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Targeted shooting finds no disease

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Sharpshooters killed deer in two areas of Pennsylvania this winter, looking for evidence of chronic wasting disease. They didn’t find it. But that doesn’t mean the effort was unsuccessful, said Wayne Laroche, special assistant for chronic wasting disease for the agency. “Just because we didn’t get any doesn’t mean we didn’t do good,” he said. […]

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Rattlesnake hunting grows in popularity

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Pennsylvania’s timber rattlesnakes are doing pretty well, all things considered. Probably better than expected, in fact. But if you want to catch one – and some do – you’ve got to play by the rules. Otherwise, expect consequences. Rattlers are managed as a game species in Pennsylvania, in some regards, said Chris Urban, chief if […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a summertime hiking tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Baby Shad Company: Bobby Garland Crappie Baits. (http://www.bobbygarlandcrappie.com) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 2-inch model in dozens of colors, including key lime, bayou booger, shimmer shad, green hornet, tadpole, live minnow, green banana and blue pearl. […]

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Float plans important for safe paddling

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Hey, I’m all for it. Getting away from it all, that is. There are few things as wonderful as being alone or mostly alone in nature. And rivers are great pathways to such adventures. You’ll likely hear birds or the splashing of a fish. Perhaps the voice of a companion. Maybe the only sound will […]

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Color can seal victory when chasing crappies

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Closers, in baseball, are important members of the team. But they pitch the ninth inning, not the first. Their job is to seal victories, not initiate them. So it is with color and crappies. A lot of things attract crappies and other fish to first investigate a bait. Color isn’t one of them. “Color is […]

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Trolling for muskies can put big fish in the boat

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When it comes to muskies, as with all fish, you’ve got to catch them where they’re at. Often, that’s around the kind of complications that play havoc with lures. “Structure is the key,” said “Musky Joe” Netti of Cortland, N.Y. “”Bridge abutments, weed edges, those kinds of places. They like to be there.” He knows. […]

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Rules changing at three PA lakes

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One Pennsylvania lake is being added to the panfish enhancement program. Another is coming off. It’s all about potential and unrealized expectations. The former applies to Shenango Lake in Mercer County. It’s a roughly 3,600-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake. The crappie fishing there has been, in recent years, well, crappy. The lake is […]

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PA getting new elk hunt zone, amidst other changes

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Pennsylvania elk are moving into areas where they’re wanted. Pennsylvania elk hunters aren’t always doing the same. That’s behind some changes. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners allocated 125 elk licenses – 26 for bulls, 99 for cows – for the 2018 elk hunting season. That’s up from 118 last year, when 25 bull and 93 cow tags […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a Fire Making book

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras … Gear of the week Gear name: Fire Making Company: The Experiment (https://theexperimentpublishing.com/) Gear type: Book Product description: Subtitled “The Forgotten Art of Conjuring Flame with Spark, Tinder and Skill,” this 250-page hardcover book isn’t for the casual campfire maker. But if you want to know how […]

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Fire key to staying alive, getting found in emergencies

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Redundancy has its place. Have you ever told a teenager to clean their room?” Put away their laundry? Take the garbage out? Maybe even – oh, the humanity — set their phone down? And – here comes the tricky part – had them listen right away, without a reminder or two or three? Yeah, me […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a recipe for Carp Cakes

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Free Minnow Company: 412 Bait Co. (https://www.everybodyshops.com/5-free-minnow-8-pack-ts-412-bait-company.html and http://412baitco-com.3dcartstores.com/) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 5-inch model in assorted colors, including baby bass, June bug, cold steel, dreamsicle, pearl white, copperhead, poppin purple and black/blue, among others. […]

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