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Hocking Hills worth a visit around the crowds

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“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong…” That’s an old tune from Sesame Street. It teaches children to identify differences in colors and sizes and shapes. It’s not the theme song of Hocking Hills State Park. But it could be. The park – a heartthrob of a […]

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Sunday hunting push faces obstacles in PA

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Hunters seeking the chance to pursue deer or other game on Sundays in Pennsylvania have a fight on their hands. And it’s one they’ll apparently have to wage with kid gloves. State lawmakers – either surprisingly politer or thin-skinned – made that clear this past week. The House of Representatives game and fisheries committee held […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for baked dove

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Erratic shiner Company: LIVETARGET Lures (https://livetargetlures.com/) Lure type: Spoon Sizes and colors: Available in four sizes – ¼-, 3/8-. ½- and ¾-ounces – in 10 colors, including gold/black, silver/blue, gold/green, glow/black and glow/pearl. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern […]

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Boating accidents, a look at how, when and why they occur

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It’s a new way to fight an age-old problem. Sometimes, people drink alcohol when out boating. And, as a result, some of them die. But there are new tools out there for detecting who’s had too much. The U.S. Coast Guard recently released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics report. It looks at boating accidents nationwide, […]

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Pymatuning Lake walleyes still abundant, maybe easier to catch

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Maybe nature is balancing itself out at Pymatuning Lake. Anglers can’t be blamed for hoping so. For years, biologists with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have talked about how many walleyes swim in the 17,088 acre lake in Crawford County. .It’s the centerpiece of Pymatuning State Park, on the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. They survey the […]

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Velvet antlers about to disappear for another year

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Chances are it’s going on in your neck of the woods right now. But if you want to see it, you’d better hurry. White-tailed bucks scrape and scratch the velvet from their antlers late each summer, in preparation for the fall breeding season, or rut. They do it every year, year after year. Predicting just […]

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Managed dove fields can provide good hunting

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Long popular in the South, they’ve spread across the country in recent years. No, not mourning doves. They’re already super abundant just about everywhere. Estimates are that there are 350 million or so of them across the nation. Hunters harvest 20 million annually. “These numbers make doves the widest ranging and most abundant game bird […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a defense against ticks

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Permethrin Company: Sawyer Gear type: Insect repellent Product description: Hunters, hikers, leaf peppers, steelhead and trout anglers, and lots of other people will be walking through grass, brush and woods over the next few months, as coolera temperatures and the attractions […]

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Hiking through the sky, below it at Kinzua Bridge State Park

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Be warned: if heights set your knees to knocking, this is one hike that will involve plenty of trembling. After all, they don’t call it the “skywalk” for nothing. The trail leading from the visitor center at Kinzua Creek State Park is innocent looking initially. It’s paved, surrounded by mowed grass, giddy with the high-pitched […]

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K9 program expanding at Game Commission

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They are not new, not even here. Law enforcement officers have long used dogs – K9 companions – to help find evidence, track down criminals, recover lost people and more. That’s been true on and off at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, too. Rich Palmer is deputy executive director for field operations for the agency and […]

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Non-resident college anglers focus of possible license change

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These are unchartered waters, even for an agency responsible for managing them. Right now, anyone who fishes Pennsylvania lakes, rivers and streams – but calls another state home – pays non-resident license prices. That’s $51, plus another $1.90 in fees. Such is how things have always been. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners might tweak that. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a baked stuffed apple recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Frittside Company: Berkley (http://www.berkley-fishing.com/) Lure type: Crankbait Sizes and colors: Available a 2.25-, 2.5- and 2.75-inch models in 18 colors, including candy apple red craw, cream pie, honey had, Lone Ranger, MF bluegill, sexy back, spicy mustard and spray tan. Target […]

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Disease management focus of new wildlife program

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More than a century ago, unregulated commercial harvest put much of Pennsylvania’s wildlife on the brink of blinking out. These days, disease is the threat White-nose syndrome has reduced populations of some bat species by 99 percent. West Nile virus continues to hammer ruffed grouse and perhaps other birds. Chronic wasting disease is spreading through […]

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Hikes sometimes lead to interesting old cemeteries

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There are two seeming miracles here, really. The first is that the Chess family found ground flat enough – even relatively speaking – to build a cemetery. We were hiking in extreme southwestern Pennsylvania, fewer than a dozen miles from the border of the West Virginia panhandle. It’s a land of coal and sheep and […]

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Living the dream as a professional angler takes commitment

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It’s not just about fishing. Austin Aikins is good at that. The senior at Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School is one of two Pennsylvanians on the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team. It’s a collection of 62 of the best, most well-rounded anglers from around the country. Sponsors nominate teens based on their fishing […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for omelets in a bag

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Throwdown Company: Ameristep Gear type: Hunting blind Product description: Concealment is key in so many hunting situations, whether it be chasing spring gobblers, calling in wily predators or sitting for white-tailed deer. But what if you’re a public land hunter, without […]

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Keys to camping away from the crowds

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It was a revelation delivered by the masses. A friend — one who spent many a night camping with his son while they were in Scouts – went on a family trip, their first in a long while. Their destination was a popular state park. On those prior outings, he and the Scouts stayed in […]

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act could prove historic

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It’s a crisis largely unseen and unnoticed. Hundreds of species of fish and wildlife across America – many of them habitat specialists, filling specific, if often uncommon, niches out of public view – are in trouble. Serious trouble. According to the National Wildlife Federation, “nearly one-third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or […]

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Hunters feed the hungry via venison donation programs

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America has a hunger problem. Hunters are helping to solve it. And with hunting seasons across the country opening in just days or at most a few weeks, the hope is that they’ll step up again. According to the nonprofit Hunger Free America, one in 10 employed Americans – nearly 15 million people – live […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a dog training tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Smuggler Company: Chasebaits Lure type: Topwater Sizes and colors: Available in 2.5- and 3.5-inch sizes in seven colors: budgie, sparrow, white cockatoo, black cockatoo, clear finch, purple ghost and coot. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskies. Technique: Ducklings, […]

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Albino deer sighting a real outdoors treat

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The bright red brake lights of the SUV stopped in the road in front of us offered a hint of what was to come. But only a hint. It was near dusk, and my wife and I were driving around and through a local state park. Having hiked to a favorite waterfall earlier, we were […]

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What to do if your dog gets bitten by a snake on a hike

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It’s been the summer of the snake for one man. We met a couple of weeks ago, via a business transaction. We got to talking about shared interests, among them hiking. He roams the woods with his two dogs, at least one of which tops 100 pounds. The places he travels – state forests and […]

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Henry Long Ranger outshoots need for compromise

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I’d like to have rock hard, well-defined, Lord have mercy six pack abs. And I might, too. Except for pizza. And ice cream, the occasional high calorie beverage and, well, lots of other foods that promote softer edges. That’s the way things often are in life, though. We make choices, compromise really, and live with […]

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Who, how of wildlife management in PA a mystery to most

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It’s the same problem facing wildlife management agencies all across the country. And it’s one of relevance. According to a random, scientifically valid poll, more than half of Pennsylvanians – 52 percent to be exact – say they don’t know which agency is most responsible for managing wildlife in the state. By comparison, just 38 […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a CanCooker recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: CanCooker Jr. Company: Seth McGinn Gear type: Cooking pot Product description: Meals are a big part of any camping trip. But only so long as making them is fun. If you spend all your time slaving over the stove, and too […]

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Fisheries surveys reveal good, not so good for largemouth bass

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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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