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Crayfish research leads to exciting finds

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This isn’t like white-tailed deer, or brook trout or red-tailed hawks. Hunters and anglers and bird watchers seek those species out, all the time, and have lots of success finding them. They’re common enough that it takes s special specimen to even generate much talk. It’s not so with burrowing crayfish. At least not in […]

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Fish and wildlife are economic engines

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Consider your guilt assuaged. Mine is, too. Despite what your mother said – not to do something just because others are – it’s OK, at least in this case. Everyone’s in the same boat, or at least the same kinds of boats, or hiking shoes, or hunting coats, or fishing waders. And it’s healthy. Outdoorsmen […]

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Porcupines and the winter woods

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They are one of the slowest moving creatures in the northern woods, generally waddling along at a seemingly carefree pace. Yet they are difficult to catch sight of much of the year. Now is the exception, though. If you want to lay eyes on a porcupine, winter offers your best chance. It’s a matter of […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a squirrel hunting tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Lil’ Corky Clusters Company: Yakima Bait Co. (http://www.yakimabait.com) Lure type: Imitation egg sac Sizes and colors: Available in three sizes – 11/32-, 7/16- and 9/16-inch – in 30 colors, including sherbet, rocket red, pink clown, luminous green, black, chartreuse flame, glitter […]

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Outdoor reading for the naturalist, survivalist, hiker, hunter, more

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I admit it: I’m a sucker. For good books that it. My library is large, varied and always growing, with new books added to the collection often faster than I can keep up with reading them. Doesn’t matter. Whenever I see or hear or read of a book that sounds interesting, it gets added to […]

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Hunting accidents on decline, but even one too many

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There’s no sugarcoating it. Every time a hunter dies in the woods, by his own hand or that of another, it’s a tragedy. Some family is forever changed. That’s the case in Michigan this year. According to a story in the Detroit Free Press (https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/11/16/hunter-shot-helena-township-michigan/2024774002/), earlier this month 38-year-old Justin Buetel was hunting on private […]

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PA bear hunting season lives up to billing

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Christmas morning should deliver this well. Before the 2018 statewide firearms bear season began, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials predicted hunters could kill a lot of bears, and perhaps even conceivably set a new harvest record. They also said there were lots of big bears available for the taking. Check and check. Final bear harvest numbers […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a product for processing game

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Game processing kit Company: Meyerco (https://www.everybodyshops.com/meyerco-game-processing-set.html) Gear type: Butchering set Product description: It’s estimated that about half of all hunters who shoot a big game animal, such as a white-tailed deer, process it themselves at home. There’s no estimate on how […]

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A holiday gift guide for those who love the outdoors

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Mick Dombroski had a daughter, a crossbow, a desire to film her first deer harvest, but just two hands. So the Burrell, Pa, elementary school teacher did what he had to do. He invented the GameStick (https://www.gamestickllc.com/). It’s a device that turns any smartphone into an action camera. It’s one of the products we’re featuring […]

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Geocaching a way to add a new twist to outdoor adventures

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The appeal remains the same as ever. From the days of Pirates – and probably even before that – to now, treasure hunting is a thrilling hobby. Finding the X on a map that represents prizes and glory is a thrill, just as it ever was. Of course, you need not carry a broadsword and […]

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Deer hunters need to hunt more than deer

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This is it, the time of the year that sparks local economies and pays for wildlife management across the country. Deer season is here. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunters spent $26.2 billion in 2016 – the latest year for which statistics are available – on expenditures ranging from gasoline to ammunition […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip when tracking deer

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Headbanger Tail Company: Headbanger Lures (www.headbangerlures.com) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 9-inch model in nine colors, including crappie, dirty roach, coward, firetiger and UV clown. Target species: Muskies and northern pike. Technique: Designed in Sweden, the […]

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Science offers tips for filling a deer tag

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The firearms deer seasons – at least in those states where whitetails roam, and that’s most of them – are the busiest and most anticipated of the hunting year. You know what that means. If you’re a sportsman or woman, one question is coming. It will be repeated over the next several weeks, at holiday […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a deer steak recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: StrapPack Company: Calkit (https://www.everybodyshops.com/clakit-bottle-pack.html) Gear type: Water bottle case Product description: When adventuring outdoors, it’s hugely important to stay hydrated. Everyone knows that. But carrying water can be sometimes inconvenient. Enter the StrapPack water bottle case. It fits any bottle up […]

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Gill lice controversy takes on new form

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A line in the sand has been erased. How much that will do to resolve a potentially litigious debate around a parasite that may or may not be impacting wild brook trout populations remains to be seen. A few months ago, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials proposed a new rule saying that, as of […]

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Birders sought to fulfill citizen science role

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Birders are tough to beat. A lot of hobbies generate passion among their followers. Each pastime has its diehards. But the people who watch birds are, in a word, serious. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 45.1 million people watched birds in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. No […]

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Hiking with children can be fun, memorable if you do it right

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It was a choice of adventure over labor. A niece graduated from high school and we, her far flung family, assembled in Ohio from points all over the map to celebrate. But you know how these things go. Before the burgers and fried chicken and cake and decorations and other assorted hoopla there’s lots of […]

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Look for clues when field judging black bears

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Spike, that’s who he reminded me of. You’ll remember Spike if you watched Looney Toons cartoons on Saturday mornings back in the day, or have at least seen them online since. He was a burly, big-shouldered, tough talking bulldog. Palled up with Chester, his yippy Terrier friend, he took on Sylvester and other foils, usually […]

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Hunters ask for changes to PA turkey seasons

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It’s the days, weeks and months after an election that people know whether their vote counted for change. So it will be here. Hunters asked for changes when commenting on the new turkey management plan Pennsylvania Game Commissioners adopted earlier this fall. The plan will guide decisions on the birds through 2027. Those requests haven’t […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a fall fishing tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Vibrax Chaser Company: Blue Fox (www.rapala.com/bluefox-lures/) Lure type: Spinner Sizes and colors: Available in 3/10-ounce model with a size 2 blade and a ½- ounce model with a size 3 blade, all in six colors: copper, firetiger, gold, orange craw, rainbow […]

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Cross country skiing essentials start with the feet

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Don’t be fooled by the obvious. Cross country skiing requires three essential pieces of gear. And skis, of course, count as one. But they’re not the most important one. That would be boots. “You’ve got to take care of your feet first,” said Joe Triebsch, a ski instructor from REI in Pittsburgh. “That’s the most […]

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Tips on choosing the right flashlight for outdoor adventure

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Chances are, if you’re a camper – and even if you’re not – you’ve got a drawer or two or three full of them. Flashlights seem to breed that way. That’s not surprising, especially among the outdoor crowd. National surveys show that that, consistently year to year, flashlights are the most-commonly-purchased item among campers, and […]

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A seismic change may be occurring in the whitetail woods

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It’s that most magical time of year for whitetail deer hunters. The rut is at its peak or very close to it. Bucks — including those mature, thick-beamed, heavy-bodied and typically hard-to-kill ones worthy of magazine covers — are focused on breeding to the exclusion of everything else. They’re as vulnerable as they’re ever going […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a rabbit stew recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Sqweelin Wabbit Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/triple-toe-calls-sqweelin-wabbit-predator-call.html) Gear type: Predator call Product description: It’s that time of year. Predator hunting seasons are here, and one of the most effective calls – for coyotes, bobcats and foxes, among others – is a […]

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Exercise now for rock climbing later

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It’s a definite maybe. You may still be able to do some rock climbing yet this year, or you might not, depending on where you go and what conditions exist there. Alpine Adventures in New York says its rock climbing season generally runs from late April through mid-October, for example. But there are exceptions. “We […]

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Become an outdoor mentor to perpetuate appreciation for nature, wildlife, adventure

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It’s happening all around the country. Government agencies, equipment manufacturers, non-profit organizations, they’re all emphasizing the need to get more people involved in outdoor recreation, be it hunting and fishing, hiking and camping, biking and backpacking, paddling and skiing or anything else. Earlier this month, for example, Maine became the eighth state to create an […]

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