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Whitetail Report shows America’s hunters taking more bucks, and bigger ones, too

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Get two hunters together anywhere, anytime, and one question is more likely to come up than any other. Did you get your buck? In South Carolina, the answer is likely yes, at least lately. In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 79 percent of licensed Palmetto State hunters killed a buck. […]

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BioLite HeadLamp 200 test and review

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If you enjoy channeling your inner coal miner when roaming woods and trails in the dark, move along. This isn’t the headlamp for you. But if seeing well enough to cook dinner, set up your tent or walk to your tree stand without tripping over rocks and roots are the priorities, well, that’s another story. […]

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Fishing license display requirement goes away

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Stamps and envelopes haven’t completely disappeared form this world gone increasingly paperless. So those clear plastic fishing license holders probably won’t either. But as with the tools of snail mail, expect to see fewer of them, starting this spring. That’s because Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners elimninated the rule requiring anglers to display their license […]

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How to use pup distress calls to target coyotes

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It’s not exactly going out on a limb to say Al Morris is a passionate predator hunter. Make that visibly passionate. The three-time world coyote calling champion is one of the hosts of FOXPRO Furtakers on the Outdoor Channel. He travels all over the country for the show. Watch the results. Chances are good you’ll […]

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Fishing’s Leaky Bucket and more outdoor news

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week Interest in recreational shooting is on the increase across America, with many of the newcomers – younger ones in particular – focused on handguns. But which one to buy? Walk into any gun shop and […]

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A canoe camping checklist for every paddler

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Imagine the movie Wild Hogs, but with four kayaks and a single canoe replacing the motorcycles. That’s what our trip was like. Well, sort of. We’re a half dozen middle-aged guys – trending hard and fast toward old – and last summer’s float was an attempt to add a little adventure to our lives. Mild […]

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Bobcats a beautiful species that’s made a big comeback

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The clock is ticking for bobcats all across North America. Not in the sense that they’re in trouble. Far from it. Bobcats were scarce in a lot of places as recently as the 1970s. Deforestation, development, changes in agricultural practices and even bounties offered for every one killed hammered them. But things are dramatically different […]

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Voluntary fishing permits sell even better than expected

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This worked out about as well as could have been expected. And maybe better. Late in 2018, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials created four voluntary permits meant to raise funds for fish habitat work, research, angler surveys and more. They really started marketing them early in 2019. One permit, for wild trout and enhanced […]

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Backyard Bird Count and More Outdoor News

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week Compared to the cost of a rifle itself and optics you mount on it, scope rings are fairly inexpensive. But to get the most from your firearm, you still need to get the […]

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Troubling trends in outdoor recreation participation

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Maybe you’ve seen it in the news lately. America is facing a potential French fry shortage because of a poor potato crop. Couch potatoes remain plentiful, though. In fact, some new data suggests that – for the first time in years – while participation in outdoor recreation remains high, the most sedentary Americans are becoming […]

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Saturday opener for deer boosted PA hunting license sales

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Moving opening day of Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season for the first time in 60 years helped the Game Commission sell more licenses in 2019 than in 2018. Whether it’s enough remains to be seen. For decades, opening day always fell on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This past year, commissioners bumped the opener up by […]

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Changes possible to PA’s deer season and more

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Another Saturday opener, the Sunday following, and two weeks of concurrent buck and doe hunting. Those are just a few of the highlights that could define Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season this fall. And that’s not all. Additional changes could be coming to bear, archery deer, turkey, raccoon and squirrel seasons, too. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners […]

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Tips on finding fish to catch fish

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The feeling is probably comparable to that of a prospector who discovers a gold nugget at the bottom of his pan. You’re at a flea market, perhaps, or an estate sale. Wandering among old furniture, tools and the odds and ends of a life not your own, you stumble upon some really nice fishing tackle, […]

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Outdoor Extras

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week Anyone who camps, especially off the beaten path, has heard it: practice “leave no trace” principles. That implies getting to a spot, doing your thing, then leaving in such a way that no one ever […]

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Outdoor gear storage solutions for home, garage

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This, I’m finding, is how the other half lives. No, we’re not talking finances. My wife and I haven’t suddenly come into any wealth. But space, well, that’s another matter. We married relatively young and had two sons in short order. As a result, we went from renting an apartment to renting a home to […]

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Report shows Americans love target shooting

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Don’t let the naysayers fool you. Gun ownership is mainstream, with more Americans from more backgrounds shooting now than at any time in the past decade Responsive Management, an independent research firm specializing in outdoor topics, examined shooting trends between 2009 and 2018. It did the work for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Its resulting […]

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Tips to enjoy more success jigging walleyes

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Hitting rock bottom is generally considered a bad thing. But not always in Dean Cushman’s world. He’s a Michigan-based guide with Hardcore Charters and an instructor with teachinfishin.com. When he’s not on the water fishing, he’s traveling the country educating others on how to do it. And jig fishing the absolute bottom of a river […]

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A DIY fishing net tip good for fish, fishermen

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Looking for ways to increase your stress levels, raise your blood pressure and put a real shine on your cursing skills? There’s an easy way to do it Starting this spring, go fishing. Pursue a species that likes to thrash – I mean really go crazy – at the side of the boat or at […]

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Outdoor News and Gear

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week There’s a lot to be said for snowshoeing your way through fields and forests at this time of year. The bugs are gone, the landscape seems fresh and clean and crowds can be […]

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How to choose sleeping bag liners

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There was no escape. Once, back in the olden days, some friends and I went camping in winter. We were young and invincible, meaning occasionally foolhardy, and this was our first experience with tenting in snow. That first day was busy. We were active, pitching tents, arranging our primitive camp kitchen, exploring a bit, building […]

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Taking a look at the underappreciated gray fox

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There’s no need to do an internet search. It’s safe to assume the runner-up in the most recent Miss Universe pageant is an attractive woman. It’s also a pretty good guess relatively few know her name or ever will. Such is the price of finishing second. That’s the plight of the gray fox, too. Every […]

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Restoring bobwhite quail proving difficult, but hope remains

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Progress is being made, and a recent change in policy offers hope for more. But this is going to take more time that perhaps thought. Wildlife managers kicked off an effort to restore bobwhite quail populations nationwide 25 years ago. The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, a strategic plan for meeting that goal, followed in 2002. […]

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Outdoor Extras

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week This is the age of self-driving cars and voice activated home assistants. So the zipper (https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-invented-the-zipper/) might not seem like much of a marvel, at least not compared to when it debuted on a large […]

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Think tree seedlings for wildlife now

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“It’s getting late early,” that’s what Yankees great Yogi Berra once said. The Hall of Fame catcher was talking baseball, not wildlife. But if you’re thinking about offering food and cover for your favorite species, the words still apply. In short, it’s time to think about planting for the sake of habitat. Spring doesn’t officially […]

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Outdoor shows fill up calendar this winter

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Cabin fever schmabin fever. Brother, if you can’t get your outdoor fix in over the next three months, you just ain’t tryin. It’s true that the most popular hunting seasons are over and the most popular fishing ones are still a ways off. But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk, talk, plan and dream about […]

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Positive reviews for two inline muzzleloaders

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The timing was right if the results weren’t. Going into this past fall, Pennsylvania adopted its first-ever muzzleloader season for black bears. It overlapped with an antlerless deer season in mid-October, a wonderful time to be in the woods because of the weather, the color and the peace, relative to the statewide firearms season. I […]

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