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Report shows changing trend in whitetail harvests

Outdoors

It’s a first in the white-tailed deer woods, at least in the last 18 years. And not necessarily a good one. Hunters in the 37 states and six Canadian provinces with whitetails killed, on the whole, more antlered deer in the 2017-18 season than antlerless ones, according to the Quality Deer Management Association’s “Whitetail Report […]

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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: 12-hour hand warmer Company: Zippo (https://www.everybodyshops.com/zippo-hand-warm er-12-hour.html) Gear type: Hand warmer Product description: Nothing can cut short a day outdoors in winter faster than cold fingers. When your digits are frozen, it’s hard to have fun. Enter the 12-hour hand warmer […]

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Cocoa Krispie Treat Footballs, a Fan Favorite

Food

Are you ready for some football? Of course you are! But do you know what you’re bringing to your friend’s party? This year, let someone else bring the boring chips and dip, while you show up with these adorably delicious Cocoa Krispie Treat footballs. With just four ingredients, this recipe is super easy to make. I […]

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2019 Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

Garden

The aisles were crowded and the conversations friendly at the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore, where many old friends met for this annual event. It’s a place where the customers are garden centers and nursery owners, looking for something new or better for their business. With more than 1,500 booths it can be […]

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Hiking with dogs in winter requires extra care

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An exact number is hard to pin down. But know this: whatever the figure is, it’s a big one. Americans love their dogs, seemingly more than ever. According to statista.com (https://www.statista.com/statistics/198100/dogs-in-the-united-states-since-2000/), there were 89.7 million pet dogs across the country in 2017. That’s up from 68 million as recently as 2000. Idahoans are especially crazy […]

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Archery trick shooter has a message in every arrow

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His message is threefold: spend time together as a family, do it outdoors and stay off drugs. And his vehicle for delivering it? That would be baby aspirin and a recurve bow. For 34 years, Frank Addington Jr. – a West Virginia native now living in San Antonio – has traveled the country doing archery […]

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Commission struggling to maintain century-old deputy force

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This is going to be a tougher nut to crack. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has operated shorthanded for quite a while now. When fully staffed, it should have 98 waterways conservation officers, its name for full-time law enforcement staff. In 2017 it had 82 officers. Last year it had 78. Eventually, though, and […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for bluegill fajitas

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Pinhead Mino Company: Clam Outdoors (www.clamoutdoors.com) Lure type: Jigging spoon Sizes and colors: Available in four sizes, 1/16-, 1/8-, ¼- and 3/8-ounce, in eight colors, including silver/blue, rainbow glow, gold/black, chartreuse/lime glow and chartreuse/orange glow. Target species: Crappies, bluegills, yellow perch, […]

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Crowdfunding for Slippery Rock trees

Garden

A walk down Main Street in Slippery Rock reveals empty patches of dirt every so often where ornamental pear trees once stood. Some of the other ‘Cleveland Select’ pear trees planted two decades ago are in decline, infected with a blight. That’s where the team of Luke Gregory and David Krayesky wants to help replace […]

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Practicing winter tree identification adds fun to outings

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Colonel Mustard, with a lead pipe, in the billiard room. Sleuths able to put together the right string of clues in the right sequence have found him guilty of murder — with just such a tool in just such a location – more than a time or two over the years. But what if he […]

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Maintaining public lands access goal of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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The average American is richer than they might imagine. That’s how Land Tawney sees it, anyway. The fifth generation Montanans tells anyone who will listen that the nation is home to 640 million acres of federally-protected public land. That includes National Parks, as well as properties managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. […]

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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: Brute Force Company: T-Rex Tape (www.trextape.com) Gear type: Duct tape Product description: It’s almost a cliché these days, to suggest that anything can be fixed with duct tape. But the truth is the tape is great for a variety of uses, […]

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Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

Food

This avocado and egg salad is one of my favorite homemade lunches because it’s healthy, tastes great and uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo! Tuna salads and egg salads are often passed off as healthy, but they’re so loaded with fatty mayo that you might as well have opted for a cheeseburger! This salad has […]

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10 Easy ways to start a healthier lifestyle

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New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap — for a good reason. Does anyone actually find those things useful? Don’t waste your time setting big resolutions that you’ll dump before the end of the month. Instead, set a few small intentions that will make this year your healthiest ever, guaranteed. Here are 10 easy ways […]

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Lemon Almond Chicken Salad

Food

Show me the person that isn’t looking for more delicious, healthy lunch ideas — we all are! Rarely are we dreaming of digging into a lunch we threw together at home in a hurry. So forget the sad salads you usually pack, and whip up a batch of this lemon almond chicken salad for tomorrow. […]

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History of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Garden

It was a gentlemen’s agreement between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Phipps that formed the genesis of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The conservatory is celebrating 125 years as a showcase for horticulture. “Andrew said he would build the libraries if Henry would build a conservatory,” says Phipps president and CEO Richard Piacentini. In 1889, $100,000 […]

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Making time to live an adventurous life

Outdoors

Time is a teasing seductress. It dances close and coos tantalizing, half-heard whispers one moment, then giggles silkily while twirling away, just beyond reach, the next. It’s here and there, everywhere and nowhere, a fickle wind, a warm, moist breath on the back of your neck that disappears when you turn to embrace it. It […]

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Growing Impatiens

Garden

There’s not a lot for gardeners to do this month except for dreaming, planning and more dreaming. If you’re itching to get started, forget planting tomato or pepper seeds. Those veggies will get too gangly for planting. Wait until March to sow them. Focus instead on smaller seeds, such as impatiens. I can’t imagine a […]

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Remember ice fishing safety as season gets started

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It’s the most basic tenet of firearms safety: treat every gun, always, as if it’s loaded. Mechanical safeties can fail, after all. So the surest way to avoid tragedy is to be extra cautious. The same principle applies to ice. Always treat it as unsafe until proven otherwise. To assume differently is potentially catastrophic. “Ice […]

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An attempt to simplify regulations, starting with orange

Outdoors

The 30-06, the 30-30, those are venerable cartridges, time tested and still omnipresent in the whitetail woods just about everywhere. The 6.5 Creedmoor doesn’t have that status yet. But it’s gaining in popularity for being flat shooting. One problem with it, at least as it pertains to Pennsylvania? It’s not legal in every circumstance. According […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a bird feeding tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Freak Company: Phantom Lures (www.phantomlures.com) Lure type: Topwater Sizes and colors: Available in an 8-inch, 3-ounce model in seven colors: sucker, firetiger, frog, Canadian crush, black, black/orange and hot whitefish. Target species: Muskie and northern pike. Technique: These are meant to […]

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Chatham University Arboretum Winter Interest

Garden

Huge sycamore trees along Woodland Road and throughout the campus of Chatham University tower over Kristen Spirl as she remarks on their seasonal beauty after it snows. “It’s really a beautiful sight. Right after the sun opens up, we have these sycamore trees, and the light hits their white bark,” she said with a smile. […]

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Gardening Calendar January

Garden

January is the month to miss the garden, grow things inside and scour seed catalogs. Give your houseplants a shower. Take them all into the tub and let the water run over them. Not only will it flush out any salts in the soil, but it will also wash off the foliage. It’s important that […]

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Indian-inspired vegetarian chickpea soup

Food

Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. A 1-ounce serving provides about 3 grams of protein, plus they are full of fiber, so making them a part of your meal can keep you full longer. These little legumes have become more popular in recent years thanks to an increased interest in Middle Eastern and Indian […]

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Winter driving safety to experience outdoor adventure

Outdoors

The whole experience lasted three, four, maybe five seconds. But what a few seconds they were. Exciting, but not necessarily in a good way. It was early winter and my son, then in his early teens, and I were deer hunting. We were on a relatively large piece of public land where we’ve had success […]

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Muzzleloader bear hunting and other changes could be coming to Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania’s large and sometimes problematic black bear population might produce an opportunity for muzzleloader hunters. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners will give preliminary approval to seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 hunting and trapping seasons when they next meet in January. Final approval follows in April. They talked about what they might want to do with […]

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