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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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Hostels serve as fun, unique rest stops along Appalachian Trail

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Opulent is not a word usually associated with overnight accommodations along the Appalachian Trail. Rustic. Spare. Austere. Homey, maybe, if you’re in a particularly charitable mood. But not opulent. Most days on the trail involve walking mile after mile and eating dehydrated food while sitting on a stump or the ground, perhaps at best topped […]

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Legendary hunter Barry Wensel offers advice on killing mature bucks

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There’s no questioning Barry Wensel’s deer hunting resume. In six years working as a guide, he and his twin brother Gene helped more than 200 clients kill Pope & Young class deer with their bows. Their hunters had a 96 percent success rate overall. Barry has personally killed four Boone & Crockett bucks, all with […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a bluegill recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Frog Spinner Company: Uncle Buck’s (www.basspro.com) Lure type: Spinner Sizes and colors: Available a 1-inch, 1/16-ounce model. The blade is silver, the frog body a natural green frog color. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills and crappies. Technique: Though anyone […]

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Help sought with dead bald eagle and live ones, too

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There’s one less to count this year. But, if all goes well, the person responsible for that will be made to pay. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are asking for the public’s help in figuring out who killed a mature bald eagle in Erie County recently. The bird was discovered on July 25, near Hope Cemetery […]

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Fisheries surveys reveal solid walleye populations

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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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Large online license sales mix-up still being corrected

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This is what a snafu looks like. More than a month after 2019-20 Pennsylvania hunting licenses went on sale, tens of thousands of people who purchased theirs online are still waiting to receive them. Licenses bought online are supposed to be printed within 24 hours, mailed immediately thereafter and arrive within seven to 10 business […]

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The short-barreled revolver still viable, fun to shoot

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Perhaps they get paid by the bullet fired. The heroes – and the villains, too, to be fair — in contemporary action movies all carry high capacity firearms as a matter of course. They lug around spare magazines like they’re nothing, as well. And brother, do they pull the trigger. If shootouts on the scale […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for bacon wrapped peaches

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Power Armz Company: 4id (https://www.everybodyshops.com/power-armz-led-safety-armband.html) Gear type: Lighted armbands Product description: 4id’s Power Armz are a favorite of runners and cyclists because their bright light – which can be set to flash or shine continuously – are powerful enough to make […]

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Fisheries survey shows Allegheny River prime for big smallmouth 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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Tips on choosing the right sleeping bag

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The evidence is there, in every household, hiding in plain sight in the silverware drawer. Look at the butter knives. At least one will have a tip that’s slightly bent. And how did it get that way? Because you or someone like you used it as a screwdriver. Hey, been there, done that, so I’m […]

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The great bait debate ends on Spruce Creek

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It was, in some ways, an outrageous amount of debate for so little water. But, finally, a decision is made. Anglers who want to fish what’s known as section 3 of Spruce Creek near Franklinsville in Huntingdon County, can do so year round. They must release any fish they catch. And, most notably, they’ll have […]

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Fisheries surveys show lakes on the rebound for tiger muskies, yellow perch and more

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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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