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Tips for hiking safely in hunting season

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You see it in the parking lots. Visit almost any public land at this time of year. The jumping off points for outdoor exploration that were often empty, or close to it, during the muggiest, buggiest days of late summer are suddenly busy. And with good reason. The splendors of autumn draw lots of people […]

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Off grid camping offers few amenities, but plenty of fun

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It goes by a couple of different names, with which one is the right one depending on just how “fancy” things are. Not that this is anything extravagant in any case. Not unless, that is, you count the scenery in every direction, the stars above, the quiet all around, the overall peacefulness that’s so unlike […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a fried trout recipe

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Finally, good news on combating CWD

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Someday, perhaps, someone somewhere will find a cure for chronic wasting disease, or CWD. That will be a happy day indeed. But in the meantime, here — finally, at long last — is at least one bit of good news concerning the troubling ailment. Scientists with the National Institutes of Health announced that anyone who […]

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Accessible Hunter creator inspires others to get back into the woods

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It was for Greg Traynor a moment of revelation. It was autumn, his favorite time of year. And he was in the woods, archery hunting, his most cherished outdoor activity among many. The sun was shining on his face, the leaves were a fiery mix of reds and golds and oranges, turkeys and squirrels and […]

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Yurts provide new camping experience in an ancient way

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Funny, I didn’t feel like looting and pillaging. Maybe it was the refrigerator. I mean, yeah. It was nearly 90 degrees outside. The air was uncomfortably thick and sticky –reminiscent of a locker room shower — courtesy of an early morning shower. And the fishing was slower than hoped. The whole scene stood in striking […]

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Tips on catching steelhead, trout from the beaches

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Rod and reel? Check. Fliers, lures or bait? Check. Waders and net? Check. Oh, and martial arts training, too. It seems, at times, you need all of the above to chase steelhead in fall. Lots and lots of anglers crowd small Great Lakes tributary streams then, targeting the fish making their annual autumnal migrations to […]

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Hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping? Americans support them all

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Intent matters, in the woods, on the water and at the range. So say your neighbors. A new study – “American’s Attitudes toward Hunting, Fishing, Sport Shooting and Trapping” — says most people across the nation support those activities. But, it adds, that approval ebbs and flows based on sportsmen’s and women’s motivations. Hunting to […]

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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: StrapPack Pouch Company: Clakit (https://www.everybodyshops.com/clakit-smartphone-pouch.html) Gear type: Phone carrier Product description: For lots of people, getting outdoors is an opportunity to leave the workaday or regular world behind. And such time away can restore your soul. But having you cell phone […]

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Six tips for early archery season

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You might compare it to Christmas morning in a tropical jungle. Think thrilling, exciting, heart-pounding at times. Full of the kind of smiles that only show up when weeks and weeks of anticipation are finally realized. But also muggy, buggy, sweaty, maybe even stinky. That’s the early days of archery season. It’s already open, or […]

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E-bikes in the crosshairs as a tool for exploring public land

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The very thing that makes them so attractive is what has some people worried. E-bikes, or electric bicycles, sport pedals like traditional bicycles. But they also have electric motors. Land managers and lawmakers categorize them as either class 1, 2 or 3, with the difference largely dependent on whether the motor can operate without pedaling. […]

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Keystone Wild Outdoors finds a new TV home

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Keystone Wild Outdoors may just have found a home by, well, coming home. The Pennsylvania-based TV show is the child of Steve and Joe Rocco of Westmoreland County. It launched on the digital network Hunt Channel TV in 2016 and stayed there for two years. Last year it moved to Pursuit Channel. Both offered a […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip for RV camping

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Mag Lip Finesse 3.0 Company: Yakima Bait Co. (http://www.yakimabait.com) Lure type: Casting plug Sizes and colors: Available in 2.5- and 3-inch models in eight colors, including California craw, Canada craw, mud minnow, coppertreuse, peanut butter and jelly, purple haze, sprayed grass […]

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Stony Brook State Park beautifully scarred

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When it comes to hiking, New York’s Stony Brook State Park is more mom-and-pop store than big box outlet. Options are limited. The 577-acre park has just three trails, none of them much more than a mile long. Two snowmobile paths add another 2.5 miles or so of possibilities. And that’s it. But don’t be […]

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Game Commission unveils CWD plan, seeks hunter cooperation

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Hunters are being asked to save the day regarding the future of white-tailed deer. Again. But this latest request comes with a Bizzaro World-type twist. The Pennsylvania Game Commission rolled out its new chronic wasting disease response plan at a press conference in Harrisburg Thursday. It developed it in cooperation with scientists from wildlife agencies […]

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Panfish, bass, channel cats, more at neighborhood lakes

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Once-in-a-lifetime fishing trips are called that for a reason. They’re epic, awe-inspiring, spectacular even, for the fish, the scenery, the camaraderie, the adventure involved. But they are not in and of themselves the kind of things that create an angler. Consistent access to waters close to home is important, too. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a campfire recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Tick Remover Company: Sawyer (https://www.everybodyshops.com/tick-remover-plier.html) Gear type: Pliers Product description: There are a lot of tremendous reasons to be outdoors now and in the coming weeks. Hunters have their fall seasons, anglers their cooler water, hikers trails ablaze in color, campers […]

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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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