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Tips for making the most of morel mushroom season

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Forget Game of Thrones. This is a Game of Secrets. And it’s being played right now. Hunters of a sort – armed with onion sacks and the like rather than firearms and bows – are taking to the woods, eyes to the ground. They’re seeking life amidst decay. And when they find it, they’re not […]

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Significant changes to antlerless license totals, but not everywhere

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Don’t get too comfortable. Yes, it’s true that, statewide, there will be more antlerless deer licenses available in Pennsylvania this fall than last. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners allocated 903,000 doe tags for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. That’s up 65,000 from 2018-19’s 838,000. But the increase is not spread evenly across the state. In fact, six of […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for Cajun panfish

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Beast28 Company: Matador Gear type: Backpack Product description: It doesn’t matter what type of gear it is you’re talking about. It’s only good if you actually use it. And let’s face it, sometimes, if gear is too bulky or heavy, it […]

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Opening day change official for deer hunters

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The change – and it’s a big one – is official. Opening day of Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season is moving. It’s been the Monday after Thanksgiving each year since 1963. This year it will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners on Tuesday – by a 5-3 vote – made the switch in […]

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Maintain a chuck box to make camping less stressful, more fun

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We discovered the old chuck box tucked away in a corner of my mother-in-law’s basement. How long had it been there, forgotten? Twenty-five years, at least. We went on a lot of outings in the two and a half decades since I joined the family picture, but there’d never been a hint of its existence. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for campfire stew

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Pistol Pete Company: Pistol Pete Flies Lure type: Fly Sizes and colors: Available in two sizes — #6 and #10 – in dozens of colors, from black, last supper, chartreuse and egg sucking to green, red, renegade and mafia Pete Target […]

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Search for Taxidermists Before Hunting

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This is the time of year when Bob Hutchinson’s frustration takes root. It’s outdoor show season in February and March. At each, sportsmen will book trips costing hundreds or thousands of dollars. Then they’ll go home and make travel arrangements, practice with their bow, put fresh line on their rods and take the stairs to […]

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Nighttime Flathead Catfish Fishing

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The Rochester bank of the Ohio River looked as if it had been taken over by a giant, on-guard, nuclear-irradiated porcupine Friday night. Over a stretch of 100 feet, quills bigger around at the base than your thumb and as long as 12 feet stuck up in the air. The last six inches or so […]

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Hellbenders

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The search for eastern hellbenders begins with a question followed by a heave. “Who’s diving?” someone asks, as four or five large guys prepare to reach down and grab one edge of a stream-bottom rock the size of a truck hood. “Get skinny. Get friendly,” they’re told as they crowd together. Then, the countdown begins. […]

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This spring, focus on rivers and streams for consistent trout action

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Birders have their returning tree swallows, hikers and other woods walkers their skunk cabbage, gardeners their daffodils, and tree lovers their cherry blossoms. All are signs of spring. Oh, sure, the season officially began on March 20. But for plenty of people, it only really arrives when their favorite brand of marker appears. It’s the […]

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More bad news on the ruffed grouse front

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There’s not a lot that’s positive to report right now when it comes to ruffed grouse. Populations of the forest-dwelling bird appear to down throughout the Northeast and Midwest, according to reports from wildlife management agencies from Maryland to Michigan and all points in between. The Ruffed Grouse Society, for example, holds a “national grouse […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a photographing tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: NanoDry Company: Matador  Gear type: Large travel towel Product description: Fishing can get messy, especially if there are children involved. But lugging around a big, bulky towel that gets wet and muddy and stays that way is no fun. A solution? […]

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Prevention, treatment of blisters key to fun hiking, backpacking

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We encountered trouble almost from the start. Well, some of us anyway. Backpacks cinched up, we set off, putting the group camping area in our rear view mirror. Our destination, a set of Adirondack shelters, lay roughly six miles away. That’s not a great distance by backpacking standards. But half or more of the hikers […]

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No guarantees with moving opening day of deer season

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It won’t be a case of playing a hunch or taking a leap of faith, necessarily. Not entirely. But some new information suggests if Pennsylvania Game Commissioners move opening day of the statewide firearms deer season from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the preceding Saturday, they’ll do so without absolute certainty how people will react. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip for camping with children

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Platinum curly tail grub Company: Mister Twister (https://www.mistertwister.com/) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in 3.5- and 4.5-inch models in nine colors, including clear/goldfish, clear/chartreuse flake, clear silver flake/red flake, chartreuse silver flake/black and clear/neon pink silver flake Target […]

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Spring gobbler tips from the Turkey Man

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Turkeys took Eddie Salter all over the map in the past five decades, literally. He’s hunted the birds in 33 states. But then, his life has revolved around the birds forever it seems. The Greenville, Ala., native – known as “The Turkey Man” — started hunting turkeys at age 8 and killed his first at […]

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Releasing fish so they live to breed, fight again

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You’ll feel good. Not outright heroic maybe, but certainly noble to at least some degree, believing you’ve done right by conservation and fishing. And maybe you have. Releasing fish you’ve caught can help sustain wild populations and, in the case of stocked fish – like all of those hatchery trout being released in so many […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip on bobbers

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Eat ‘N Tool Company: CRKT Gear type: Utensil Product description: When it comes to backpacking, where weight it so important – shoot, some people cut most of the handle from their toothbrush to save an ounce – equipment that serves multiple […]

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Camping when campfires are prohibited

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They’re as dramatic as they are rare. Lightning strikes are magnificent in an otherworldly, catastrophic way. They’re all power and speed and destructiveness. Some even cause wildfires. But, in that regard at least, they’re far outdone by the mundane, the ordinary, the common. Or, the all too common. Across the Northeast, lightning strikes account for […]

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Musky fishing tips from a Hall of Famer

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It seems like a simple recipe, really. Joe Bucher — longtime host of “Fishing with Joe Bucher” and a 2002 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductee – believes there are just three ingredients to consistently catching big muskies. They are knowledge, skill and effort. “It’s isn’t luck,” said the Wisconsin founder of Musky Hunter […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip for bike preparedness

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Melee Company: Booyah (www.booyahbaits.com/) Lure type: Bladed jig Sizes and colors: Available in 2 sizes – 3/8- and ½-ounce – in black/blue, brush fire, green pumpkin, river killer, royal pumpkin, white and white/chartreuse. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: The […]

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Thompson Center Venture Predator a real shooter

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Shoot it? Heck, for a while it wasn’t certain I could load it. The folks at Thompson/Center sent me one of their Venture Predator rifles in .223 Remington to test and review. The gun has been around for a while now, and I’d been a fan from afar, having seen them when they first came […]

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Fishing license fees and an olive branch

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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are trying to meet angler sand state lawmakers halfway. Or, well, at least 30 percent of the way. Commission executive director Tim Schaeffer recently delivered his agency’s annual report to members of the House of Representatives game and fisheries committee. Much of his commentary – not at all surprisingly — […]

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Outdoor Extras, including an outdoor photography tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Hunt X10D Company: ElimiShield (www.ElimiShieldHunt.com) Gear type: Scent control spray Product description: Hunters, and especially those who need to get close to game, like archers, know all about the need to control scent. Well, here’s a product that claims to be […]

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Bannock connects outdoorsmen and women across time

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There’s a timeless connectivity to exploring the outdoors. Eras, circumstances, situations change, of course. The technology hunters, anglers, birders, hikers, backpackers, campers, paddlers and bikers use in the woods and on the water now is much different than what their forefathers carried centuries – shoot, even just decades — ago. Comparisons are shocking. Imagine what […]

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Debating how best to combat chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania

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It’s always been a matter of when not if, given the events of the last few years. It’s when. Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is now in Pennsylvania’s elk range. To be clear, no one has yet detected the always fatal ailment that affects deer, elk, moose and other cervids in a Pennsylvania elk. But […]

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