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Protecting your cell phone and electronics outdoors

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It was easy to enforce early on. When my oldest son joined his Scout troop, the leaders had a rule: no cell phones on campouts. The idea, they said, was to make sure the boys played outside, learned new skills, interacted with others and generally escaped screens and video games for the weekend. That was […]

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Develop a year-round trail camera strategy

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Call this time of year phase four. Mike Stroff, the host of Savage Outdoors TV, is also a professional outfitter. He manages properties in Texas, South Dakota and Illinois. Combined, those lands account for nearly 90,000 acres. He monitors the whitetails on all of them using trail cameras. Hundreds of them, no less. The man […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a squirrel wings recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Viper Sunfish Company: Daddy Mac Lures (https://daddymaclures.com/) Lure type: Crankbait Sizes and colors: Available in a 4-inch, ½-ounce model with a lip and a 4-inch, 1/3-pounce model without a lip. Both are colored like a bluegill… Target species: Largemouth, smallmouth bass, […]

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Brush piles an easy way to help wildlife, spark a love of the outdoors

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It wasn’t intentional and it didn’t last long. But as a first introduction to backyard wildlife habitat management, it was pretty cool. The two neighbors who lived behind us when we were children had orchards. Those grassy, tree-filled expanses perhaps 150 yards wide and 300 deep separated our home from theirs. A mix of things […]

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Orange rules changes get preliminary approval

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This is proving the exception so far. In January, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners preliminarily changed the opening day of the statewide firearms deer season, expanded bear hunting seasons, shortened fall turkey seasons and more. All generated talk, some of it loud. But not this. Commissioners at their last meeting also preliminarily reduced how much fluorescent orange […]

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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: Hydrolite Company: Matador (https://www.everybodyshops.com/matador-hydrolite-hydration-backpack.html#tab-product1) Gear type: Hydration backpack Product description: Here’s a case of two well respected outdoor companies – Matador and Sawyer – coming together to create one handy new product, the world’s first collapsible hydration pack. Matador, of course, […]

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Layering key to enjoying winter outdoors

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You probably know Dagwood from the Blondie cartoon strip. Now there’s a man who knows about layering. At least when it comes to sandwiches, that is. He’s famous for monster-sized creations that involve stack upon stack upon stack. Anyone who ventures outside at this time of year – especially in the face of brutally cold […]

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Saturday opener for PA’s deer season inches closer to reality

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It’s one day. Roughly 10 hours, really, figuring the amount of daylight from dawn to dusk. But, this year, it’s potentially a pretty historic day. In giving preliminary approval to 2019-20 seasons and bag limits at their meeting this week, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners agreed – unanimously no less – to open the statewide 2019 firearms […]

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Expanded bear hunting opportunities likely coming to PA

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There was a time, just a few decades ago, when black bear hunting was limited to a few regions of Pennsylvania, and the number of hunters capped at 100,000. Boy, how things have changed. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners this week gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2019-20 at their meeting. […]

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Outdoor Extras

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: MVP Company: Secret Lures (www.secrretlures.com) Lure type: Swim jig Sizes and colors: Available in three sizes – ¼-, 3/8- and ½-ounce – in peanut butter and jelly, black and blue, candy craw, bluegill, chartreuse shad and whiteflash.. Target species: Largemouth and […]

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Commission answers questions on voluntary permits

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Anglers are already showing a willingness to support the cause. But they want assurances. That’s something the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is learning when it comes to selling voluntary permits in support of fish and fish habitat. Late last year the agency’s board of directors created several voluntary permits: one for muskies, one for […]

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Report shows changing trend in whitetail harvests

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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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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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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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Making time to live an adventurous life

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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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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

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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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Winter driving safety to experience outdoor adventure

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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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