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A look inside our annual hunting gift guide

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They were stumped. The first Christmas after my love of the outdoors took root, my non-sporting parents asked what I wanted under the tree. “Hunting and fishing stuff,” I said. That did nothing to clear things up for them. Maybe you’re in the same situation, unsure what to buy the hunter or shooter on your […]

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Purple paint laws expanding across country

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In fashion circles, they night explain this by saying that purple is the new yellow. Or orange. Or white. Hunters, hikers, paddlers, adventurers of all sorts all across the country have long known to look for posted signs before venturing onto what might be private property. Those signs are familiar, colorful … and fragile. Most […]

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Five fun winter outdoor activities for children

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It’s almost inevitable. Chances are this Christmas season that someone – maybe even you – will give your children or grandchildren an electronic gift of some kind. And they’ll most likely love it. But it will, more often than not, keep them inside. That’s OK, to a point. However, if you love being outdoors and […]

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Blaze pink for hunters spreading, but oh so slowly

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If this is ultimately to be a tidal wave, it’s still far from cresting. But maybe that’s how things works. Head into the woods during a big game hunting season these days and, in more places than not, you’ll see men and women sporting orange clothing. At least 40 states require it at least some […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tactical gift idea

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week It’s a simple thing that can make a big difference. If you’re hunting deer from the ground this season, standing at the base of a tree, take a moment when you first get […]

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Sunday hunting bill passes PA Senate, goes to Governor

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature, that’s the only thing left standing between hunters and expanded Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. That’s because the state Senate approved House Bill 147 by a 38-11 vote on Nov. 18. That was, essentially, the last hurdle to making the bill law. The bill passed the Senate by an almost identical margin […]

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Green Lick Lake walleyes struggling, but help coming

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This is a story that reveals perspective. Those who are glass half full types will see it as evidence that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s walleye stocking program works. Those who fall on the glass half empty side of things will see this as a case of good intentions unfulfilled. Maybe it’s a story […]

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Fly fishing in Japan proves familiar and rewarding

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It was unusually spectacular in its familiarity. This was August, and lush seasonal streamside vegetation made casting a fly an occasional challenge. Low water flows and high humidity were constant ones. Still, Eric Hussar found himself working the usual summertime terrestrial patterns every trout fisherman knows — caddis flies, stoneflies and beetles – in all […]

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Forget waiting for them, here’s how to successfully track deer

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No one hunts whitetails from a tree stand in Randy Flannery’s world. Not if they hope to actually, you know, see deer. The country is just too big, too remote, too rugged, too vast. Owner of Wilderness Escape Outfitters and a state-certified master guide, he leases 400 square miles – not acres, miles – in […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip on spotting more deer

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week It takes more than just looking to see deer in the woods. Or more than just casual looking, anyway. Your best bet for spotting a whitetail is to examine an area twice, in […]

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Eight tips for solo bear hunting

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Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. But you? This season, perhaps, you’re hunting black bears alone, without a gang to put on drives, in a state where using dogs to chase bruins or bait to draw them in are both illegal. That’s the definition of going solo. Still, don’t despair about filling a tag. There’s […]

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Hibernation an amazing wildlife survival strategy

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I never even got to say goodbye. My wife and I were hiking on a recent Sunday afternoon, following a trail through a state forest near our home. It was cool but not cold, just chill enough that the crisp leaves crunched beneath our feet with each step, like so many thousands of frosted flakes. […]

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Change likely, and finally, coming to license display rule

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This might be another case where Pennsylvania is catching up with the rest of the country. Lawmakers are close to expanding Sunday hunting opportunities. A bill that would allow it on three Sundays a year is moving through the legislature and could go to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature before year’s end. That would […]

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Survey says firearms deer hunting leads to less violent crime

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Deer hunters are killers, but not of each other or their neighbors. That’s what the research says, anyway. Ball State University economics professor Paul Niekamp looked at the relationship between violent crime and deer hunting seasons in 21 states over 20 years. He recently released the results of that work. He titled his study “Good […]

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How to get more shots at ruffed grouse and other outdoor news

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more. Tip of the week Ruffed grouse are notorious for holding tight, then flushing almost from under foot in a noisy explosion. It’s intentionally unnerving. There’s a way for hunters to, if not beat that strategy, at least […]

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Raccoon Lake a consistent bass hot spot

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There’s a lot to be said for this kind of consistency. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists surveyed Raccoon Lake, the 101-acre centerpiece of Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County, in 2008. They went back and repeated that work earlier this year. The goal in each case was to assess fish populations. What they […]

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Haswell survival knife combines art, functionality

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Survival situations are by their nature short on chances. In tough conditions, under difficult circumstances, with limited resources, you seize on finite opportunities when and where possible and live to fight another day. Or you don’t and become a statistic. That’s why this is so exciting. Here is a second chance. Four or five years […]

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Camp kitchen essentials for every outing

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Big Blue, as it’s known for short, simply got too big in the end. It’s dimensions didn’t change. An blue 18-gallon plastic tote, one with locking handles, it’s as squarish now as it was at the start of spring. But the lid didn’t seal completely on the edges anymore even when you could force the […]

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How to safely wade while fishing and more outdoors notes

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: SlingBladeZ Power Finesse Company: Z-Man Fishing Products (https://www.zmanfishing.com/cms/index.php) Lure type: Spinnerbait Sizes and colors: Available in double willow or Indiana-Colorado blade configurations in ¼- and 3/8-ounce sizes. It comes in assorted color combinations, including bluegill, chartreuse pearl, greenback shad and mouserat. […]

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Six health benefits of eating wild game

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The alarm goes off in the pre-dawn dark and, rolling over, you touch the shoulder of your significant other. An affectionate yet sly smile crosses your lips. “Shh,” you say. “Shh. It’s OK. I’m just letting you know I’m leaving.” “Huh? What? Where?” he or she asks. “Hunting,” you answer. “I know I promised to […]

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Mammoth Dam home to mammoth largemouth bass, crappies

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To say that fishermen sometimes stretch the truth is to say that the sky is sometimes blue, the grass is sometimes green and oranges are sometimes, well, orange. Exaggerations, tall tales, even good natured if otherwise bald-faced lies. Those are often their stock in trade. Often. But not this time. Biologists from the Pennsylvania Fish […]

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PA Sunday hunting bill clears last big hurdle

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There was a moment of doubt, for sure. But it looks as if expanded Sunday hunting is coming to Pennsylvania in 2020. On Wednesday, members of the House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 147 by a vote of 144-54. That vote came one day later than expected. Supporters expected a vote Tuesday, but lawmakers delayed […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a cottontail rabbit hunting tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Deer Flute Company: Triple Toe Calls Gear type: Deer call Product description: Whitetails are way, way more vocal than the average person probably realizes. They communicate for a variety of reasons using a variety of sounds. Hunters who understand that have an advantage in the […]

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Work, health keep Americans from enjoying outdoors

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Work and health, those are the things keeping people indoors more often than not. APM Research Lab, on behalf of The Water Main, which promotes clean water, polled a nationally representative sample of Americans earlier this year. The goal was to see how much time they spend outside and what keeps them from going out […]

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Anglers will see more big and bright trout in 2020

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This is going to spawn a lot of lusty dreams between now and April. Of the angling kind, anyhow. Each year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks “trophy” trout in streams and lakes across the state. That includes brood fish, or brooks, browns and rainbows held in a hatchery for several years for egg […]

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Outdoor Extras 10.25.19

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Stupid Tube Company: Secret Lures (www.secretlures.com) Lure type: Soft plastic tube Sizes and colors: Available in a 3.7-inch model in assorted colors, including bluegill, Junebug, road kill, green pumpkin, watermelon red, black red neon and green pumpkin orange. Target species: Largemouth […]

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