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Using jerkbaits to catch cold water saugeyes, other game fish

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They’re a toothy, often aggressive and sometimes large exception to the rule. Saugeyes are a cross between a female walleye and a male sauger. Generally, fish culturists produce them in hatcheries. They’re different than most such man-made creations in one way, though. Whereas most hybrids are sterile, saugeyes can at least occasionally reproduce on their […]

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How coronavirus is impacting outdoor activities, and how to combat it

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The outdoors arena isn’t being spared in this world gone crazy. The coronavirus pandemic that has people all over the world suddenly working from home, treating every sneeze like it’s hungry lion’s ominous roar and frantically searching for toilet paper and hand sanitizer is hammering outdoor-related events and activities. Cancelations and postponements are the order […]

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Outdoor Extras

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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 There’s a place for one-piece fishing rods. A bicycle is not always one of them. Bikes make it possible to access fishing spots like back-country lakes you might not get to otherwise, […]

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Coronavirus prompts changes to PA trout stocking, trout season

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Opening day of Pennsylvania’s 2020 trout season is going to be unlike any other. There will be trout aplenty at the start. Most than any other opener ever probably, in fact. But things could be sketchy thereafter, all because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials announced that – amid fears […]

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Follow these eight steps to catch more fish

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There’s no secret formula for catching fish, nothing that guarantees a finny foe on the end of the line every outing, let alone every cast. Yet fishing is not all luck either. Indeed, the folks behind teachinfishin.com swear by an 8-step method for putting more fish in the boat. It’s a system heavy on procedure. […]

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Remember the 10 essentials when day hiking

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It’s the difference between going on a week-long vacation and going on an afternoon picnic at the local park. You put a lot of time and effort into prepping for the former, given commitments of time, money and labor involved. The latter is often more spur of the moment, or at least looked upon as […]

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Mallards continue to impact waterfowl seasons

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Pennsylvania waterfowl hunters have had it pretty good for a long, long time, at least in one sense. Whether that continues remains to be seen. For at least the last 20 years, the state has enjoyed “liberal” duck and goose seasons, which are marked by the maximum 60 days of hunting. That was the case […]

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Outdoor Extras

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more   Tip of the week It’s time to take inventory. Camping season is here, or soon will be for most folks, and some prepping is in order. Namely, it’s time to go through your gear and see what survived […]

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Historic bear season sparks research effort

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Pennsylvania’s 2019 black bear season – or seasons, more appropriately, as we’ll see – set a lot of records. It’s what was most normal about them that’s generating some new research, however. Hunters killed 4,653 black bears across the state last fall. That was the most ever for a single year, topping the previous high […]

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Light discipline key to nighttime predator hunting

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There’s an old riddle out there that says “the more there is of me the less you see. What am I?” The answer is darkness. But Joe Zaffuto isn’t buying it. Not totally, anyway. He hunts predators, and has for 40 years. He’s done it during the day, after dark, using dogs, using bait and […]

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Ospreys, America’s fish hawk, an iconic raptor species

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There are a lot of anglers who wish they could be this successful. Imagine going to your favorite lake. Fifteen minutes or less after making your first cast, on average, you reel in a fish. And not just any fish, but one that weighs one quarter of your body weight. That’s a good day on […]

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Outdoor extras

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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 Do you have to have had ice before you can talk about ice-out fishing? That’s a riddle that mild winters like this one make you ponder. But by whatever name, the fishing […]

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Water trail maps provide tons of useful information

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I couldn’t see the river from where I parked earlier in the day, and I couldn’t see the parking lot from where I was on the river later. And of course it was getting dark. So yes, this had the potential to be more interesting than hoped. Several years ago I wrote a book highlighting […]

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Keys to catching Great Lakes yellow perch

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This isn’t necessarily what you would call run and gun fishing. But it is increasingly a game built on mobility. Catching yellow perch on Lake Erie – or on any of the Great Lakes, really – used to mean going out, finding a school, anchoring over it and having at them. And some anglers still […]

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Mentored hunting program may see changes

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Mentoring programs are supposed to make it easy for people to try hunting. This one is sometimes doing just the opposite and that may lead to changes. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers mentored youth and adult hunting programs. They work, to a point. “We know, based on the surveys we’ve done, that those who participate […]

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Trout stocking season is here once again

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The numbers vary from state to state. The high levels of enthusiasm they generate among at least some anglers do not. Spring is fast approaching and that means it’s trout stocking season. State fisheries agencies all around the country are trucking trout to rivers, streams and lakes to provide recreation for their license buyers. All […]

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Outdoor Extras

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week What size line is the right one for your spinning reel? The answer is found on the reel itself. There you’ll find the size line it can handle, say 4- to 8-pound test, as well […]

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Advice on successfully pet camping

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The legend of the Lone Ranger is the stuff of “those thrilling days of yesteryear.” So, too, is the notion of camping without your pet. More and more public campgrounds around the country are open to camping with dogs, and in cases even other animal friends. Take Pennsylvania, for example. That state’s parks system launched […]

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Crappie fishing tips for throughout the year

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Sasquatches. The Loch Ness Monster. Chupacabras. And crappies outside of the spawn. What do they all have in common? They’re often sought, much talked about, but rarely seen. But that’s not how things have to be, at least when it comes to crappies. It’s possible to catch them – consistently, no less – in open […]

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Number of CWD cases grows again in Pennsylvania

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This isn’t good news by any means. The Pennsylvania Game Commission found more deer with chronic wasting disease in 2019 than the year before. And that’s with some counting still left to do. Hunters will know soon how the agency plans to deal with that. The commission unveiled a draft of its CWD response plan […]

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Outdoor Extras

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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 Pack light, that’s the mantra of the backpacker. But what does that mean? Do you really have to cut off the last three inches off your toothbrush’s handle, as some do, to save […]

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Whitetail Report shows America’s hunters taking more bucks, and bigger ones, too

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Get two hunters together anywhere, anytime, and one question is more likely to come up than any other. Did you get your buck? In South Carolina, the answer is likely yes, at least lately. In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 79 percent of licensed Palmetto State hunters killed a buck. […]

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BioLite HeadLamp 200 test and review

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If you enjoy channeling your inner coal miner when roaming woods and trails in the dark, move along. This isn’t the headlamp for you. But if seeing well enough to cook dinner, set up your tent or walk to your tree stand without tripping over rocks and roots are the priorities, well, that’s another story. […]

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Fishing license display requirement goes away

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Stamps and envelopes haven’t completely disappeared form this world gone increasingly paperless. So those clear plastic fishing license holders probably won’t either. But as with the tools of snail mail, expect to see fewer of them, starting this spring. That’s because Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners elimninated the rule requiring anglers to display their license […]

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How to use pup distress calls to target coyotes

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It’s not exactly going out on a limb to say Al Morris is a passionate predator hunter. Make that visibly passionate. The three-time world coyote calling champion is one of the hosts of FOXPRO Furtakers on the Outdoor Channel. He travels all over the country for the show. Watch the results. Chances are good you’ll […]

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Fishing’s Leaky Bucket and more outdoor news

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week Interest in recreational shooting is on the increase across America, with many of the newcomers – younger ones in particular – focused on handguns. But which one to buy? Walk into any gun shop and […]

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