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Hostels serve as fun, unique rest stops along Appalachian Trail

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Opulent is not a word usually associated with overnight accommodations along the Appalachian Trail. Rustic. Spare. Austere. Homey, maybe, if you’re in a particularly charitable mood. But not opulent. Most days on the trail involve walking mile after mile and eating dehydrated food while sitting on a stump or the ground, perhaps at best topped […]

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Legendary hunter Barry Wensel offers advice on killing mature bucks

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There’s no questioning Barry Wensel’s deer hunting resume. In six years working as a guide, he and his twin brother Gene helped more than 200 clients kill Pope & Young class deer with their bows. Their hunters had a 96 percent success rate overall. Barry has personally killed four Boone & Crockett bucks, all with […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a bluegill recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Frog Spinner Company: Uncle Buck’s (www.basspro.com) Lure type: Spinner Sizes and colors: Available a 1-inch, 1/16-ounce model. The blade is silver, the frog body a natural green frog color. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills and crappies. Technique: Though anyone […]

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Help sought with dead bald eagle and live ones, too

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There’s one less to count this year. But, if all goes well, the person responsible for that will be made to pay. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are asking for the public’s help in figuring out who killed a mature bald eagle in Erie County recently. The bird was discovered on July 25, near Hope Cemetery […]

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Fisheries surveys reveal solid walleye populations

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Large online license sales mix-up still being corrected

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This is what a snafu looks like. More than a month after 2019-20 Pennsylvania hunting licenses went on sale, tens of thousands of people who purchased theirs online are still waiting to receive them. Licenses bought online are supposed to be printed within 24 hours, mailed immediately thereafter and arrive within seven to 10 business […]

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The short-barreled revolver still viable, fun to shoot

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Perhaps they get paid by the bullet fired. The heroes – and the villains, too, to be fair — in contemporary action movies all carry high capacity firearms as a matter of course. They lug around spare magazines like they’re nothing, as well. And brother, do they pull the trigger. If shootouts on the scale […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for bacon wrapped peaches

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Power Armz Company: 4id (https://www.everybodyshops.com/power-armz-led-safety-armband.html) Gear type: Lighted armbands Product description: 4id’s Power Armz are a favorite of runners and cyclists because their bright light – which can be set to flash or shine continuously – are powerful enough to make […]

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Fisheries survey shows Allegheny River prime for big smallmouth bass

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Tips on choosing the right sleeping bag

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The evidence is there, in every household, hiding in plain sight in the silverware drawer. Look at the butter knives. At least one will have a tip that’s slightly bent. And how did it get that way? Because you or someone like you used it as a screwdriver. Hey, been there, done that, so I’m […]

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The great bait debate ends on Spruce Creek

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It was, in some ways, an outrageous amount of debate for so little water. But, finally, a decision is made. Anglers who want to fish what’s known as section 3 of Spruce Creek near Franklinsville in Huntingdon County, can do so year round. They must release any fish they catch. And, most notably, they’ll have […]

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Fisheries surveys show lakes on the rebound for tiger muskies, yellow perch and more

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip to get ready for archery season

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Dartspin Company: A Band of Anglers (https://abandofanglers.com) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 5.5-inch model in 18 colors, including black ‘n blue, green pepper, solid pearl, purple pearly, glow, copper mine and see-through clear gold. Target species: […]

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Finding the right rail trail for you

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You might never convince her. A cousin of mine loves to explore the outdoors. It’s a passion that’s grown in recent years especially, and taken her to some really beautiful places on foot and on a bike. But she’s got one condition. She does not want to see snakes. Of any kind. Ever. So when […]

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Hiking safety key no matter how short the trip

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It’s not who you think it is. Each year, park and forest rangers, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other search and rescue personnel take to the woods to save people in dire straits. There’s never a shortage of people needing help. Yet rarely are the rescued backwoods wanderers, exotic, high adventure explorers who roamed […]

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Fisheries surveys show the mighty Susquehanna is fine for channel catfish

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a paddling tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Stay Put Company: Sawyer (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-stay-put-sunscreen-lotion-spf30.html) Gear type: Sunscreen Product description: I’ve turned my wife into a paddler. She doesn’t fish, but she loves taking her kayak out and cruising rivers and lakes. Unfortunately for her, the same sun that leaves me […]

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Camping essentials to make every trip memorable for the right reasons

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Like the old gray mare, my memory ain’t what she used to be. Oh, I packed the sleeping bags on our last camping trip. The pillows, though, never made it to the Jeep in the driveway, let alone the campground five hours from home. They were sitting on the couch, right beside my wife’s forgotten […]

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Examining changing turkey populations in connection with West Nile Virus

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How would this be for a twist. Across the country, hunters can pursue turkeys twice a year, in spring and again in fall. Yet, perhaps, the most dangerous time for the birds might be late summer. That’s not hunting season. That’s bug season. Researchers are looking at whether mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are […]

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Fisheries surveys show Delaware River holding wild brown, rainbow trout

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Senate bill 147, which would expand Sunday hunting, faces obstacles yet

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The battle is not yet over. Pennsylvania state Senators recently approved, by a 36-14 vote, an amended Senate Bill 147, which calls for allowing hunting on three Sundays each year. Supporters called it a victory, albeit a smaller one than they envisioned. But it remains far from a done deal. Questions remain, both regarding if […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a look into fishing’s butterfly future

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Lure of the week Lure name: Butterfly Float’N Harness Company: Northland Fishing Tackle Lure type: Crawler harness Sizes and colors: Available in two blade sizes, 7/8- and 1 3/8-inch, and 12 color combinations, including blue shiner, clown, electric perch, Wonderbread, pink lemonade and purple tiger. Target species: Walleyes and yellow perch. Technique: This is just […]

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Solo canoes and pack boats growing in popularity

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As boats go they’re often overlooked, or at least have been in recent years, as evidenced by the ebb and flow of consumer wants and demands. But perhaps that’s changing. Solo canoes and more especially pack boats – a canoe-kayak hybrid – are, if not surging in popularity, at least back on the radar in […]

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Fisheries surveys show a musky mixed bag

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Expanded Sunday hunting could come to PA as early as this fall

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It seems now not a matter of if but when. On June 26, two days before taking their summer break, Pennsylvania state Senators approved an amended Senate Bill 147, perhaps – and as of yet, only perhaps — paving the way for expanded Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. Right now, hunters can pursue crows, coyotes and […]

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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: Double Action Company: Double Action Targets Gear type: Target Product description: Self-healing targets aren’t new. But this one is at least different in a neat and fun kind of way. Put a round through it and the hole closes back up […]

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