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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 This is the age of self-driving cars and voice activated home assistants. So the zipper (https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-invented-the-zipper/) might not seem like much of a marvel, at least not compared to when it debuted on a large […]

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Think tree seedlings for wildlife now

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“It’s getting late early,” that’s what Yankees great Yogi Berra once said. The Hall of Fame catcher was talking baseball, not wildlife. But if you’re thinking about offering food and cover for your favorite species, the words still apply. In short, it’s time to think about planting for the sake of habitat. Spring doesn’t officially […]

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Outdoor shows fill up calendar this winter

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Cabin fever schmabin fever. Brother, if you can’t get your outdoor fix in over the next three months, you just ain’t tryin. It’s true that the most popular hunting seasons are over and the most popular fishing ones are still a ways off. But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk, talk, plan and dream about […]

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Positive reviews for two inline muzzleloaders

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The timing was right if the results weren’t. Going into this past fall, Pennsylvania adopted its first-ever muzzleloader season for black bears. It overlapped with an antlerless deer season in mid-October, a wonderful time to be in the woods because of the weather, the color and the peace, relative to the statewide firearms season. I […]

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Outdoor Extras, the age of ice fishing and more 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 If you got a new rifle, scope or ammunition for Christmas – or maybe even all three – it’s time to hit the range and get sighted in. But start small. Or more […]

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Bear check station system may be tweaked

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Over the past few years, Pennsylvania’s wildlife managers devoted a lot of time to getting a handle on the state’s burgeoning black bear population. They plan to spend the next few getting a handle on that handle. The Pennsylvania Game Commission estimated bear numbers going into this past fall at around 20,000. Agency leaders, with […]

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Catfish in the Classroom project underway

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Trout were rarely on the menu when Eric Davis grew up fishing in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County. It’s not that he didn’t like the fish. But they were scarce. There’s just not a lot of the cold water habitat they need in the rolling, coal country hills bordering the West Virginia panhandle. Instead, he fished […]

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A new way to identify state game lands

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It’s a small change, one many people might overlook. But it’s part of an evolution of sorts. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are hoping it will have at least some impact. The agency – responsible for managing all Keystone States wildlife for all residents, yet funded solely by hunters, trappers and shooters – is tweaking the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including winter camping advice

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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 Suggest a winter camping trip to an uninitiated friend and the reaction is often muted at best. Or, to be more accurate, they just plain call you crazy. But winter can be a […]

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Great horned owls make most of winter

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Mention rebirth and wildlife babies and new beginnings and most people probably think of spring. And mid- to late spring at that. That’s with good reason. Few species, though they mate in fall, give birth before then. Think white-tailed deer, for example. The rut, or breeding season, starts in October, hits its high point in […]

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PA rules for tagging deer under discussion

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This is one possible rules change sure to get Pennsylvania deer hunters talking. As if any wouldn’t. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners are meeting Jan. 24 and 25 in Harrisburg. They will preliminarily adopt seasons and bag limits for the 2020-21 hunting and trapping year at that time. One proposal expected to be on the agenda deals […]

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Outdoor news, gear and more

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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 Just how much time do you spend outdoors? What do you do while out there? What kind of success do you see? Keeping a logbook is a fun way to answer those questions, […]

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Examining the mindset of the American hunter

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You are not alone. Not if you’ve got hunting on the brain pretty much all the time. At work, at school, at the dinner table, in the truck, everywhere. Plenty of other folks are dreaming the same dreams and doing so just as often. According to some new research, 51.5 percent of hunters think about […]

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12 possible changes for PA hunting seasons next year

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This is neither the time to celebrate nor to panic. Not yet. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners won’t even give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2020-21 until their January board meeting. Final approval won’t come until April. So that’s five months off yet. But, during a working group meeting in Harrisburg […]

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First Day Hikes a great way to start the year outdoors

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Chances are, about one year ago, you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or exercise more. Or both. So how’s that working out? Not too well, if you’re like most people. Resolutions centered on health are, annually, among the top goals people across America set for themselves as they head into the New […]

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Glamping a camping trend here to stay

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Nessmuk didn’t camp because he liked an occasional bout with misery and woe. Far from it. But he’d probably find this level of comfort shocking. Nessmuk – the pen name for George Washington Sears – was a Massachusetts-born, Pennsylvania-bred outdoorsman. He rose to fame in the mid- to late 1800s, writing for Forest and Stream […]

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The Case for Snowflake Baskets and more 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 There’s a reason winter tires exist. They’re specially designed to provide extra grip and traction in seasonal conditions, especially snow. Well, snowflake baskets available for trekking poles do the same. Circular and fairly […]

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A peek inside our annual fishing gift guide

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In some houses Christmas sounds like carols or laughter or wrapping paper tearing. Then there are fishing households. In those places, you’re as apt to hear phrases like “be careful casting that in here,” “please don’t hook yourself” and “now I know why they call it stinkbait” as anything else. But fishing gifts get people […]

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Five reasons winter hiking is healthy and fun

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The conversation was the same one we have every Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And New Year’s. I looked at my brother across the table. “So,” I said, “what time should I pick you up?” “Pick me up? For what?” he asked “For hiking, It gets dark sooner now than before, but if I come out early […]

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Looking at how leasing might impact hunter access long term

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Truly scientific polls are conducted at random. This does not appear to be that, so any results have to be considered in that context. But it’s interesting nonetheless. The American Hunting Lease Association is an organization that connects hunters and landowners, sells lease insurance and generally serves as the leasing industry’s representative. Earlier this year, […]

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Mentored youth trout program to continue despite complainers

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It’s Pennsylvania’s biggest youth fishing outreach program, one that appears popular with its target audience. And yet a small but vocal minority would kill it. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission makes available two mentored youth trout fishing days annually. One is the Saturday before the regional opening day of trout season, the other the […]

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Winter driving advice and more 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 Enjoying a winter outdoor adventure starts with being able to get where you’re going and, just as importantly, get back home again. That can be difficult when snow and ice blanket the roads. […]

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A look at our annual adventure gift guide

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There’s nothing better than getting outdoors. But, as second choices go, getting to unwrap a new toy that you’ll use outside later isn’t all that bad. So, here’s a chance to treat yourself or be a hero to someone else. We take a look at some new tools sure to be a hit with adventurers. […]

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Campground of the Future Project eyes the decade ahead

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It’s undoubtedly true many campers enjoy setting up near the water. But how about under it? In an aquarium-like cabin, where they’re the ones on the inside looking out? Accessible by an underwater hiking trail? That’s one possible future for camping outlined in the “KOA Campground of the Future Project.” Kamgrounds of America – known […]

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West Nile Virus not impacting turkeys like other birds

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The seeking of answers through science is often a process of eliminating variables. Consider this one checked off. Unlike with ruffed grouse and many species of song birds, West Nile Virus is not hurting wild turkey populations. Some first-of-its-kind work begun in Pennsylvania recently revealed that. Biologists with the state’s Game Commission and National Wild […]

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Late season squirrel hunting tips for the winter sportsman

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This is not the game you might think it is. Mention squirrels to the average hunter and he or she probably recalls early October days afield, likely as a young hunter, spent sitting under an oak with dad’s old hand-me-down shotgun. Memories of warm sun, bright leaves and almost foolishly active bushytails leap to mind. […]

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