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Outdoors

Trapping furbearers may be making a comeback

Many moons ago, the woods of Pennsylvania were a completely different place. Rather than a place that drew a mostly recreational type crowd, much like today, these woods were full of people working hard to making a living. Abundantly filled with logging crews, hunting gangs, and miles upon ...

Twist in yearslong effort to save North Dakota sage grouse

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wildlife officials who have been transplanting sage grouse from Wyoming to North Dakota since 2017 have adjusted their tactics this summer to try to keep relocated birds from wandering back out of the state in search of better habitat. The fine-tuning of the nearly ...

Beating the heat

As summer winds down, some of us like to get up close and personal with the fish. The dog days of August with their high temperatures and humidity make getting in the water a treat. At this time of year, nothing is better for beating the heat than wet wading. While bass fishing has ...

Don’t be afraid to move during the rut

After the heat of summer begins to dissipate, and we start to feel the humidity slowly leave the air more and more each day, we then know that fall is on the horizon. Fall for some is a gateway to winter, but for many hunters across the country, it’s a signal that the prime time for hitting ...

Endangered piping plovers nest again in Erie

From staff reports ERIE — Sometimes success comes in threes. For the third consecutive year, federally endangered piping plovers have nested, hatched and fledged chicks into the wild on Presque Isle State Park’s Gull Point, on the shores of Lake Erie. But those four chicks fledged this ...

Social media unites hunters for a cause

Social media used to be fun. Certain aspects of it are still a blast, but with folks taking to twitter with things as petty as one bad meal that leads them to degrade a five star restaurant to that of an IHOP, it’s changed beyond words in the past decade. Facebook rants nearly two pages long ...

Texas’ Mustang Island marks 40th anniversary

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Forty years ago, Mustang Island State Park opened its gates with little fanfare. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the lead-up to the park’s creation and opening was a wild ride of political machinations and court battles that went all the way to the ...

Recalling summer days

I asked a young high schooler whether he was glad when school was out. To my surprise, he replied, “Naw, I’ll be glad when it starts again. It’s too boring when you’re off in the summer.” In MY day, that would have been heresy. We can all look back at some wonderful times in our ...

Small trout brings big reward

Most anglers would cringe at the thought of a four- to six-mile walk to catch a few trout that vary in length from 6 to 12 inches. For me, it’s less about the fish and more about the quiet walk, lack of other people and some quality exercise. The small and beautifully colored trout are simply ...

Commission increases funding for share program

From staff reports HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday voted to increase the agency’s monetary donation to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, ensuring that hunters can continue to donate venison to the state’s hungry without having to pay deer-processing ...