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Outdoors

Learn to fish the weeds, not avoid them

“How are they hitting?” It’s the ultimate icebreaker when anglers meet. The other week on a nearby lake my fishing partner and I asked this question of two different boatloads of fishermen, and received two very different responses. “Terrible!” was the first answer from a, shall ...

Summer memories from on the Juniata

Hunters, fisherman, and outdoorsmen have spots. Not literal spots like those of a Dalmatian, but spots meaning places that are special to them. A certain tree, tree stand, rock outcropping or other landmark may come to mind when you think of your owns spots. It may be incredibly secluded and ...

Know the rules: Hunting law protects you

Most hunters, or at least the responsible ones, know their game laws before they head into the woods each season. Hunting times, locations, and bag limits are important, but there are some additional laws that protect hunters that some folks are not aware of. Unfortunately, I hear more and ...

Good rockfish season expected after trophy season

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — After two very productive days of workshops and seminars at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association spring conference and awards banquet at Chesapeake Beach resort, common sense dictated an early departure Sunday and a full-night’s sleep before pursuing ...

MLB pitcher asks hunters to Okla. duck dugout

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley is making a call from the bullpen to see if hunters might like to join him in a dugout in Oklahoma. Or more accurately, in a duck blind. The former Broken Arrow baseball and football standout who was drafted by the Diamondbacks ...

Hip or not, you can still kill wild turkeys

We all have friends who are always on the band wagon of the “hot new thing” when it comes to turkey hunting. The newest ammunition, the newest vests and clothing, decoys, and calls. I’ll honestly admit that even I sometimes jump in on the excitement when something new comes out. Unless ...

The road less traveled is often the better route

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” These words from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” are used as an allegory on life — that doing one’s own thing and not going along with the crowd often makes ...

Treatment tells ticks to bug off

Friends, I’m really tired of seeing my hunting buddies and colleagues of the outdoors industry struck down by a little, teeny-tiny, disgusting bug. Yes, I’m talking about the creepy-crawling and bloodsucking ticks. Fortunately for me, after spending years peeling ticks off my skin, ...

High school trapshooting has more programs, participants

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — It is a sport that is flying high. The proof of high school trapshooting’s rapid takeoff in North Dakota can be found at shooting ranges throughout the state. The impact of high school trapshooting at the Minot Gun Club has been nothing less than astounding. Area ...

The road less traveled is often the better route

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” These words from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” are used as an allegory on life — that doing one’s own thing and not going along with the crowd often makes ...