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Outdoors

Number of hunters on decline in Michigan and nationwide

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Hunting keeps Alpena County resident Allen Shaw connected to family, as well as the great outdoors. Shaw has been hunting for the last 16 years and remembers hunting with his father and grandfather. Throughout the years, Shaw has hunted deer, bear, turkey, and small ...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in limbo

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s ...

Boat safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation

From staff reports National Safe Boating Week, which begins this Saturday, May 16, and runs through Friday, May 22, is the traditional early boating season reminder to help recreational boaters embrace safety all season long. However, the important National Safe Boating week recommendation ...

Bird-watching soars as Americans head outdoors

Conner Brown, a 25-year-old law student at Stanford University, spent the early days of the pandemic following his brother as he spotted and collected characters in the Pokemon Go mobile game. Then, Brown noticed the birds. “I thought, ‘Why don’t I take up birding?’ It’s like ...

Community fishing a popular outlet in pandemic

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Wirtz Jr. slowly spun the reel, tracking the retrieval of a plastic worm, when two shapes moved into his peripheral vision. The teen’s eyes gleamed as he peered through the crystal clear water at a pair of beefy rainbow trout cruising parallel to the ...

PA Game Commission set to reopen state shooting ranges

From staff reports HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced that, on Friday, May 8, it will reopen to the public its Northwest and Northcentral Region Offices, and reopen shooting ranges on state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow phase in the state’s ...

National parks balancing the demand for cell service, silence

PHOENIX (AP) — Musetta Vander has been to several of the most iconic national parks and landscapes in the U.S., capturing herself doing a yoga pose among the Joshua trees, driving on a tree-lined highway framed by Yosemite's towering rock formations and sitting at the edge of a cliff ...

Hunter safety hits new highs

From staff reports With the statewide spring turkey season about to begin, the state’s hunters have a record performance to match. In 2019, Pennsylvania’s spring turkey season hit an all-time high for hunter safety. For the first time in history, not a single hunting-related shooting ...