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‘Never worked a day in my life,’ Fly tyer Stanley Cooper Jr. passes away

To many in the fly-fishing world, Joe Humphreys is a legend. A hero. The 89-year-old from Boalsburg has taught thousands of anglers how to fly fish. Celebrities such as former vice president Dick Cheney and basketball coach Bobby Knight have requested his presence along the stream. There was even a movie made about Humphreys’ life. […]

Comments - 12:25 pm

2017 state bear harvest ranks ninth all-time

Despite one of the worst opening days in more than three decades of bear hunting, Pennsylvania charted yet another Top 10 bear harvest in 2017. Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for those seasons. Forty-eight bears […]

Comments - 3:39 am

Spring kicks off with youth hunt for gobblers

The end of winter and the approach of spring gobbler season have Pennsylvania hunters eager to get afield for the 50th anniversary of the season. Properly licensed junior hunters and mentored youth can head afield Saturday, April 21, to participate in Pennsylvania’s annual youth spring turkey hunt. A week later, on April 28, all hunters […]

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Outdoors with Tom Venesky: Cutting class to cast for trout

I need to apologize to my old teachers. Since I graduated from high school years ago, I think it’s safe now to own up to what I did back then. So, for all those spring days when my father signed me out of school early for an “appointment,” there was really nothing scheduled. And those […]

Comments - 5:55 am - updated: 1:55 pm.

Gearing up for the trout season opener

John Arway has been the executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for eight years and he’s been involved with fishing all of his life. Yet Arway still has a hard time sleeping the night before the opening day of trout season. The agency estimates that more than 600,000 licensed adult anglers — […]

Comments - 5:00 am

Kids get first chance for trout on April 7 youth day

WRIGHT TWP. — Chad Hoskins has a routine the night before a statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day. “I take my rods and everything I’ll need out to the car and load it up so everything’s ready to go,” said the 11-year-old from Moosic. But that’s not all that Hoskins does to get ready for the […]

Comments - 6:23 am

Caught on Camera

Tom Thornton of Blakeslee captured these vivid images of a mature bald eagle in Stroudsburg last month. Very few animals in nature can match the intense gaze of an eagle, and Thornton’s photos highlight the majestic character of our nation’s symbol. Reaching up to 40 inches in length, weighing eight to 12 pounds and possessing […]

Comments - 5:49 am

Outdoors with Tom Venesky: Latest Sunday hunting proposal a sham

When you love to do something, you try to do it as often as time allows. That’s my approach to hunting. I am passionate about it and I spend as many hours, or days, in the woods as possible. That’s why it may seem puzzling when, despite my love of hunting, I don’t think it […]

Comments - 2:54 pm - updated: 3:13 pm.

Deer harvest numbers increased over last season

A 10 percent increase in the overall deer harvest last season isn’t a surprise to several representatives with local conservation organizations. Some feel the spike reflects a deer herd with high numbers, but the sentiment was mixed when it comes to the population on public and private land. The Pennsylvania Game Commission released its deer […]

Comments - 9:07 am

Caught on Camera

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering expanding trapping opportunities for fishers, and judging by the amount of photos that readers have sent in, it’s easy to understand why. We’ve received an influx of trail camera photos with fishers of late, and this one from Rick Voelker beautifully illustrates how the anatomy of the animal makes […]

Comments - 4:19 pm

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