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Sportsmen Since 1967

August 12, 2023

Here’s how to narrow down what you need in a good pair of waders

Sometime around midsummer our minds begin to think about fall and the pursuits we’ll partake in. If your interests go beyond deer and upland game hunting, this might mean examining your stable of waders and deciding if it’s time to invest in a new pair.

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Hunter education, archery in schools may be safe in Pennsylvania despite threat to federal funding

A recent move by the Biden administration to block funding for hunter education and archery programs held in schools may not impact the programs in Pennsylvania, but officials are watching the situation closely. 
The federal funding in question is earmarked under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 for schools with hunting and archery programs. According to news reports, the Department of Education determined that, under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed last year, school hunting and archery classes are precluded from receiving the federal funding.

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Iowa’s Big Creek Wildlife Area offers an outdoor getaway near Des Moines

Often overlooked for its similarly named state park or mistaken for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sprawling Saylorville Wildlife Area, Big Creek Wildlife Area is a roughly 3,100-acre, one stop outdoor shop just 10 minutes from Ankeny.
It features remnant and reconstructed prairie, mature hardwood forest, small sediment basins for remote, hike-in fishing, and huge blocks of contiguous forest with no roads or lanes to break it up.

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Compact tractors are worth every penny for outdoor users

My life changed for the better about a decade ago. That was the year I made the decision that I was going to do something I should have done 15 years sooner: purchase a compact utility tractor.
If you own and/or have to maintain a considerable chunk of property, you owe it to yourself to take the plunge and buy a tractor. Once you do, you will wonder how you ever did without one.

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The Purple Paint Law: Unraveling the mysteries behind Illinois’ unique trespassing solution

Picture this: you’re out hiking in the picturesque Illinois wilderness, exploring the hidden gems of the great outdoors. As you traverse the unmarked terrain, a sudden realization dawns upon you — the absence of “No Trespassing” signs.
Instead, there are patches of vibrant purple paint splashed on trees and posts. Welcome to the curious world of the Purple Paint Law in Illinois.

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Histories Forgotten: Illinois hires first game wardens in the 1880s

Throughout the late 1870s, state legislatures around the country were passing laws designed to protect fish and game from annihilation at the hands of market men. In Illinois, in 1873, the state legislature elevated game offenses to criminal misdemeanors and tasked county state attorneys with prosecuting the matters on behalf of the “people of the State of Illinois.”
Sportsmen – the group most championing broad protections for wildlife – viewed the changes as a step in the right direction. The next step, they argued, needed to be the appointment of specific persons to enforce the regulations.

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After much debate, Ohio’s grouse season a go in 2023, same as ’22

The debate over whether or not to continue to hold a ruffed grouse hunting season is over for now.
On Aug. 2, three members of the Ohio Wildlife Council, the rule-making arm of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, decided against holding a more restrictive season on grouse than the one held a year ago. What this means is that the Division of Wildlife will offer a grouse hunt this fall that runs Oct. 14 through Nov. 26 on public land and through Jan. 1, 2024, on private land. The bag limit is one bird per day.

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