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Saturday, June 15th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Freddie McKnight

Conococheague Creek tops for trout, smallmouths in Franklin County, Pa.

From the early years of the colonization of southern Pennsylvania, Conococheague Creek and its tributaries played an important role in providing transportation routes into the region.
One can assume that these early settlers, as well as Native Americans living in the region, also fished the stream and its tributaries. I cannot say how the fishing was or what species may have been present then, but I can tell you that today the fishing remains good, especially for trout and smallmouth bass.

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Freddie McKnight: Pennsylvania’s least-pressured gamefish, the chain pickerel, plenty fun to catch

Few anglers go out specifically to catch chain pickerel. They are the Rodney Dangerfields of Pennsylvania’s fishing world. That’s too bad, because this least-pursued of our state’s gamefish species is both easy and fun to catch.
Memories of my childhood days fishing include many a chain pickerel taken from two streams that coursed through the valley in which I lived.

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Catch big trout below dams in Pennsylvania this spring

Pennsylvania is loaded with man-made reservoirs. These were not built for the purpose of creating a downstream trout mecca, but that has been the result with many.
The cold-water outlets of these dams have created an artificial habitat for trout. Recognizing the conditions were ideal for trout, many of these waters have been stocked to create some of the best trout action in the state.

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In 50 years, Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake has seen many changes

Controversial when it was announced in the 1960s, Raystown Lake has changed the face of Huntingdon County Pa., forever.
The largest impoundment wholly within the state, the construction of the lake was not greeted with open arms by many of the local families. In all some 1,800 properties were purchased by the federal government with many of those being by eminent domain.

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Juniata River Lewistown Narrows waterfowl hotspot in Pennsylvania

The Lewistown Narrows, as the area has been dubbed, is about a six-mile stretch of the Juniata River which is squeezed between Shade and Blue Mountains to the east of the town.
The stretch sits astride the Route 22/322 four-lane highway on the northern shoreline and Route 333 on the southern shore. Both hunters and anglers can have easy access to many portions of this water as long as you have a boat, canoe, or kayak to use.

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Here’s how to build a safe bullet-stopping structure at home or camp

Having taught hunter education classes for more than 20 years now, we always cover just how far a bullet is able to travel from various caliber guns. Some of the so-called backstops on these home gun ranges would allow a bullet to travel through the target and well beyond.
I’m sure you all have seen them, discarded political posters or real estate signs staked out in a field or nailed to a tree or a fence post with no landscape feature behind them to stop the rounds’ travel.
If you decide to develop a range, to avoid incidents, take the time to build a proper backstop where you shoot. It does not take a lot of time or money to do so and will last you for many years when done right.

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