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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jerry Bush

Jerry Bush: Being a hunting mentor to a child is a great honor, but it carries great responsibilities

In 1967, at the age of 12, I benefited from a rite of passage when my father purchased my first Pennsylvania hunting license. Dad taught me how to hunt and a few things that helped hone my shooting skills. 
I’ll always remember my first firearm, which was a break-action, 16 gauge, that had to serve me for hunting big and small game.

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Scout trout streams to make sure you are ready for Pennsylvania’s opening day

Several years ago, a buddy and I drove to a small trout stream, where a relatively secluded honey hole always attracted a good number of stocked trout.
We were not sure who put forth the effort to release fish so far upstream each year, but we were grateful. After parking and anxiously gathering our gear, we hiked the trail through the woods, to the location where we planned to spend the first few hours.

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Winter steelhead fishing: Lake Erie-area tributaries surprisingly accessible this time of year

The air temperature hovered near 35 degrees when my buddy, Jim, and I waded into the cold waters of a Lake Erie tributary, appreciating the protection of our waders, which kept us dry and comfortable.
Jim caught the first fish. He brought it to the shallows before hoisting his trophy so I could snap a couple of photos before he released it back into the pool. Soon after, a large steelie accepted my sucker spawn imitation.

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Hunting with flintlocks: Why loading the maximum charge might not be the best course of action

While not able to handle the same amount of gunpowder that inline muzzleloaders can safely fire, many flintlock shooters caught the “more powder is better” craze in the mid-1980s, when inline units hit the market.
Flintlock shooters shared a desire to dump as much blackpowder down the muzzle as possible. Modern flintlock rifles are stronger than the Pennsylvania Long Rifle carried by the legendary Daniel Boone. The fact is, improvements continue.

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Precision shooting: Handload for increased accuracy and lethality

For very good reason, ammunition assembled in a factory will never match the benchmark attainable for hunters who load cartridges by hand.
The primary goal of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute is to ensure that every firearm and round of ammunition is safe to use, and officials at the institute understand that machines cannot reliably drop an exact gunpowder charge into every case moving along an assembly line. Therefore, gunpowder charges may be low by several grains but never higher than the maximum allowable for the powder being used.

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Does your shotgun fit you? It’s important, and here’s how to address the issue

Imagine that you purchased a quality, semi-automatic shotgun, primarily for hunting upland game birds and occasionally shattering flying discs.
The shotgun you chose was designed with input from renowned world champion shooters like Jerry and Lena Miculek. Then, you anxiously step to the line and miss 70% of the orange discs you shoot at. I recently endured that embarrassment, which was made worse when my friend borrowed the Model 940 Pro I purchased and hit 80% of the targets he shot at.

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Here’s how to be ready this bowhunting season

Would Aaron Rogers stroll onto a football field, throw a hundred footballs, and walk off feeling ready for the NFL season opener? Obviously not! Yet most bowhunters believe that flinging a hundred arrows into a backyard target a few weeks before opening day is adequate preparation for the season. Like NFL players, I suggest that archers group preseason tasks into games and act them out to mentally prepare for the season opener.

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Access expansion at Pennsylvania’s Twenty-mile Creek opens up opportunity for steelhead fishing

Twenty-mile creek, in Erie County, is a tributary to Lake Erie that will always hold a special place in my heart, and a recent change to re-access waters that had been closed to the public for a couple of decades is going to recharge my fondness for the waterway.  
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission announced Jan. 13 that it acquired an easement that regenerates nearly 9,000 linear feet of public fishing access upstream from the highway bridge at Route 5. It is the largest public fishing easement acquisition to date.

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Northern Pennsylvania hunting preserve is a refuge for heroes

The mission of the “L-E-E-K” Hunting and Mountain Preserve here is to provide hunts of a lifetime for externally and mentally injured soldiers.
The L-E-E-K facility is located on 411 acres, and thanks to neighboring farmers and surrounding public forests, the organization has access to more than 40,000 additional acres. Proprietor Edward Fisher is proud of the inclusiveness of this organization, which serves veterans of all ages and all wars.

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