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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Ron Steffe

Ron Steffe: With age comes a different experience in anticipation of opening days

Aging sure eases the stirring and sleeplessness that are part of hunting and fishing seasons’ beginnings.
Just yesterday, I started packing (at least piling in the garage) everything I’ll need when I head to camp this coming Friday for Tioga County, Pa., for my annual week of spring gobbler hunting the canyon area and trout fishing at some of the stocked streams near camp. 

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Fishing the large waterway of Pennsylvania’s Big Pine Creek is tough chore right now, but the trout are there

This past Sunday morning I headed to camp in Tioga County to visit one of my favorite Pennsylvania trout streams, the Big Pine Creek. 
Through the many years, I’ve cast nymphs, dry and wet flies and occasional plugs. The majority of my angling here has taken place from the upper section in Potter County near the town of Galeton, downstream through the magnificent Pennsylvania Grand Canyon section, and ending about a mile or so below the little hamlet of Blackwell. 

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Ron Steffe: Special day for young anglers nears with Pennsylvania’s Youth Mentored Trout Day

Of all the changes and ideas to improve angling in the state of Pennsylvania through all the years the Fish & Boat Commission has been in existence, Youth Mentored Trout Day is likely the best one. The agency designates a unique Saturday for the youth of the state to fish for trout on select bodies of water a week before the statewide season opener for all licensed trout anglers. 

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Volunteer stocking in Pennsylvania can benefit all trout anglers

One of the most common complaints I hear from trout anglers in Pennsylvania is their objection to stocking trucks “dumping” just about all fish at only one or two “holes,” at the spots the trucks and accompanying waterways conservation officer chooses to stop and unload some of the hatchery-raised trout. 
Just the same, it is certainly true that many, many anglers enjoy the “elbow to elbow” fishing at places where a significant number of the stocked trout seem bunched together.

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Ron Steffe: Senators say Pennsylvania Game Commission has enough state game lands … I say bull!

I was immediately drawn to a recent front-page story in Pennsylvania Outdoor News. 
After Bryan Burhans, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director, delivered the commission’s annual report to the State Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, two state senators on the committee asked him a couple of questions. 

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Ron Steffe: Stocked pheasants fattening foxes in Pennsylvania

A couple of weeks ago, a few friends I often hunt alongside headed to a mid-state camp in Pennsylvania where two of them are members, to do some late season rabbit hunting. 
The rabbit hunting was “okay” as they termed it, with some chased and a couple bagged. But overall, not good. However, they did discover something they considered truly remarkable during their time afield.

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Cold, snowy days don’t bother snow geese migrating through Pennsylvania

A fresh, fluffy snow and a single-digit morning temperature, along with a new brace aiding my worse-than-thought injured right knee, prompted a short hike from my parked truck last week to a hillside spot for a flintlock hunt during a season that remains open in my home area of Pennsylvania. 
A place along an old logging road that held numerous deer tracks was my choice to clean the ground among a tight group of poplar trees and plop my backside to the frozen earth and watch for any passing whitetails. 

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Hunting the Pennsylvania woods in January is a stark contrast to October

Since Pennsylvania’s flintlock season opened the day after Christmas, I’ve only been hunting for deer on three different occasions. 
A bum right knee — a torn meniscus from a trip and fall on my home’s stairway — has limited my treks afield, at least with the ability to climb with a tree stand. The walking isn’t too bad, at least not enough to keep me home entirely. 

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Pennsylvania flintlock season: Touching history with each shot

Ever since the Pennsylvania Game Commission established the first season of hunting deer after Christmas with a flintlock rifle, I’ve been a participant.  
Initially, those early years allowed hunting on select Pennsylvania state game lands, but eventually the whole of the state — except areas not allowing guns — was included in available areas to pursue whitetails with the colloquially termed “smoke-pole.” 

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