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Monday, June 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, June 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tyler Frantz

Tyler Frantz: May is a time for new beginnings in Pennsylvania

Pulling out of my driveway on a morning trek to work recently, dozens of freshly dropped maple samaras peeled from the windshield and roof rack like molting bird feathers wafting away in the breeze.
With a swipe of the wiper blades, the last of the winged seed pods departed the vehicle, and I smiled at the recognition of Mother Nature’s attempt at seasonal renewal. In fact, multiple instances have sprung up lately where the promise of a new generation has been apparent or pending.

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Wild bobwhite quail return to Pennsylvania, but hunting is a long way off

With one experienced bird dog locked on point and another convincingly backing her, it was clear something had holed-up beneath the dense brush pile.
The hunter cautiously approached, double barrel at the ready. Suddenly, a covey of three quail sprung from the cover, caught the wind, and banked eastward as shots rang out in quick succession. 

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Trout stocking is underway in Pennsylvania with countdown to opening day started

I don’t quite remember how we pulled it off, exactly, but I vividly recall more than once getting out of school to help stock Pennsylvania creeks with friends during my high school years.
A local postal worker and baseball coach helped coordinate volunteer stocking efforts ahead of trout season, and there was never a shortage of outdoors-loving student-athletes at Pine Grove Area High School willing to step forward and answer the call. 

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Snowy winter days are prime time for cottontails

Small game hunters across Pennsylvania have just a few more days to enjoy the final spoils of February’s waning hunting season. Whenever the skies open and provide a gift of fresh snowfall, conditions for success improve — especially on those calm, sunny mornings when cottontails can’t resist coming out to explore a landscape full of white after a recent snow.  

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A mink trapping triumph story in Pennsylvania that was years in the making

Fur trappers more talented and serious than I might find mink a relatively common catch along their traplines. However, this species has eluded me in my small acreage sets since a trail camera first snapped a photo of one dragging off a duck carcass behind my barn in 2016.  
Ever since then, I’ve haphazardly targeted mink, both on my own property (where odds of success are low) and along a nearby stream.

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Pennsylvania big woods trip shows we’re not the only hunters out there

Somewhere around 2 a.m., my deep slumber was abruptly awakened by the shrill cadence of barks, yips and howls. Taking a moment to get my bearings, I remembered I was visiting my buddy Julian’s camp for a weekend of archery hunting in Lycoming County’s big woods. Rubbing my tired eyes, I realized I wasn’t dreaming. Julian heard it too, and he was stumbling down the dark hallway to find his tracking spotlight.  
“The freaking coyotes are right outside my bedroom window,” he stammered groggily. “I want to see if we can get a look at them.”

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Pennsylvania outdoor writers publish engaging new titles

With daylight dwindling in the evening hours of fall, it’s always nice to cozy up to a good book fireside or at the cabin after outdoor adventures wrap up for the day.
Fortunately, two talented Pennsylvania authors have recently released engaging reads that will transport you right back to nature through the pages of their entertaining and thought-provoking books. 

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Bulls are a bonus during long weekend in Pennsylvania elk country

As the sun dipped behind the mountains under a clear September sky, elk bugles echoed across Winslow hill. A large herd bull, antlers freshly shed of velvet, was busy corralling his harem away from younger suitors as dozens of onlookers gazed in wonder at the scene unfolding before their eyes.  
This very display occurred just as I imagined it would during our first night in Pennsylvania elk country. Though I’ve witnessed it several times before, the majestic sight of a massive bull in all its glory feverishly working a group of cows is such an impressive sight, it keeps me coming back for more.

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