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2020 Outdoor Resolutions

January 21, 2020


With the holidays in the rear view mirror it is time to put some thought into our outdoor adventures from the previous year and resolve to better ourselves, and our hunting and fishing experiences, in the year to come. While I am certainly thankful for the success of 2019, I look forward to the new […]

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

August 3, 2017


Andy Surra is the TSO Editor.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Andy holds a BA in Political Science and is a native of Kersey, Pennsylvania in Elk County. He and his wife currently reside in the suburbs of Harrisburg.        Recently, a Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) wildlife conservation officer […]

Pre-Rut Miscues to Avoid

November 4, 2016


The whitetail rut is most commonly discussed topic among hunters and yet it is also the probably the most misunderstood.  If you want to be successful this season then it is vital to understand which phase the rut is currently in. (the pre-rut, peak rut and post-rut) During the summer months and while the weather […]

5 Spring Turkey Scouting Tips

March 10, 2016


One of the biggest misconceptions hunters make about turkey hunting is that the birds either there or not and nothing can be done to improve your chances. This leads many more apathetic hunters to show up on opening day with little or no information regarding bird location. This is a terrible mistake! Scouting is crucial […]

4 Good Reasons to Hunt PA Deer

September 3, 2015


In 2004, a total of 735,158 Resident Adult hunting licenses were sold to hunters looking to harvest a Pennsylvania buck. Last year, a decade later, that number had plummeted to 636,237. This massive 100,000 hunter decline is due to many factors from an aging hunting population, to time constraints on workers, and video games gripping our youth. But, most lapsed hunters will tell you their reason for hanging up their rifle was […]

Blaze Pink: The Color Battle

July 8, 2015


The latest trend in the hunting and sporting world is to increase female participation by providing options for equipment, clothing, and firearms geared toward a female demographic. Although most efforts are stereotypical, they are proving to have staying power. A recent National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) report shows women are a rapidly growing demographic in the shooting sports. Female specific clothing lines like She […]

5 Pre-Rut Must-Dos

October 24, 2014


Play the Weather Weather can be your best friend when hunting during the early season. Weather fronts affect big buck movement during the early season more than any other time. Watch your local forecast, use internet weather sources and apps for your phone to determine when a cold front is going to move in and drop the temperature significantly. (15 to […]

Beyond the 2nd Amendment

May 19, 2014


  Tomorrow is Pennsylvania’s primary election day and before you stand in front of the electronic voting screen take a moment to contemplate how your vote will affect Pennsylvania’s rich outdoor traditions. Our votes have a lasting impact and affect far more than 2nd amendment rights but I’ll get to that in a moment. For over 100 years sportsmen’s organizations have successfully […]

13 Tips for Late Archery and Muzzleloader Season

December 30, 2013


Need a few tips for hunting the late season? Well, you came to the right place. Enjoy! 1. Think Deer Survival: Heavy snowfalls will force deer into full survival mode. Bucks will never be hungrier during the hunting season than they are right now. Recovering from the rut can be difficult. Afterall, many bucks lose as much as one quarter of their body weight […]

Pheasant Hunting Thrives With Public Access

October 31, 2013


The opening morning of pheasant season broke clear, cold and windy. It was predawn and I was a bit surprised when we pulled into the Meade Run (Shawmut) section of State Game Lands 44 (SGL) in Elk County to find the parking lots literally full of vehicles. It was an interesting mix of hunting dogs […]