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Tomorrow’s sunrise will open the deer season, ending a long custom in Pennsylvania’s outdoors. Since at least the early 1960s, the season has begun on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board of Pennsylvania game commissioners, responsible for establishing hunting seasons and limits, voted f…

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By Jack HughesSnow has a lot in common with religion. It comes from heaven, changes everything and creates an alternative reality that brings on irrational behavior in humans. I have always loved snow; the more, the better in my opinion. In fact, I was told my first spoken word was snow. I would look out the window and stare at the falling flakes with awe. Later, I learned that with each snowfall, trillions of flakes would fall and no two are ever alike. I also grew to like the quiet and…

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Tomorrow’s sunrise will open the deer season, ending a long custom in Pennsylvania’s outdoors. Since at least the early 1960s, the season has begun on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board of Pennsylvania game commissioners, responsible for establishing hunting seasons and limits, voted for the switch to stoke more interest in a declining pursuit. Hunting licenses sales peaked at around 1.1 million in the early 1990s. By 2008 the number of adult resident licenses sold had dropped to 6…

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Walking the Sheepskin trail, biking the Great Allegheny Passage, hiking the trails in Ohiopyle or just taking a walk in your favorite park; each a great way to get outside for some fresh air and stay physically fit. Even indoor activities especially in the colder months can be of benefit to your health. Gym memberships can allow for stationary biking and what better all round exercise than swimming.

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Allegheny County Game Warden Doug Bergman reports filing several charges this archery season for hunting deer in baited areas. Hunters are reminded that using bait as an enticement for game or wildlife is unlawful and will not be overlooked.

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Just a few days ago, temperatures were in the mid-60s and leaf blowers could be heard throughout the land. Golf courses were busy and some folks enjoyed a late-season bike ride. The brief period of Indian summer was forecast to come to a quick end and by Tuesday snow was falling and temperatures were 40 degrees colder.

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As soon as the colors fade and the leaves are gone folks start to ask about the upcoming winter. The TV weather prophets have already made their forecasts, and like Christmas, everybody seems to be in a rush for the best shopping deals and just what winter will look like.

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There’s no reading material like a map. A map can guide you from points A to B, for sure, but a map can be so much more, especially outdoors. A map can be a ticket to relive fishing, hunting or exploring memories that might otherwise fade. Or, maps can present the allure of new adventure not yet savored, but within your grasp because you can envision it reading a map.

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