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“Show me an outdoorsman and I’ll show you a truck.” That little maxim came up during lunchtime banter at the Outdoor Writers Association of America meeting last summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was just the cue Linda Water Nelson needed to assert her expertise. Nelson, of Austin, Texas, h…

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“Show me an outdoorsman and I’ll show you a truck.” That little maxim came up during lunchtime banter at the Outdoor Writers Association of America meeting last summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was just the cue Linda Water Nelson needed to assert her expertise. Nelson, of Austin, Texas, has written about the automotive industry for more than 30 years, mostly in the outdoor field, including an 11-year run as columnist with Texas Fish & Game magazine.

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The cooler weather has arrived, although we still have not had a frost or freeze. Once again, the fall colors are late, and while we will see some nice color in the coming days, the overall show this year looks to be somewhat dull when compared with past experiences.

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Every autumn, our hills display a signature that only a few regions can claim. The blazing tint of maple, gum, and hickory leaves, blended with somber oaks, presents a backdrop so familiar here that we forget, or overlook, its splendor. Though we don’t always devote attention to fall foliage, we expect it. It’s part of our place on the Earth.

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An essay by Herald Standard outdoors columnist Ben Moyer was among 10 finalists selected from a field of 156 entries nationwide for the 2019 Traver Prize Fly-Fishing Writing Award. Moyer’s entry, At the Heart of Hollows, which features fishing experiences on Dunbar Creek, Meadow Run and the Youghiogheny River, was not ultimately the first-place winner but he expressed appreciation for being considered among the finalists.

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Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports several individuals recently have been cited for shooting things other than paper targets at the State Game Lands 203 rifle range. Shooting produce, bottles, cans or other objects is unlawful and subject to a $100 to $200 fine, plus court costs. This behavior often causes damage to the backstops as objects are usually placed on top of the frames and shot.

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