Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 17, 2014

Debbie Hanson

5 Key Benefits of the Sport Fish Restoration Program

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Did you know that you are helping to support the Sport Fish Restoration Program when you buy fishing tackle, fishing equipment and boat fuel? It’s true! Every time you shop where there is a Sport Fish Restoration Program logo, you are helping to support conservation efforts. So, get outdoors, do more of what you love (fishing and boating) and help protect our state fisheries at the same time. The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 14, 2014

Debbie Hanson

10 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for Anglers

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Was it the Rudolph sweatshirt complete with flashing light for a nose? Or maybe it was the turtle-shaped Chia Pet? Jelly of the month club membership? My guess is that you’ve probably received at least one holiday gift that made you cringe a little when you opened it. So, to all of you who have an angler on your holiday gift list, please pay attention! Avoid becoming a “less than great” gift-giver by checking out…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

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The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 10, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Fishing Licenses and Boat Registrations Help With Conservation

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The card or slip of paper in your wallet issued by your state fish and game agency, the paperwork on your boat, the identification numbers on your hull… sure, they are required by law, but what do they mean beyond that? More than you might think. Your fishing license and boat registration not only provide you with the ability to spend quality time on the water with your friends and family, but also help contribute…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 6, 2014

Tom Keer

License Sales: Where Does the Revenue Go?

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Sometimes, I flinch when I buy things. Insurance, that necessary evil, is one that I pay for every month but never seem to use.  Gasoline for my truck; seems like every time I turn around I need to pump some more.  I wonder about some of the expenses, but I never second guess buying my fishing license. Funding for fish stockings in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes come from license sales.  To a large extent…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Steel Stockings

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  In general the colder it gets, the grumpier I get. However, there is one bonus of numb fingers: steelhead. Beginning around late September, these powerful fish leave Lake Erie and enter tributaries of Ohio, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until early spring. Thus, I spend much of that time in neoprene waders. But Pennsylvania hasn’t always had a steelhead fishery. In fact, steelhead aren’t even native to Lake Erie. According to the Pennsylvania Fish…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 3, 2014

Debbie Hanson

6 Catch and Release Fishing Tools You Should be Using

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You may have heard the popular saying, “let ‘em go and let ‘em grow” as it pertains to releasing your catch. Catch and release fishing, including the knowledge of how to properly use catch and release tools, contributes to the conservation of our nation’s fisheries by helping to sustain fish populations. While “letting ‘em grow” may be one reason you choose to release a fish, there can be other reasons too. Your fish may not…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2014

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows

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I’m not a tire kicker but I sure act like one.  The truth is I hate to rush big decisions.  I like to take my time, consider all of the pros and cons, do a lot of research, and work out all of the fine details.  When I finally get off the dime I’m in good shape; by that I mean my hand doesn’t shake when I sign on the dotted line. Buying a new…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 28, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Take It or Leaf It

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Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular show, but now along with monitoring the weather, I am watching for reports of the leaves that rain and wind may knock into the streams in large doses. Despite warnings, we recently took…

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