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Cooperation among trout-stocking groups could improve research

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OHIOPYLE, Pa. -- The strike was hard, visibly jerking the surface-floating fly line. The fish was heavy, like a log that was swimming upriver before turning abruptly into a frothy chute that carried it quickly downstream. The fight was long, covering about 100 yards of the Youghiogheny River -- the guide deftly maneuvering the inflatable raft, ...Read more

Idaho's Crane Falls Lake an intimate place for floating and fishing

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CRANE FALLS LAKE, Idaho -- The tip of the rod bobbed like it was pointing to a fish, then convulsed like a willow branch in a gale wind.

Fish on.

With massive weed beds beneath us and the black basalt cliffs of the Snake River Canyon above, safe money would be on a bass causing the commotion on the end of the line. But we were at Crane Falls ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............10:35 p.m.......................................11:00 a.m.

Monday.............11:25 p.m.......................................11:45 a....Read more

Banding of bald eagle chicks a tall task for Kansas biologists

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MILFORD RESERVOIR, Kan. -- Company isn't common when you live 80 feet up in the branches of a giant cottonwood. That's especially true when your parents are the baddest predators in the surrounding sky.

So it's understandable that three young bald eagles looked surprised recently when first an orange helmet, then a human face peeked over the ...Read more

For three quadriplegics, freedom found on the water

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Lance Hinrichs grew up around the sport of sailing, but he never truly appreciated the freedom it provided him until an accident during his junior year of college left him as a quadriplegic.

It took six years of rehabilitation until Hinrichs could get back onto a boat. It took a few more years until technology could make him totally comfortable...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............5:25 p.m.........................................5:50 a.m.

Monday.............6:10 p.m.....................................6:30 a.m.

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Pennsylvania study explores maximizing the turkey harvest

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Despite all the No Hunting signs, shooting a wild turkey in Allegheny County in Pittsburgh is pretty common.

But try taking a gobbler, a buck and a bear in heavily populated 2B. In the same license season. On the same property. Within the same 300 yards. And take the white-tail and black bear with the same crossbow.

Josh Joswiak of West Deer, ...Read more

Grain Valley man shoots his way to Guinness world record

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As lightning slashed through a darkened sky in the distance, Dave Miller provided some fireworks of his own Saturday night at the Heartland Trap and Wobble Skeet shooting range in Harrisonville.

Firing a shotgun from the hip at a steady stream of blaze-orange clay targets, he steadily shattered most of them into pieces. Exactly an hour after he...Read more

Beetlemania becomes popular again … among anglers

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COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR, Kan. -- Space is limited because gear is aplenty in Fred Agin's boat. Rods of four or five styles are stacked on both sides. Tackle boxes are packed under the dash and along some sides.

"That's just a drop in the bucket for what we have," Agin said as his wife, Audrey, opened a box with dozens of pricey crankbaits. "We'...Read more

Field trip provides rare glimpse of spruce grouse mating ritual

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CLAM LAKE, Wis. -- May was a mere 7 hours old and a veil of fog hugged the ground. But even in the dim early light, it was clear spring had fully sprung in the North Woods.

A trio of bull elk grazed along Highway 77 west of Clam Lake, grabbing mouthfuls of new green growth. A bald eagle carried a northern pike back to its eaglets high in a tree...Read more

Fishing guide makes big splash with his colorful fishing lures

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How many fishermen can say they have a lure named after them?

Clyde "The Guide" Holscher can.

Turn over the package of that Vibric Rooster Tail with a chartreuse blade and white body and you'll see his claim to fame. Lure name? The Clyde.

It all came about when Holscher, a longtime guide on the lakes of eastern Kansas, was tinkering with ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............11:20 a.m.......................................11:50 p.m.

Monday.............12:20 p.m.......................................12:50 a....Read more

Missouri lake sturgeon program aims to re-establish giant fish

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A monster of a fish lurks in Dardenne Creek near New Melle, Mo., more than 30 miles from the Mississippi River.

It's what brought Travis Moore, a fisheries management biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, from his office in Hannibal, Mo., to the western edge of St. Charles County. After a minute of silence, a metallic ping ...Read more

Return of a healthy smelt run has Lake Superior anglers buzzing

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SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A stunningly beautiful sunset has painted the sky above Lake Superior pink and orange as if leaping from the palette of an Impressionist, but that's not why Jake Mohr and his 9-year-old son Canyon are out on the slip of land called Wisconsin Point.

An almost imperceptible breeze comes off the lake and the temperature is a ...Read more

Some trout travel after pre-season stocking

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Red worms didn't work, so you switched to salmon eggs. After a while, you took off the bobber. Surely they'd go for a stinky green paste bait. Nothing.

Where are all the trout?

The short answer is, they're in there. But they might not be where you think they are.

In Pennsylvania, angler purchases of Trout-Salmon Permits pay for the raising ...Read more

Presence of moose near Colorado Springs shrouded in mystery

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How she ended up in Colorado's Black Forest is a mystery. But she sure seems intent on staying.

For the past four years, a female adult moose has prowled the wooded hills north of Colorado Springs -- surviving a major wildfire in 2013 and spurning a chance to link up with a couple of bull moose seen passing through the area within the past ...Read more

Hunter who feels blessed pays it forward

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Andrew Holtz of Wales, Wis., was raised in a traditional Wisconsin hunting family.

Like thousands of other Badger State hunters, Holtz knows the benefits of having a parent who exposed him to hunting from an early age, and of having generations of "where to" and "how to" knowledge passed down to him.

Holtz, 38, has never taken his good fortune...Read more

People learn the hard way: snakes are not toys

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Among the mixed blessings of the warmer weather -- higher electric bills, the departure of the snowbirds -- add the opening of snake bite season.

From April to October, rattlesnakes, water moccasins and other venomous snakes become more active, raising the risk of unpleasant encounters with human beings.

But don't blame the snakes.

Human ...Read more

May is a dangerous month for boaters

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Welcome to May, the most dangerous month of the year for Washington's recreational boaters.

The hunger to get outdoors -- possibly in a new sport, with new equipment and in marginal weather -- helps drive people to state waterways, too often without a proper sense of the danger, officials say.

The month of May, over the past 14 years, has seen...Read more

Fishing season starts with optimism

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HAYWARD, Wis. -- At sunrise the surface of the Chippewa Flowage was both mirror and looking glass.

Under calm conditions, a flotilla of boats and eager anglers tested all corners of the 15,300-acre impoundment on opening day of the 2015 Wisconsin fishing season.

The scene reflected a strong, sustained interest in one of the state's marquee ...Read more