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Recent articles by Tom:

PA Fish Commission set to stock trout in coming weeks

It might still be the dead of winter but that won’t stop the folks at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) from thinking ahead to springtime and the trout season that goes with it. To t… → Read More

Outdoors show season kicks off this week at Oaks

Now that our area’s hunting season are pretty much in our collective rearview mirrors (gooses season ended on Jan. 21; the late deer seasons here close on Saturday) except for some small game and t… → Read More

What’s buggin you? Three prime candidates – thereporteronline

During our recent cold snap, I decided it was time to stoke up our wood stove for the first time this winter. But when I opened the stove door, there it was – a mountainous swarm of dead and dying … → Read More

Wild turkeys flock to Chesco as PGC embarks on major study

As the new year got under way, I was treated to an extraordinarily rare sight: A large flock of some two dozen wild turkeys feeding in an open field. The unusual thing about this flock was that I d… → Read More

Right whale, wrong rule?

Most folks usher in the new year with high hopes of better times ahead along with a New Year’s resolution or two. But for saltwater recreational anglers, charter boat captains, commercial fisherman… → Read More

‘Tis the holiday (hunting) season – thereporteronline

‘Tis the season once again – hunting season that is – so if Santa left you a shotgun, rimfire rifle, flintlock, bow, or crossbow under your tree or stuffed your stocking full of arrows or amm… → Read More

Random notes from the deer woods

Funny how a strange unidentified sound in the pitch-black dark of night can demand your absolute undivided attention. So it was as I made my way up the mountainside toward my deer stand on a moonle… → Read More

Opening weekend for Pennsylvania deer hunters not half bad

The opening of Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season on Saturday found me hunkered down in my Chesco tree stand awaiting the 6:28 a.m. opening bell. It didn’t take long for the action to get underway… → Read More

Anterless deer licenses face a major makeover

The question Pennsylvania deer hunters may want to pose to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a simple one: What took you so long? We’re talking about th… → Read More

Beware of Bambi bucking traffic

No doubt you’re familiar with the expression “like a deer in the headlights.” It’s an analogy suggesting a state of panic, fear or surprise that causes temporary paralysis of the kind that resemble… → Read More

Pennsylvania hunters now talking turkey, bugling for keystone state elk

Pennsylvania’s fall turkey and general elk seasons are now up and running. Although unlike spring gobbler season, the fall turkey season is closed in our corner of the state here in Wildlife Manage… → Read More

Waterfowl program aims to reconnect kids with the great outdoors

Budding young equestrian Alyssa Winner of Middletown, DE, was taking time off from her horseback riding adventures for a chance to learn the secrets of successful waterfowling. For the 13-year-old … → Read More

Pros and cons of archery’s early opener – thereporteronline

Like so many of my bowhunting brethren here in Wildlife Management Units (WMU) 5C and 5D, I climbed into my tree stand before dawn on Saturday morning to test my luck on opening day of Pennsylvania… → Read More

JAWS revisited 47-years later

Back in June of 1975 I was just one of hundreds of folks who patiently waited in a lengthy line that snaked around the block and beyond for a chance to view what would become one of the biggest sum… → Read More

Writers’ group teams up with BRC to promote outdoor education – thereporteronline

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) recently announced the recipients of its 2022 Kermit Henning Youth Education Grants. This year fourteen organizations received a total of over $9… → Read More

Fluke fishery floundering?

It’s still early in the saltwater fishing season, but from my own flounder fishing perspective, it’s been a relatively poor one so far on the back bays of Ocean City, Maryland. On the other hand, i… → Read More

Bass moves to the head of the class

Although somewhat fewer folks fish for bass than trout, most trout fishermen who ply our local streams are active primarily in the early spring when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and co… → Read More

New fluke regs in place as flounder season heats up

Despite the snotty spring weather, a few scheduling conflicts, and a couple of false starts, I finally got my boat, Open Debate, back on the salt last week. But my inaugural voyage from Ocean City … → Read More

Bowfishing gaining in popularity

My awareness and understanding of bowfishing, a sport that pairs archery gear with fishing tackle, was heightened earlier this month when I was introduced to Nick Sampson at the annual conference o… → Read More

Born to be wild can be a risky proposition

It’s that time of year again – a time when I remind our readers to beware of newborns in the wild. Right now newborn wildlife is thriving here in our corner of the Keystone State. A typ… → Read More