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Open Season: Hunting opportunities on the rise

There's lots of hunting news from around New England and Pennsylvania this week, along with increased hunting opportunities. Maine's 2011 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 18,839 deer, reports...

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Open Season: What's up with E10 gasoline?

So that could explain it "» A few years ago in the spring, I started my old 25-horse Johnson outboard in the backyard after being winterized. I had attached the ear muffs, turned on the garden hose,...

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Marc Folco: Now's the time to catch a whooper largemouth bass

Fishing and lots of things in the wild world are heating up earlier than usual because of the mild winter and unseasonably warm spring. Three weeks ago, I opened my shed and found a baby cottontail,...

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Marc Folco: NRA should dump Nugent like a rotten potato

I never thought I'd agree with anything Wayne Pacelle, president of the anti-hunting group Humane Society of the United States, had to say. However, I agree with him wholeheartedly when he said of...

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Open Season: Bites aplenty around SouthCoast

Saltwater fishing is heating up with lots of schoolie stripers along inshore waters and in most of the area rivers and bays. There are good numbers of keepers in the 30- to 33-inch range in the Taunton...

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Open Season: Big year for salt water fishing

It looks like a banner year for salt water fishing as stripers are many, scup and sea bass are big and plentiful, and the surface of the Bay resembles a boiling cauldron of big bluefish in some spots.

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Open Season: Acushnet's Stanwood has Olympics in his sights

Tom Stanwood of Acushnet, originally from Middleboro, is one of the top five archers in the country and is training and aspiring to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently the...

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Open Season: Bear spotted last year in Acushnet likely same one that caused a...

Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and the Massachusetts Environmental Police reported Tuesday about the capture and...

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Marc Folco: Bluefish are among the best

A common misconception is that bluefish taste terrible, unless of course, you like strong, oily fish. Well, they can be strong, if not pungent, if they aren't cared for, or prepared properly. But first...

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Marc Folco: Nice catch for New Bedford seniors

Mike Gatherall, a 90-year old resident at The Sacred Heart Nursing Home in New Bedford, defended his championship title at the home's annual fishing trip held Monday at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf. For...

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Open Season: Caution urged over striped bass with lesions

Saltwater anglers are concerned about handling striped bass that have lesions on them and MarineFisheries has received several reports of skin lesions on stripers, the general condition being red...

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Marc Folco: Tubes can be very effective to catch striped bass

Eels are a favorite meal for striped bass in the summer and "tubing" is a method of fishing for stripers that imitates a live eel. Tubes are made from rubber surgical tubing rigged on a wire or heavy...

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Marc Folco — Open Season: Maintenance drains more than the wallet

Working on hunting and fishing equipment and making lots of my own things — fishing rods, hand-loaded ammo, buckskin gun cases, etc. — is very enjoyable for me because I like such things and working...

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Rowing crew flies to Rochester, N.Y., for season-ending regatta

Fourteen members of the Phoenix Crew Club will fly to Rochester, N.Y., this weekend for a final hurrah to an initially improbable season.

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Marc Folco — Open Season: Hot summer makes for active bass

It's been a hot summer and water temperatures are high. In freshwater, many anglers think that the fish don't bite in the heat, but fish are cold-blooded, meaning their metabolism is higher when it's...

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Marc Folco: Sandwich Fish Hatchery turns 100

The Sandwich Fish Hatchery, which produces many of the trout stocked in area waters, celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. The facility produces almost 75,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger...

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Marc Folco: What's better than candy corn?

Among the marks of the fall season that are disappointing to see wane away is the disappearance of candy corn. It's available at a few places year-round, but it usually appears on store shelves in...

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Cinema in peril?

By MICHAEL CIEPLYTHE NEW YORK TIMESLOS ANGELES — On Feb. 24 Hollywood will turn out for the Oscars.But it's starting to feel as if it might be "The Last Picture Show."

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Fish assessments usually don't get yield right, says study

Fisheries stock assessments have less than a one-in-five track record in predicting the potential catch, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Marc Folco: More left-wing, anti-gun nonsense

President Obama last week announced that he is issuing 23 executive orders on gun control, therefore bypassing Congress and the democratic process. The orders follow recent multiple shootings, the most...

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