The Philadelphian’s Information to Out of doors Sports activities

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The pandemic may be on the wane, but our newfound love for the outdoors continues to grow through outdoor sports. Fancy a new hobby? Here’s how and where to start.

Outdoor sports like fishing have been on the rise since the pandemic. / Photograph by Steve Boyle

Many of us, after several periods of lockdown and working from home, I really started to appreciate the great outdoors (beyond the concrete patches behind our townhouses). We have traveled outside of the city and also found green spaces within the city, discovered and rediscovered peaceful retreats in close proximity. A Penn State study shows that nearly half of American adults now engage in outdoor recreation at least once a month — and 20 percent of those surveyed said they were new to it.

Outdoor sports like hunting and fishing are on the rise in Pennsylvania—no surprise to those familiar with our abundance of state forests (more than 2.2 million acres!) and numerous sporting goods stores (billion-dollar Dick’s chain is headquartered in the near Pittsburgh) and an abundance of wildlife (about 30 deer per square mile, the second highest concentration in the country). If you’re new to sports – or wondering how to get started – we’ve got everything you need to get started. — Edited by Erica Moody

A gray heron at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum

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Nate McMynne rides a 2014 Can-Am Renegade 500 at Lost Trails ATV Park in Dunmore where he works on trail patrol. For visitors without 4x4s, the park provides ATVs and helmets for participants on its guided tours.

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A fly fisherman casts a line in Neshaminy Creek in Langhorne’s Playwicki Park

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Retired outdoor marketing specialist Kevin Talbot, who lives in Media, hunts on a private farm in Delaware County.

The clear weather is ideal for this early bird sport that helps maintain healthy forests. Continue reading …

Published as “The Call of the Wild” in the November 2022 issue of Philadelphia Magazine.