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Pa. bear hunters off to good start

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania hunters aren’t taking bears at a record pace just yet. But they’re not too far off the mark. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters killed ...

Outdoors notebook: New license plates, changes to youth trout program coming in 2015

By Bob Frye
The executive directors of the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat commissions offered up bits of news this past week. Matt Hough, executive director at Game, said license plates aimed at sportsmen could be available as early as Jan. 1. ...

Outdoors notices: Nov. 24, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will have a winter camp and hike Dec. 6-7. Hikers will depart at 6 p.m. Dec. 6, hike for two to three hours, set up camp, stay the night and ...

Allegheny County buck could prove to be state’s largest ever taken

By Bob Frye
Jeff Lenzi admits he was shaking like he hadn’t in quite a few years. The Carroll Township man was in his tree stand when a large ...

Frye: Antlers sold, lost and found

By Bob Frye
Every time talk turns to antlers, I think of an old gentleman I interviewed in Elk County. This was about a decade ago. He was about 90. We were talking about elk mostly but also about hunting in general and what ...

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across country

By The Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food but don’t know the first thing about bagging a deer. ...

Outdoors notebook: Game Commission receives suggestions from field

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania Game Commissioners were presented with several suggestions when they met recently in Delmont. Sam Rugh, of Sportsmen’s Association of Greensburg, suggested the commission bring back its “triple trophy” program. It honored hunters who shot an antlered deer, black bear and ...

Outdoors notices: Nov. 17, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a free outdoor skills session and hike from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County. Participants will learn to build a campfire, tie a bowline knot and more. The first 90 ...

Numbers indicate state could be in for record numbers in bear season

By Bob Frye
Better get those scales ready. Pennsylvania’s statewide general bear season opens Saturday and continues Monday through Wednesday of next week. Big things are expected. Four factors typically ...

Frye: State bears are record-worthy

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania can lay claim to having more than just some of the fattest black bears in the world. It’s got some of the biggest record-wise, too. The Boone & Crockett Club ranks bears based on skull size. Adding the length ...

Outdoors notices: Nov. 16, 2014

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • With a chance to move into a tie for first place, Murrysville, last year’s Allegheny Valley Rifle League champion, fell short, dropping a match to Butler, 1174-1165. That leaves Butler alone atop the standings at 4-0, while ...

Snowy owl spotting in Erie could mean more to come

By Erie Times-news
Snowy owls that proved so popular in the Erie area last winter are back, but whether they’ll be seen in the same numbers remains unknown. “It was just a fantastic last year as far as numbers,” said Michele Franz, president of ...

Hunter nearing elusive triple crown

By Bob Frye
Josh Joswiak is two-thirds of the way there. The West Deer man was hunting in Fawn last month when he shot a black bear with a crossbow. It had an estimated live weight of 173 pounds. Three weeks later, hunting on ...

Outdoors notebook: Research shows bucks less active in early morning

By Bob Frye
Feeling the pressure? There’s less than a week left in the statewide archery deer season: it ends Saturday. Hunters who haven’t killed a buck with their bow are running out of time. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to roll out ...

Outdoors notices: Nov. 10, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a free outdoor skills session and hike from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 22 at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County. Participants will learn to build a campfire, tie a bowline knot and more. The first ...

Area habitat dwindling for ruffled grouse

By Bob Frye
You’re not going to find many ruffed grouse at the local strip mall. Some species of wildlife — white-tailed deer, Canada geese, squirrels, raccoons, even black ...

Frye: Trophies result from elk season

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania’s elk season has come and gone, and once again many area hunters did well at filling their freezers and collecting trophies. One-hundred eight licenses were awarded. Twenty-seven hunters got bull tags, 81 cow tags. Final details on how ...

Outdoor notices: Nov. 9, 2014

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Irwin Post 228 is, for the first time, in first place in the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League. Two weeks into the season, the squad is 2-0, most recently having earned a 1,469-1,315 win over Murrysville (0-2). ...

Dove hunters disappearing, quail already gone

By Bob Frye
It’s no mirage: There are far fewer dove hunters in the fields than in years past, and no quail at all. Two new surveys revealed that. In the mid-1980s, Pennsylvania was home to about 150,000 dove hunters. Now it has about ...

Outdoors notebook: Proposal would legalize airguns for hunting

By Bob Frye
How about air rifles as a hunting tool? A number of states, including Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey, have legalized their use. Now, Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Gabler, an Elk County Republican, wants to do the ...