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Outdoors notebook: Area angler honored for working with kids

By Bob Frye
An Armstrong County man was rewarded twice for his work to get kids involved in fishing. Dale Ortmann of Manorville was recognized in September by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for giving away 324 fishing rods and reels since …

Outdoors notices: Oct. 20, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will have a free Halloween night hike from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn about nighttime wildlife and hear a few ghost stories. Meet at the wildflower reserve along Route 30 …

New tricks available for squirrel hunters

By Bob Frye
You settle down under an oak tree, your back comfortably leaning against the trunk, with your shotgun across your lap and the warm fall sun …

Frye: Bright future for Yough River

By Bob Frye
The Youghiogheny is a river, but it’s a story, too. Will it be one with a happy ending? A lot of passionate people are committed to making sure that’s the case. They see what the Yough was — as recently …

Outdoor notices: Oct. 19, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require pre-registration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Paris Sportsmen’s Club, Washington County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75. • Bear Rocks Sportsmen’s Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75. • …

Fishing report: Fall bite sparks good fishing

By Bob Frye
• A fair number of anglers are fishing Laurel Hill Lake and the delayed harvest portion of Laurel Hill Creek that flows into it, but without much success, according to a couple of reports. •On the Monongahela River, fishermen are …

Pennsylvania Senate votes to ban pigeon shoots

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Guns were a hot topic Wednesday in the Pennsylvania Senate, which voted to back a ban on pigeon shoots and for a bill to give groups like the National Rifle Association legal standing to sue municipalities over local …

Another Western Pa. deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

By Bob Frye
Chronic wasting disease has shown up in another of Pennsylvania’s captive deer herds. Craig Schultz, veterinarian with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said an adult whitetail at a second deer farm in the Reynoldsville area of Jefferson County tested positive …

Changes made to Hunters Sharing the Harvest program

By Bob Frye
It’s easier — and cheaper — than ever for hunters to help their neighbors. Since 1991, Pennsylvania has been home to a Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. It takes deer donated by hunters and distributes the meat to food banks, …

Outdoors notebook: Research looks at deer vision

By Bob Frye
If you’re going deer hunting, leave the blue jeans at home. They make you stand out in all the wrong ways. Researchers from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources did a study looking at what …

More shelters added along Great Allegheny Passage

By Marilyn Forbes
Thanks to the hard work of a group of students from the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center, bikers and hikers on the Great Allegheny …

Outdoor notices: Monday, Oct. 13

By Staff Report
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will hold a two-mile night hike from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Meet at the Jones Mill Parking lot off Route 381 for the hike through the Mountain Streams tract of the forest. Wear …

Early returns suggest steelhead season should be a good one

By Bob Frye
There are other things to do in Erie in the fall besides fishing for steelhead. One wouldn’t necessarily know it, though. Crowds of anglers began …

Frye: What’s next in outdoors?

By Bob Frye
Soon, perhaps by April, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists may propose doing away with the agency’s wild brook trout enhancement program. Regulations are in place on 11 streams statewide, including on 4.1 miles of Camp Run in Westmoreland County. …

Outdoors notices: Oct. 12, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Outdoors notices Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require pre-registration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen’s Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 60. • Critchfield Alliance Church, Fayette County, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit …

New map aims to put hunters on right track

By Bob Frye
Every hunter has heard the same advice: Preseason scouting is key to success in the field. Now some of that work has been done. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has created an online, interactive map designed to …

Outdoors notebook: Three charged in elk poaching case

By Bob Frye
Three Centre County men are facing charges for killing three bull elk, one of which could rank as the third largest produced in Pennsylvania. The …

Preparing for unexpected key to woods survival

By Bob Frye
The potential is there every time you step into the woods. You’re out hunting, maybe for deer, and start following a buck, one you’ve seen …

Frye: Boating under influence cases get more attention

By Bob Frye
This was definitely worse. Usually, when Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners meet, they spend time revoking the fishing licenses of people who have broken the law. The cases are typically galling. There’s greed, selfishness and arrogance aplenty, with the offenders …

Outdoor notices: Oct. 5, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Youngwood Sportsmen’s Association wrapped up the Twi-Night Trap League postseason the same way it did the regular season, with a win. The Big 10 postseason shoot was held Sept. 21 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen’s Association. Youngwood’s shooters …