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State lawmaker still pushing merger of Pa. Game, Fish commissions

By Bob Frye
The idea of merging the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat commissions doesn’t look to be going away. State Rep. Martin Causer, the Potter County Republican who sponsored a study examining the pros and cons of a merger, is pushing …

Outdoors notices: July 28, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead free hikes along the Butler-Freeport Trail in Butler County starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23. A naturalist will lead the hike, which follows Buffalo Creek, to look …

Outdoors notebook: Local teens shoot well during 4-H invitational

By Bob Frye
Young local shooters competed against some of the top shots in the country. Nine Pennsylvania teens, including one from Fayette County and four from Washington, …

Pennsylvania’s elk hunt brings unique opportunity to take record-size bulls

By Bob Frye
More than a few of Pennsylvania’s elk are sick. Not in the diseased way, thankfully. We’re talking purely as a matter of size. Knowledgeable hunters …

Frye: Deer Alliance makes debut

By Bob Frye
As promised, it’s here.  The National Deer Alliance, an organization that aims to be NRA-like in terms of political clout on behalf of deer and deer hunters, launched this past week. The group has been in development since the first …

Fishing report: Pymatuning walleye fishing remains tough

By Bob Frye
• Anglers fishing the Monongahela in the area of Allenport and Roscoe are picking up sheepshead and channel catfish using nightcrawlers, according to Buddy Federer …

Changes made to senior lifetime fishing licenses

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission took a first step toward raising new money, albeit one not everyone within the agency agreed. At their recent quarterly meeting, commissioners decided by an 8-2 vote to require all those who buy senior …

Outdoors notebook: Elk visitor center deal reached

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania’s Elk Country Visitor Center is going to be around for a while. The Keystone Elk Country Alliance, which runs the facility, and Gov. Tom Corbett signed a 35-year agreement to continue its operation. The center, which opened in 2010, …

Outdoor notices: July 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a two-mile firefly hike along Roaring Run Trail from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Meet at the parking lot off County Line Road. For information or directions, call 724-259-2201 …

Fish and Boat Commissioners not settled on wild vs. stocked trout

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners addressed a lot of issues at their quarterly meeting this past week. The one they didn’t may be most telling. …

Frye: Research projects study unique topics

By Bob Frye
When it comes to nature, someone’s always studying something. No project is too small, too focused, too minute. One researcher might be looking at home ranges of flying squirrels while another examines how grassland songbirds relate to suburban sprawl. Game …

Outdoor notices: July 20, 2014

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • The race for first place in the Twi-Night Trap League may be over, but what remains to be decided is who finishes fourth instead of fifth. This past week at Connellsville Sportsmen’s Club, when 12 of 143 …

Bass, bluegills, catfish keep anglers busy

By Bob Frye
• Bridgeport Dam has been giving up smallish yellow perch, along with largemouth bass. Nightcrawlers have been the top bait. • Loyalhanna Creek is in …

Manpower shortage impacting pollution investigations

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers haven’t been issuing many citations for Marcellus shale pollution cases. It’s not been for a lack of effort. The problem has been a lack of manpower, said Corey Brichter, chief of the …

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission plans mentored fishing initiative

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Nothing says fishing like the sight of a youngster smiling while holding a bluegill below a bobber. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are trying to tap into that iconic image. The agency announced at its quarterly meeting in …

Outdoors notebook: A 2nd elk tag will be available each fall

By Bob Frye
Hunters with money to spend will be able to bid on two special Pennsylvania elk tags this fall, rather than one. House Bill 2169, which reauthorizes the special elk conservation tag program, passed through the state legislature and was signed …

Outdoor notices: July 14, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County will host a prairie walk from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Visitors will learn about how the prairie came to be and the wildflowers and endangered species that grow there. The program …

Sportsmen’s groups defend lead ammo use

By Bob Frye
The ammunition shortage that’s plagued America’s shooters for more than a year isn’t over just yet. Just try finding some .22 long rifle shells, for …

Frye: Fishing trip joy and misery

By Bob Frye
There’s no such thing as a bad fishing trip. Let’s get that out of the way first. The weather can turn sour. The accommodations can be lousy. The travel can be tedious. The fish that you’ve dreamt about and longed …

Outdoors notices: July 13, 2014

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • The shooters from Youngwood Sportsmen’s Association recorded the first perfect team score of 200 in this past week’s Twi-Night Trap League shoot. Twenty-three of the 161 shooters on hand recorded perfect individual scores. Connellsville shot 196 as …