Outdoors

Fishing on the Yough hits high marks

Stay the course. That's the plan. Rick Lorson, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's area fisheries manager, told those attending the recent Yough River Symposium that ...

Outdoors notebook: Quail reintroduction plan runs into trouble

The Pennsylvania Game Commission's plan to reintroduce bobwhite quail into the state has hit a couple of bumps. Earlier this year, in a hearing at the ...

Outdoor notices: Monday, July 27

Hiking • Kooser State Park in Somerset County will host a "hike for hounds" from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Hikers will cover three to five ...

Train to Hunt challenge event coming to Pennsylvania

Will Bradley's moment of realization came one day while deer hunting. He was climbing a hill with his tree stand on his back. He had his ...

Frye: Summer is prime time for big fish

We are, by the calendar, nearly halfway through the year. Have you caught your PB yet? That's personal best. I haven't. It's been a decent season ...

Outdoor notices: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rifle/trap leagues • Another Twi Night Trap League shoot, another night of drizzle, overcast skies and light ground. The result: only 14 of 174 shooters recorded ...

Fishing report: Storms play havoc with fishing

• A heads-up to boaters and anglers: According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the South Side Boat Ramp at Pittsburgh's Riverfront Park is ...

Uptick in mange among bears vexes Pa. Game Commission

A couple of questions long pondered have gone unanswered. Starting in the 1980s, a few Pennsylvania bears began turning up with mange, a skin disease ...

Spinnerbaits draw strikes from bass now through fall

These are, visually speaking, the exception. Walk down the aisles at the local tackle shop and the crankbaits, well, those look like something a fish would ...

Outdoors notebook: Forest projects to aid wildlife

An effort by Pennsylvania Game Commissioners to get state foresters to ease up on deer may pay off in a different way. More than a year ...

Outdoor notices: July 20, 2016

Hiking • Forbes State Forest will have a naturalist-led three-mile mushroom identification hike in Westmoreland County at 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Grove ...

Frye: Night skies a sight to see

The sounds were wonderful. My tent was pitched along Kettle Creek, in the state park campground right on its banks. Within maybe 30 yards was ...

Rondinelli: Clairton Sportsmen's Club leads way in guiding outdoors youth

For a full day July 23, Clairton Sportsmen's Club will entertain and direct up to 125 boys and girls in the use and safety of ...

Outdoors notices: June 19, 2016

Rifle/trap leagues • In a season marked by routinely lousy weather, this was the worst. Thursday's Twi-Night Trap League shoot was cancelled amid heavy thunderstorm ...

Fishing report: Greenlick Lake producing largemouth bass, walleyes

• Anglers are catching largemouth bass at Greenlick Lake on topwater poppers in the evening. Walleyes also are hitting on soft plastic worms, and bluegills ...

Tattoos remain an issue for commissions

It's an old problem with a new twist. For years, the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat Commissions have struggled to find and keep deputy ...

Outdoors notebook: Lawmaker takes aim at safety zones

State Rep. Jim Cox, a Berks County Republican, is looking to sponsor legislation that would increase the penalties for firing a gun within a safety ...

Rondinelli: Lifetime hunter wistful for days gone by

Beneath a humorous and rather lively attitude lies a lifetime shooter, hunter and former veteran investigator. Dan Saccani, a Bridgeville native, has been hunting since ...

Outdoors notices: June 13, 2016

Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a hike through the Blue Hole Creek section of Forbes State Forest in Somerset County from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ...

Bountiful bass crowding area lakes

Wow. That's the first thought that comes to mind. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists have a standard when it comes to bass lakes. To be ...