Outdoors

Fishing report: Sept. 30, 2016

Fishing on the Monongahela River in Greene County and the southern part of Washington County has been picking up. Anglers heading out during the dawn ...

Fish and Boat Commission likely to take 15 waters out of year-round fishing program

ERIE — Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are expected Tuesday to change the rules regarding fishing at a number of western Pennsylvania lakes. First up are ...

Outdoors notices: Sept. 26, 2016

Notices Outdoors EVENTS e_SBlt Pymatuning State Park will have its Fall Spooktacular at 5 p.m. Friday. The Autumn/Halloween-themed event will have costume contests, apple launching, ...

Pheasant program could go on chopping block without additional funding

Going, going ... maybe gone? That could be the story with Pennsylvania's pheasants. Wild birds — save for those reintroduced to mixed results in a ...

Rondinelli: Clairton Sportsmen's gets reprieve from Turnpike Commission

Clairton Sportsmen's Club is one of the biggest, busiest and best gun-related associations in Western Pennsylvania. Apparently being so busy is one big reason why ...

Frye: Deer, habitat bill debated

This was an obvious attempt at an end around from the get-go. That didn't go unnoticed. There was a hearing on House Bill 2083 last ...

Outdoor notices

NOTICES Outdoors HUNTER SAFETY COURSES Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Library Sportsmen's Association, Washington County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Class limit ...

Fishing report: Sept. 23, 2016

In West Elizabeth, anglers fishing the Monongahela River are having success with catfish. The river also is giving up walleye, with one fish this week ...

Wild, wacky outdoor tales

Interactions between law enforcement officers of any kind and the public always have the potential to be wild. How about these cases, though? Pennsylvania Fish and Boat ...

Online trapping class debated at Game Commission meeting

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania Game Commission initiative meant to make it easier for people to get involved with trapping drew opposition from, well, trappers Monday. Under ...

Outdoors notices: Sept. 19, 2016

EVENTS e_SBlt Moraine State Park is offering a Go Paddle Your Own Canoe Workshop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will meet at Moraine Outdoor ...

Frye: Study outlines grim future in regard to chronic wasting disease

I'm feeling ready, lethal even. For weeks now, I've been practicing with my bow. This past week, I spent some range time with a muzzleloader, ...

This deer season, seek out burns for more whitetails

Every public land deer hunter has the same goal: Find the honey hole others have missed. That's where all the deer will be, right? And if ...

Outdoors notices: Sept. 18, 2016

RIFLE/TRAP LEAGUES • A total of 110 shooters competed at the postseason shoot for the Twi Night Trap League, but windy conditions allowed just one ...

Fishing report: Sept. 16, 2016

The outflow at Loyalhanna Lake is pushing out a strong flow of water, which in turn is leading to better fishing at the lake. Anglers ...

Lack of predators, ideal habitat give snowshoe hares chance to thrive in Pennsylvania

Not every corner of Pennsylvania could claim to have them even in the best of times, and these aren't those. But there apparently still is ...

Outdoors notebook: Conservation officers turn to body cameras

You might notice something different about wildlife conservation officers these days. All are wearing body cameras. A 2014 change in state law allowed Pennsylvania Game Commission ...

Outdoors notices: Sept. 12, 2016

Outdoors EVENTS e_SBlt Forbes State Forest is staging a Harvest Moon Hike at 7 p.m. Friday. Participants will meet at the Laurel Mountain warming hut ...

Busiest public range in Pennsylvania available again after renovations

The curious came first. The shooters followed. No surprise there. More — many, many more — will come if history is any guide. The Pennsylvania Game Commission ...

Frye: Think safety while in a tree

Two words. That's the entirety of one of the most famous lines uttered in the original "Poltergeist" movie. A then-7-year-old Heather O'Rourke looked at ...