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Game Commission to rework access permit idea

By Bob Frye 10:17 p.m.
DELMONT – The Pennsylvania Game Commission is starting over. The agency’s board Tuesday tabled a proposal to create a $30 annual access permit that would have been required of anyone wanting to ride a bike, horse or snowmobile on state …

Game commission, public debate user feee

By Bob Frye
DELMONT — The tone was set early. Board member Brian Hoover of Delaware County began Monday’s quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission by reading a prepared statement explaining — so it seemed — the agency’s thinking behind the idea …

Sunday hunting ‘sit-in’ planned

By Bob Frye
Those looking to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on hunting Sundays are trying something new. The people behind Hunters United for Sunday Hunting are holding a “hunting sit-in” Sunday to “lawfully raise awareness about the archaic blue law that prohibits families from …

Outdoors notebook: Pheasant Farm, game lands tours set

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering tours of its game farms and several of its game lands starting next week. The game farm tours will run from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday at the two facilities in Lycoming County and the …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 22, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a tree identification hike at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Meet at Laurel Summit State Park parking area for a 4.5 mile hike out to Wolf Rocks. Preregistration is required by …

Collectors go crazy for Western Pennsylvania’s Case blades

By Bob Frye
Never again, Wally Sanders has declared. When the Case Collectors Club held its first swap meet in 1981, the Etna native now living in Smethport …

Outdoor notices: Sept., 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Ambridge Sportsman Club, Beaver County, 5:30-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Class limit 40. • Logan’s Ferry Sportsmen’s Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50. …

Frye: A few outdoor bits and pieces

By Bob Frye
A few notes from the outdoors… • For months Pennsylvania lawmakers have been making progress on a bill that would make it illegal to use an unmanned aerial drone to harass hunters or fishermen. This past week, state Rep. Marc …

Ticks reduce moose population in northern states

By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters …

Fishing report: Slow fishing around region

By Bob Frye
• The fishing is slow all around, according to multiple reports, with few anglers out and fewer fishing seeming to bite. Anglers fishing Keystone State Park’s lake with nightcrawlers are getting largemouth bass and a few bullhead catfish this past …

Deer hunting on airport property to be scaled down

By Brian Bowling
The Allegheny County Airport Authority is scaling back a popular archery deer-hunting program on its property because commercial development made much less land available this year. The authority allowed hunting for the first time last year, setting aside about 2,300 …

Outdoors notebook: Game Commission will publish 2 books

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is going into the book publishing business. The agency, which last published a book 19 years ago to mark its 100th anniversary, will print two books this fall. The first will feature a collection of deer …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 15, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County will have a free Hemlocks of Hells Hollow hike starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants will walk out and back along the easy waterfall trail, with an opportunity to quit there …

Profits have illegal trafficking in fish, wildlife on the rise

By Bob Frye
Temptation comes in all sizes. The average African male elephant weighs about 15,000 pounds. Bog turtles go less than 4 ounces. Criminals will go to …

Frye: Antlers worth another look

By Bob Frye
There are big changes happening with our white-tailed deer. I’m not talking about politics or game management or season lengths, although those things are always in play, here and everywhere else deer reside. This has to do with deer. Take …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 14, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • It’s official: Youngwood Sportsmen’s Association is the 2014 Twi-Night Trap League regular season champion. This is the third straight year the club has won the title. A total of 137 shooters turned out for the last shoot …

Allegheny, Ohio rivers, Acme Dam producing fish

By Bob Frye
• Anglers are picking up catfish in the 3-to-5-pound range near the Kilbuck Access and below Emsworth Dam on the Ohio River, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Smallmouth bass are hitting along the riprap on the Neville …

Dove hunters want proof of harm caused by lead before switching ammo

By Bob Frye
Dove hunters in Pennsylvania and across the nation want more proof before they switch ammunition. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and National Flyway Council performed a national survey of dove hunters. Billed as …

It’s a question of quail versus pheasants

By Bob Frye
Should the Pennsylvania Game Commission spend less time and money raising pheasants and focus at least partially on producing bobwhite quail? Commissioner Ron Weaner of Adams County said some hunters have suggested that, believing quail are less expensive to raise …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 8, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a free two-mile hike to Beam Rocks to learn about timber rattlesnakes a 6 p.m. Thursday. Meet at the trail head off of Laurel Summit Road. Call 724-259-2201 or email …