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Pa. Game Commission will continue practice of boosting deer population in certain areas

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists next week will recommend offering enough antlerless deer licenses to maintain deer herds at their current levels across most of the state. Commissioners likely will tweak those suggestions to allow deer populations to ...

Outdoors notebook: Changes likely coming to area lakes

By Bob Frye
The rules are probably going to change on a number of area lakes, but not until next year. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a slate of rules changes for Marshall Lake in Allegheny County, Peters Lake Reservoir ...

Outdoor notices: March 30, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a bird and more walk from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel. Call 412-963-6100. • Forbes State Forest will host a naturalist-led hike in ...

Game Commission to seek license fee increase in 2016-17

By Bob Frye
This time they mean to do something about it. It has been 15 years since the cost of Pennsylvania hunting and trapping licenses increased, from $12 ...

Frye: Big fish come from all over

By Bob Frye
Normally I carry at least one fishing rod in my truck at all times. You know, for emergencies. I was missing it last weekend, though. And I felt it. On my way home from the annual Pennsylvania Taxidermy Association show (an ...

Outdoor notices: March 29, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • With the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League season in the home stretch, Frazier-Simplex (16-1) maintained its hold on first place with a 1,483-1,456 win over Irwin Post 228 (8-8), which is trying to stay in the hunt ...

New Game Commission board member wants to address diversity

By Bob Frye
Jim Daley has seen a lot of would-be hunters. For about 36 years, the Cranberry Township man has been a volunteer hunter education instructor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Many things are different now. One change especially has been noticeable. “When I first ...

Outdoor notices: March 23, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a six- to nine-mile day trek hike through Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County on Saturday. Hikers will learn about the natural and social history of the park while covering moderate ...

Outdoors notebook: Study to examine birds, bird hunters

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is launching a couple of bird studies while it examines the results of one on deer. This spring, the commission will survey grouse and woodcock hunters. The goal will be to determine their level of satisfaction with ...

Proposal would open door to hunting with air rifles in Pennsylvania

By Bob Frye
The field is down to two. No, not the NCAA Tournament. In this case, it’s the number of states that prohibit the use of air rifles ...

Frye: PET balls are great for fires

By Bob Frye
Nothing gets a fire going quite like gasoline. A less-than-environmentally conscious neighbor proved that in dramatic fashion when we were kids. We lived next to a farm. One large hayfield was steps from our side door. The farm — like those ...

Outdoors notices: March 22, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Murrysville tried making things interesting late in the season, but in the end, Butler’s lead was too much to overcome in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League. Butler (15-3) finished the season atop the standings by downing Kiski ...

Bull Creek 3-D program hoping for big year

By Bob Frye
There was a time when the 3-D archery program at Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club was as active as any. That disappeared for a long ...

Mt. Lebanon to avoid daily reports on deer culling because of contention

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s deer-culling program has killed six deer, officials said Monday, as the second week got under way. Because the plan to bait, corral and shoot deer on municipal land caused such contention, the municipality will issue only weekly updates about ...

New Kensington resident reaches top in tree-climbing competition

By Ed Phillipps
With the return of spring, champions are being crowned on hardwood basketball courts all over. Ryan Kruljac, however, is a champion for climbing wood. The ...

Outdoors notices: March 16, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a six- to nine-mile day trek hike through Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County on March 29. Hikers will learn about the natural and social history of the park while covering moderate ...

Pennsylvania deer harvest declines

By Bob Frye
Blame it on lots of acorns. Or poor weather that ranged from excessively warm to rainy and foggy. Or maybe a reduction in available doe ...

Frye: Transition time in the outdoors

By Bob Frye
Remember when winter was fun? Me neither. It’s had its moments, to be fair. Just last weekend I dug out my snowshoes and headed to the Laurel Highlands ridges to tromp around. It took awhile to find the solitude I ...

Pennsylvania woodcock programs showcase unique bird

By Bob Frye
The woodcock might not be the best-known, biggest or most widespread bird across Pennsylvania, but it is among the most interesting. If you’re not sure why, several programs being held as part of two “woodcock weekends” will provide answers. Forbes State ...

Mt. Lebanon’s controversial deer-culling program gets underway

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s controversial deer-culling program began late Monday night with another protest, though all the activity surrounding the cull scared deer away from at least …