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Bagging a spring gobbler is about more than making noise

By Bob Frye
It’s understandable enough. You’ve got a turkey vest at home, and it’s crammed with calls. There are box calls, mouth calls, slate calls, push-button calls, maybe ...

Frye: Of bills, ticks, outdoor apps

By Bob Frye
Observations on a few things outdoors … • There was a time when opponents of any move to legalize Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania would point to sportsmen and say they couldn’t agree among themselves whether it was a good idea. ...

Outdoor notices: April 26, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Outdoors notices Rifle/trap leagues • Is there ever going to be a pleasant night for shooting in the Twi-Night Trap League? So far this season, just about every shoot was conducted in foul weather, and that was the case again …

Fishing report: County parks open lakes to boating

By Bob Frye
• Here’s a bit of interesting news: Westmoreland County is opening Mammoth Dam and Northmoreland Lake to canoes and kayaks. The announcement, issued Thursday, allows canoes and kayaks up to 16 feet in length to be used on the lakes from ...

Mentored youth day draws crowds, not complaints

By Bob Frye
If this is the future, it seemed to go OK. Pennsylvania hosted its second statewide mentored youth trout fishing day — and its first prior to the regular opening day — April 11. Children younger than 16 could fish any stocked ...

Outdoors notebook: Hunters Sharing the Harvest has big year

By Bob Frye
Going into the fall hunting seasons, John Plowman had a goal: He wanted the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program to collect 100,000 pounds of venison for donation to food banks statewide. It didn’t quite get there, but it got close. The ...

Outdoors notices: April 20, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County will have a spring wildflower walk from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Cucumber Falls parking lot for a one-mile stroll along the Great Gorge Trail. Call 724-329-8591. • Audubon Society of ...

Frye: Figuring out deer dilemma

By Bob Frye
Here’s the dilemma. You’re a businessman. Your goal is to run a profitable company long-term, and to do that, you have to keep existing customers happy while finding new ones. For a while, it’s easy. Everyone accepts your product equally. But ...

Weather, fish combine for memorable opening day of trout season

By Bob Frye
Bruce Norris of Connellsville picked a good day to get started. A fisherman for more than 40 years, he never had gone out on opening day ...

Perfect weather brings out A-K Valley crowds for opening day of trout season

By Bob Frye
It was a day they will always remember. Terry Martin Jr. of Vandergrift and his son, Terry III, of New Kensington were fishing Northmoreland Lake on Saturday, opening day of trout season across Western Pennsylvania. It was their first opening day ...

Reynoldsdale hatchery getting $6.5 million makeover

By Bob Frye
It’s almost hard to imagine, really. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Reynoldsdale fish hatchery in Bedford County was built in 1928. It has hardly changed since. Until now. The hatchery, which annually supplies all of the trout stocked in Fayette, Greene, Somerset ...

The when, where and how of Pennsylvania’s elusive ‘trout slam’

By Bob Frye
There is no official name for it, but there should be. The hunter who shoots four kinds of turkeys — an Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande and ...

Outdoors notebook: Another championship for Cal U archer Bradley

By Bob Frye
California (Pa.) University archer Justin Bradley again is tops in the nation. Bradley, a senior from Burgettstown, finished first nationally in the men’s compound division of the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association’s Indoor National Championships. It’s his second national title in ...

Outdoors notices: April 13, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest will lead a Trout Walk, a hike along a high-quality trout stream in the Quebec Run area of Fayette County, from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. It will cover three miles. Bring water, snacks and sturdy ...

Frye: Trout opening day has its charm

By Bob Frye
A time for enjoying solitude it is not. If brown trout were corn dogs and Powerbait were cotton candy and casting a couple of waxworms into a 40-degree creek won you a poor-quality stuffed animal, opening day of trout season would ...

Outdoor notices: April 12, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Youngwood Sportsmen’s Assocaition won last year’s Twi-Night Trap League title, and they figured to be a main competitor again this year. This past week they showed why. The team, fighting rain, thunder, lightning and wind that ...

Game Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners on Friday gave final approval to seasons and bag limits for the 2015-16 hunting and trapping seasons. They also ...

Late Springdale Township couple’s donation will create 2nd public hunting land in Allegheny County

By Chuck Biedka
Louis and Flo Gagliardi enjoyed hiking the hills of the Harwick section of Springdale Township. The Gagliardis loved the woods near their home so much they ...

Debate over deer numbers goes on in Pennsylvania

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG – It’s all about the “magic number.” As in, how many deer can exist on the landscape, for every square mile, while still allowing for adequate forest regeneration and keeping hunters happy? Ned Carter had one answer. A forester ...