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Outdoors notebook: Local college anglers advance to tournament

By Bob Frye
Some local anglers will be competing in the Northern Invitational Tournament sponsored by FLW Outdoors College Fishing. Anthony Kashiwsky of Aliquippa and partner Kevin Barber of Lancaster reeled in five bass weighing 16 pounds, 3 ounces at FLW’s Northern Conference …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 1, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will have a free naturalist-led a two-mile Rattlesnake Ramble hike to Beam Rocks and back at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. It will focus on timber rattlesnakes. Meet at the Beam Rocks trailhead …

Dove decoys help sport evolve

By Bob Frye
Tommy Akin has seen the dove hunting game change dramatically. He’s been chasing the birds for nearly 60 years in all parts of the country. …

Frye: List of elk draw winners

By Bob Frye
If interest in Pennsylvania’s elk hunt isn’t quite what it was, it’s still pretty high. In the year of the first modern-day hunt, in 2001, more than 50,000 entered the license drawing. About 20,000 do now. Those who draw a …

Outdoors notices: Aug. 31, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Youngwood and Connellsville have been the top two teams in the Twi-Night Trap League all season, and they were again Thursday night. Each scored a 198 to tie for first place on the week. Hecla and Ruffsdale …

Fishing report: Catfish hitting on Ohio River

By Bob Frye
• Fishing the Ohio River upstream of Sewickley, Steve Manukas of Cranberry and his children, Michelle and Christopher, landed about 150 pounds of catfish in a little over three hours, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Michelle’s largest …

‘Unprecedented’ level of chronic wasting disease found on Reynoldsville farm

By Bob Frye
Researchers from around the country are getting to study chronic wasting disease because of an “unprecedented” find. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced in April that a 5-year-old captive deer on a farm in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, tested …

Outdoors notebook: Hunters awarded elk licenses

By Bob Frye
The drawings to award Pennsylvania elk hunting licenses have come and gone, but they left some big cash behind. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation auctioned off one bull elk license for 2014, and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance raffled off …

Outdoor notices: Aug. 25, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will host a free naturalist-led nature morning hike at Todd Nature Reserve in Butler County from 9-10 a.m. on Friday. Call 412-963-6100 to register. • Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will lead a …

Duck, goose populations soar this year

By Bob Frye
If ducks and geese were oil and gas, there might be a few more millionaires come this fall. There’s a boom winging this way for …

Frye: Good fishing still remains

By Bob Frye
How’s your favorite fishing hole been lately? Packed with people? Or devoid of any life that’s not of the swimming variety? Sometimes it’s hard to know what to expect. It’s a crapshoot when it comes to calling bait and tackle …

Outdoor notices: Aug. 24, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Just a few weeks to go and there’s still a race in the Twi-Night Trap League. This past week, when 20 of 137 shooters recorded perfects scores of 25, host team Connellsville, Youngwood and Hecla all tied …

Fishing report: Allegheny River gives up large muskies

By Bob Frye
• Two Pittsburgh anglers, Nicholas Colangelo and Luke Wholey, are having a lot of success getting muskies on the Allegheny River near Kittanning recently. Using …

Pheasant hunting inequities outlined

By Bob Frye
All pheasant hunting opportunities aren’t created equal. Hunters, if given the choice, prefer to shoot pheasant roosters to hens, said Bob Boyd, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife services division chief and the man in charge of its pheasant propagation program. …

Outdoors notebook: Hunting has environmental benefits

By Bob Frye
If you like seeing healthy trees, hearing a variety of songbirds and being able to view abundant wildflowers, thank a hunter. It turns out the sport is good for the environment. Purdue University researchers recently published results of 17-year study …

Game Commission may adopt user permit for game lands

By Bob Frye
Jack Lucas remembers the discovery. As land management group supervisor in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s southwest region office, he was on a state game land …

Frye: Hunters might soon be able to take safety course online

By Bob Frye
A few notes from this past week’s Pennsylvania Game Commission meeting ... • Would-be hunters soon might be able to take their safety training course completely online. Currently, they can take a portion of their hunter education class via computer …

Outdoor notices: Aug. 17, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • The back-and-forth battle for fourth place saw another twist in the Twi-Night Trap League this past week, while the team in second place kept alive its mathematical — if highly improbable — hopes for a run at …

Fishing report: Aug. 15, 2014

By Bob Frye
• Catfish anglers have been doing well on the Monongahela River, picking up flatheads and channel cats on live bait and blood baits, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. The action has been best around the mouths of …