Outdoors

Fishing report: Warmer weather might portend better fishing

The recent warm weather has sparked some better fishing around the region, though it still is a bit slow in areas: • One place the ...

Outdoors notebook: Chronic wasting disease reaches Europe; live-animal test possible

Chronic wasting disease has crossed the ocean. The Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance announced this spring that the ailment was detected in a free-range reindeer herd in ...

Outdoors notices: May 23, 2016

Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a naturalist-led, 21⁄2-mile hike at Spruce Flats Bog at 11 a.m. Saturday. Meet at ...

Event looks at challenges on Yough River

Things weren't always this way. Today, the Youghiogheny River is a draw for many. Some come to float it. Others to bike or pedal along its ...

Frye: Regarding license fees, commissions takes aim at lawmakers in middle

Sell off state game lands? I don't think so. In Harrisburg this past week I sat in on a gathering of House majority policy ...

Rondinelli: Firearm maintenance key to hitting your target

Anyone associated with firearms knows instinctively that gun control is imperative. Oh. No. Not the political flummery. The best use of guns results from the user being ...

Trib's Frye honored for outdoors work

The Pennsylvania Outdoors Writers Association honored Tribune-Review reporter Bob Frye for his work during the past year. Frye won first-place awards for his story "Rise of ...

Fishing report: Action good in places despite high, muddy water

• On the Allegheny River, anglers are picking up walleyes around the mouth of Deer Creek, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Most ...

Lawmakers still seeking deal to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG — Find a way to make nice. That was the message lawmakers on the Pennsylvania Senate game and fisheries committee delivered to people on both ...

Oddball species show up in fish survey

It's probably hopeless. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists surveyed Presque Isle Bay in Erie County earlier this spring. When it came time to examine their ...

Outdoors notebook: Pennsylvania youngsters might be turning to pheasants again at long last

All of those mentored youth pheasant hunts held over the last decade-plus might be bearing fruit. Bob Boyd, chief of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's wildlife ...

Outdoor notices: May 16, 2016

Hiking • Moraine State Park in Butler County will host a free wildflower hike to look for trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, violets and more from 10 ...

Western Pennsylvania lakes giving mixed results for walleyes

Pymatuning Lake? Absolutely. Green Lick Reservoir? You bet. Lake Arthur? Worth a shot. That's the good news. The bad? It's almost certainly time to forget about ...

Frye: Pennsylvania political interference challenges wildlife management

Some indoor odds and ends about the outdoors… • And everything seemed to be going so well. Just a few months ago, it looked as ...

Outdoors notices: May 15, 2016

Rifle/trap leagues • Connellsville extended its lead in the Twi-Night Trap League season standings at Thursday's shoot at East Huntingdon. The team led by five ...

Fish and Boat Commission biologists' discoveries in North Park, Loyalhanna and Presque Isle

Here's what Fish and Boat Commission biologists have come across during their sampling work this spring: • North Park Lake in Allegheny County has a ...

Outdoors notebook: Pair of local conservation officers recognized

Two Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officers from southwestern Pennsylvania recently were honored for their work. Seth Mesoras, whose district is in Cambria County, was named ...

Next few weeks prime time for getting walleyes from shore

They're the fish of the deep-water troller, the boater who can get offshore and drag a nightcrawler behind a blade in the dark, chill depths. Most ...

Frye: Trainers to thank for all-time low number of hunting accidents

The news was unquestionably good. But who will hear it? Last week the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced there were 23 hunting accidents — officially "hunting-related shooting ...

Rondinelli: Trap shoots still proliferate Western Pa.

Trap shooting should be competitive but fun, according to Chuck Buccieri. And he is making it work that way as manager in the Mon Valley ...