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Military base might be best for Pennsylvania Game Commission’s quail effort

By Bob Frye
The effort to restore bobwhite quail in Pennsylvania is going to start at one of the busiest military training grounds in the country. A recent Penn State University study determined there are no wild, free-ranging quail left in the state. ...

Outdoors notebook: Hunters prepare to enter elk raffle

By Bob Frye
The chance to become this year’s Paul Brown is here. Brown is the Blandon hunter who last year won the Keystone Elk Country Alliance raffle offering a Pennsylvania bull elk tag. He killed one in September with a rack that scored ...

Pennsylvania’s ‘Grand Canyon’ offers something for everyone

By Bob Frye
On a map, Pine Creek looks like a sinuous garden hose. It snakes 87 miles across Pennsylvania’s northern tier, in the big, remote woods of ...

Frye: Outdoors books to get through rainy days

By Bob Frye
It’s going to stop raining eventually. I have no doubt. Until then, some books have come out that make the days trapped inside a little easier to accept. • “The History of Fly-Fishing in 50 Flies” by Ian Whitelaw, 224 ...

Outdoor notices: July 5, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • One a rare beautiful night for shooting, 29 of 159 shooters in the Twi-Night Trap League recorded perfect scores of 25 at Connellsville Sportsmen’s Association. Ruffsdale had 12 of those perfect shooters and, not surprisingly, finished first ...

Fishing report: Rain, high water still slowing fishing

By Bob Frye
• Water levels on Loyalhanna Creek have finally started to fall a bit and the fishing has picked up as a result. Doug Leichliter of Greensburg recently caught 22 trout on the lower stretches in the delayed harvest water, with ...

Hunting changes made in Pennsylvania, but more tweaks expected

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to two proposals Tuesday but only one of them is likely to stand as is. One proposal creates mentored youth cottontail rabbit and mourning dove hunting seasons. If given final approval in ...

Deer reporting failures spark debate for Pa. Game Commission

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Something probably needs to be done, for appearances if nothing else, most agreed. But what? That’s the question Pennsylvania Game Commissioners debated Monday regarding the large-scale failure of hunters to report the deer they kill. By law, hunters who harvest a ...

Outdoors notebook: Grouse Society seeks forest changes

By Bob Frye
Ruffed grouse, woodcock, golden-winged warblers and a host of other species need young forest habitat to thrive. The Ruffed Grouse Society wants to make sure they have it. It has filed a legal challenge to compel the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

Outdoor notices: June 29, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead a full moon hike starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County. Hikers will cover some trails at sunset, then watch for the full moon to …

Adventurer turned lure maker crafts fish-catching jigs

By Bob Frye
Red Denmark’s world is considerably smaller than it used to be. In the 1950s he roamed Alaska — then a territory — as a guide, ...

Frye: Contention in the outdoors

By Bob Frye
Notes on a few things outdoors … • The battle will begin anew. In case you missed it, state Rep. Frank Farina last week held a news conference to say he planned to introduce legislation that would lift the state’s ...

Fishing report: Weather slows fishing, but some action available

By Bob Frye
• The weather, what with all of the rain lately, has slowed fishing in many places around the region. Anglers are picking up trout in the tailrace below Yough Dam, though, according to reports. It’s scheduled to get more fish ...

Walleye numbers spotty at 3 Western Pennsylvania lakes

By Bob Frye
Efforts to create walleye fisheries in several area lakes don’t appear to be working as hoped. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission crews surveyed Dunlap Creek Lake ...

Mt. Lebanon officials revisit talk about deer control methods

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials Monday circled back to the divisive deer issue that led to mobbed meetings all winter, weighing several options for reducing the size ...

Outdoors notebook: Area teams advance to fishing championship

By Bob Frye
Teams from Penn State and West Virginia qualified to compete in the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship on  Sept. 12 on Chesapeake Bay. The top 15 teams in the conference opener on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia earned spots in ...

Trapper’s rendezvous hosts small, dedicated audience

By Bob Frye
If this isn’t your typical outdoors show, these aren’t your typical outdoorsmen. They’re the diehards. This past Thursday through Saturday, at Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, the Pennsylvania Trappers ...

Frye: Cross Creek still shining

By Bob Frye
Rick Lorson offers it as a caveat all the time. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s area fisheries manager in Somerset, he has said often that when biologists survey lakes and rivers to sample fish populations, they don’t get a ...

Outdoor notices: June 21, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • It was a rough night for shooting in Twi-Night Trap League competition Thursday. Just eight of 169 shooters fired perfect scores of 25. As a team, Hecla won with a 196. Ruffsdale’s shooters recorded a 192, while …

Community providing Brackenridge cancer patient with special hunting weekend

By Bob Frye
The fun starts today for Matthew Watts. A 13-year-old from Brackenridge, Watts could use it. He has medulloblastoma, which the American Brain Tumor Association lists ...