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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 …

Specifics of predatory study still up in air

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania game commissioners and members of their staff have plenty of questions when it comes to predators and what to do about them. Answers? Those are in shorter supply. Since April, commissioners have talked about doing a predator study. The …

Outdoors notebook: Scientists think elk may adapt to CWD

By Bob Frye
There has been a lot of worry in recent years about how chronic wasting disease could potentially devastate populations of deer and elk. That’s with good reason. The disease has spread rapidly in the past five years. Once confined to …

Outdoors notices: Aug. 11, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead free hikes along the Butler-Freeport Trail in Butler County starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 and 23. A naturalist will lead the hike, which follows Buffalo Creek, to look for songbirds …

Junior pheasant hunts bring youngsters together

By Bob Frye
Things have come full circle for Samantha Pedder. The Westmoreland County native hunted pheasants for the first time a handful of years ago when she …

Frye: Oregon lawsuit offers insight

By Bob Frye
A story out of Oregon caught my eye this past week. The Associated Press reported a man named Duane Freilino and an animal-rights group, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, settled competing lawsuits. The result is Freilino will no longer organize …

Outdoors notices: Aug. 10, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • On a pleasant evening for shooting at Hecla Sportsmen’s Club, 13 of 168 shooters recorded perfect scores in Twi-Night Trap League action. Connellsville prevailed, posting a score of 196. Hecla and Youngwood tied with 193s, while Ruffsdale …

Fishing report: Fishing spotty around region

By Bob Frye
• Fifteen-year-old Luke Geiger of Mt. Pleasant recently made quite the catch while in Ocean Isle, N.C. He was fishing a mile offshore when he landed a 6-foot, 130-pound black tip shark. • The fishing continues to be tough at …

Task force established to combat online attacks on hunters

By Bob Frye
Social media has become a battleground for hunters and those who dislike them and what they do. That has prompted something new. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and other sportsmen’s organizations have formed a “Hunter Advancement Task Force” to deal specifically …

Outdoors notebook: Ospreys doing well around state

By Bob Frye
Bald eagles have recovered well enough across Pennsylvania that the Game Commission recently removed them from the state’s threatened list. The osprey might not be …

Outdoors notices: Aug. 4, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead free hikes along the Butler-Freeport Trail in Butler County starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9, 16 and 23. A naturalist will lead the hike, which follows Buffalo Creek, to look …

Researchers assess strategies to control growing urban deer population

By Bob Frye
Ray Turkas’ commute can test his nerves. The owner of Strip District Meats on Penn Avenue travels daily to Pittsburgh and back from his home …

More people afraid of outdoors, disconnect with nature blamed

By Bob Frye
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer didn’t need shoes, let alone a guide, to get outdoors. That’s not how things are today. Once upon a time, …

Frye: Bass tourney, questions and more

By Bob Frye
A few notes from around the outdoors ... • Some of the best bass fishermen in the world are descending on Pennsylvania. B.A.S.S. is bringing one of its the Elite Series fishing tournaments to Philadelphia and the Delaware River on …