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Gun-free school zones cut number of Mt. Lebanon baiting sites for deer culling in half

By Matthew Santoni
Gun-free school zones have scuttled half the planned baiting sites in Mt. Lebanon’s controversial program to bait, corral and kill deer. The municipality learned Monday afternoon that its deer-culling program didn’t meet any of the exceptions to the federal rules ...

Outdoors notebook: Study of stocked pheasants set for fall

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission knows how many pheasants it stocks each year. It doesn’t know how many are actually taken by hunters. But it’s aiming to find out. The commission plans to do a pheasant harvest rate study this fall. It will ...

Bear season was good, but not historic in Pennsylvania in 2014

By Bob Frye
If history holds, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will release its estimates for the 2014-15 deer harvest no later than mid-March. Some have predicted it will ...

Frye: Trout season really is coming

By Bob Frye
It hasn’t felt much like trout season lately, I’ll grant you that. Ice fisherman might argue. For them, this has likely been one of the best winters in recent memory, with lots of dependable ice. But if you prefer to cast ...

Outdoors notices: Feb. 22, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • In a week when two of the six teams competed shorthanded, the closest score in the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League came in the match where Green Valley (7-7) edged Irwin Post 228 (6-7), 1459-1455. Frazier-Simplex (13-1) ...

Corralling, shooting of deer may begin next week in Mt. Lebanon

By Tory N. Parrish
The close-range shooting of corralled deer in Mt. Lebanon could start by the end of next week, said the president of the company the borough ...

Sibling hunting guides from Fox Chapel among Outdoor Show speakers

By Bob Frye
It’s a long way from playing hockey in Fox Chapel to trying to find enough food to survive in the Alaskan wilds. The Keefer brothers have learned that. Chris, the older brother by four years, and Casey grew up in Pittsburgh. Both ...

Pennsylvania Game Commission OKs Mt. Lebanon deer-culling plan

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s plan to lure deer into corrals and kill them could begin Wednesday at the earliest, the company hired to set the bait said. Municipal Manager Steve Feller said he received a permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday ...

Outdoors notebook: Boating accidents up, fatalities remain same

By Bob Frye
Boating accidents were up in 2014 compared to the year before. According to Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission statistics, there were 70 accidents last year, compared to 62 in 2013. Resulting injuries requiring medical treatment were up, too, from 38 to ...

Outdoors notices: Feb. 16, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Butler Outdoor Club will have its annual cherry pie hike Saturday at Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County. There will be three sessions — 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants will get cherry pie ...

Population of fishers, bobcats continues to grow, spread throughout state

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s decision to offer an otter trapping season may draw scrutiny yet. A representative of the Humane Society of the United States attended ...

Frye: Deer seasons and game lands

By Bob Frye
Two things stood out at the recent Pennsylvania Game Commission meeting. One was a pretty big change that flew under the radar amid the mentored youth controversy. The other was a cautionary tale showing where there’s work to be done. First, ...

Outdoor notices: Feb. 15, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Murrysville (9-5) may not be able to win the Allegheny Valley Rifle League title this year, but it’s got a hold on second place after beating Kiski (6-8) 1,178-1,168 last week. Butler (12-2), meanwhile, remains atop the …

Fox Chapel natives, now reality stars, return to Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show

By Ed Phillipps
When they were a couple of young bucks, one of the most exciting times of the year for Chris and Casey Keefer was going to ...

Outdoors notebook: Warren County creek earns river of the year honors

By Bob Frye
Conewango Creek in Warren County is Pennsylvania’s 2015 river of the year. It earned that distinction in voting conducted over five weeks. It got 42 percent of the nearly 10,000 votes cast, beating four other waterways, including two of the closer-to-home ...

Outdoors notices: Feb. 9, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a guided Birds and More nature walk from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County. The program is free. Call 412-963-6100. • Butler Outdoor Club will have ...

Few simple tricks can boost ice fishing success

By Bob Frye
Andy Shiels finally traded in his bucket. For 35 years, he has been ice fishing, always using an upturned 5-gallon bucket as a seat. That was ...

Frye: Looking at bait vs. lures, their affect on fish

By Bob Frye
Every angler probably has heard the same story: Bait kills more fish than flies and lures. Bob Carline, director of the Penn State Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit prior to his retirement, once would have agreed. Thirty years ago, probably ...

Outdoor notices: Feb. 8, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Butler (11-2) is taking all the suspense out of the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings, having beaten second-place Murrysville (8-5) again, this time 1,176-1,166, to put a stranglehold on first place. Kiski (6-7), meanwhile, beat Fort ...

Collared deer prove elusive during 2014 hunting season

By Bob Frye
There always is a lot of talk about how hunters kill too many deer in Pennsylvania. That’s not happening — in this case, at least. The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Penn State have been collaring and following deer over the past two ...