Outdoors

Outdoors notebook: Wildlife impact on crop fields reviewed

Deer and other wildlife can do a lot of damage to a crop field by eating what's growing in it. Can they also ruin it ...

Outdoor notices: Monday, May 2, 2016

Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a waterfall hike through McConnell's Mill State Park in Lawrence County from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Trails will ...

Poppers can bring in bass if conditions are right

Sometimes it's the blurps that do the trick. A cast toward the bank dropped the topwater popper alongside a log extending into the lake. It ...

Frye: Campout fun despite trials

Never before had I traveled so far in my sleep. The occasion was a campout with my oldest son, Derek. He is living out of ...

Fishing report: Low, clear water slows fishing

Fishing around the region is a bit on the slow side, according to reports from many places. Low, clear water is getting the blame. Anglers have ...

Jigs aren't fancy but catch fish

Don't be fooled. Compared to lures with blades that spin and beads that rattle and paint jobs that would make a sports car proud, the jig ...

Outdoors notebook: Area lakes, trails to get upgrades

Ask anyone at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission about what makes one lake or launch area more attractive to anglers and boaters than another, ...

Outdoors notices: April 25, 2016

Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a naturalist-led tree hike 6 p.m. Friday. Meet at the parking lot near the ...

Lots of places to find gobblers this spring turkey season

It would be a stretch to say Pennsylvania's turkey hunters have suffered greatly in recent years. It's true the number of birds is down. At its ...

Frye: License fee cut had good side

Bill Sabatose was having none of it. I'm not sure I am either. The longest-tenured member of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board, Sabatose ...

Rondinelli: Gunmakers pull up stakes, head south

Northern states, particularly northeastern states, just don't seem to learn. Their officials hobnob with that specific political party that doesn't have any use for firearms. They ...

Outdoors notices

Rifle/trap leagues • For the first five weeks of the Twi-Night Trap League season, no one could knock off Connellsville Sportsmen's Association. In Week 6, ...

Fishing report: Trout, other fish hitting in instances

• John Metzger of Harmarville has his fishing season off to a good start. Fishing Pine Creek along Route 8 in Allison Park, he landed ...

Tournament at Pymatuning Lake will give anglers chance to test kayaks

Russell Johnson knows a lot about kayaks. The Whitsett native now living in Monessen fishes from one competitively, and last year, he finished 16th out of ...

Outdoors notebook: Most sportsmen know where money goes

It's often said money generated by the sale of hunting, furtaking and fishing licenses and boat registrations support fish and wildlife management in America. Do the ...

Outdoors notices: April 18, 2016

Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a migratory bird hike starting 8 a.m. Saturday at Succop Nature Park in Butler County. ...

Sunshine, warm weather sparks nice turnout for opening day of trout season

Saturday's opening day of trout season sparked a friendly competition between Taylor Williams and his 13-year-old son, Damore. They have fished every opener since Damore was ...

Frye: Women the focus of recruitment in fishing circles

If there's one day a year that's likely to put even the most casual anglers on the water, it's opening day of trout season. So ...

Life jacket violations mar opening day of trout season

The crowds for Saturday's opening day of trout season were well behaved, to hear Fish and Boat Commission waterways conservation officers tell it. Of course, there ...

Outdoor notices: April 17, 2016

Rifle/trap leagues • This race might be over in a hurry. The Twi-Night Trap League season runs 26 weeks. Five shoots are in the books. ...