Outdoors

Fishing report: Storms play havoc with fishing

• A heads-up to boaters and anglers: According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the South Side Boat Ramp at Pittsburgh's Riverfront Park is ...

Uptick in mange among bears vexes Pa. Game Commission

A couple of questions long pondered have gone unanswered. Starting in the 1980s, a few Pennsylvania bears began turning up with mange, a skin disease ...

Spinnerbaits draw strikes from bass now through fall

These are, visually speaking, the exception. Walk down the aisles at the local tackle shop and the crankbaits, well, those look like something a fish would ...

Outdoors notebook: Forest projects to aid wildlife

An effort by Pennsylvania Game Commissioners to get state foresters to ease up on deer may pay off in a different way. More than a year ...

Outdoor notices: July 20, 2016

Hiking • Forbes State Forest will have a naturalist-led three-mile mushroom identification hike in Westmoreland County at 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Grove ...

Frye: Night skies a sight to see

The sounds were wonderful. My tent was pitched along Kettle Creek, in the state park campground right on its banks. Within maybe 30 yards was ...

Rondinelli: Clairton Sportsmen's Club leads way in guiding outdoors youth

For a full day July 23, Clairton Sportsmen's Club will entertain and direct up to 125 boys and girls in the use and safety of ...

Outdoors notices: June 19, 2016

Rifle/trap leagues • In a season marked by routinely lousy weather, this was the worst. Thursday's Twi-Night Trap League shoot was cancelled amid heavy thunderstorm ...

Fishing report: Greenlick Lake producing largemouth bass, walleyes

• Anglers are catching largemouth bass at Greenlick Lake on topwater poppers in the evening. Walleyes also are hitting on soft plastic worms, and bluegills ...

Tattoos remain an issue for commissions

It's an old problem with a new twist. For years, the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat Commissions have struggled to find and keep deputy ...

Outdoors notebook: Lawmaker takes aim at safety zones

State Rep. Jim Cox, a Berks County Republican, is looking to sponsor legislation that would increase the penalties for firing a gun within a safety ...

Rondinelli: Lifetime hunter wistful for days gone by

Beneath a humorous and rather lively attitude lies a lifetime shooter, hunter and former veteran investigator. Dan Saccani, a Bridgeville native, has been hunting since ...

Outdoors notices: June 13, 2016

Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a hike through the Blue Hole Creek section of Forbes State Forest in Somerset County from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ...

Bountiful bass crowding area lakes

Wow. That's the first thought that comes to mind. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists have a standard when it comes to bass lakes. To be ...

Outdoors notices: June 12, 2016

Rifle/trap leagues • Tricky winds made for some tough shooting at this past week's Twi-Night Trap League shoot, as the scores indicated. Just 10 of ...

Frye: Catching up onoutdoors news

Time to play catch-up. There was a lot going on this past week, with a Pennsylvania Game Commission meeting in Harrisburg, the National Shooting Sports ...

Fishing report: Giant catfish reported from Ohio, Monongahela rivers

The recent rains had waters high and muddy for much of the week. Loyalhanna Creek looked to be full of chocolate milk for days. But indications ...

Chronic wasting disease effects focus of hearing before lawmakers

HARRISBURG — Nothing less than the future of a $1 billion Pennsylvania industry is at stake. That was the message delivered to lawmakers Wednesday at the ...

Expert panel: Hunters must adapt to social media

Hunters need to be ready to do a better job telling their story to the people on the margins. That was the message delivered by ...

Game Commission considering options in controlling chronic wasting disease

HARRISBURG — It could be called the Donald Trump approach to containing wildlife disease. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to figure out ways to stop ...