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Fishing report: Fishing slow despite great weather in Western Pennsylvania

By Bob Frye
• Call it the end-of-summer lull. Despite the wonderful weather, fishing has been slow around the region, according to most bait and tackle shops, with few anglers on the water. At Lake Arthur, for example, those fishermen who are going ...

Pa. Game Commission seeks hunting license fee hike

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — The cost of a Pennsylvania hunting license hasn’t gone up in more than 15 years, but that may be about to change. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Game Commission leaders said they’re asking state lawmakers to raise prices to help ...

Effort to rebuild Hereford Manor begins

By Bob Frye
It’s going to be, by comparison, a tall task. But an effort to restore a popular fishery — and simultaneously craft a playground for other outdoorsmen and women — is officially underway. Within the past few days, an organization known as ...

Outdoors notebook: Milestone reached in peregrine recovery effort

By Bob Frye
Peregrine falcons are inching closer toward coming off the state’s endangered species list. Art McMorris, falcon coordinator for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said the agency’s management plan calls for upgrading the birds’ status to “threatened” when more than 50 percent ...

Density, divide complicate effort to cull deer in Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Dozens of Mt. Lebanon residents volunteered to allow bow hunting on their properties in the fall, but the municipality’s dense development and deep divides over ...

Outdoors notices: Aug. 24, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a full moon hike starting at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Succop Nature Park in Butler County. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100. • Keystone State Park in ...

Goose can be made tasty by following simple steps

By Bob Frye
You remember the feeling. You’re at the kitchen table, all alone, except for your mother. She’s standing over you, a scowl on her face, hands on ...

Frye: Invasive weed finds way into Pymatuning

By Bob Frye
Deer hunters have to worry about chronic wasting disease. Mosquito haters have white-nose syndrome, which is killing bats at an unprecedented pace. Everyone’s got ticks and Lyme disease to fret over. And now, for fishermen as well as waterfowlers, there’s ...

Outdoor notices: Aug. 23, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Can Hecla catch Connellsville? With two shoots left in the Twi-Night Trap League, that’s the only real question left in terms of the overall standings. Last week, Connellsville gave itself a bit of breathing room. Ruffsdale shot ...

Fishing report: Variety of fish being caught around region

By Bob Frye
• Anglers are getting walleyes from the deeper pools in the Fayette County section of the Yough River. Chunky smallmouth bass and freshwater drum are also hitting. • Elsewhere on the Yough, near Ohiopyle and below the outflow, anglers are getting ...

Avian flu could hurt pheasant stocking

By Bob Frye
There has been talk about what would happen if the avian flu epidemic that has caused a reported $1 billion in losses to the poultry industry were to hit the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s pheasant farms. The commission plans to stock 220,000 ...

Outdoors notebook: Shad causing problems in Brady’s Run Lake

By Bob Frye
Gizzard shad are hindering this redo. In 2010, 26-acre Brady’s Run Lake, a Beaver County-owned water, was drawn down to remove sediment that had built up behind its dam. When it refilled, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked it with ...

Citizen science meets technology in unique herpetology survey

By Bob Frye
In what often seems to be an ever-shrinking world, there’s still room for discovery. Ed Patterson can speak to that. Director of Indiana County’s parks system, he ...

Frye: Lack of funds shelves project

By Bob Frye
Don’t bother making the trip. It’s not there. In fact, work to create a new wildlife learning center on the shores of Pymatuning Lake not only isn’t done — it hasn’t started and probably won’t for a while. Lack of money ...

Outdoor notices: Aug. 16, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • On one of the few really good nights for shooting this season, 22 of 183 shooters in the Twi-Night Trap League recorded perfect scores of 25. Ruffsdale was the top squad, racking up 199 points. Youngwood shot 196, ...

Fishing report: Walleyes, catfish, bass keeping anglers busy

By Bob Frye
• The walleye fishing on Pymatuning Lake is good right now, according to reports, with fish being taken variously in 8 to 15 and 15 to 21 feet of water by those trolling crawler harnesses and plugs. Channel cats are ...

Game Commission may ban use of deer urine

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commissioners are going to at least consider the idea of banning the use of deer urine for hunting statewide. Chronic wasting disease is the reason. The disease has spread across the country in recent years. That’s troublesome, ...

Outdoors notebook: Fishing changing at Oneida Lake

By Bob Frye
Oneida Lake has flipped its script. It’s a 140-acre lake located in Butler County and owned by Pennsylvania American Water Co. It re-opened to ...

Outdoors notices: Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a free half-mile Boggling Bog hike to see the Spruce Flats Bog atop Laurel Mountain at 6 p.m. Friday. Meet at Laurel Summit State Park parking lot. Preregister at 724-238-1200 ...

Waterfowl season expected to bring mixed bag

By Bob Frye
As mysteries go, this isn’t shaping up to be the greatest head-scratcher. Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists haven’t said what the 2015-16 waterfowl hunting seasons will look ...