Outdoors

Habitat, not predators, seen as key to wildlife populations

Predators take a lot of heat for pursuing prey species that sometimes also are pursued by sportsmen. Their impact is more imagined than real, though. That's the ...

Outdoors notebook: More bad news for ruffed grouse, bird hunters

The numbers are not encouraging. Worse yet, another downturn may be on the way. Pennsylvania Game Commission biologist Lisa Williams asked hunters who harvested a ...

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners debate who best to control potentially sick deer

It's a bit of a quandary of their own making that might — but only might — lead to a change. At their meeting this past ...

Frye: Humor bonds fellow outdoorsmen

Clearly, I'd picked the wrong confessional. My wife Mandy and I were in a Midwestern airport, on the last leg home after attending an outdoor ...

Outdoors notices: Sunday, July 24, 2016

RIFLE/TRAP LEAGUES • Shooters were on target in the Twi-Night Trap League this week. Prime weather conditions allowed 23 of 182 shooters to fire perfect ...

Fishing report: Anglers catching smallmouth bass, rainbow trout in Youghiogheny

e_SBlt On the Youghiogheny River, fishermen in Fayette County have had luck catching smallmouth bass in the deeper areas of the water. Rainbow trout also ...

Anglers want keystone select trout program to expand

What could be better than having an unprecedented number of big trout to chase? Having them closer to home. According to surveys, that's apparently the one change ...

Non-game funding bill gains traction with commissions

The Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat commissions are paying attention to the work of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and ...

Outdoors notices: July 18, 2016

notices Outdoors Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a naturalist-led Birds and More nature walk from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Beechwood ...

Outdoors Writers Association honors Trib's Frye

The Outdoors Writers Association of America honored Tribune-Review reporter Bob Frye for his work during the past year. Frye won first-place awards for two stories. ...

Status change for timber rattlesnakes said to be based on science

Almost 40 years after first being declared in trouble in Pennsylvania, the timber rattlesnake is back and doing well. At least some say. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat ...

Frye: Fourth of July holiday marred by boating-under-the-influence arrests

Some folks didn't get the message. A couple of weeks ago, if you remember, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission issued a news release ...

Rondinelli: Verizon's decision to drop outdoors channels seems fishy

The Outdoor Channel program "Gun Stories," which examines the history of guns and features actor/shooter Joe Mantegna as host, began its new season last week. ...

Outdoors notices: July 17, 2016

NOTICES Outdoors RIFLE/TRAP LEAGUES • Windy conditions greeted the Twi-Night Trap League this week, as just six of 165 shooters recorded perfect 25s. Connellsville led ...

Fishing report: Allegheny River giving up smallmouth and white bass

• Anglers fishing the Allegheny River around the Highland Park dam have had success with smallmouth bass using tube jigs. White bass also have been ...

New Glade Run Lake plans revealed by Fish and Boat Commission

HARRISBURG — One Western Pennsylvania lake is about to come back online, albeit with temporary special regulations, and a few others might be inching closer ...

Ohio River's Catfish Classic expects largest turnout yet

It's a tournament growing to befit the fish it targets. The Ohio River's catfish — and its flatheads in particular — grow big. Tim Reddinger of ...

Outdoors notebook: Winter's impact on deer examined

Long winters, with lots of snow and cold, especially late in the season, mean bad things for deer in Vermont. Wayne Laroche, head of the Pennsylvania ...

Outdoors notices: July 11, 2016

Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a naturalist-led Birds and More nature walk from 9-10:30 a.m. July 20 at Beechwood Farms ...

Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club rifle team captures national title

It came as a surprise. Each year, the National Rifle Association holds what it terms the national indoor rifle and pistol championships. It's a competition between ...