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License fee decreases approved

By Bob Frye
FARMINGTON — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is decreasing the cost of fishing licenses and is seeking an increase in the cost of trout stamps. Next up are boat registrations. On Tuesday, the agency’s board voted unanimously to decrease …

Fishing license fee decrease considered

By Bob Frye
FARMINGTON — Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are hoping to increase participation in angling and generate new revenue by decreasing the cost of a fishing license. They also are going to pursue a hike in the cost of a trout …

Outdoors notebook: Fall trout stocking program begins this week

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is kicking off its fall trout stocking program. It’s not big. The commission will be releasing 83,300 — 4 percent of the annual total — statewide, in 49 lakes and 38 delayed harvest stream …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 29, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will host a “mountain mead” hike from 1-4 p.m. Saturday through Twin Lakes Park in Westmoreland County. Hikers will follow wooded trails before meeting with Matt Falenski of Laurel Highlands Meadery for a tasting. Minimum age …

Studies detail buck behavior

By Bob Frye
Every deer hunter has had the same dream at some point. They want to go into the woods and come out with a deer. But …

Frye: Bear attacks rare but increasing

By Bob Frye
This tragedy seems to fit the pattern. Last Sunday, a black bear attacked and killed a 22-year-old man in New Jersey. Darsh Patel was hiking with four other men when they noticed a bear persistently following them. They scattered and …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 28, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Midland Sportsmen’s Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50. • Logan’s Ferry Sportsmen’s Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50. • …

Fishing report: Low water limiting fishing in spots

By Bob Frye
• Anglers fishing at Keystone State Park’s lake in boats are picking up some decent-sized bass this week, mainly in minnow-shaped crankbaits. Shore anglers are getting bluegills and small perch on nightcrawlers and mealworms. • Green Lick Lake is drawn …

Game Commission to rework access permit idea

By Bob Frye
DELMONT – The Pennsylvania Game Commission is starting over. The agency’s board Tuesday tabled a proposal to create a $30 annual access permit that would have been required of anyone wanting to ride a bike, horse or snowmobile on state …

Game commission, public debate user feee

By Bob Frye
DELMONT — The tone was set early. Board member Brian Hoover of Delaware County began Monday’s quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission by reading a prepared statement explaining — so it seemed — the agency’s thinking behind the idea …

Sunday hunting ‘sit-in’ planned

By Bob Frye
Those looking to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on hunting Sundays are trying something new. The people behind Hunters United for Sunday Hunting are holding a “hunting sit-in” Sunday to “lawfully raise awareness about the archaic blue law that prohibits families from …

Outdoors notebook: Pheasant Farm, game lands tours set

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering tours of its game farms and several of its game lands starting next week. The game farm tours will run from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday at the two facilities in Lycoming County and the …

Outdoors notices: Sept. 22, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a tree identification hike at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Meet at Laurel Summit State Park parking area for a 4.5 mile hike out to Wolf Rocks. Preregistration is required by …

Collectors go crazy for Western Pennsylvania’s Case blades

By Bob Frye
Never again, Wally Sanders has declared. When the Case Collectors Club held its first swap meet in 1981, the Etna native now living in Smethport …

Outdoor notices: Sept., 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Ambridge Sportsman Club, Beaver County, 5:30-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Class limit 40. • Logan’s Ferry Sportsmen’s Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50. …

Frye: A few outdoor bits and pieces

By Bob Frye
A few notes from the outdoors… • For months Pennsylvania lawmakers have been making progress on a bill that would make it illegal to use an unmanned aerial drone to harass hunters or fishermen. This past week, state Rep. Marc …

Ticks reduce moose population in northern states

By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters …

Fishing report: Slow fishing around region

By Bob Frye
• The fishing is slow all around, according to multiple reports, with few anglers out and fewer fishing seeming to bite. Anglers fishing Keystone State Park’s lake with nightcrawlers are getting largemouth bass and a few bullhead catfish this past …

Deer hunting on airport property to be scaled down

By Brian Bowling
The Allegheny County Airport Authority is scaling back a popular archery deer-hunting program on its property because commercial development made much less land available this year. The authority allowed hunting for the first time last year, setting aside about 2,300 …

Outdoors notebook: Game Commission will publish 2 books

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is going into the book publishing business. The agency, which last published a book 19 years ago to mark its 100th anniversary, will print two books this fall. The first will feature a collection of deer …