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Gray wolf decision reversed

By The Associated Press
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region ...

Allegheny County deer falls short of record status

By Bob Frye
Jeff Lenzi’s buck is a huge one, but it’s not a state record. Bob D’Angelo, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s big game records program, measured ...

Survey says hunters like deer seasons as is

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — A majority of Pennsylvania hunters apparently like their deer seasons just as they are. The Pennsylvania Game Commission contracted Responsive Management, a Virginia-based polling firm specializing in wildlife issues, to survey hunters about the shape of the firearms deer ...

PETA offers underwater drones to target animal cruelty

By Bob Frye
Sportsmen worried about aerial drones keeping tabs on them from the sky will now have to watch the water, too. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the animal rights organization, is making available for sale submersible drones. It said the ...

Outdoor notices: Dec. 15, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will have a holiday soup hike from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Frick Park in Allegheny County. Hikers will do three to four miles, then gather at a pavilion for hot gourmet soups, bread and hot ...

Frye: Possible record buck to get final score

By Bob Frye
Catching up on a few things around the outdoors … • We’ll know Tuesday where the giant buck killed by Jeff Lenzi ranks on a historical basis. Bob D’Angelo, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s big game records program, will ...

Rain hampers bear, deer seasons; fishing interest increases

By Bob Frye
It’s been a busy fall, if not the most productive one. Bear season, while still good, failed to live up to its largest possibilities, while ...

Outdoors notices: Dec. 14, 2014

By Bob Frye
Cable restraint classes Note: All successful cable restraint classes require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen’s Association, Fayette County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21. Class limit 30. Events • Tri-County Trout Club will hold its annual sport ...

Mt. Lebanon deer culling effort gets OK

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials are starting limited bow hunting on public land in an attempt to cull the deer population and are seeking state approval to ...

Outdoors notebook: Debate focuses on possible arrival of Asian carp

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioner Rocco Ali of Kittanning wants the agency to be ready to keep Asian carp at bay. The fish — classified as an invasive species — have taken over some southern waters, drastically reducing populations of walleyes, ...

Outdoor notices: Dec. 8, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will host a Geminid meteor hike at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Succop Nature Park in Butler County. Cost $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100. • Venture Outdoors will host a ...

Penn State study revealing how deer react to hunters

By Bob Frye
Deer “know” when hunting season starts and react accordingly, disappearing into nooks and crannies of the landscape where they become almost invisible. Every hunter has ...

Frye: Bookshelf picks to get you through the winter

By Bob Frye
With winter’s grip upon us, here are some new books that can make the long nights more enjoyable: • “Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia,” by Vin Sporano, Rizzoli International Publishing. This classic, in a new edition, is the be-all, end-all of ...

Outdoor notices: Dec. 7, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Cable restraint classes Note: All successful cable restraint classes require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen’s Association, Fayette County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21. Class limit 30. Events • World-class fly tier Kieran Frye and two of his friends, ...

Gun dealers ease restrictions on ammo purchases as shortage abates

By Tom Fontaine
An ammunition shortage largely has abated, although the world’s most widely used bullet remains in tight supply, manufacturers and sellers say. Demand for ammunition surged on ...

Weather adversely affects opening day of deer hunting season

By Bob Frye
Tom Ferguson was late, but optimistic. It was a little after noon Monday when the Springdale man entered the woods on game land 203 in Allegheny ...

Study: Dragging dead deer hazardous to hunters’ health

By Rick Wills
Accidental shootings and falling from trees are the two mishaps that get deer hunters in the news. Yet neither is likely the biggest risk for hunters, according to a study released by Slippery Rock University last month. Dragging a ...

Chronic wasting disease in deer may be game changer in Pa.

By Bob Frye
It’s the tradition, as much as anything, that makes it special. Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season opens Monday, and an estimated 750,000 orange- and camo-clad sportsmen ...

Outdoors notices: Dec. 1, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will have a winter camp and hike Saturday and Sunday. Hikers will depart at 6 p.m. Saturday, hike for two to three hours, set up camp, stay the night and ...

Outdoors notebook: Agreement will allow for gas removal at lake

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently entered into an agreement with REX Energy to take gas and oil from beneath Glade Run Lake in Middlesex, Butler County. The deal does not allow for surface impacts on the commission-owned property. The ...