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Changes made to senior lifetime fishing licenses

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission took a first step toward raising new money, albeit one not everyone within the agency agreed. At their recent quarterly meeting, commissioners decided by an 8-2 vote to require all those who buy senior …

Outdoors notebook: Elk visitor center deal reached

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania’s Elk Country Visitor Center is going to be around for a while. The Keystone Elk Country Alliance, which runs the facility, and Gov. Tom Corbett signed a 35-year agreement to continue its operation. The center, which opened in 2010, …

Outdoor notices: July 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a two-mile firefly hike along Roaring Run Trail from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Meet at the parking lot off County Line Road. For information or directions, call 724-259-2201 …

Fish and Boat Commissioners not settled on wild vs. stocked trout

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners addressed a lot of issues at their quarterly meeting this past week. The one they didn’t may be most telling. …

Frye: Research projects study unique topics

By Bob Frye
When it comes to nature, someone’s always studying something. No project is too small, too focused, too minute. One researcher might be looking at home ranges of flying squirrels while another examines how grassland songbirds relate to suburban sprawl. Game …

Outdoor notices: July 20, 2014

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • The race for first place in the Twi-Night Trap League may be over, but what remains to be decided is who finishes fourth instead of fifth. This past week at Connellsville Sportsmen’s Club, when 12 of 143 …

Bass, bluegills, catfish keep anglers busy

By Bob Frye
• Bridgeport Dam has been giving up smallish yellow perch, along with largemouth bass. Nightcrawlers have been the top bait. • Loyalhanna Creek is in …

Manpower shortage impacting pollution investigations

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers haven’t been issuing many citations for Marcellus shale pollution cases. It’s not been for a lack of effort. The problem has been a lack of manpower, said Corey Brichter, chief of the …

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission plans mentored fishing initiative

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Nothing says fishing like the sight of a youngster smiling while holding a bluegill below a bobber. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are trying to tap into that iconic image. The agency announced at its quarterly meeting in …

Outdoors notebook: A 2nd elk tag will be available each fall

By Bob Frye
Hunters with money to spend will be able to bid on two special Pennsylvania elk tags this fall, rather than one. House Bill 2169, which reauthorizes the special elk conservation tag program, passed through the state legislature and was signed …

Outdoor notices: July 14, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County will host a prairie walk from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Visitors will learn about how the prairie came to be and the wildflowers and endangered species that grow there. The program …

Sportsmen’s groups defend lead ammo use

By Bob Frye
The ammunition shortage that’s plagued America’s shooters for more than a year isn’t over just yet. Just try finding some .22 long rifle shells, for …

Frye: Fishing trip joy and misery

By Bob Frye
There’s no such thing as a bad fishing trip. Let’s get that out of the way first. The weather can turn sour. The accommodations can be lousy. The travel can be tedious. The fish that you’ve dreamt about and longed …

Outdoors notices: July 13, 2014

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • The shooters from Youngwood Sportsmen’s Association recorded the first perfect team score of 200 in this past week’s Twi-Night Trap League shoot. Twenty-three of the 161 shooters on hand recorded perfect individual scores. Connellsville shot 196 as …

Flatheads hitting on the Ohio

By Bob Frye
• Flathead catfish are hitting on the Ohio River, with one angler fishing in the area of the Back Channel Dam landing a 40-plus pounder, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. The cats are hitting on suckers …

Young angler lands rare fish from Allegheny River

By Bob Frye
Ben Klaas is no stranger to fishing the Allegheny River, but one night recently provided something a little different. Klaas, 18 and a recent Fox …

Outdoors notebook: Fly casters, tyers to test their accuracy

By Bob Frye
Fly fishermen can compete in a couple of contests, both of them set for Sept. 6 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds Sports and Outdoor Nationals show. The second annual Pennsylvania fly casting championship will judge competitors on how far and how …

Outdoors notices: July 7, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will host a hike to Spruce Flats Bog to learn about the unique feature and the plants that are found there from 10-11 a.m. on July 12. The program is free; meet …

Youth sporting clays team excelling in growing program

By Bob Frye
There’s being good, and then there’s being dominant. The Hunting Hills Hawkeyes are dominant and then some. And they have the medals to prove it. …

Frye: Drawing the lines on deer

By Bob Frye
It’s a big country. That’s especially true when it comes to managing wildlife. Then, the 50 states are, well, all over the map. It’s sometimes hard to compare the situation in one to another because of all the differences in …