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Study shows Pennsylvania bears like to put down roots

By Bob Frye
Those bears living in the burbs? They’re not who we thought they were. An urban bear study recently completed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission found that adult bears not only move into urban and suburban areas, but they increasingly stay …

Outdoors notebook: Pair of youth-oriented events slated

By Bob Frye
A couple of events aimed at getting kids outdoors are fast approaching: • The fifth annual Youth and Outdoor Show is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 at Keystone State Park in New Alexandria. Sponsored by …

Outdoors notices: April 13

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Laurel Ridge State Park manager Mike Mumau will give a presentation on the history of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Calvin E. Pollins Library at 362 Sand Hill Road in Greensburg. The …

Opening day of trout season features warm weather, large crowds

By Bob Frye
Saturday’s opening day of trout season lasted all of about 30 minutes for Ronald Buschel. The Alverton man was fishing Upper Twin Lake in Greensburg. …

Frye: New permit to address deer wasting disease

By Bob Frye
Well, that didn’t take long. Last Tuesday, Pennsylvania game commissioners shortened the antlerless deer season in wildlife management unit 4A and slashed the number of doe licenses to be available. The goal was to increase the deer herd by 20 …

Outdoors notices: April 12

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • A season’s-best 172 shooters turned out for this past week’s Twi-Night Trap League shoot at Youngwood Sportsmen’s Club. Gusty winds limited just seven shooters to recording perfect scores. Youngwood scored 195 to finish first, followed by Connellsville …

Chronic wasting disease found in another deer in state

By Bob Frye
Another Pennsylvania deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, this time in a previously uninfected area. On Tuesday, officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that a 5-year-old whitetail on a deer farm in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, had …

Game Commission sets doe tag allocation

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Don’t call it a surrender. That’s what Pennsylvania Game Commissioners said Tuesday when they adopted deer seasons that will, according to their wildlife management staff, likely accelerate the spread of disease in part of the state. The board …

Outdoors notebook: Study shows wildlife thriving in suburbs

By Bob Frye
Now, it’s official. This will come as no surprise to people who live in Allegheny County, where Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer Dan Puhala recently had to trap and transfer wild turkeys that had become aggressive — to the …

Outdoors notices: April 5

By Bob Frye
Outdoors notices Rifle/Trap leagues • Soggy, rainy, windy weather made for some tough shooting at this past week’s Twi-Night Trap League shoot at Ruffsdale Gun Club, but 10 of the 104 shooters there did post perfect scores. The team from …

Trout stocking could see big changes

By Bob Frye
Dwight Yingling is a happy man these days. Owner of North Park Sports Shop in Allison Park, he’s seen his business take off over the …

Frye: Spinners, spoons tackle trout

By Bob Frye
We’ve all heard it. Maybe your dad said it when you first went to look for a used car. Maybe mom repeated it when it came to dating. Maybe you heard it from a teacher, a friend or someone else. …

Opening day serves up breakfast at Blacklegs Creek

By Bob Frye
Now this is something a little different. Opening day of trout season is always a social affair, bringing together families and friends to cast a …

Outdoor notebook: New laws impact commission set-up

By Bob Frye
Some early on labeled it a move to improve accountability. Others called it an attempt to gain political control of fish and wildlife management. Either way, it’s now law. Gov. Tom Corbett this past week signed two pieces of legislation …

Outdoors notices: March 30

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a Meet the Conifers walk at Succop Nature reserve in Butler County from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 6. Participants will learn some tree identification tips, the trees’ role in habitat …

Kayak fishing tournament to visit Western PA

By Bob Frye
There was a time when no one would have considered fishing the Kiski River. Not if they wanted to actually, you know, catch fish. It …

Frye: A look around the outdoors

By Bob Frye
A few notes about what’s  going on in the outdoors  world around us: • It looks like the battle over Sunday hunting is going to heat up again in Pennsylvania. Just within the last month, Virginia’s governor signed into law …

Outdoor notices: March 29

By Bob Frye
Rifle/Trap leagues • Shooting at home, Connellsville won week two of the Twi-Night Trap League, outdistancing runner-up Youngwood. Hecla finished third, Ruffsdale fourth and East Huntingdon fifth. A total of 151 shooters turned out overall. Fourteen recorded perfect scores of …

Lingering ice reschedules mentored trout fishing

By Bob Frye
It’s officially spring, but you wouldn’t know it by the conditions of some lakes in Western Pennsylvania. You can still walk across them. That ice has and continues to offer up some great fishing, but it’s also caused the delay …