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Outdoors notebook: Sporting retailers welcoming more women customers

By Bob Frye 11:06 p.m.
A recent survey of sporting goods retailers found that most are enjoying an influx of female customers. According to Big Rock Sports LLC, 51 percent of outdoor sporting goods retailers in the United States saw growth in their female customer group ...

Outdoors notices: Aug. 3, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County will have a free half-mile Boggling Bog hike to see the Spruce Flats Bog atop Laurel Mountain at 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Meet at the Laurel Summit State Park parking lot. ...

Catfish studies aim to provide sustainable fisheries, improve stocking

By Bob Frye
You won’t find mad scientists roaming Pennsylvania lake shores. Not unless they’re just out fishing, anyway. But there are two experiments going on in a handful ...

Frye: Fawn study is only what it is

By Bob Frye
It’s fascinating, if perhaps not terribly relevant. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, together with researchers from Penn State, is studying fawn mortality. It began this year and will continue for several more. Teams made up mostly of college students went out ...

Fishing report: Fishing picking up with better weather

By Bob Frye
• Fishing is picking up on the Allegheny River, with anglers reporting taking smallmouth bass on tube jigs and the occasional buzzbait. Tubes and jigheads tipped with plastic crawfish trailers are taking some walleyes. Channel cats are hitting after dark, ...

Walleye stocking effort takes a hit in Pennsylvania

By Bob Frye
It was a good year for producing walleyes, at least initially. Then, nature happened. Each spring, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission crews use trap nets to collect spawning walleyes in a couple of waters around the state, most notably Pymatuning. The ...

Outdoors notebook: Local college anglers reach FLW conference championship

By Bob Frye
College anglers from Slippery Rock and Penn State universities will fish in FLW College Fishing’s Northern Conference Championship on the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13. They qualified by finishing in the top 15 at a northern ...

Outdoors notices: Audubon Society to host hiking, geocaching workshop

By Tribune-Review
Outdoors notices Hiking • The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will host a workshop on how to use GPS for hiking and geocaching from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Succop Nature Park in Butler County. Bring your own GPS ...

Some species overlooked more than ever by Pennsylvania hunters, anglers

By Bob Frye
Phil Miller specializes in one of the forgotten few. The Cresson man grew up hunting the usual Western Pennsylvania fare: deer, turkeys, small game. Now he ...

Frye: Changes in the outdoors scene

By Bob Frye
One of the things sportsmen love is tradition. We cling to the idea of knowing a trip to deer camp this fall might mean eating the same breakfast, cooked out of the same cast iron skillet, as our dads and ...

Fishing report: Better weather has fishing on the upswing

By Bob Frye
• Musky fishing on the Monongahela River is good right now, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report, at least where it flows through Greene and Washington counties. Anglers are getting fish longer than 40 inches. • Walleyes are hitting ...

Somerset lake awash in big largemouth bass

By Bob Frye
This isn’t your father’s lake. Not anymore. High Point has changed. At one time, years ago, the Somerset County water was perhaps known best for its walleye fishery. Smallmouths were plentiful, too. Now it has morphed into a largemouth bass lake, and a ...

Outdoors notebook: Take steps to avoid ticks

By Bob Frye
If you haven’t encountered any ticks yet, you probably haven’t been outdoors much. The Lyme disease-carrying insects seem to be everywhere this year. Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Christopher Deal in Butler County said the onslaught has “turned the hunter into the ...

Outdoors notices: July 20, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest will lead a three-mile hike through the Roaring Run Natural Area to look for wildflowers from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday. The hike involves roughly 28 stream crossings that can vary in nature, depending on creek ...

Frye: Time to think about waterfowl

By Bob Frye
The sound of geese honking and flying overhead in a V, or of wood ducks whistling along a forest stream or mallards quacking on takeoff, those things speak of shotguns and dogs and, most of all, fall. Which means, ...

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission looks to create premium trout fishing opportunities

By Bob Frye
Pine Creek is going on the road. Not the stream itself, of course. But the experience of fishing it. The creek flows through Potter, Tioga and Lycoming ...

Outdoor notices: July 19, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Twenty-four of 167 shooters fired perfect scores in this past week’s Twi-Night Trap League shoot. The team from Connellsville fired a 200 to finish in first place. Hecla and Ruffsdale were next with matching 198s, while Youngwood ...

Fishing report: Big carp and other fishing news

By Bob Frye
• Details, there are none. But, according to some unofficial information from the Fish and Boat Commission, an angler targeting catfish reportedly caught, weighed and released a common carp that weighed nearly 54 pounds. If officially certified, that would have …

Financial troubles may loom for Fish and Boat Commission

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Might tough times be ahead for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission? Leaders of the agency say yes, unless they get some money, and soon. At the agency’s quarterly meeting, held Monday and Tuesday in Harrisburg, executive director John Arway ...

Mt. Lebanon residents to get choice in allowing bowhunting on properties to cull deer

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon residents in favor of culling the community’s deer will have the chance this fall to offer their properties for hunting, but one contractor seeking to coordinate residents and bowhunters said the hunt must be the start of other ...