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New Game Commission board member wants to address diversity

By Bob Frye
Jim Daley has seen a lot of would-be hunters. For about 36 years, the Cranberry Township man has been a volunteer hunter education instructor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Many things are different now. One change especially has been noticeable. “When I first ...

Outdoor notices: March 23, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a six- to nine-mile day trek hike through Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County on Saturday. Hikers will learn about the natural and social history of the park while covering moderate ...

Outdoors notebook: Study to examine birds, bird hunters

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is launching a couple of bird studies while it examines the results of one on deer. This spring, the commission will survey grouse and woodcock hunters. The goal will be to determine their level of satisfaction with ...

Proposal would open door to hunting with air rifles in Pennsylvania

By Bob Frye
The field is down to two. No, not the NCAA Tournament. In this case, it’s the number of states that prohibit the use of air rifles ...

Frye: PET balls are great for fires

By Bob Frye
Nothing gets a fire going quite like gasoline. A less-than-environmentally conscious neighbor proved that in dramatic fashion when we were kids. We lived next to a farm. One large hayfield was steps from our side door. The farm — like those ...

Outdoors notices: March 22, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Murrysville tried making things interesting late in the season, but in the end, Butler’s lead was too much to overcome in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League. Butler (15-3) finished the season atop the standings by downing Kiski ...

Bull Creek 3-D program hoping for big year

By Bob Frye
There was a time when the 3-D archery program at Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club was as active as any. That disappeared for a long ...

Mt. Lebanon to avoid daily reports on deer culling because of contention

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s deer-culling program has killed six deer, officials said Monday, as the second week got under way. Because the plan to bait, corral and shoot deer on municipal land caused such contention, the municipality will issue only weekly updates about ...

New Kensington resident reaches top in tree-climbing competition

By Ed Phillipps
With the return of spring, champions are being crowned on hardwood basketball courts all over. Ryan Kruljac, however, is a champion for climbing wood. The ...

Outdoors notices: March 16, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Venture Outdoors will lead a six- to nine-mile day trek hike through Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County on March 29. Hikers will learn about the natural and social history of the park while covering moderate ...

Pennsylvania deer harvest declines

By Bob Frye
Blame it on lots of acorns. Or poor weather that ranged from excessively warm to rainy and foggy. Or maybe a reduction in available doe ...

Frye: Transition time in the outdoors

By Bob Frye
Remember when winter was fun? Me neither. It’s had its moments, to be fair. Just last weekend I dug out my snowshoes and headed to the Laurel Highlands ridges to tromp around. It took awhile to find the solitude I ...

Pennsylvania woodcock programs showcase unique bird

By Bob Frye
The woodcock might not be the best-known, biggest or most widespread bird across Pennsylvania, but it is among the most interesting. If you’re not sure why, several programs being held as part of two “woodcock weekends” will provide answers. Forbes State ...

Mt. Lebanon’s controversial deer-culling program gets underway

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s controversial deer-culling program began late Monday night with another protest, though all the activity surrounding the cull scared deer away from at least …

Outdoors notebook: Changes mulled for state forests, DMAP

By Bob Frye
If there’s one complaint Pennsylvania Game Commissioners hear a lot, it’s that state forests are being managed too aggressively for deer. Some hunters believe the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ bureau of forestry is using the deer management assistance ...

Outdoors notices: March 9, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Forbes State Forest will have a free winter tree identification hike from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday in Westmoreland County. Meet at the forest office on Route 30 in Laughlintown for a walk along the Bob Ache Trail. Call ...

Field schools help turn youth into wildlife ambassadors

By Bob Frye
It was a love of water that drew Helen Fielding to Clinton County. The 17-year-old from Sewickley Heights never has been able to go on a ...

Frye: Annual report a tame event

By Bob Frye
Confrontational this was not. Sometimes, when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat and Game commissions deliver their annual reports to the state House of Representatives game and fisheries committee, it gets borderline nasty. Game Commission hearings typically are the more contentious of ...

Mt. Lebanon deer-culling corrals sprayed with urine, repellent

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon police are investigating people caught on camera spraying deer culling corrals and bait with deer repellent and urine. J. Merlin Benner, president of Tioga ...

New wildlife conservation officers heading to Western Pennsylvania

By Bob Frye
One agency is putting its newest recruits in the field, and the other is still getting started. The Pennsylvania Game Commission graduated its 30th class of wildlife conservation officers last weekend. The class included 25 officers: 23 men and two women. All ...