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Game Commission OKs deer culling in Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
The Pennsylvania Game Commission approved Mt. Lebanon’s plan to lure deer into corrals in local parks and shoot them with silenced rifles, officials said Wednesday. Mt. Lebanon Manager Steve Feller said J. Merlin Benner, consultant and president of the company that ...

Mentored hunting program gets tweaked

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Game Commissioners took the first step toward changing their mentored youth hunting program. At their quarterly board meeting Tuesday, commissioners gave preliminary approval to a proposal that prohibits children younger than age 7 from shooting a buck or ...

Mt. Lebanon awaits Pennsylvania Game Commission approval to corral, kill deer

By Matthew Santoni
Make two kills, the pay is $500 a head, and use a rifle silencer to keep it quiet — they’ll be nibbling the fermented corn bait tonight. A tony suburb’s strategy to stop the ubiquitous white-tailed deer from striking Range Rovers ...

Game commission to consider longer buck, bear seasons

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Hunters may get some extra time to try and shoot a buck this fall around the state’s biggest cities. Chris Rosenberry, head of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer and elk section, told board members Monday that biologists are recommending ...

Mt. Lebanon board awards contract to trap, euthanize deer

By Tribune-Review
The Mt. Lebanon board of commissioners awarded a $75,000 contract for trapping and euthanizing deer starting Feb. 1, pending state approval. Wildlife Specialists LLC, run by biologist J. Merlin Benner, was the sole bidder to respond to the municipality’s call for ...

Outdoors notebook: Legislature considering outdoors proposals

By Bob Frye
A couple of bills pertaining to sportsmen are expected to be introduced in the state Senate soon. Sen. Richard Alloway, an Adams County Republican, is circulating a proposal for co-sponsors that would give Pennsylvania Game Commission officers the power to ...

Fish and Boat Commissioners look for chances to get kids outside

By Bob Frye
These are trains seemingly headed in opposite directions. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners are considering a proposal to scale back their mentored youth hunting program. They may take ...

Frye: Mystery rifle stirs memories

By Bob Frye
This is a fascinating mystery. Archaeologists working in Great Basin National Park in Nevada in November came across a Winchester Model 1873. It was leaning against a tree, as if someone had set it down for just a moment. But ...

Outdoor notices: Jan. 25, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Tiebreakers sent Kiski (5-6) to a win over Murrysville (7-4) in Allegheny Valley Rifle League competition. Both teams shot 1,169, but Kiski won on the basis of a better offhand score. Butler (9-2), meanwhile stayed atop the A-team ...

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission makes controversial trout decision

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — There was less confrontation this time, but the result was the same. Fish and Boat Commissioners on Thursday designated 10 stream sections as Class A wild trout waters then moments later agreed to continue stocking them all with hatchery ...

Proposal for stocking of Class A waters causes stir

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission quarterly meeting had a packed and borderline heated house. Trout were the reason. Members of the agency’s fisheries committee forwarded to the full board, by a 4-3 vote, a proposal to continue ...

Tri-County Trout Club Sport Show turns 30

By Ed Phillipps
It was about 30 years ago when Greg Levish and his then-9-year-old son, Jason, set out on a simple mission to catch a turtle. All ...

Game lands permit idea by Pennsylvania Game Commission upsets hikers

By Bob Frye
It’s an issue that has not gone away. In fact, it apparently has become more convoluted. Last year, Pennsylvania Game commissioners began debating the idea of creating a permit that “secondary” users — such as nonhunters and trappers — would ...

Outdoors notebook: Bevy of outdoors shows scheduled

By Bob Frye
It’s winter, which can only mean one thing: it’s showtime. Outdoor shows, that is. A number of them are scheduled around western Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. First is the Western Pennsylvania Muskie Max show. It’s being held from 9 a.m.-7 ...

Outdoors notices: Jan. 19, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a guided birds-and-more nature walk from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County. The program is free. Call 412-963-6100. • Venture Outdoors will hold a mountain pie ...

Program aims to put bows in hands of interested shooters

By Bob Frye
Nothing says fun like a controlled explosion, right? Unless you get to be the trigger man behind the blowup, that is. That adds a coolness factor. It’s ...

Frye: Mentored youth proposal a hot-button issue

By Bob Frye
Consider the hornet’s nest officially — and violently — stirred. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners are scheduled to meet next Sunday through Tuesday. They will give preliminary approval to seasons and bag limits for the 2015-16 hunting and trapping seasons. That, alone, would ...

Outdoors notices: Jan. 18, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • Butler (8-2) took over sole possession of first place in the A-team standings in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League with an 1179-1171 win over Murrysville (7-3). Kiski (4-6) beat Fort Hand (1-9), 1167-1159. In the B-team standings, ...

New breed in gun clubs’ sights as shooting ranges go stylish

By The Washington Post
Blake Vaught and Alex Williamson, buddies in their late 20s, were having a cognitive dissonance moment. “This place is like a country club,” Vaught said, looking ...

Game Commission makes early switch, Martone relieved of board seat

By Bob Frye
One Pennsylvania Game Commissioner’s career has come to an abrupt end. Ralph Martone of New Castle was relieved of his position on the agency board Thursday morning by Gov. Tom Corbett. Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni said that decision was made simultaneously ...