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Fishing report: Fall fishing good when conditions allow

By Bob Frye
• Two relatively overlooked streams in Allegheny County are providing some good trout fishing lately, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Piney Fork Creek in South Park Township and Peter’s Creek in Jefferson Hills are giving up fish, …

Regulation changes could be in store for Western Pa. lakes

By Bob Frye
Regulation changes may be coming to four Western Pennsylvania lakes. Rick Lorson, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s area 8 fisheries manager, told the agency’s board of directors he wants to tweak the rules at Indian Lake and Bridgeport Dam …

Outdoors notebook: License buttons to get wider distribution

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission brought back commemorative fishing license buttons this year, at the request of anglers and collectors. The buttons don’t take the place of a regular paper license; fishermen still need one of those. But wearing …

Outdoors notices: Oct. 27, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead a free “birds and more” naturalist-led hike from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County. Preregistration is requested. Call 412-963-6100. • Venture Outdoors will lead a s’mores …

Fenced-in deer hunts spark debate

By Bob Frye
Physically, Striner’s Whitetails seems far removed from controversy. On 24 wooded acres in Fayette County, beyond Connellsville, beyond paved roads — even beyond “no trespassing” …

New rules may be in offing for some special trout streams

By Bob Frye
This was innovative before. Might it be again? The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission created the country’s first delayed-harvest, artificial lures-only regulations program in 1983 …

Frye: Chronic wasting disease news and hunter trends

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania is sharing its misery in one way while keeping pace with much of the rest of the country in another. First, the troubling news. Ohio Department of Agriculture officials announced this past week that chronic wasting disease has shown …

Outdoor notices: Oct. 26, 2014

By Bob Frye
Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Northside Sportsmen’s Association Allegheny County, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 250. • Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club, Butler County, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. • Nanty …

Statewide hunters numbers following that of pheasants

By Bob Frye
The birds came back first. Now hunters may follow. In fall 2012, the Pennsylvania Game Commission returned to stocking 200,000 pheasants annually in fall fields for the sake of small game hunters. It had released 100,000 per year the previous …

Outdoors notebook: Area angler honored for working with kids

By Bob Frye
An Armstrong County man was rewarded twice for his work to get kids involved in fishing. Dale Ortmann of Manorville was recognized in September by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for giving away 324 fishing rods and reels since …

Outdoors notices: Oct. 20, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will have a free Halloween night hike from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn about nighttime wildlife and hear a few ghost stories. Meet at the wildflower reserve along Route 30 …

New tricks available for squirrel hunters

By Bob Frye
You settle down under an oak tree, your back comfortably leaning against the trunk, with your shotgun across your lap and the warm fall sun …

Frye: Bright future for Yough River

By Bob Frye
The Youghiogheny is a river, but it’s a story, too. Will it be one with a happy ending? A lot of passionate people are committed to making sure that’s the case. They see what the Yough was — as recently …

Outdoor notices: Oct. 19, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Hunter safety courses Note: All hunter safety courses require pre-registration at pgc.state.pa.us. • Paris Sportsmen’s Club, Washington County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75. • Bear Rocks Sportsmen’s Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75. • …

Fishing report: Fall bite sparks good fishing

By Bob Frye
• A fair number of anglers are fishing Laurel Hill Lake and the delayed harvest portion of Laurel Hill Creek that flows into it, but without much success, according to a couple of reports. •On the Monongahela River, fishermen are …

Pennsylvania Senate votes to ban pigeon shoots

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Guns were a hot topic Wednesday in the Pennsylvania Senate, which voted to back a ban on pigeon shoots and for a bill to give groups like the National Rifle Association legal standing to sue municipalities over local …

Another Western Pa. deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

By Bob Frye
Chronic wasting disease has shown up in another of Pennsylvania’s captive deer herds. Craig Schultz, veterinarian with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said an adult whitetail at a second deer farm in the Reynoldsville area of Jefferson County tested positive …

Changes made to Hunters Sharing the Harvest program

By Bob Frye
It’s easier — and cheaper — than ever for hunters to help their neighbors. Since 1991, Pennsylvania has been home to a Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. It takes deer donated by hunters and distributes the meat to food banks, …

Outdoors notebook: Research looks at deer vision

By Bob Frye
If you’re going deer hunting, leave the blue jeans at home. They make you stand out in all the wrong ways. Researchers from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources did a study looking at what …

More shelters added along Great Allegheny Passage

By Marilyn Forbes
Thanks to the hard work of a group of students from the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center, bikers and hikers on the Great Allegheny …