Hunting & Fishing

District Fishing Report: 8.28.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

about 20 hours ago

 With virtually no stewardship of its wild places since 2008, the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon has become a haven for deer and ground zero in an ideological fight over deer management.

Deer reduction redux: Mt. Lebanon tries managed archery to remove deer

Mt. Lebanon voted to pay White Buffalo to organize and execute a managed archery hunt that will start opening day of the archery season.

5 days ago

 Gregory Herold

Prize catch: 22-inch largemouth

At around 1 a.m. at Lake Arthur, Butler County, this portly 22-inch largemouth took a perch-colored sinking-diving jointed crankbait.

5 days ago

District Fishing Report: 8.21.15

A roundup of what’s biting in regional waterways.

1 week ago

 “I think I just got lucky,” said Cody Crone of Monroeville of the 3 ½-foot flathead he caught on the Allegheny River near Harmar, but heavy gear and a calculated technique may have had something to do with it. Casting from shore on an overcast morning, he weighted 50-pound mono line with several big split shot, sinking a bluegill on a circle hook in a series of slow controlled drifts. The big fish was released.

Field & Stream Catfish Classic tournament catches on

Last summer, the inaugural Classic put 35 two-person teams on the water and raised some $1,700 for Make-A-Wish foundation.

1 week ago

 On Aug. 8 at Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County, Leia Felmley, 8, of Delmont caught her first two fish, a bluegill and a smallmouth bass.

Outdoors notebook: License fees, legislators and price of milk

It’s 2015, but the price of a hunting license is still $19 — the PALS automated licensing system deducts another $1.70 from your debit card.

1 week ago

District Fishing Report: 8.14.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

2 weeks ago

 Dr. Jan Seski of Murrysville with an elephant he shot with a bow and arrow.

Whether in Africa or America, ethical hunting matters

Most hunters can’t afford an African safari on the weekends, but the ethical issues are the same as those in local areas face.

2 weeks ago

 Doz­ens of blue­gills, sun­fish and yel­low perch were caught last week­end dur­ing the two-day Regatta at Lake Arthur in Mo­raine State Park, But­ler County. The Post-Ga­zette Fam­ily Fish­ing Area was packed — just on Satur­day, kids, par­ents and grand­par­ents went through 500 red­worms do­nated by Ed Vac­cari of Tackle Un­lim­ited in Jef­fer­son Hills. Among the kids who caught their first fish was Joel Cot­ter, 8, of New Cas­tle, who pulled in a perch.

Outdoors notebook: Early migratory bird seasons help keep populations in check

Regulations were announced last week under guidelines adopted last year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2 weeks ago

Catch-and-release fishing tournament in Heidelberg

For the fourth consecutive year, local parents and their offspring are being lured to the banks of Chartiers Creek in Heidelberg.

3 weeks ago

Many big-game hunters are also big-time conservationists

Funding for wildlife conservation comes from the hunters.

3 weeks ago

District Fishing Report: 8.7.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

3 weeks ago

 Carp can be caught on the fly and close to home. Lee Terkel released this common carp on Chartiers Creek in 2014.

From trash fish to fly rod favorite, the common carp is getting a reputation makeover

More available than most game fish, carp are increasingly being targeted by fly anglers with specialized flies and gear.

3 weeks ago

Outdoors notebook: Osprey recovery sought through new management plan

In the 1960s and 1970s, pollution and insecticides hit the osprey hard, and in the 1980s it was briefly declared extirpated in Pennsylvania.

3 weeks ago

Wildlife: America’s most important conservation program

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped fund everything from local playgrounds and ball fields to national parks and historic sites.

3 weeks ago

District Fishing Report: 7.31.15

On Aug. 1-2 outdoors editor John Hayes will host the Post-Gazette Family Fishing area at The Regatta at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.

4 weeks ago