Hunting & Fishing

 A sign that reads "Not in My Yard *No Bows & Arrows * No Hunting * No Way" sits in a yard near the intersection of Twin Hills Drive and Meadowcroft Avenue in Mt. Lebanon.

Details of Mt. Lebanon deer hunting remain private by law

Some residents want information on where archers are shooting deer in Mt. Lebanon.

about 17 hours ago

Increased antlerless allocations considered by Game Commission

The state Game Commission claims that after years of intentional reductions in deer numbers, whitetail numbers are going up.

about 17 hours ago

Outdoors notebook: New stream designations will impact regional waters

Most of the redesignated stream sections are in Central Pennsylvania, but there also are some in Butler, Fayette, Indiana and Somerset.

about 17 hours ago

Wildlife: Buying a better bird feeder

Beginners might want to use tube feeders made by Droll Yankees ( and Aspects (

about 17 hours ago

Mt. Lebanon to continue seeking sharpshooting proposals to lower deer population

The municipality received one response to its request for proposals to use guns to cull deer in the community.

2 days ago

Planned archery hunt in park spurs Scott to sue Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon purchased the park, in Scott’s boundaries, in 1994; Scott solicitor says deed stipulates it be used “for public park purposes.”

1 day ago

 Two bald eagles with their eaglet at Raystown Lake near Huntingdon, Huntingdon County. The Pa. Board of Game Commissioners increased the penalties for killing a bald or golden eagle.

Stricter penalties approved for violence against eagles

On Tuesday, the State Board of Game Commissioners approved more expensive replacement costs for people responsible for killing of eagles.

3 days ago

District Fishing Report: 10.2.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania elk-watching available in person and online

The best time to see elk is late in the day during the rut, which currently is taking place.

1 week ago

 Nick Sisley aims his shotgun at a clay pigeon at the Tarentum District Sportsmen's Club in Sarver on June 1, 2015. Sisley recently released a book, "Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Shotgun Games."   Original Filename: 20150601argunclutureOUT2.jpg

Wing Tips: The art of bird hunting

Bird hunting gets easier, and safer, with a little practice.

1 week ago

Outdoors notebook: State Game Lands exceed 1.5 million acres

The recent addition of 2,100 acres to State Game Lands 195 in Jefferson County boosts the total.

1 week ago

 Outdoors editor John Hayes. HO

Fish On: Steelhead bus trip

Outdoors editor John Hayes will lead another motor coach steelhead fishing trip to a Lake Erie tributary.

1 week ago

District Fishing Report: 9.25.15

Waterfowl hunting seasons are open or will open soon. Anglers are cautioned to be seen, be careful on the water.

1 week ago

Who’s going fishing? New study challenges conventional wisdom about anglers

Is it possible that of some 33 million American anglers, just 4 percent purchased a fishing license during each of the past 10 years?

2 weeks ago

 While fishing from shore with spoons at Presque Isle Bay, Erie, Tiara Watson (left) of Penn Hills brought in a 38-inch 10-pound northern pike. Her friend Danielle Jackson of the North Side landed a 35-inch 9-pound northern.

Outdoors notebook: Feds unveil plan that would protect aquatic species

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, of more than 1,000 native fish and mussel species that were documented, many are in danger.

2 weeks ago

Wildlife: Invasion of the deer mice has begun

They are usually a bigger problem in older rural houses, but deer mice live everywhere and can even infest suburban homes.

2 weeks ago

  The hunt will continue through the end of Pennsylvania’s final 2015-16 archery deer season in mid-January.

Deer archery hunt set to open Saturday in Mt. Lebanon

Beginning at dawn Saturday, archers will be camouflaged and perched in tree stands on 18 “property groups” in Mt. Lebanon.

2 weeks ago

District Fishing Report: 9.18.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

2 weeks ago

 In September, deer behave differently than after the rut begins. Augment your tactics for the early antlerless-only archery hunt.

For early season archery, use pre-rut tactics

For Pennsylvania’s pre-rut deer the weather, smells, food availability and lush green foliage tell them it’s summer and the living is easy.

3 weeks ago

Uncertain future for land and water conservation fund

Look in the right places, and Pennsylvania is a beautiful place.

3 weeks ago

Mourning doves a renewable resource

The split dove seasons runs Sept. 1-Oct. 10, Oct. 17-Nov. 28 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

3 weeks ago

 Archers are expected to climb into tree stands on several private properties late next week to begin a controlled deer cull in Mt. Lebanon.

Archery hunt to cull Mt. Lebanon's deer herd to begin Sept. 19

Mt. Lebanon commissioners approved the cull in a 4-1 vote late Tuesday, marking a win for supporters of a controlled hunt.

3 weeks ago

 Commissioner Kelly Fraasch discusses a proposed sign announcing bow hunting in public parks on Tuesday during a meeting of the Mt. Lebanon Commissioners in which deer management was discussed at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal building.

Mt. Lebanon approves archery, wants more data on sterilization, sharpshooters

A controlled archery deer hunt on municipal and private property will start Sept. 19.

3 weeks ago

 Deer in Mt. Lebanon in February.

Mt. Lebanon to hear about sterilization to curb deer

The Humane Society proposes a five-year program of surgical sterilization, immunocontraception or a combination instead of archery hunting.

3 weeks ago

 Many state, county and municipal parks manage wildlife using public or controlled hunts. This week some parks will open hunting for Canada geese.

Outdoors: Some parks reach out to hunters to help control wildlife

At the state, county and municipal levels many parks rely on legal hunting as the primary tool to prevent wildlife from destroying habitats.

3 weeks ago

Don’t miss out, hunter-trapper safety classes scheduled

All first-time Pennsylvania hunters and trappers have to pass the state’s Hunter-Trapper Education course before buying a license.

3 weeks ago

 Pinnacles National Park is one of the few places you can glimpse the endangered California condor, the spectacular bird that resembles a robed Supreme Court justice sporting a nearly 10-foot-wing-span.

Wildlife: California condors back from the brink

In 1987 California condors teetered on the brink of extinction. Only 27 condors were left on the planet, and they were housed at two

3 weeks ago

District Fishing Report: 9.4.15

During a Mentored Youth Fishing program on Labor Day, Sept. 7, increased angling opportunities will be available for kids.

1 month ago