Outdoors


Larry Walsh: Peddle hard toward stores for new guide book

Biking enthusiast can purchase a new edition of TrailBook, an official guide to various trails, including the GAP.

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 Wilderness Voyageurs fishing guide Ryan McCauley holds a nice Youghiogheny rainbow.

Cooperation among trout-stocking groups could improve research

Philosophies vary on numerous fronts: more small fingerlings or fewer catchable trout to marking trout for future research or not?

6 days ago


 On opening day at the Kid’s Only section of Little Pine Creek in Shaler, Aaron Shane, 6, of Cranberry thought he had a snag. When it started moving, he called for help from his father, Christian Shane. The line broke as the nice rainbow trout was being netted.

Outdoors notebook: Possible breakthrough found in preventing bat disease

Last week in Missouri, 150 bats were released as part of the first field trials of a promising experimental method.

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Wildlife: Hands off the animals, it’s baby season

The temptation to rescue an “abandoned” baby can be overwhelming. Don’t do it.

6 days ago


Biking: Ride and bike with a scenic railroad pass

Bicyclists can ride an old-school locomotive to Frostburg, Md., then cruise back to Cumberland. Also, a fundraiser was held for the

1 week ago


Larry Walsh on biking: Some bikers never tire of annual rides

The 14th An­nual River & Wind Chal­lenge, a fund-raiser for The Sal­va­tion Army-Somer­set Ser­vice Center, will take place June 6.

2 weeks ago


 Deer are shown Feb. 20 in Mt. Lebanon.

Mt. Lebanon plans June discussion on deer management

The commissioners have canceled their regular meeting June 22 to discuss the matter, which has divided the community.

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 This year, Dorothy laid three eggs by April 7 and a day later the fourth egg.

Egg hatches for Dorothy, peregrine falcon at Cathedral of Learning

Dorothy the peregrine falcon at the Cathedral of Learning, continues to prove nature wrong.

2 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania has more turkey hunters than any other state. Josh Joswiak of West Deer took his spring gobbler May 2 in Fawn.

State study explores maximizing the turkey harvest

Regulating the fall hunt impacts population

2 weeks ago


 On his first fishing trip April 28, Bentley Poorman, 2, of North Strabane caught a 12-inch rainbow trout with an assist from his dad, Adam Poorman.

Outdoors notebook: Winter mortality low for Pa. deer, not so elsewhere

Harsh winter’s impact on white-tailed deer has led wildlife management in several northern states to consider deep cuts in hunting permits.

2 weeks ago


Wildlife: Wear a life jacket when boating

As temperatures climb, boaters will hit the state’s waterways to fish, swim, tube and ski. Be smart this year and stay alive.

2 weeks ago


Biking: Clairton Connector gets high marks from first-time riders

Route between the Great Allegheny Passage and the Montour Trail a vast improvement from previous route.

3 weeks ago


Pennsylvania man cited in shooting deaths of bald eagle, blue herons

Bald eagles and blue herons are protected under state law and are not considered game animals.

3 weeks ago


 Research into stocked trout residency led to changes in management practices. Above, Jacob Currie, 13, of Plum caught this 14-inch brown trout at Bull Creek in Allegheny County.

Some trout travel after pre-season stocking

After pre-season stocking, many trout travel to better waters.

3 weeks ago


Wildlife: Accessories solve problems for backyard birders

A new product, Nectar Aid, is billed as a “proportional nectar mixing system” that eliminates the need to measure sugar.

3 weeks ago


 By Gianna Zickgraf, 8, of Fair Oaks -- On Sun., April 19, my best friend Frank took me fishing under the bridge at Big Sewickley Creek in Economy. I started with my Dora the Explorer rod but decided to try my spincast rod and corn rather than worms. As I threw it in I got a bite. Frank told me to lift up my rod so I did — then I saw the rainbow trout. I thought it was just a stick but it was a trout. I pulled it in and it was flopping on the ground. Then Frank cut the hook out of Flippy’s mouth (that’s what I named him). Flippy was bleeding. Frank threw him back in the water with some string in his mouth and tied it to a rock. Then I got two more trout. I named them Ariel and Flounder. I gave the trout to my Nunnie and Nannu for them to eat.

Outdoors notebook: Air gun use up amid ammo shortage

Pennsylvania bans the use of air-powered guns for hunting, but their use in legal target shooting is increasing.

3 weeks ago


Biking: Armstrong Trail fundraiser May 16 will offer something for everybody

Eat, play, ride all factor into fourth annual fundraising event to benefit the trail along the Allegheny River.

4 weeks ago



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