Outdoors


 Fayette County’s Dunbar Creek is scheduled for a fall stocking of brook and brown trout Oct. 3.

Some autumn trout stockings curtailed due to low demand

The early sun is burning fog off the water and you have the creek to yourself. Trout fishing doesn't get much better.

2 days ago


Wildlife: Reliable oak is a proven keystone

Early on we learned that even super-abundant renewable resources can be depleted.

2 days ago


Outdoors notebook: Airport archery hunt revived

Last year's pilot program to return hunters to non-runway areas seemed like the first awkward step in a long journey.

2 days ago


Larry Walsh on biking: Progress Fund gets new grant

The Progress Fund, which has financed 29 businesses on the Great Allegheny Passage, received a $2 million federal grant for future loans.

3 days ago


Wildlife: Monarchs on the rebound?

Though the monarch population is down 90 percent over the past 20 years, monarch watchers reported encouraging news this summer.

1 week ago


 Vacation Catches Johnny Aiello (left), 15, of Monroeville boated a 163⁄4-inch walleye just as Jimmie Koch (right), 14, of Bethel Park pulled in a 13-inch smallmouth at Deep Creek, Md.

Outdoors notebook: Carcass import restrictions impact hunting vacations

The hunting adventure of a lifetime and you're lining up the sights on a monster bull elk. Bringing the trophy home -- that's another story.

1 week ago


Larry Walsh on biking: Tour the Montour will come with five options this year

Bicyclists participating in the 12th annual Tour the Montour Sept. 20 will have their choice of five out-and-back distances.

1 week ago


 Urban deer populations remain high, and bears continue to encroach on populated areas. Special urban archery bear and antlerless deer seasons open Sept. 20.

Lingering impact of winter not expected to hamper early hunts

Across much of the United States, natural cycles on land and water have been out of whack since the long, cold polar vortex winter of 2014.

1 week ago


Fall Migratory Festival taking flight in Valencia

The festival is a fundraiser for the Wildbird Recovery and Songbird Rehabilitation Center off Route 228.

1 week ago


 Author Matt Supinski with the 2011 world-record Atlantic landlocked salmon, released on a lake in Michigan.

Low summer lake temperatures could delay steelhead runs

Changing weather patterns, cooler lake waters, shifting routines among bait fish -- it's all impacting the salmon and steelhead.

2 weeks ago


Wildlife: Winter's chilling impact on wildlife lingers

According to state Game Commission press secretary, the only documented wildlife casualties were about 165 mergansers and other waterfowl.

2 weeks ago


 Vacation catch - While fishing on the Juniata River near Woy Bridge Campground in Bedford County, Sophia Stoicovy, 10, of Jefferson Hills pulled in this 16-inch smallmouth.

Outdoors notebook: Permits available to hunt does in CWD management area

Outdoors notebook: Permits available to hunt does in CWD management area

2 weeks ago


 Two bike riders leave Confluence, Somerset County, on a biking adventure in this undated photo.

Larry Walsh on biking: That Dam Ride downsizes

Declining ridership and support force ride to Confluence to downsize from a big-scale event to a small-scale nostalgic one.

2 weeks ago


Live: Watch Murrysville-area woods

This live stream focuses on a wooded area near Murrysville.

2 weeks ago


Live: Watch Murrysville Community Park wetlands

This wetlands area was built with PennDOT funding to replace wetlands lost during the widening of Route 22, according to PixController, Inc.

2 weeks ago


Wildlife: A century without passenger pigeons

On Sept. 1, 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Rarely, if ever, have we known the precise moment an entire

3 weeks ago


Outdoor notebook: Hunting mentorship isn't only among families

A recent survey found that 27 percent of respondents said they had taken a girl or boy hunting who was not related to them.

3 weeks ago


 Ron Regan, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

State of mind: Attitudes of mourning dove hunters probed in new national survey

A comprehensive new survey reveals who is hunting for mourning doves, the ammunition used, where they hunt and whom hunters trust for info.

3 weeks ago


 The longtail salamander is widely distributed, though secretive, across all of Pennsylvania. Its tail is a third longer than the body measured from snout to vent.

Nearly two dozen species of salamanders inhabit Western Pennsylvania

An angler or hunter might expect to encounter salamanders in diverse places. But inside a wild turkey is not among them.

1 month ago


Wildlife: Wilderness Act marks 50 years

This landmark conservation legislation now protects more than 109 million acres in 750 wilderness areas across 44 states.

1 month ago


 Aug. 12, Felicia Cianciarulo of Kennedy caught this longnose gar measuring more than 3 feet using chicken liver on the Ohio River near Neville Island. Two species of this ancient fish are native to Western Pennsylvania. The spotted gar is endangered. The longnose gar is not uncommon in the Ohio, Monongahela and lower Allegheny rivers and Lake Erie, and was removed from candidate species status in 2008. Harvesting is legal year-round and the daily creel limit is 50. Gar ambush or stalk prey, slashing it with a side-to-side motion of its sharp-toothed beak, holding it sideways in its jaws and swallowing headfirst. Gar may live 20 years.

Outdoors notebook: Mixed outlook for migratory waterfowl

Last week the state Game Commission released 2014-15 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.

1 month ago



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