Outdoors


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

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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.

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 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.

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 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

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 The Successful Turkey Hunting workshop covers the basics and provides details that may be new to veteran turkey hunters. Instructor George Sullivan waits for a tom.

Workshop teaches turkey hunters to be successful, safety

Successful Bowhunting, Successful Turkey Hunting and Successful Furtaking workshops are designed to guide hunters, trappers beyond safety.

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Wildlife: Jousting jakes fight for dominance, if not for a hen

About two weeks ago I heard the first turkey gobble of the year. It’s such a distinctive sound that even a child can recognize it.

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 With a little help from grandfather Greg Stephans of Monroeville, Riley Stephans, 7, of Plum was thrilled to catch this brown trout at Turtle Creek in Level Green.

Outdoors notebook: No gobbling, no problem

The conventional wisdom among many turkey hunters holds that when gobblers aren’t gobbling, something’s wrong.

3 weeks ago


Larry Walsh on biking: Keeping tabs on local trails

Summit meetings will provide participants with networking opportunities and updates on the economic benefits trails provide.

4 weeks ago



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