Outdoors


  Nice brook trout.

Good advice on trout fishing is available if you know how to find it

With trout season just weeks away, getting the right recommendations can make all the difference

about 5 hours ago


 Canada geese

Scott Shalaway: Identifying spring swans, geese and other waterfowl

The differences among Canada geese, snow geese, tundra swans, mute swans, pied-billed grebe, common loon and double-crested cormorant.

about 5 hours ago


 Jonny Lyons, 4, of Monaca caught this 4-pound channel cat around 4 p.m. on 4-pound test line at Lake Arthur.

Outdoors notebook: Increase proposed on hunting license fee

New revenues from Marcellus Shale leasing rights have never been considered a “permanent fix” to the Game Commission’s bottom line.

about 5 hours ago


 Bruce Goodman and Matthew Burns, both 7, spread mulch on a trail at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale as part of a service project for their Cub Scout Pack 225.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens Wednesday for year-round enjoyment

The 460-acre garden in Oakdale opens April 1 with lots of outdoor family activities on the schedule.

1 day ago


Activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Busy schedule of outdoor activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

1 day ago


 One of the best products in the ongoing battle of deer versus plant life, Messina Wildlife’s Plotsaver repels by scent.

Strategies to overcome hungry deer and other critters

It's almost garden time, which means you'll be battling insects, diseases and animals. Here are some ways to fight back.

1 day ago


 “For the good of the community, we must try to reset the dialogue,” said John Bendel, president of the Mt. Lebanon board of commissioners.

Commissioners lament ‘divisiveness’ of Mt. Lebanon deer culling debate

Opponents of the program again lined Washington Road before the commission’s discussion session and subsequent meeting.

5 days ago


 Last year, Lily Jester, now 6, of Moon used her pink Barbie fishing pole to land her first two trout at Montour Run with a little help from her dad, Jason Jester.

Children and their adult fishing mentors get an early start on trout

There are a lot of good reasons to take a kid fishing. To spark a lifelong connection with the natural world, build confidence, have fun …

1 week ago


Scott Shalaway's Wildlife: Identifying spring ducks

Early spring is a great time to work on identifying the common ducks found on local waterways.

1 week ago


 Muskie mentors Luke Wholey, left and Nick Colangelo, right put James Swearingen of McKees Rocks on the right piece of ice, where he landed his first muskellunge — a 40-inch 20-pounder — at Lake Arthur, Butler County. It happened on his birthday, March 18.

Outdoors notebook: Park manager heads north to Erie

Point State Park manager Matt Greene will start a new job this week for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

1 week ago


 A deer grazes among the headstones at Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

Vanished predators and tasty yards: How humans made a 'deer nirvana'

Experts say even predators aren’t a solution to deer problem.

1 week ago


 Mt. Lebanon will pay Wildlife Specialists $3,000 -- $500 for each of the six deer killed.

Deer cull program halted in Mt. Lebanon

Wildlife Specialilsts Inc. of Tioga County had been hired to kill up to 150 deer by March 31.

1 week ago


 “There’s no way at this point we could take enough to make a difference,” said Merlin Benner of Wildlife Specialists.

Milder weather working against deer cull effort in Mt. Lebanon

With just six deer killed since the first shots were fired in the Mt. Lebanon deer cull, the program will not reach the commissioners’ goal.

1 week ago


Search to resume today for man who went over Ohiopyle falls

A witness called 911 at 11:19 a.m. Wednesday to report seeing the man going over the falls on the Youghiogheny River.

1 week ago


 Mt. Lebanon deer, in the crosshairs.

Finding a 'palatable answer' to deer overpopulation

Several Pittsburgh-area communities and nature groups with land reserves routinely kill white-tailed deer to thin problem herds.

2 weeks ago


 Rob Reeder in his fly fishing gear.

Fly Fishing 101: Seminar offers an overview of fly fishing basics

Film and TV depict the rugged fly fisherman tossing 60-yard casts with stunning grace and precision until … BAM!

2 weeks ago


 Deer in Bird Park at dusk on Monday, March 9, 2015. The park is one of several sites for a deer cull.

Mt. Lebanon deer cull begins with four of the animals killed

In a conflicted theater of operations with secret tactical details and escalating rhetoric, shots were fired last week.

2 weeks ago


Wildlife: The aerial dance of the woodcock

After a brief warm-up the first few days of March, we had our only big snow of the winter — 14 inches on March 5.

2 weeks ago


Outdoors notebook: Statewide deer harvest is down

The Game Commission reported hunters took 303,973 whitetails, a decrease of about 14 percent compared to the 2013-14 harvest of 352,920.

2 weeks ago


 The contractor, Wildlife Specialists, has been hired to kill 150 deer by the end of March.

Four deer killed in first week of Mt. Lebanon cull

"To report once a week was a decision made jointly by our manager and our commission president," a commission spokesman said.

2 weeks ago


 Wildlife Specialists, the company hired to reduce Mt. Lebanon's deer population, plans to conduct an aerial thermo-imaging survey today to locate deer.

Contractor reports first three kills in Mt. Lebanon deer cull

In Mt. Lebanon, three white-tailed deer were killed Tuesday night — the first in a bait-trap-and-kill deer reduction program.

2 weeks ago


 Fly fishing guide Lance Wilt uses what he learned from bait fishing to pull in big trout on flies.

Fundamentals of Fishing: Fly anglers should remember the basics they learn from bait fishing

Fly fishing guide Lance Wilt is on a mission to make the sport easier.

3 weeks ago


 Mt. Lebanon is preparing for a deer cull in six parks to thin out the population.

Technical issues could delay Mt. Lebanon deer cull

Brian Benner of Wildlife Specialists in Tioga County said Sunday that some of the necessary equipment wasn’t in place.

2 weeks ago


 Deer in Mt. Lebanon on Feb. 20. The municipality is preparing for a deer cull in six parks to thin the population out.

Mt. Lebanon deer cull begins Monday night

Commissioners voted last month to pay a company $500 per deer up to $75,000 to remove about 150 white-tailed deer by the end of March.

3 weeks ago


 A wall of walleye. Left to right, Phil Kohley, Nick Kohley, Rich Depace and Doug Hopkins, all from the Saxonburg area, show off a day’s catch following an Erie walleye charter.

Welcome to Walleye U: New walleye class, expo and flea market to debut in Erie

The buzz about a walleye fishing class spread so quickly that organizers were taken by surprise when the 150 available seats sold out early.

4 weeks ago


Wildlife: Despite arctic blast, nature shows signs of spring

With lakes and rivers still mostly frozen, it may seem overly optimistic to think of spring. But it's coming.

4 weeks ago


 This nice northern pike was pulled through the ice covering Conneaut Lake, Crawford County, by Nico Summaria of Peters. Although safe ice continues to hold throughout most of the region, it’s prudent to take safety precautions.

Outdoors notebook: Special trout season starts, could be confusing

Pennsylvania's statewide trout season opens April 18; the regional season begins April 4 in 18 southeastern counties.

4 weeks ago



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