Outdoors


 Deer eyes are adapted to see in low light and detect the slightest movement. They recognize colors differently than humans.

Light that is invisible to humans may make hunters 'glow' in the eyes of deer

New research confirms 20-year-old suspicions about ways that deer perceive light that can't be seen by humans.

about 22 hours ago


Wildlife: There are plenty of problems with deer farms

Raising white-tailed deer is big business in Pennsylvania. Its regulation was transferred to the state Department of Agriculture in 2006.

about 22 hours ago


 Brayden Young, 12, of McKees Rocks bagged his first whitetail Oct. 25 in Robinson, during a special statewide hunt for juniors, seniors, disabled hunters and Pennsylvania residents serving on active military duty.

Outdoors notebook: 88 elk taken in one-week hunt

The heaviest, estimated to weigh more than 872 pounds, was shot by Mark Colt of Ligonier.

about 22 hours ago


 A screenshot from the bald eagle camera in Hays.

Pittsburgh area to get bald eagle cameras

PixController will set up two cameras in Hays in mid-December, and has partnered with the Audubon Society to expand educational outreach.

2 days ago


 Greg Traynor of Canonsburg took this 8-point with a crossbow at 25 yards in Allegheny County on a recent hunt with Whitetail Disabled Hunters.

Adaptive hunts: Physical challenges are no obstacle to good hunting

A blind guy passed on the buck because it was too small. I love it," said Glen Lackey, laughing again as he recalled the recent hunt.

1 week ago


Wildlife: Knowing the differences among winter's social climbers

Mixed flocks of gregarious, acrobatic and arboreal (tree dwelling) species frequent feeders during cold weather.

1 week ago


 After multiple unsuccessful hook-ups over a couple years, Dave Derry of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, landed his first steelhead — this 25-inch, 6-pounder — Nov. 8 on Elk Creek using a self-tied egg pattern.

Outdoors notebook: Unassessed waters research trickles

Where there are wild brook trout there is clean water worthy of enhanced environmental protections.

1 week ago


Bike Pittsburgh already looks ahead to more success in 2015

Bike Pittsburgh has a full agenda for its annual meeting Thursday in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom at Point Park University.

1 week ago


 Venison and other game can be safe and appetizing when hunters follow simple sanitary rules in the field.

New research sheds further light on field dressing, processing game

New research in wild food preparation refutes some traditional field dressing practices, confirms emerging theories and identifies new ways.

2 weeks ago


Cool quickly and trim the fat for bear stew

Bear meat can be barely edible, the carcass more suitable for a rug or mount. It's all that fat.

2 weeks ago


Wildlife: Help FeederWatch with bird counting

Project FeederWatch, Cornell University's premier citizen science opportunity sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, opened Saturday.

2 weeks ago


 James Swearingen of McKees Rocks landed four browns including this 28-incher taken in a Lake Erie tributary on a salmon egg and 4-pound test line.

Outdoors notebook: Acorn crop favorable for black bears

A generation ago black bears were a rare sight in Pennsylvania. Today they're another of the state's wildlife success stories.

2 weeks ago


 Dave Gustafson and Olivia Mowery of the state Game Commission call in a bird.

Decoding the complexities of the fall hunt

The best thing about turkey hunting is the challenge. It's complicated. Don't pick the wrong spot -- they're not there.

3 weeks ago


Wildlife: Turkey's eyes provide super vision

Experienced turkey hunters know that these impressive birds have incredible eyesight. You no sooner see a turkey approaching, and it's gone.

3 weeks ago


 After participating in the mentored hunting program for three years, Naythan Krutules, 11, of Jefferson Hills shot his first deer during the Oct. 23 youth hunt.

Outdoors notebook: Mt. Lebanon searching for deer answers

Across Southwest Pennsylvania, where municipalities struggle to contain growing deer populations, the deer are winning.

3 weeks ago


Mt. Lebanon may earmark money to trim deer population

The commission has proposed amending the budget to spend $68,000 on deer management.

3 weeks ago


 David Vtipil of Pittsburgh with a nice steelhead caught on Elk Creek.

Silver Bullet Tactics: Catch steelhead on flies, lures and live bait

This weekend the major Lake Erie tributaries and many smaller streams were teaming with steelhead.

4 weeks ago


Wildlife: Mast is a critical wildlife food

Fruits and nuts of trees and shrubs are collectively referred to as mast. Fleshy fruits and berries are soft mast; nuts are hard mast.

4 weeks ago


Outdoors Notebook: Pa. hunts continue

With hunting in decline in some states, Pennsylvania is likely to continue in the tradition, according to a new study.

4 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh bicyclists

Larry Walsh on biking: Different routes for 9/11 trail being discussed

Various routes proposed for September 11th National Memorial Trail are still in the planning stage.

4 weeks ago



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