Outdoors


 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.

1 day 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.

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 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.

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 Elaine Gillen, right. of Mt. Lebanon reacts as possible new locations for the deer cull are discussed Monday night at a public discussion session before the Mt. Lebanon commissioners meeting.

Mt. Lebanon tweaks deer-culling plans

Mt. Lebanon commissioners re-evaluate some bait-and-trap sites near schools while some residents call the program barbaric.

6 days ago


 Female participation in fishing and hunting is on the rise. Amidea Daniel will lead a seminar on fly fishing for women today at the Cabin Fever fly fishing expo in Cranberry.

Nationwide and locally, more women are going fishing and hunting

Last summer, Kelly Hancock and her sister bought themselves deer rifles and joined the family tradition, going "red tag" hunting.

1 week ago


Wildlife: Everything becomes a blur in a winter whiteout

“The Story of Hazel Miner," is the tale of a 15-year-old girl who gets lost and dies in a terrifying prairie blizzard.

1 week ago


 Strip District restaurateurs Nick Colangelo of Colangelo's Bakery and Luke Wholey of Wild Alaskan Grille barely squeezed this 53-inch muskellunge out of a 10-inch ice hole in Northwest Pennsylvania. The fish took a 3-inch minnow and was released. Last year, they released 30 muskies.

Outdoors notebook: Hunters take aim at Mt. Lebo deer cull

Local hunters said they were upset over the agency's approval of plan to pay a contractor $500 per deer to reduce the whitetail population.

1 week ago


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

Mt. Lebanon's deer herd in the crosshairs

After years of population growth, the South Hills suburb plans to corral and kill dozens of deer. How did it come to this?

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 The Hays bald eagle nest now has two eggs.

Bald eagles in Hays and Harmar lay eggs

The Hays eagles now have two eggs; the birds on Harmar are believed to have just one.

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 Helen Yourd, of Mt. Lebanon, joins about two dozen people Feb. 10 to protest a deer culling program proposed by Mt. Lebanon's town commissioners.

Mt. Lebanon deer management program gets go-ahead

The municipality has received Pennsylvania Game Commission permit to trap and shoot deer, but other control methods are being considered.

1 week ago


 The female eagle tends to her egg.

Resident eagle in Pittsburgh’s Hays community lays another egg

At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday the female eagle laid her fifth egg, the first of 2015.

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 Hunters should resist the temptation to shoot young deer, says Chris Keefer, left. He and brother Casey Keefer host "Dropped: Alaska" on the Sportsman Channel.

Cable hunting show hosts the Keefer Brothers' return to Pittsburgh

In Sportsman Channel's "Dropped" series, the Keefer Brothers are airlifted to remote locations armed with a compound bow and muzzleloader

2 weeks ago


Wildlife: Seedlings and nest boxes for habitat improvement

Through April 24, the state Game Commission's Howard Nursery is taking orders for bare-root seedlings for wildlife food and cover.

2 weeks ago


 Didn't get a deer in the 2014-15 season? Ask for tips from the Morgan family. Second-grader Sean Morgan, 8, of the North Side shot his first buck using a crossbow in Allegheny County. The 6-point is his third deer - he shot two does last season.

Outdoors notebook: Delayed harvest changes proposal

Changes may soon be flowing through the state's Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only fishing areas.

2 weeks ago


Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show

The 30th season of the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show runs Feb. 18-22 at the Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville Mall.

2 weeks ago


 Helen Yourd, right, of Mt. Leb­a­non, joins about two dozen peo­ple who gath­ered out­side the mu­nic­pal build­ing Tues­day dur­ing a com­mis­sion meet­ing to pro­test a deer cull­ing pro­gram pro­posed by com­mis­sion­ers.

Mt. Lebanon commission, residents debate deer culling

The commission has hired Wildlife Specialists of Tioga County to reduce the deer population at six locations in the municipality.

2 weeks ago


Outdoors notebook: Congress revives Sportsmen's Act

The act, if adopted, would improve opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts.

3 weeks ago


Global bird count takes annual tally

The Great Backyard Bird Count kicks off this week.

3 weeks ago


Back to the vise: winter fly-tying for spring trout

Now is the time to ready flies for the spring thaw

3 weeks ago


 Ice at Deep Creek Lake, Md., measured 7 to 8 inches when Jason Redinger of Bedford pulled out this 21-inch walleye in January.

Ice safety comes before winter recreation and productive fishing

Anglers should be aware of the conditions of the water below, the spacing of holes and what to do if the worst happens.

4 weeks ago


 Punxsutawney Phil - Will he? Won't he?

Wildlife: Of myths and marmots: Groundhog Day

Monday is all about celebrating an overgrown ground squirrel's survival of winter.

4 weeks ago


 In his first season of deer hunting, Tommy Kearns, 8, of North Versailles, shot this doe and an 8 point, taken near Apollo, Armstrong County, on Dec. 13, 2014.

Outdoors notebook: Trap and euthanize in Mt. Lebanon

Council last week requested approval for an experimental taxpayer-funded program that would trap and euthanize 150 does.

4 weeks ago



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