White-tail deers are likely to be more abundant during the late deer season.

Low harvest during the rainy rifle deer season may benefit late-season hunters

Many skilled hunters wonder how the probable low harvest will impact the late-season hunts and next year's doe tag allocations.

4 days ago

Wildlife: Zooming in on a new view for 2015

If you're dreaming of a new pair of binoculars, keep these tips in mind.

4 days ago

 At 10:45 a.m. on the opening day of the statewide firearm deer season, Eric Clark of West Deer was high atop a tree stand in Warren County. "I hear noise to my right, I look and two bucks are running right at me about 40 yards out," he said. "I took my shot at about 15 yards. I wasn't losing this one, so I took two more shots and he went down right away." The fine 11-point was taken with a Savage .30-06 bolt action and Remington 165-grain Core-lokt shells. Clark is pictured at right with his 11-point buck.

Outdoors notebook: 2B or not 2B? Policy questions remain

The Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest ... read closely -- it's complicated.

4 days ago

Mt. Lebanon OKs deer archery cull

The hunt, to be coordinated by police Chief Coleman McDonough, will correspond with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s archery season.

1 week ago

 James Swearingen of McKees Rocks with a brown trout.

Year of the Browns

A brown trout stocking program is paying off on Lake Erie tributaries

1 week ago

Books for nature lovers

As the holidays approach, here are some new books that would make great gifts

1 week ago

Bipartisan support for angling protection

Outdoors notebook: Many would agree that the owners of large ocean-going fishing trawlers should get a permit before discharging waste.

1 week ago

 Zachary Abel, 15 of Franklin Park took this 8-point in Marshall. SOURCE handout

Franklin Park boy bags 8-point

On Nov. 4, during the statewide archery deer season, Zachary Abel, 15, of Franklin Park took this 8-point whitetail in Marshall.

1 week ago

 Browning Christmas Stockings stand out on the mantle, practically begging to be stuffed with outdoorsy gifts ($8.99 at Gander Mountain)

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for the outdoors enthusiast

This holiday, help the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman in your world to stay active with an equipment upgrade or something totally new.

2 weeks ago

 A hunter walks along an old corn field close to a line of trees on Victory Road near Saxonburg during the first day of deer season.

750,000 hunters expected for start of Pennsylvania deer season

The two-week tradition begins today, with temperatures reaching into the 40s and a chance of rain.

2 weeks ago

 Deer are unpredictable but the actions of hunters can be easier to anticipate. Let strangers do the work for you to maximize your chances of getting a shot.

On opening day of deer season, stay safe, hunt smart and use the movements of other hunters to your advantage

After the first shot, all bets are off. The scouting, upgrading of gear and day-before preparation, the planning,  -- it can all get lost.

2 weeks ago

Wildlife: How deer make sense from scents

It's tough to stalk deer because their sense of sight and hearing are so well developed.

2 weeks ago

 Samantha Morgan, 18, of the North Side took her seventh buck Nov. 8 in Allegheny County. Having killed a deer with a crossbow every year since she was 12, she practiced hard this year with a compound bow and downed this 8-point.

Outdoors notebook: No snow, rain could force deer hunters to adapt

Last week's warm spell melted that bright blanket of snow covering Allegheny County and most of the western side of the state.

2 weeks ago

 Dylan Miller, a senior at Juniata College, outside the hut he constructed of downed trees, leaves and other materials.

A Juniata College senior, following Thoreau, is living in a hut in the woods

Dylan Miller intends to live this winter in a 17-by-17-foot structure to cap off his degree in literary and philosophical studies.

2 weeks ago

Panel offers ways to reduce deer population in North Park

Deer aren’t susceptible to Lyme disease, but they do provide ticks with a place to mate.

3 weeks ago

 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago


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