Hunters turning to manual loading for several reasons,but saving money is No. 1

Demand for some popular ammunition caused huge manufacturer backlogs that led to sharp increases in wholesale and retail prices.

1 day ago

Scott Shalaway's Wildlife: Nesting underway for local bald eagles

With the 2015 bald eagle nesting season underway, expect the first eggs to be laid within the next few weeks.

1 day ago

 Jackson Wetzel, left, of Seven Fields and Nicholas Wetzel of Greensburg, both 10, each took a deer with a single shot on the opening day of the 2014 rifle season in Clarion County. The 3-point was Jackson’s second buck, the 8-point was Nicholas’ third.

Outdoors notebook:Access proposal placed on hold

The proposal would require those without proper licensing to acquire a free user permit.

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 The presence of wild trout generally indicates clean water. This wild brown trout was released on Yellow Creek, Bedford County, which is currently being considered for a Class A Wild Trout designation.

Anglers, commissioners debate stocking over native trout, protecting clean waters from industrial impacts

The Fish and Boat Commission's 10-member board will vote on a proposal to designate 10 stream sections as Class A Wild Trout waters.

1 week ago

 The European starling was imported to America in the 1890s, a noble gesture gone wrong.

Why starlings are still the unwelcome avian guest

Brought to America in the 1890s, the invasive species may be declining in number, but sympathy for the bird is hard to find.

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Scott Shalaway | Wildlife: Black bears cope well with winter

Sub-zero temperatures get me thinking about how wildlife copes with severe conditions. Black bears have developed an admirable strategy.

1 week ago

Mt. Lebanon ready to begin deer hunt

Municipal officials last week sent documents to the commission requesting permission to conduct an archery hunt into February.

1 week ago

 A white-tailed deer buck stands alone.

January archery hunting is complicated by weather

For hunters polar vortex temperatures can stiffen archery gear and a warm drink from a thermos can go down like a comforting sip of heaven.

2 weeks ago

Wildlife: Bird-eating hawks do what comes naturally

The evidence is usually obvious. A pile of brown feathers indicates a mourning dove. Red feathers, a cardinal. Yellow suggests a goldfinch.

2 weeks ago

 On Dec. 8, during her first season of hunting, Anamarie Martinez, 13, of Baldwin shot this nice 8-point in Washington County.

Outdoors notebook: Hunting an option for Mt. Lebanon deer control

As Mt. Lebanon struggles with its deer management problem, one proven method has been ignored: hunting on private property.

2 weeks ago

 Bike Share racks have sat empty for more than a year after they were installed at Bakery Square in Pittburgh's East Liberty neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Bike Share plans to start up in the spring

The first of the planned 50 docking stations for the Pittsburgh Bike Share rental program are scheduled to go up as early as March.

3 weeks ago

 Cynthia Morton examines a London planetree in Oakland.

Newly planted urban forests can easily succumb to disease

"Trees are great for the environment, but you have to plant something that will resist the next disease that comes through."

3 weeks ago

Wildlife: Cameras are valuable tools

Serious wildlife watchers are often frustrated when life gets in the way. Work, school and fatigue compete for time in the field.

3 weeks ago

 Steve Vamossy from South Park

Your photos: Double the deer

Steve Vamossy of South Park shot this nice 8-point Dec. 1 while hunting near Tidioute in Warren County.

3 weeks ago

Resorts offering enticements for winter sports enthusiasts

Ski resorts, manufacturers offer variety of programs to encourage people to come out and try the slopes.

3 weeks ago

 Elijah Socie, 6, of Brookline runs underneath a large pride banner to celebrate a federal judge ruling Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

What were the Post-Gazette's top 10 news stories of 2014?

The Post-Gazette staff voted the following as the top 10 stories of the year carrying local significance.

4 weeks ago

 Porcupines are slowly returning to mountainous areas where they once thrived.

Southward Bound: Porcupines expanding their range

The secretive rodents are common in Northern Pennsylvania mountains, but recently the prickly rodents are reclaiming more area.

4 weeks ago

 The bald eagle nest in Hays was one of 254 active nests reported from 59 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

Wildlife: The Year of the Eagles

In 1982, only three pairs of bald eagles nested in the entire state of Pennsylvania. This year, three pairs nested along the three rivers.

4 weeks ago

 John Tabachka sounds the horn for the start of a hunt off Pink House Road in Sewickley. The Sewickley Hunt Club is a "drag" hunt club, which means they hunt only the scent of a fox - not an actual fox.

Sewickley Hunt, a longtime tradition, spares the fox, protects the hounds

Blending tradition and technology, the Sewickley Hunt nears a century of fox hunts.

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