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One state — not PA — bans deer urine lures

For several years, wildlife veterinarian Walt Cottrell urged PA Game Commissioners to ban the use of deer urine lures because of their potential to spread CWD. They didn’t. ANother state is taking his advice, though.

May 6, 2015

Man fends off bear with his fists

Call his state wildlife agency to handle a bear complaint? This man took care of things himself, right away, on his own.

May 4, 2015

Paddling safety, turkeys and more

Paddling is a fun way to get outdoors, but can be dangerous to the inexperienced. Plus, a turkey forecast by management unit and more.

May 3, 2015

Reader photos: Monster musky, trophy trout, gobbler

Readers have been busy on the water and in the woods, and have the fish and spring gobblers to prove it. Check out some photos.

May 1, 2015

Sunday hunting bill set to debut

It’s been talked about for weeks, and appears set to finally appear: the latest piece of legislation aimed at allowing hunting on Sundays in Pennsylvania.

April 30, 2015

Trap and transfer of deer

Plenty of people have called for moving deer around the state, taking them from areas where they’re too abundant and putting in places that have few. But can it work?

April 28, 2015

A look at outdoor news from around the country

Road-killed deer? Gun laws? Dogs trained to seek out poached fish, dangerous lead fishing tackle, college scholarships for sportsmen and mandatory crossbow hunting? They’re all in the news right now.

April 24, 2015

Petition would keep hunting photos off Facebook

Have you ever shared a hunting photo on Facebook? A petition wants to take that option away, suggesting that the images are too offensive for general viewing.

April 22, 2015

Teen lands beautiful trout

A local teen landed a wonderful trout on Buffalo Creek on opening day. See a reader photo here.

April 20, 2015

A look at Sunday’s coverage

Opening day of trout season brought sunny skies, warm temperatures and lots of smiles. Plus, a little talk about deer management.

April 19, 2015

A look at hunting and trapping seasons

Ready to plan some vacation time for hunting and trapping? Here’s the list of season dates and bag limits to help you out.

April 16, 2015

A horror story for trout anglers

What if, on opening day, you found out that many of the trout to be stocked in your favorite water throughout the rest of spring were dead? That’s what fishermen in another state are dealing with.

April 15, 2015

The war on lead ammunition

Is lead ammunition bad for the environment? One firearms industry group says no, but banning it would be bad for hunters and shooters and the wildlife and wildlife managers that rely on them for funding.

April 14, 2015

Sunday’s outdoors coverage

Opening day of trout season is coming to western PA. Are you ready? Here are some tips, and a challenge.

April 12, 2015

Blue trout? They do exist

The Fish and Boat Commission is in the midst of stocking millions of trout for anglers. It’s got some really unique fish that it’s keeping within its hatcheries, however. Anglers can visit to get a look at them, though.

April 11, 2015

Groups split as mentored hunting decision looms

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners will decide Friday whether to change the mentored youth hunting program. Two of the state’s more vocal sportsmen’s groups are offering different advice on which way to go.

April 9, 2015

Wisconsin situation shows scary potential of CWD

Chronic wasting disease exists in Pennsylvania’s deer herd, if on a very limited basis so far. But what might the future hold? Wisconsin offers a look at one unpleasant possibility.

April 8, 2015

A look at Sunday’s coverage

College and high school bass fishing are both on the rise. Meanwhile, the Game Commission wants to get ready for legislation on air rifles and semi-automatics.

April 5, 2015

Proposed changes to delayed harvest waters nixed

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners were thinking about allowing children and adults to fish with bait in delayed harvest artificial lures only stream sections, to make better use of stocked fish. An avalanche of opposition has changed their minds.

April 3, 2015

Game lands user permit idea going away?

Game Commissioners have spent almost a year talking about the need to create a state game lands user permit for mountain bikers, snowmobilers and horseback riders. It’s future is up in the air, though.

April 3, 2015

Ethics Commission won’t launch investigation

Some sportsmen upset with a Game Commissioner’s behavior want an official investigation done. it doesn’t look like they’ll get it, though.

April 1, 2015

Hunting license fees and big fish

Hunting license fees may go up, if the Game Commission gets its way, and lots of local waters gave up big fish last year.

March 29, 2015

Groups attempt to reach gun owners, sportsmen

A social media site aimed specifically at gun owners and a hunting organization targeting minorities are hoping to make it easy and comfortable for sportsmen to interact.

March 27, 2015

Is it time to make feeding deer illegal?

Feeding deer is a long-standing tradition in parts of Pennsylvania. Is it time to bring that to an end, though?

March 26, 2015

Notes from around the outdoors

Legislation that could hurt outdoorsmen, hunting as a health benefit, finding turkeys, bear attack protection, and the necessary, if stark, role of coyote hunts.

March 23, 2015

Does the moon affect deer movements?

Every hunter’s heard it: the phase of the moon determines when deer move. But is it really true?

March 18, 2015

Trophy trout program a possibility

With an eye on the success a private club has had with stocking large fish, the Fish and Boat Commission is exploring the idea of creating a trophy trout program.

March 17, 2015

Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.