NWPA Outdoors

Weekend fishing tournaments

   July 31, 2009 7:47 am

While professional bass angler Dave Lefebre of Union City fishes for a life-changing $1 million payday this weekend in Pittsburgh, anglers will descend on the Erie area to chase their own big fish and cash prizes The Erie PA Sport Fishing Association’s Big Catch Friday tournament gets things going today. Each team’s three best walleye…

Midweek tri-state fishing report for Lake Erie and nearby waters

   July 30, 2009 9:13 am

Midweek tri-state fishing report for Lake Erie and nearby waters, July 30:

Dave Lefebre chases $1 million

   July 30, 2009 7:46 am

Dave Lefebre, the pro bass angler from Union City, starts the chase for a $1 million prize today at the Forrest Wood Cup championship in Pittsburgh. Lefebre, 38, talked with Erie Times-News staff writer Ethan Magoc ahead of the tournament. Listen to a Q&A interview or read an abbreviated five-question article. And check out today’s…

Lake Edinboro trap team finishes 2nd in nation

   July 30, 2009 7:37 am

Lake Edinboro Sportsman’s League’s Young Guns finished as runner-up in the 31-team Intermediate-Advanced class at the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship trapshooting event in Sparta, Ill. The team of Frank Myers, Bill Therasse, Casey Inks, Mitchel Meszaros, Josh Zelina  and Ben Zelina broke 916 out of 1,000 targets, finishing six birds off the first-place…

Oil Creek State Park head count

   July 27, 2009 10:22 am

Rain wasn’t reason enough to stay clear of Oil Creek State Park this past weekend, and the payoff was to be found everywhere: Bluebirds throughout the Egbert Farm Day Use Area at Petroleum Center; a prancing ruffed grouse on Pithole Road, outside the park but near Pithole City National Historic Site; two six-point deer in…

Unified Sportsmen vs. Game Commission

   July 27, 2009 9:24 am

The Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania organization has made a mission of serving as antagonist to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer management policies. Look no further than the lawsuit it’s filed, but understand its goals in the matter (taken from the USP Web site):

Get a feel for pro bassin’ action

   July 22, 2009 12:20 pm

Not all the action will be on the water at the Forrest Wood Cup bass fishing championship July 30-Aug. 2 in Pittsburgh. Take a spin in a Ranger boat and fishing simulator at locations in and around Pittsburgh:

Midweek tri-state fishing report for Lake Erie and nearby waters

   July 22, 2009 7:41 am

Midweek tri-state fishing report for Lake Erie and nearby waters, July 22:

Pennsylvania Game Commission Draft Strategic Plan

   July 21, 2009 11:24 am

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Draft Strategic Plan for 2009-14 calls for new sources of revenue, expanded hunter education courses specific to species and development of a database of hunters and trappers and their activities. The draft strategic plan was released Tuesday for public review and comment.

More on Doug Austen’s ouster at Fish and Boat Commission

   July 16, 2009 1:20 pm

The Fish and Boat Commission issued its news release today on the change in job duties for Doug Austen, formerly executive director of the organization. A Times-News call to the PFBC’s Harrisburg office Wednesday was not returned as today’s article was being prepared; here’s the Fish and Boat Commission’s take: