Meadville Tribune

January 15, 2014

Outdoors news briefs and events for the week starting Jan. 15


The Meadville Tribune

ERIE — Democratic Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has called for a public meeting to be held in Erie to discuss options for combating invasive Asian Carp.

Casey’s request for further measures to prevent the spread of Asian Carp follows the release of a report from the Army Corps of Engineers concerning methods to combat Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. The Army Corps’ proposals for projects that could stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes are not yet developed enough to allow work on those projects to begin.

“Combating Asian Carp is important to northwestern Pennsylvania’s economy,” Casey said. “I’m hopeful that a public meeting to discuss the options will help the Army Corps to quickly put in place a comprehensive, effective plan. Getting this right will protect the region’s tourism industry and play a substantial role in future economic growth.”

Casey previously sent a letter in November to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the agency to expedite the development of a plan to combat Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. In a letter that was joined by 15 other senators, Casey urged the Army Corps to swiftly develop and implement a comprehensive plan to combat Asian Carp when the Corps releases its feasibility study on the transfer of invasive aquatic species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins by this month.



CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Springs Rod & Gun Club is holding a spring raffle with 31 items. Ticket numbers are based on the Pennsylvania evening daily number from May 1 to 31. Each ticket can win more than once.

Tickets are available at Edinboro Outdoors, Hendrickson’s True Value, Fink Tire, Bausch’s Gulf Service Station and John’s Barber Shop.



WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP — The Crawford County Conservation District holds environmental education programs in January and February at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21742 German Road.

January events include:

“House Plants” today from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bertha Mesarch of Penn State Master Gardeners will show everyone how to successfully grow their own house plants. Find out how they can be beneficial in many ways.

“Painting with Soil” on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Limited to the first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow of the Crawford County Conservation District demonstrates how to use soil as a painting medium. Participants can create their own unique masterpiece.

“Winter Wildlife Adaptations” on Jan. 30 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Shayne Hoachlander, Land Management Group supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will tell everyone what kinds of adaptations wildlife undergo for winter.



JAMESTOWN — The Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club holds its fourth annual Snowmobile Poker Run on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., snow or mud.

Participants can purchase their pre-registration Poker Run card for $30 per couple or $20 per person at any of the following businesses in the Jamestown area: The Anchorage, 1955 Williamsfield Road; Bob’s Place, 3624 Williamsfield Road; Jacob’s Gable Inn, 4350 Route 322; or Jamestown Firemen’s Club, 501 Denver St.; Hartstown area: Crystal Lake Inn, 7743 Liberty St.; Westford area: Welcome Inn, 7299 Snodgrass Road; or Linesville area: Spillway Inn, 493 S. Mercer St.

Preregistered participants can start at any participating business the day of the event. Participants must be at least 18 years old to purchase the Poker Run card. Participants can choose their form of transportation — snowmobile, truck or car — but no all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Registration the day of the event is $35 a couple or $25 a person at the Jamestown Firemen’s Club from 10 to 11 a.m. The last “guided trail ride” leaves at 11.

The poker run ends at the Jamestown Firemen’s Club with the participants drawing their poker hand cards between 6 and 8 p.m. Food, beverages and a large bonfire will be available for participants.

Proceeds from the event benefit snowmobile trail maintenance and the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department.

More information: Visit PymatuningTrailBlazers.com or call Joel Brown (724) 927-9493.



JAMESTOWN — Pymatuning State Park, 2660 Williamsfield Road, hosts a morning of snowshoe fun and games on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at the environmental classroom in the Jamestown Marina.

This family program is for all ages as participants learn to walk in snowshoes and then play snowshoe games. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow by contacting the Park Office to register for the program — or bring your own.

More information or to register: Call (724) 932-3142 or visit state.pa.us or dcnr.state.pa.us.



JAMESTOWN — The Pymatuning Lake Association hosts its inaugural Ice Fishing Tournament on Feb. 8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club’s 38th Annual Winter Fun Days. All fish must be caught through the ice of Pymatuning Lake as long as the ice is safe. There will be no alternate date.

This is a single-angler tournament. Participants can pre-register at local bait shops in Jamestown: Richter’s, 1936 Williamsfield Road; Espyville: Espyville Outdoors, 1545 Route 285, or Poff’s Place Bait & Tackle, 10672 Perry Drive; or in Andover, Ohio: Gateway Bait & Tackle, 6517 Route 85; or download the registration form at PymatuningLake.com. Complete, date and sign the form and mail it along with your check or money order payable to the Pymatuning Lake Association in the amount of $20 for the entry fee to Pymatuning Lake Association, P.O. Box 78, Westford, Pa. 16134-5078.

Participants can also register the day of the tournament from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Pymatuning Lake Association trailer that will be set-up near Pymatuning State Park Shelter No. 4, Jamestown.

Complete tournament rules are available at the local bait shops listed above or at PymatuningLake.com. Pre-registered entrants can pick up their meal ticket at the trailer anytime during the tournament.

The public is encouraged to watch as the participants check-in to have their fish measured. A monitor will be installed in Shelter No. 4 for all to see the results.

Participants will fish for the longest walleye netting $350, the longest crappie netting $250, and the longest perch netting $150. Participants must be in the weigh-in line by 3:30 p.m.

More information: Call Joel Brown, president of the Pymatuning Lake Association, at (724)927-9493; or email PymaLakeAssoc@windstream.net.



JAMESTOWN — The Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club has announced the schedule of events for its 38th Annual Winter Fun Days at Pymatuning State Park Shelter No. 4 at the Old Jamestown Beach on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

Both days, breakfast will be available to purchase in the warmth of Shelter No. 4 from 8 to 11 a.m. and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. until the day ends.

Ice permitting, the following events are planned: ice-skating; pick-up pond hockey games; “hillbilly curling;” and ice fishing tournament.

Snow permitting, the following events are planned: beginners’ snowshoeing; free snowmobile rides for children; and Frozen 5K Run.

Other attractions on both days include a vintage snowmobile display, a chainsaw carver displaying his creativity in wood, a pick-a-prize auction with the winning tickets being drawn on Sunday, bring-your-own-sled children’s sled riding and a horse-drawn hayride in the park.

Winter Fun Days will be held regardless of the weather.

More information: Call Pymatuning State Park at (724) 932-3142 or Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club President Denny Diodati at (814) 720-6584; or go to PymatuningTrailBlazers.com online.