Meadville Tribune

August 14, 2013

Here is your weekly guide to area outdoors news and events

Meadville Tribune

HARRISBURG — There’s still time to enter in the drawing for licenses in Pennsylvania’s annual elk hunt, as hunters have until Aug. 25 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

Applications can be submitted anywhere hunting licenses are sold or online at the Game Commission’s website, Perhaps the easiest way to submit an online application is by clicking on the “Enter Elk Drawing” icon on the website’s homepage.

Applicants must pay a $10.70 non-refundable application fee to be included in the drawing.

This year’s drawing provides a greater opportunity for hunters to obtain an elk license. The number of licenses to be allocated has been increased to 86, up from the 65 licenses issued in the 2012-13 season.

The drawing is Sept. 13 in the auditorium at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg. Names will be drawn first for the 26 antlered licenses available, followed by the drawings for the 60 available antlerless licenses.

NEW CASTLE — The Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society hosts a fun shoot and pig roast barbecue on Saturday at the Castlewood Rod and Gun Club, 2964 Shaffer Road, New Castle. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and the shoot starts at 9.

Registration for the 100 target clay shoot is $65 in advance or $75 the day of the event. Either fee includes the barbecue and an opportunity to win a firearm, as each shooter will receive one free ticket for every 10 clay birds he or she breaks.

n More information or for registration: Call Rossi at (724) 693-9032 or by email at; or visit

The next Crawford County Outdoors television show on Armstrong Channel 23 starts Sunday and runs for two weeks featuring Lon Wilson filling in for Duane Koller by visiting the Pymatuning Lake Association’s Kids Free Fishing Derby.

During the weeks of Sept. 1 to 14, Jim Karlovec of Flushing Star Kennels is back demonstrating part two of his hunting dog training.

During the weeks of Sept. 15 to 28 Koller tries his hand at skeet shooting at Black Ash Sportsman Club.

SANDY LAKE — “A Close Look at Lake Wilhelm and the Future Fishery” is Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Maurice K. Goddard State Park’s McKeever Learning Center auditorium, 684 Lake Wilhelm Road, Sandy Lake. The program is free and open to the public.

Lake Wilhelm is a man-made reservoir, the result of a dam being built on Sandy Creek. The lake first reached normal pool on June 14, 1971. A year later, the official ceremony for opening Maurice K. Goddard State Park took place and since then people have enjoyed fishing and boating on this waterway for more than 40 years.

In recent years, some anglers have begun to express concerns about the status of the fishery and overall health of the lake. In this program, Park Manager Bill Wasser will provide an overview of those issues as well as how people can be involved in ensuring that Lake Wilhelm remains a good fishery for generations to come.

n More information: Call Wasser at (724) 253-4833.

A Wood 101 workshop, which hopes to increase participants’ knowledge about working with wood, is Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office, 13400 Dunham Road, Meadville.

Participants of this workshop will learn about wood anatomy, wood and moisture relationships, shrinking and swelling, factors affecting warp and drying, storage of lumber and much more. With the knowledge that is gained from this workshop, participants will be able to understand and avoid many of the problems that they may be facing with their projects.

This session will include a light lunch. Cost of the workshop is $30. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 6. To register, visit

n More information: Call (814) 755-3544 or email

Norrisville Sportsman’s Club, 13775 Gaut Road, Meadville, holds its fall pig roast and gun raffle Sept. 8 starting at noon. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 13 to 17 and $4 for ages 12 and under. Food and beverages are provided.

Fall turkey shoots are Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3. Food and beverages are available.

n More information: Call 382-4841.

Skeet, trap fields

open Tuesdays

BLACK ASH — The skeet and trap shooting fields at Black Ash Sportsman Club are open each Tuesday evening until Aug. 27 for skeet and trap practice. Shooting hours are from 6 p.m. to sunset.

This is not a league program and nonmembers of Black Ash Sportsman are invited to participate. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for new participants to learn about shooting skeet and trap. Free instruction is available for new shooters. The cost is $3.50 for a round of 25 targets. Shooters must provide their own firearms and ammunition.

No advance registration is required. Black Ash Sportsman Club is located at 8410 Clark Road, Guys Mills.

Public trap practice

held on Sundays

SAEGERTOWN — The Saegertown Sportsmen’s Club is holding open-to-the-public trap practice on Sundays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be no shoots on the third Sundays of the month.

n More information: Call 763-3773.

Weekly sporting clays

shoots are Tuesdays

CONNEAUT LAKE — The Conneaut Lake Sportmens Association continues its weekly sporting clays shoots on Tuesday.

All shoots start at 6 p.m. and end at sunset, weather permitting. The club shoots every Tuesday through September. Members and non-members are welcome to participate.

n More information: Call 382-2522.

Lake Association

hosts member drive

WESTFORD — The Pymatuning Lake Association is conducting a membership drive. Dues are based on a calendar year — January through December.

A business membership is $25 and an individual membership is $10 annually. Membership forms are available at A portion of the dues goes directly into the Habitat Fund for the preservation of Pymatuning Lake.

Mail a completed form along with a check payable to Pymatuning Lake Association, P.O. Box 78, Westford, Pa. 16134-5078. The 2013 membership card will be mailed the month of July acknowledging payment of 2013 dues along with the association’s fall newsletter.