Meadville Tribune

November 7, 2013

Here are area outdoors news briefs for the week starting Nov. 6

The Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds boaters that Nov. 1 marked the first day of mandatory life jacket wearing on boats less than 16 feet in length. This regulation that first went into effect in 2012 states that a person shall wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from Nov. 1 through April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

More information: Visit

The Crawford County Conservation District offers several environmental education programs to the public at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21724 German Road, Meadville, throughout November and December.

Programs are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise specified.

Nov. 12 — Clouds, Storytime and Fun children’s event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants.

Nov. 20 — Protecting Your Private Water Supply from Contamination from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 — Trash to Treasure Chest from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 — The Great Mitten Caper from 3 to 4 p.m. Members of the public are urged to bring mittens to swap. Extras will be donated to the local Women’s Services shelter.

Dec. 10 and 17 — Creative Clay Project Two-Day Workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants. Attendees can make a pinch pot or clay box with $5 materials fee.

In addition to the weekly education programs, the Woodcock Creek Nature Center will feature various displays and hands-on activities. The center is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register or more information: Call Kathy Uglow at the Crawford Conservation District at 763-5269 or visit

ERIE COUNTY — The Walnut Creek Marina basin opens for fishing on Thursday at noon, according to the Pennsylvania Fisha nd Boat Commission.

Every year, anglers anticipate the removal of boat docks so the marina — at a prime spot along the creek — can be used for fishing. Anglers in the marina or Walnut Creek channel are reminded that boats have the right-of-way. All anglers must pull in their lines and yield to incoming or outgoing boats entering or exiting the channel and/or the marina.

HARRISBURG — Discussion on whether state game, fish and natural resources commissions will maintain the ability to declare a species endangered or threatened takes place Thursday at 10 a.m. during a news conference at the Capitol Media Center.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway and state Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe will be among the officials who join state Rep. Greg Vitali, Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, to discuss their opposition to H.B. 1576. If the bill passes, it will take the ability to declare a species endangered or threatened from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission or Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and would transfer the decision-making process to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Legislature. IRCC is made up of five members, two each appointed by the legislative caucuses and one by the governor.

The bill also would require that any species currently listed as threatened or endangered go through the IRRC process and the legislature within two years of the legislation being enacted to justify its continued designation.

The news conference is being held in advance of a vote on the bill by the House Game and Fisheries Committee. The vote is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13.

GUYS MILLS — Friends of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge host an “Owl Prowl” on Saturday and Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Refuge Headquarters Building, 11296 Wood Duck Lane, for an educational program on owls, which will be held rain or shine, and then they will venture out into the woods. Participants may hear from a great horned or barred owl, the most common species of owls known to nest on the Erie National Wildlife Refuge.

The program is free and open to the public. The size of the group is limited, so pre-registration is a must.

More information or reservations: Call 789-3585.

JAMESTOWN — The Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association offer a snowmobile safety course to youth ages 10 to 15 years old on Saturday at the Trail Blazers’ clubhouse on Burns Road.

Pennsylvania law requires all youth to take this course before they can lawfully operate a snowmobile in the state. Registration is at 8 a.m. with the course taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is no cost to participate. Lunch and snacks will be furnished by the club. Certificates and patches will be presented at the end of the course.

Pre-registration is appreciated.

More information: Call (724) 927-2162 or (216) 382-9081 in the evening.

Gary Glunt of Black Ash Sportsman’s Club discusses the club’s youth pheasant hunt and chef Lisa Beck has a recipe for pheasant in cream sauce during the weeks of Nov. 10 and 17 on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Springs Rod & Gun Club holds turkey shoots on Sunday and Nov. 17. All shoots begin at 1 p.m. on the club’s grounds on Route 99 — one mile north of Cambridge Springs.

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.

More information: Call 763-3773.