Meadville Tribune

October 23, 2013

Plan your outdoors activities with these notes for the week beginning Oct. 23


The Washington Post

GUYS MILLS — The Erie National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting bids for trapping on the refuge. The refuge has nine trapping units in the Sugar Lake Division and seven units in the Seneca Division. Bids are due by today at 1 p.m. at the refuge headquarters at 11296 Wood Duck Lane, Guys Mills, which will also be the time of the public bid opening.

To submit a bid, trappers must complete an application for trapping form, which can be obtained at the refuge office. Maps showing the trapping units are available from the refuge office.

Bids were originally due on Oct. 2 before the federal government shutdown closed the refuge and postponed the public bid opening.



Duane Koller speaks with Waterfowl Expo Chairman Rich Guiney of Ducks Unlimited and a few of the exhibitors through Saturday on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23. A chef will also present a barbecue wild duck recipe for the Waterfowl Expo show.



JAMESTOWN — Turkey shoots take place Sunday at Jamestown Masonic Hall, 4301 Route 322. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and the first shoot is at 1.

More information: Call Ron Callen at (724) 932-5661.



CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Springs Rod & Gun Club holds turkey shoots on Sunday, Nov. 3, 10 and 17. All shoots begin at 1 p.m. on the club’s grounds on Route 99 — one mile north of Cambridge Springs.



COCHRANTON — The Cochranton Sportsmans Club holds a turkey shoot on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the group’s clubhouse. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $3 per shot.

The club also holds open-to-the-public trap practice every Sunday except for the third Sunday of the month. This is a year-round event.



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.



ERIE — A “Brews for Birds” fundraiser is Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive.

Music will be provided by Salmon Frank. Taste beers from Voodoo Brewery of Meadville and sample wines from Blue Iris Winery of North East. Snacks and appetizers will also be provided.

Play some games for a chance to win prizes. Cost is $20. Tickets are available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Village West in Erie, at the Audubon Pennsylvania office at 301 Chestnut St. in Meadville, or at the door. Brews for Birds is sponsored by the Presque Isle Audubon Society along with Audubon PA and benefits bird research and banding at Presque Isle State Park.

More information: Call 333-1170.



The Crawford County Conservation District will offer 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. 6 — Discover Bats Movie Matinee from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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 crawfordconservation.com.



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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 Nov. 9 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.