Meadville Tribune

Outdoors

November 21, 2013

Here are the outdoors briefs for the week that began Nov. 20

MEADVILLE — 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 this week on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23.

STROUDSBURG — A state lawmaker is proposing a $25 bounty on coyotes to deal with what he calls an infestation in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Rep. Mike Peifer, a Republican serving Monroe and Pike counties, has introduced legislation to allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to offer the bounty, The Pocono Record reported.

State law already allows year-round coyote hunting, and Peifer says he wants to give hunters an incentive to bag the animals, which he said are preying on everything from house cats to deer.

The measure wouldn't require the commission to implement the bounty but would allow it to do so where the animals are a problem, he said.

Because of the increase in predators, deer herds have taken refuge in rural developments, and a cull might allow residents to reduce the number of deer in their communities, he said.

Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau said that there were an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 coyotes in the state a decade ago, but that last year more than twice as many — 40,000 — were killed by hunters.

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.

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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    More information: Visit fishandboat.com.

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