Meadville Tribune

November 21, 2013

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

Meadville Tribune

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

BLACK ASH — Black Ash Sportsman hosts public sight-in days on three weekends in November where nonmembers will be able to use the rifle range for sighting in prior to deer season. The dates and times are Saturday, plus Nov. 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday and Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $3 per shooter. Shooters are expected to bring their own targets. Sandbags will be available for use as a rifle rest.

Range officers will be on duty at these times to control range activities. The range will be open to members only at times other than those listed above.

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.

JAMESTOWN — Pymatuning State Park hosts a pair of events in December and January, starting with a “Go Girls Archery” event on Dec. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at environmental classroom in the Jamestown Marina.

Girls 10 to 15 years old are invited to learn archery and then put their new skills to work as they walk through a practice target range. Classroom instruction will be followed by hands-on field practice. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is Dec. 12.

The park also holds a “Get Out! Get Healthy! Snowshoe Hike” on Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. at the environmental classroom in the Jamestown Marina. Enjoy a 1.5-mile hike around the shores of Pymatuning.

Organizers will incorporate birding and winter plant identification into the walk and healthy snacks after the hike. If there is snow, those who participate will snowshoe — with no snow, there will be a hike. Contact the Park Office to reserve snowshoes — or bring your own.

More information or to register: Call (724) 932-3142.