Big news for anglers: Date set for Walnut Creek Marina to open for fishing
The Walnut Creek Marina basin will open for fishing at noon on Nov. 7, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Plan your outdoors activities with these notes for the week beginning Oct. 23
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.
The Crawford County Conservation District has a number of fun and educational events planned for November and December
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.
Local photographer wins honors in worldwide Audubon nature contest
With more than 350 entries from 153 photographers from around the world, Meadville photographer Ricardo Gilson was a winner in the 2013 Jamestown, N.Y., Audubon Nature Photography Contest.
Here is your listing of outdoor events and news for the week beginning Oct. 16
The Crawford County Conservation District holds a “Big Trees Ravine Walk” today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Greendale Cemetery in Meadville.
Greendale Cemetery ravine is a throwback to an earlier time in Pennsylvania’s forested history and features some of the oldest specimin trees in Crawford County. Meet outside the Randolph Street entrance of the cemetery and accompany Mark Lewis, service forest for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, before heading to the ravine. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
More information or to register: Call Kathy Uglow at 763-5269 or visit crawfordconservation.com.
Outdoors notes for week starting Oct. 9
A western Pennsylvania man who loved hunting and fishing but shunned people left virtually his entire estate to the state Game Commission.
State's Mentored Youth Fishing Day program may expand
Plans to expand the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day program across the state in 2014 were unveiled during the PFBC’s recent business meeting.
Local photographer captures beauty of Pymatuning State Park and wins statewide award
Mary Thall of Jamestown recently won first place in the Outdoor Recreation category of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s 2013 Through the Seasons statewide photo contest. The winning photograph featured a sunset over the lake at Pymatuning State Park.
Here is your weekly guide to area outdoors news and events
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, pgc.state.pa.us. 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 Wildlife Refuge boss brings big-picture vision
One week into her new position as manager of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge in Guys Mills, Vicki Muller is enjoying the environment — both the community and the local habitats.
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