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.
What is it? Give us your best guess
What is that, a flying shrimp?
Here is your guide to upcoming outdoors events across the area
A free, open-to-the-public Family Paddling Program skill-building event presented by the state Fish & Boat Commission is set for M.K. Goddard State Park on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.
This program is designed for families with children age 8 and older who are new to paddling. Participants will learn about regulations, equipment, and paddling safety skills during a brief on-shore lesson. The remainder of this four-hour program will take place on the water in canoes and kayaks practicing paddling strokes, self rescue and other safety skills.
All canoes, kayaks, paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided. Participants must come prepared to get wet and bring water, snacks, sun block, sunglasses and snug-fitting foot protection (no flip-flops permitted). Foot protection and life jackets must be worn at all times
Pre-registration is required and will be accepted until Friday. Space is limited.
n More information or to pre-register, go to fishandboat.com and select “Calendar of Events.”
Waterfowl hunting regulators to provide update and seek input on upcoming seasons and limits
Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Aug. 9 co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Northwest Pennsylvania Duck Hunters Association on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting seasons.
Tamarack Lake-lovers seek volunteers to help with cleanup event
Tamarack Lake cleanup days, in conjunction with French Creek Conservancy, are Sept. 7 and organizers are recruiting volunteers.
Fishing, hunting seminars and kid-friendly fun set for Outdoor Showcase
Armstrong is looking for hunting, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, experts and vendors to participate at this year’s Antlers and Anglers Outdoor Showcase, which is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. The event offers local sportsmen, vendors and outdoor organizations the opportunity to sell and demonstrate their wares and conduct educational seminars.
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