Outdoor notes

Outdoor notes #734

Pheasants Forever local chapter 803 in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers will hold a youth mentor pheasant hunt on SGL 119, October 11. Youths must be between the ages of 12 to 16 and have successfully completed a hunter safety course.

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To participate, the youth can only register by using the Game Commission web site at http://www.pgc.state.pa.

We are always looking for Volunteers/Mentors with hunting dogs. For more details visit http://www.nepapf.org or contact Corey Wiesel at 570-282-6346.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced a portion of Railroad Grade Road on State Game Lands 57 in Noxen Township, Wyoming County, will be closed for repairs intermittently beginning on Aug. 4.

Roadwork will occur from the Cider Run Bridge to the game lands boundary near Noxen and is expected to last until the end of August.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host an educational program on Pennsylvania Bats at the Northeast Region Office in Dallas on Tuesday, Aug. 19. This program will be conducted at 7 p.m. and repeated at 8:30 p.m.

The free program will cover bat biology and behavior, ecological importance, common myths, population monitoring, and the effects of white-nose syndrome on Pennsylvania bats. A film entitled “The Race to Save Pennsylvania’s Bats” will be shown as part of this program.

“The populations of several Pennsylvania bat species have been decimated by the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome,” said William Williams, Information and Education Supervisor for the Game Commission’s Northeast Region. “The future of several bat species is now in peril.”

“We hope to see a good turnout for this informative and entertaining program about one of Pennsylvania’s most fascinating and misunderstood animals,” Williams said.

The Game Commission Northeast Region Office is located at 3917 Memorial Hwy. in Dallas. The office phone number is 570-675-1143. No reservations are required.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host a 3-D archery shoot on Sunday, Aug. 24. Start time is 9 a.m. with no further shooters allowed on the course after 1 p.m. Adult non-member fee is $10 and $8 for archers under 18 years of age. FSC member fee is $2 less per category. Archers under 12 years of age can shoot for free.

This is a 30 target “through the woods” course, featuring game animal targets and ranges for every skill level. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a woods environment. All archery tackle is welcome.

After completing the course, archers can compete for cash prizes in the “egg shoot” and the “way out there bear”. The FSC kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. For more information call Paul at 570-561-3748.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District has updated the recreation plan for the Francis E. Walter Dam.

The Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be scheduled if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir. Precipitation throughout the spring and summer has allowed the Corps to add the first five increments of the plan, which includes 4 additional whitewater releases and fisheries enhancement water releases from July 26-Sept 12. The additional releases include:

1) Whitewater event on Aug. 23 (650 cubic feet per second) and increase fisheries enhancement releases to 100 cubic feet per second for the period of July 26-Aug. 1. (Fisheries enhancement releases will be the augmentation amount plus inflow up to a maximum of 300 cubic feet per second).

2) Whitewater event on Aug. 24 (650 cubic feet per second) and increase fisheries enhancement releases to 100 cubic feet per second for the period of Aug. 2-8.

3) Whitewater event on Aug. 30 (650 cubic feet per second) and increase fisheries enhancement releases to 100 cubic feet per second for the period of Aug. 9-15.

4) Whitewater event on Aug. 31 (650 cubic feet per second) and increase fisheries enhancement releases to 100 cubic feet per second for the period of Aug. 16-22.

5) Increase fisheries enhancement releases to 100 cubic feet per second for the period of Aug. 23-Sept 12.

The Corps will announce at a later date if it is able to hold additional whitewater and fisheries releases. To see the plan or view updates, visit: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/fewalter or http://www.facebook.com/fewalterdam.

The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Anthracite Post 283 on 757 Wyoming Ave. in Kingston. Use the entrance on the right side of the building. All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.sctu.org.

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