Keystone Dock Dogs will hold this year's Spring Splash, Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at Cabela's Hamburg store. This is the first time in more than four years that Dock Dogs has held an event at the store, and entries are expected from many of the top canine athletes from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to compete for more than $2,500 in cash and prizes.
According to event organizers, registration is open to all dogs, and pre-registration is available by accessing the Keystone Dock Dogs website at www.keystonedockdogs.com. Dogs will compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.
Big Air is the long jump equivalent for canines, who achieve speeds of more than 20 mph as they catapult themselves off the end of a 40-foot dock into a body of water to make a retrieve. Jump distance is measured from the end of the dock to where the base of the dog's tail breaks the water, and the current world record is 28 feet, 10 inches.
Extreme Vertical is a high jump contest, with dogs leaping nearly seven feet in the air to retrieve and knock down a Flappy, which is suspended over the water, eight feet from the end of the dock. The current world record is 7 feet, 10 inches.
Speed Retrieve tests canine quickness, with dogs lined up at the 20-foot mark on the dock. On command, handlers release their dog, which then runs, jumps and swims to the end of the pool to retrieve a Flappy.
In conjunction with the Spring Splash, a series of firearms seminars for men, women and children will be held both days. Instructors and speakers include Berks County sherriff Eric Weaknecht and the staff of Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays.
Women visitors can enter a chance to win a free trip to "NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape" in Raton, N.M.
For information about the Keystone Dock Dogs Spring Splash Event, firearms weekend and future events at Cabela's, visit the website at www.cabelas.com/Hamburg or call the store at 610-929-7000.
This year's Department of Interior's 8th Annual National Natural Landmark Photo Contest has listed Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as an eligible destination for the contest. Up to three photos of different National Natural Landmarks may be submitted by Thursday, June 30, and winning photos will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Commemorative National Natural Landmarks calendar.
Information on the contest is available on the Web at www.nature.nps.gov/nnl by clicking "photo contest." Information on Hawk Mountain is available on the Web at www.hawkmountain.org or by calling (610) 756-6961.
Dock Dog trainer Sue Daubert is the guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," Sunday, from 7-7:30 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM and on the Web at www.wmgh.com by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, May 5, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, May 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.
Muzzleloader shoots sponsored by the First Frontier Militia will be held Sunday, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, off Route 248 between the Parryville and Bowmanstown exits on Gun Club Road. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.
Schuylkill County Parks and Recreation Department supervisor Bob Evanchalk will lead a photo safari, Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 6 p.m., at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove. After leading participants to some of the best areas in the park for photos, the group will later review the images at the clubhouse. Participants will need a download cable to fit their digital camera, and preregistration is requested by calling 570-527-2505.