A toll-free number has been established by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for the public to report suspected pollution incidents or fish kills. By calling 1-855-FISH-KIL (1-855-347-4545) the public is able to quickly alert PFBC staff to suspected environmental incidents.
This hotline is to be used only for reporting suspected cases of pollution or fish kills and is not meant for general inquires related to license sales, boat registrations or other agency issues. Callers using the hotline will be directed to the PFBC's Bureau of Law Enforcement in Harrisburg, where staff will answer calls from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Calls received after hours or on weekends will be sent to a voice mailbox where the caller can leave a message. PFBC staff will review voice messages and respond as soon as possible.
If someone spots a suspected incident and believes it is an immediate threat to public safety or the environment, they should dial 911 or the Department of Environmental Protection's emergency number at 1-800-541-2050. Additional information is available on the PFBC website at www.fishandboat.com.
This year's Pennsylvania Trappers Association 74th Annual Rendezvous and State Convention will be held Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19, at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, Route 895, Summit Station.
In addition to daily seminars, the PTA will present the Cable Restraint Course, Thursday June 16, and Friday June 17, from 1-5 p.m. both days. For additional information, contact PTA president Brian Mohn at firstname.lastname@example.org, (610) 562-1790 or access on the Web at www.patrappers.com.
Here is the schedule of free seminar: Thursday - Beaver, 8 a.m.; Beaver Snaring, 9 a.m.; Woodland Fox, 10 a.m.; Beaver/Avoiding Otter, 11 a.m.; Canine Trapping, noon; Winter Coyote Trapping, 1 p.m.; Dog Proof Coon Traps, 2 p.m.; Beaver Snaring, 3 p.m.; TBA, 4 p.m.; Pennsylvania Game Commission, 5 p.m.
Friday - Canine, 8 a.m.; Beaver Snaring, 9 a.m.; Raccoon, 10 a.m.; Canine Trapping, 11 a.m.; Mink, noon; Coyote, 1 p.m.; TBA, 2 p.m.; Winter Coyote Trapping, 3 p.m.; Canine Location/Map Reading, 4 p.m.; Beaver Avoiding Otter, 5 p.m.
Saturday - Mink, 8 a.m.; Coyote 9 a.m.; Trap Preperation/Canines, 10 a.m.; Bobcat, 11 a.m.; Coyote, noon; PTA Meeting, 1 p.m.; Mink, 2 p.m.; Fox, 3 p.m.; Coyote, 4 p.m.; Q and A, 5 p.m.
This year's Norm Thornburg Youth Conservation Camp, for those between the ages of 13-15, will be held, Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25, at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, Summit Station. Scholarships are available from the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association, and for information, call Dennis Scharadin at 570-739-2085 or contact "Porcupine" Pat McKinney at 570-622-4124, ext. 113, or e-mail porcupinepat@ yahoo. com.
Bears Head Archery, Delano, located one mile off Exit 134, Interstate 81, has its 3-D course open daily to the public from dawn to dusk through Saturday, Oct. 15. Donations are accepted, and for information, contact Frank Blazusky at 570-467-0331 or email@example.com.
Rivers Fly Fishing Adventures owner and fishing guide Joe DeMarkis is the guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," Sunday, from 7-7:30 a.m. on 1410-AM, WLSH, 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, June 9, 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.
Muzzleloader shoots sponsored by the First Frontier Militia will be held Sunday, 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.