Landowners have until Friday, June 1, to enroll or renew their applications in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program, which is an antlerless deer-hunting program to help landowners manage deer on their properties through hunting.
Applications must be made only by U.S. mail, must be postmarked by June 1 and must be mailed to the Game Commission Region Office serving the county in which the applicant's property is situated. Landowners may obtain DMAP applications and instructions from the PGC website at www.pgc.state.pa.us by clicking on "DMAP" in the "Quick Clicks" box in the right-hand column of the homepage or from any agency Region office or the Harrisburg headquarters.
Eligible lands for DMAP are: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for hunting; and hunting club lands owned in fee title, so long as the club was established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, and it provides a club charter and list of current members to the agency. Coupons for DMAP antlerless permits are issued to landowners at a rate of one coupon for every five acres in agricultural operations or one coupon for every 50 acres for all other land uses. Management plans are required of all public land applicants, for applications enrolling two or more areas within one air mile of each other, for applications that request more than the standard rate for issuance of DMAP harvest permits, and for applications in which the property acreage falls below the minimum for the standard issuance rate.
Contact information for area PGC Region offices and listings of counties that each office covers is as follows: Northeast Region Office, 3917 Memorial Highway, Dallas, PA 18612. 570-675-1143. Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
Southeast Region Office, 448 Snyder Rd., Reading, PA 19605. 610-926-3136. Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.
Registration is underway for the Schuylkill County Youth Field Day at Friedensburg Fish and Game, Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free event for youth between the ages of 10-15 sponsored by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association and Schuylkill Conservation District in cooperation with various outdoors and conservation organizations.
Activities planned are archery, BB rifle, canoeing, fishing, forestry, muzzleloader, trap shooting and trapping. All equipment is provided, participation in each event is voluntary and lunch and refreshments will be provided for participants and their required adult chaperons.
For information and required pre-registration, call "Porcupine Pat" McKinney at (570) 622-4124, ext. 113 or email: porcupinepat@ yahoo.com.
Pennsylvania Spring Biathlon will be Saturday, April 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Whitetail Preserve, Bloomsburg, comprised of 4k running and rifle marksmanship for scholastic and adult divisions. For information, contact Frank Gaval at (570) 788-4219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature outdoors television host Corey Brossman of "Innerloc's Out-There."
First Frontier Militia will hold a muzzleloader shoot, Sunday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 248.
Preregistration is required for a Basic Boating Course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Monday, April 9, and Wednesday, 11, from 6-10 p.m. for both sessions, at Beltzville State Park. There is no charge for the two-session course, but all participants must pre-register by calling Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045 to register and attend both sessions.
Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate for a $10 fee.
This certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft, or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, who operate a motorboat of more than 25 hp, and information about this course or boating safety is on the PFBC website at www.fishandboat. com.
A hike of the Oak/Hemlock Trail will be Thursday, April 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Locust Lake State Park, Barnesville. For information, call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506.
A two-day meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Conference Center, Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg. Commission committees will meet beginning Wednesday at 10:10 a.m. and Thursday at 8:15 a.m.
Formal consideration of the agenda by the full Commission will begin Thursday at approximately 11:05 a.m. All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting is on the PFBC's web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.