At this year's quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set seasons and bag limits, the board of game commissioners – realizing that Veterans Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 12 – created a unique way for hunters to show their appreciation to active and retired military personnel by designating it as "Hunt With A Veteran Day."
Today, the members of Four Mile Outfitters, a group of local sportsmen affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project, in partnership with Whitewater Rafting Adventures of Nesquehoning and Clover Hollow Hunting Preserve of Slatington will have an early observance of the PGC program with a pheasant, quail and chukar hunt for four veterans. Last year, Four Mile Outfitters and Clover Hollow held a Wounded Warrior Project hunt at the facility located on Lime Kiln Road.
"It's more than taking our veterans on a pheasant hunt; it's a reminder that every American, every single person can do something to support our nation's veterans," Four Mile Outfitters spokesman Scott Spaeth said.
For Monday's "Hunt With A Veteran Day," the PGC has entered in partnership with the state chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to encourage hunters to help veterans discover or rediscover the thrills and joys of hunting. Opportunities include the final day of archery deer season, the first day of archery bear season and small game hunting.
To recognize licensed hunters who step up to serve as volunteer guides for a veteran, the PGC will conduct a drawing to present six framed fine-art wildlife prints. To be eligible for one of the prints, a participating hunter must submit a brief e-mail that outlines the name and address of the veteran taken afield, type of hunting taken part in, and county where the shared hunt took place.
American Legion or VFW members who take another veteran hunting also should include their member number. All participating hunters, including those not affiliated with the American Legion or VFW must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will focus on maintenance of 4-wheel drive vehicles for the upcoming big game hunting seasons.
A muzzleloader shot sponsored by First Frontier Militia will be Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 248. Both flintlock and traditional percussion rifles may be used.
Pat McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District will lead the "Mahanoy Plane Hike," Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2-4:30 p.m., meeting at the Frackville Public Library. For information, call McKinney at 570-622-4124, ext. 113.
Pagnotti Enterprise of Wilkes-Barre has enrolled nearly 3,000 acres of Natural Coal Company and Indian Head Coal Company land in western Schuylkill County in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Hunter Access Program. A large portion of this land, located near Donaldson, was reclaimed from abandoned strip mining operations and was leveled and terraced and carefully designed erosion control diversion trenches were established and lined with rock.