Two Pennsylvania anglers are among the top winners in this year's "Fish for Millions" contest cosponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Cabela's in Hamburg.
They will receive their awards Thursday, Aug. 15, as the Hamburg store as part of the kickoff to Cabela's Fall Great Outdoors Days, which continue through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Ray Biddle, Jr., Jefferson Hills, is the overall winner and will be presented with a Ranger 520Z Bass Series Comanche boat with trailer valued at $60,000. Wayne Ziegler, Butler, will receive a $5,000 Cabela's shopping spree for landing a tagged crappie in Lake Arthur.
Events taking place during Great Outdoor Days include a hunting seminar by former professional wrestler Shawn Michaels and his co-host Keith Mark from the MacMillan River Adventures TV Show on the Outdoor Channel.
Waterfowl Classic seminars are "Waterfowl Choke and Shot Selections," "Gearing Up for Waterfowl Hunting," "Basic to Advanced Goose Calling," "Hunting the "X" for Geese," and "Early Season Geese Calling Tactics."
Dog training seminars will be held Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. by Mark Wolkskill and Karen Shannon from Pheasant Valley Farms Hunting Preserve. In addition, the Keystone Regional Duck and Goose Calling Championship is Saturday.
For the third straight year the Keystone Dock Dogs Championships will be held with a total of more than $2,500 in cash and prizes being awarded. Contestants can register for the event at http://www.keystonedockdogs.com/ and information on all the weekend events is available at www.cabelas.com/hamburg.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, begins this year's annual Autumn Hawk Watch begins Thursday, Aug. 15, and the raptor-monitoring program continues through Sunday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the North Lookout.
A trained staff or volunteer biologist is stationed every day to help visitors by pointing out and identifying the passing migrants, and for information call the visitor center at 610-756-6961 or access the website at http://www.hawkmoun-tain.org/.
Women's Outdoor Day, a free event sponsored by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association, which includes lunch and is open to any women – including those living outside Schuylkill County age 16 and older is Saturday Aug. 17, with group assignments at 7:30 a.m., at Friedensburg Fish and Game Association, 169 Stone Mountain Road. Sponsored by the. For information and required preregistration contact Christy Zulli by calling 570-622-3742, ext. 114, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shippensburg University's team of Kevin Hollasch, Shippensburg, and Hunter Chamberlin, Marriotsville, Md., won the recent FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on Lake Champlain with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational tournament.
Finishing 11 and advancing to the Northern Conference Invitational tournament was the Mansfield University team of Matt Novitski, Mansfield, and Colton Otto, Carlisle. Complete results of the tournament can be found at CollegeFishing.com.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ by clicking the link to the program, features "Petersen's Bowhunting" editor Christian Berg of Tamaqua.
Ticket sales are underway for the annual Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association Banquet, Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5 p.m., at Community Fire Company, Landingville. For information and tickets call Dennis Scharadin at 570-739-2085.
A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through October 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email email@example.com.
First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader branch of Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, is holding a muzzleloader shoot on Sunday, Aug. 11 beginning at 9 a.m.