Anglers, and those looking to purchase gifts for anglers, can purchase Pennsylvania fishing licenses for the 2014 season, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 1. In addition to single-year licenses, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission offers three- and five-year licenses.
Introduced for the first time for the 2013 season, the multi-year licenses have been a popular choice for anglers, who have purchased more than 20,000 three-year and more than 10,000 five-year licenses. Customers who buy multi-year licenses save money by avoiding transaction and processing fees each year.
A three-year resident license can be purchased for $64.70 and a five-year for $106.70. Anglers can also buy multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings.
Vouchers and licenses can be purchased online through the PFBC's Outdoor Shop at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com, at more than 900 issuing agents, at county treasurers' offices and at PFBC regional offices.
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 www.wmgh.com by clicking the link to the program, features a special program of Christmas music with local guitarist Sterling Koch.
Two streams in northcentral Pennsylvania will receive increased trout stockings by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission because of improved water quality and a third has been upgraded to Class A Wild Trout status beginning with the 2014 season.
Adult trout will be stocked in the West Branch Susquehanna River and the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek. These will be a preseason stockings and will be in addition to the reach between the confluence with South Branch Bennett Branch and the confluence with Wilson Run in Penfield that is already stocked.
Upgraded to a Class A wild stream is Rattlesnake Creek, which has two popular sections which run through Elk and Jefferson counties.
Online voting for the "2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year" is underway through Friday, Dec. 27, and the Schuylkill River is one of the five finalists. Last year, the Monongahela River edged out the Schuylkill for 2013 honors by the final vote of 8,156-8,010, and the Lehigh River is a previous winner.
Designed to elevate public awareness of specific Pennsylvania rivers and recognize their important conservation needs and achievements, "River of the Year" designations have been presented annually since 1983 by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers. Only one vote may be cast per email address and may be cast online at www.schuylkillriver.org.
This year's Audubon Society's 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count is being conducted through Sunday, Jan. 5. Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Division head Dan Brauning encourages sportsmen to join the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States and participate in the project, which makes an indispensible contribution to conservation because it monitors bird species that spend winters in Pennsylvania.
Registration to participate in the Christmas Bird Count is available on the Audubon website at www.audubon.org.
Copies of the 2013 Pennsylvania Big Game Records book are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop, www.pgc.state.pa.us, or by calling 1-888-888-3459, or mailing remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 17110-9797. Copies are $5, plus shipping and handling, and Pennsylvania residents also pay 6 percent sales tax.
Applications are being accepted from current high school sophomores and juniors for participation in the Youth Education Summit sponsored by the National Rifle Association, which will be held Monday-Sunday, June 23-29, in Washington, D.C.
Information on the NRA Youth Education Summit is available by calling 1-800-672-3888, ext. 1351, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.