Youth in grades 6-12 may participate in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's inaugural Youth Wildlife Art Contest designed to promote wildlife art among young artists, recognize the talents of these young artists and enhance their knowledge of the PGC and the state's endangered and threatened species.
Participating students shall depict one or more Pennsylvania endangered or threatened species in the appropriate habitat. Artwork must be biologically correct in color, proportional size, shape, activity and habitat.
Middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) categories will be judged separately, and the art instructor for first-place winners will receive $100 to be used for art supplies for the school. All artwork must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 7, and mailed to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Attn: Robert Wesoloskie, Chief Marketing & Merchandising, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg 17110-9797.
Winning artwork will be displayed at PGC headquarters in Harrisburg during March for Youth Art Month and at the Pennsylvania Department of Education during the month of April. Awards awarded in both categories are: First, $500; Second, $300; Third, $100; Fourth, $50.
Winners are eligible to move on to the National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Details will be provided to the winners.
For more information call Wesoloskie at 717-787-4250, ext. 3623.
Outdoorsmen in Pennsylvania lost a true friend in the passing of Tom Fegely, the former outdoors editor of the "The Allentown Morning Call," who lost his lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia two weeks ago at the age of 72. A 1959 graduate of Southern Lehigh High, he earned a bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University and a master's degree from Kutztown University.
Fegely retired from a teaching career in 1976 he left a teaching career to become a full-time outdoors writer and photographer as outdoors editor of "Call." He became known nationally through his feature articles in "Outdoor Life," "Field and Stream" and "American Hunter" magazines and as the author of 10 books.
A pioneer in outdoors television programming, Fegely hosted the weekly "Call of the Outdoors" on WGAL, TV-8, in Lancaster. He also hosted the weekly "Escape to the Outdoors" radio program that was syndicated on 400 stations throughout the eastern United States.
Fegely and his wife Betty Lou wrote about their hunting and fishing trips in more than 30 states, six Canadian provinces, Africa and Bulgaria. He was a past president of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, Outdoor Writers Association of America, National Rifle Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
An inaugural squirrel hunt to benefit Friedensburg Fish and Game for individual hunters and teams with a maximum of four hunters is being held Saturday, Jan. 25, with registration from 5-7 a.m. the day of the hunt at the club, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove. All Pennsylvania Game Commission hunting regulations apply, and a maximum of six grey and black squirrels may be entered, with places determined by the weight of three heaviest squirrels. There is a three-hour window for the hunt, which will be followed by a .22-caliber block shoot.
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 FearNot Game Calls president Troy Starr of Valley View.
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.