Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2010-11 waterfowl hunting seasons. The session will be held Friday, Aug. 6, beginning at 1 p.m., at Haldeman Island State Game Land 290, directly across from the Ranch House Restaurant along Routes 11/15 near Amity Hall.

In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, PGC staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting, or by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg 17110-9797, or by e-mail at waterfowlcomments@state.pa.us [1]

Based on public comments, PGC staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval. All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS, however, all states select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks.

Early migratory bird hunting seasons including September Canada goose, mourning dove, American woodcock and web-less species will be announced in later. In August, when the final selections are made, the PGC will issue a news release on the remaining hunting seasons for migratory birds.

In addition, the PGC will print and distribute its annual brochure outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons to U.S. Post Offices, where hunters may purchase their mandatory federal duck stamp. The annual brochure also will be posted on the Game Commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us [2]

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Today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience the Outdoors," from 7:30-8 a.m. on Oldies 1410-AM is certified dog trainer Charlotte Williams. A rebroadcast will be heard Sunday from 9:30-10 a.m. on WMGH, 105.5-FM, and is available on the Web at www.wmgh.com [3] by clicking on the "Experience the Outdoors" link.

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A 3-D course is open for public use from dawn to dusk at Bear's Head Sportsmen's Association, Delano, located off Exit 134 of Interstate 81, daily through Saturday, Oct. 23. Donations are accepted and for information call the clubhouse at 570-467-0331 or e-mail docblazer@verizon.net [4]

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A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Aug. 5, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail jafone@comcast.net [5]

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, Aug. 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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A series of basic kayaking courses will be held at Tuscarora State Park, and kayaks, paddles and life vests will be provided for those meeting the maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds.

Courses will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, from 2-4 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 8, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Sunday, Aug. 15, from 9:30–11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 28, from 2-4 p.m. Pre-registration is required, either in person at the park or by calling the park office at 570-467-2506, at $15 for those using park equipment or $5 for those using their own equipment.

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First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader arm of Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, will hold muzzleloader shoots on the following dates: Sunday, Aug. 6, Sept. 12, Oct. 9 and 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club is located on Gun Club Road, off Route 248, Bowmanstown. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.

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This year's Empire State Lake Ontario Fall Tournament will be held from Friday, Aug. 20, through Monday, Sept. 6. For information and registration, access on the Web at www.loc.org [6] or call (888) 733-5246.

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Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 21, beginning at 7 p.m., at Yorkville Fire Company, South 20th and West Norwegian Sts., Pottsville. For information, call Randy Emerich at 570-622-1252 or access on the Web at www.schuylkilltu.org [7]

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This year's "Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza" will be held Friday-Sunday, Aug. 27-29, at Kempton Fairground. For information, contact Bob Danenhower at 610-398-7609 and bobstaxidermy@ptd.net [8] or Rick Weaknecht at 610-683-7405 and pahunter2005@hotmail.com [9]

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Columbia County Open Buddy Bass Tournament will be held, Sunday, Aug. 29, Susquehanna River, Shickshinny; Sept. 19, Susquehanna River, Danville; Nov. 7, Williamsport Linden Access Area; 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call tournament director Mike Monico at 570-752-3223.

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This year's "Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival" will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 17-19, at Sullivan County Fairground, Forksville, beginning daily at 6 a.m. For information, call Bill Feese at 570-525-3635, e-mail info@pabowhunters. com or access on the Web at www.pabowhunters [10]. com

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This year's "Hawk Mountain Wildlife Art Show" will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept 25 and 26, at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton. For information call the visitor center at 610-756-6961.

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This year's "Schuylkill County Friends of NRA Banquet" will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, beginning at 5 p.m., at the Schuylkill Mall. For additional information or reservations, call Mike McCord at 570-628-1382.