Hunters may not think of themselves as boaters, but with hunting season underway, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds them to wear their life jackets when they are on the water.

"Hunters using boats, canoes and kayaks must remember to wear the most important piece of equipment while on the water – a lifejacket," PFBC boating and watercraft safety manager Ryan Walt said. "People drown needlessly every year because they fail to wear their life jacket.

"If you are headed out on the water for a day of hunting, or running that winter trap line, following basic water safety tips will go a long way towards making sure your hunting trip is a safe one."

For more information about Pennsylvania boating regulations see the Pennsylvania Boating Handbook on the Web at www.fishandboat.com/bookboat.htm [1].

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A new Youth Hunter Education Challenge chapter is forming at Friedensburg Fish and Pine Grove YHEC is reforming at Game and Roedersville Fish and Game for youth between the ages of 12-18 who have successfully completed the Pennsylvania Game Commission's hunter-trapper education course.

Registration for the newly formed "Coal Region YHEC" will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days, at Friedensburg. For information, call Wayne Dinger at (570) 345-9299 or Bruce Umverdorven at (570) 527-0979.

"Team Pine Grove YHEC" is being reorganized at a meeting held at Roedersville, Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. For information, call Craig Morgan at (570) 739-2627.

Membership in both YHEC chapters is open to all those meeting the requirements, regardless of county or town of residence. For more information on YHEC, access the Pennsylvania website at www.payhec.org [2].

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Seminar weekends focusing on predator hunting and outdoors winter activities will be held at Cabela's in Hamburg. "Predator Classic Weekend" will be held, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5; "Winter Weekend" will be held, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, and will have seminars on muzzleloader hunting, ice fishing, reloading and long-range shooting for predators.

For information and seminar schedules, visit on the Web at www.cabelas.com/Hamburg [3] or call the store at (610) 929-7000.

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A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail jafone@comcast.net [4].

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets Thursday, Dec. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.