A Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Family Ice Fishing program will be held, Sunday, Feb. 6, beginning at 10 a.m., at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, 151 East White Bear Drive, Summit Hill. There is no change for the event, but pre-registration is required by calling Susan Gallagher or Jeannie Carl at (570) 645-8597 at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center or by email at cceec@ptd.net [1].

Designed by the PFBC for families with little or no fishing experience, its FFP teach basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together during the program. Because of this, it is important to be on-time for the start of the program, which is instructional.

Topics of instruction will include fishing safety and manners, how to cast and tie knots and practice both of these skills, basic fishing tackle, laws and regulations. This will be followed in the second half of the program with the opportunity to fish.

This program is open to all ages; however, the program is designed for children ages 5 and older because of the hands-on nature of the program. PFBC regulations requiring a fishing license for those 16 and older is waived for participants in the program.

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This year's Garden State Outdoors Sportsmen's and Adventure Show is being held today and Sunday at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center at Raritan Center, Edison, N.J. Show hours are: today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, access on the Web at www.gsoos.com [2].

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Abner Druckenmiller of FoxPro Game Calls is the guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," Saturday from 7:30-8 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM; Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM; and on the Web at www.wmgh.com [3] by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

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Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Advisor Board will meet Wednesday, Jan. 19, beginning at noon, at Schuylkill County Ag Center, 1206 Ag Center Drive, Gordon Naugle Trail, Pottsville. For information, call the Schuylkill Conservation District at 570-622-3742.

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A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Jan. 20, 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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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission meets, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 24 and 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days, at agency headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.

Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday, Jan. 25, 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 [5].

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Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association will meet Thursday, Jan.27, beginning at 7 p.m., at Red Hill Gun Club. For information, contact Ron Blew at 570-943-2900 or rblewy@yahoo.com [6].

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This year's Early Bird Sports Expo will be held, Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 27-30, at the Bloomsburg Fairground, Bloomsburg. Show hours are: Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and tickets, visit the website at www.earlybirdsportsexpo.com [7].

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Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold its first quarterly meeting of the year, Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, Feb. 3, 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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This year's 18th Century Artisan's Show will be held, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, at Country Cupboard Restaurant and Best Western Inn, Route 15, Lewisburg. Show hours are: Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call John Getz at 570-658-7263, Allen Martin at 570-922-4281 or visit the website at www.18thcenturyartisanshow.com [8].

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This year's Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show will be held, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 5-13, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Show hours are: Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and tickets, visit the website at www.easternsportshow.com [9].

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This year's Sportsmen's Show and Flea Market will be held, Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Leesport Farmers Market, 312 Gernants Church Road, Leesport. For information, call Ralph Reber at 610-944-9376.

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This year's Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow will be held, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 17-20, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks. Show hours are: Thursday and Friday, 12:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and tickets, visit the website at www.sportshows.com/Philly [10].