Experienced hunters and trappers are being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors are being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for its basic Hunter-Trapper Education, Successful Bowhunting, Successful Furtaking and the new Successful Turkey Hunting courses, as well as future courses under consideration.

"Becoming a volunteer instructor for the Game Commission is one way experienced hunters and trappers can help pass along our outdoors heritage to a new generation," PGC Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief Keith Snyder said. "Becoming an instructor also is a fine way to help make a difference in your community and to do something to help improve the quality of our education and safety programs.

"If you're an experienced hunter or trapper, and want to give something back, I encourage you to become a certified instructor for one or all of the agency's education programs. Quality training is vitally important to ensuring these new, young hunters and trappers are both safe and responsible."

Persons who wish to become instructors should be knowledgeable, experienced hunters and trappers, and be willing to teach at least one class per year. Classes are held at a variety of locations, such as sportsmen's clubs, fire halls, schools and municipal buildings.

Instructors work with other volunteer instructors, PGC wildlife conservation officers and deputy WCOs to plan and teach classes. Applicants need not be experts in every field of hunting and trapping, and all teaching materials and detailed lesson plans are provided by the agency.

All new instructors must have attended and completed a class, as a student, within the 18 months prior to or after submitting their application. Applicants must pass a background check, assist with at least one student-level class and attend a new instructor training workshop before being certified.

For more information about becoming an instructor, visit the PGC website at www.pgc.state.pa.us [1], select "Education," choose "Hunter Education" and then click on "Becoming an Instructor." Individuals also can request an application packet online or by calling the agency's Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015.

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Another season of muzzleloader shoots sponsored by the First Frontier Militia begins Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, off Route 248 between the Parryville and Bowmanstown exits on Gun Club Road.

Other shoots are scheduled for April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.

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Outdoors-related clubs and organizations are invited to send information on events, activities and contact people and phone numbers – or e-mail addresses – to be listed free of charge for the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Outdoors Map project being conducted by the Schuylkill Conservation District and the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association. As this is a long-range, continuing project, there is no way exact dates can be listed, so just general information on events such as "sporting clays, trap, 3-D, block, rifle, etc." – along with - "second Sunday of the month, etc." - can be listed.

Sporting goods dealers, taxidermists, dog-supply and feed dealers, camp grounds, bait shops, lawn and garden dealers, etc., and any retail outlet remotely related to the outdoors can be listed for a one-time $25 fee. Information and checks should be mailed to: Wayne Lehman, County Natural Resource Specialist, Schuylkill Conservation District, 1206 AG Center Drive, Pottsville PA 17901. Information alone can be e-mailed to: wlehman@co. schuylkill.pa.us.

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A "Women in the Outdoors" event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be held, Saturday, March 12, at Cabela's Hamburg store. Information is available at the store or by calling Harold Luther at 610-929-7089 or by e-mail at harold.luther@cabelas.com [2].

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Corey Brossman, host of the outdoors television series "Innerloc's Out-There," is today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," 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 by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

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A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, March 10, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail jafone@comcast.net [3].

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Lehigh Valley Safari Club International Auction and Banquet will be held Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville. Doors open Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and the banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. For information, access the LVSCI website at www.lvsci.org [4].

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet and Non-Perishable Food Drive will be held, Saturday, March 12, with doors opening at 5 p.m., at Community Fire Company, Landingville. For information, call Jeff Post at 570-366-7783 or Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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Friedensburg Fish and Game Spaghetti Supper will be held, Saturday, March 26, from 3-7 p.m. For information, call Ray Koch at 570-385-2169.

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, April 7, 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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Lehigh Valley QDMA Banquet will be held, Friday, April 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Meadows Banquet Hall, 1170 Meadows Road, Hellertown. For information and reservations, call Jon Felton at 215-529-7280 or Dean Souder at 267-382-0333.