Ian Radler of Palmerton is the new Pennsylvania state record holder for bullhead catfish, breaking the previous Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission state record which had been established in 1983, with a fish he caught at Beltzville Lake.

Radler was fishing the evening of Monday, Aug. 22, when he caught a brown bullhead on cut bait near the Trachsville Bridge. His record fish had a certified weight of 4 pounds, 10 ounces, breaking the previous record of 4 pounds, 4 ounces set by Ed Lasorda of Exton with a brown bullhead he caught at Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County.

State records are certified by the PFBC based on total body weight. Potential record fish must exceed the established mark by at least 2 ounces, as weighed on a certified scale.

To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to the public, and without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds, fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by club members or their guests are not eligible for record consideration, and fish must be examined by staff from the PFBC – which is the only entity that can certify an official state record fish in the Commonwealth. Complete rules and application are available on the Commission's website at: http://fishandboat.com/strecord.htm [1].

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This year's final quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3 and 4, at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Ave. exit of Interstate 81, Harrisburg. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. both days and sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, the board will gather public comments and hear PGC staff reports, and those interested in offering public testimony, which is limited to five minutes, must register upon arrival. Following public comments, the board will receive a report on a recent survey of hunting license buyers from Dr. Coren Jagnow, Bureau of Information and Education's Human Dimensions Division chief and author of the survey.

Tuesday, the board will take up its prepared agenda, which is posted on the agency website at www.pgc.state.pa.us [2]. Both sessions will be webcast on the site.

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Successful bowhunters participating in Pennsylvania archery deer season are reminded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission they can report their harvest by mailing the postage-paid postcards included with hunting licenses, on the line agency website at www.pgc.state.pa.us [2] and through a toll-free telephone system by calling 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681). Hunters are also reminded they still are required to display their licenses in the middle of the back as the General Assembly has yet to remove this statutory requirement.

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Bears Head Archery, Delano, located one mile off Exit 134, Interstate 81, has its 3-D course open daily to the public from dawn to dusk through Saturday, Oct. 15. Donations are accepted, and for information, contact Frank Blazusky at 570-467-0331 or docblazer@verizon.net [3].

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This week's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, Sunday, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature Quality Deer Management Association board member Kathy Davis.

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This year's Schuylkill County Friends of NRA Banquet will be held, Thursday, Oct. 6, beginning at 5 p.m., at St. Nicholas Hall, Minersville. For tickets and information, call Mike McCord at 570-628-1382, Gary Reibsane at 717-647-4314 or Harry Meyers at 570-691-7564.

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A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Oct. 6, 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 will meet, Thursday, Oct. 6, 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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"Ruger Rimfire Series East Coast Championship" matches will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, at Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli. For information, call Fred Pickard at 570-657-7427 or email fzytree2@ptd.net [5]