A Pennsylvania Game Commission "Successful Turkey Hunting" advanced training class will be held in the Southeast Region, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Steelstown Gunning Club, Steelstown Road, Annville. For information and to register for this voluntary, advanced, one-day hunter education training program, access the PGC website at www.pgc.state.pa . us.
"Our Successful Turkey Hunting program will give the skills and knowledge needed to really enjoy your next turkey-hunting experience," PGC Southeast Region information and education superviso Cheryl Trewella said. "Even before attending a class, a lot about the wild turkey and turkey hunting can be learned by reviewing the online student guide, and a printed copy is provided to keep at the end of the course.
"In our classroom, we'll teach the orienteering skills needed to navigate the back country in search of wary birds, plus shot selection methods to increase success rate, enhance the hunting experience and hunt safely. Both basic and advanced calling techniques using most of the popular call types available today will be taught, and attendees will receive a turkey call.
"Moving outside, scouting methods and hunting techniques, including the effective use of decoys, will be taught. There is also a session on how to fine-tune both one's eye and shotgun to bag more birds consistently, so attendees should bring their shotgun, but shells will be provided."
To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, students must pass an open-book, written exam at the conclusion of the class. Prior to attending, individuals must complete the independent-study part of this program.
For those who prefer to receive a hard-copy of the study materials, contact the PGC Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015 and request a printed version of the "Successful Turkey Hunting Student Manual." It takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete the independent-study part of the training.
Friedensburg Youth Hunter Education Challenge Coal Region team is holding the Brad Huber Memorial Clay Shoot and a pig roast, Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m., at Feiedensburg Fish and Game Club. For information or to make prize donations, contact Kevin Huber at 717-821-4360 or Bruce Unverdorben at 570-345-6670.
National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated at Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve, Kleinfeltersville, Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with hands-on outdoors events for adults and children. Activities include exhibits/displays from local, state and national sportsmen's organizations; archery shoot; muzzle loading rifles; and upland bird dog and trapping demonstrations.
Peggy Hentz of Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitators, Schuylkill Haven, will conduct birds of prey demonstrations at noon and 3 p.m., and the Izaak Walton League will provide roasted venison for visitors to sample. A special activity will be the laser SHOT system, which is a simulated hunting experience to test an individual's marksmanship and decision making in hunting situations.
Schuylkill County Friends of NRA will hold its annual banquet, Thursday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m., at St. Nicholas Hall, Minersville. For information and tickets, contact Mike McCord at 570-490-8369, Gary Reibsane at 717- 647-4314, Harry Myers at 570-691-7564 or Dallas Heckman at 570-294-4344.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold free public tours of its game farms Sunday, Sept. 30. Guided tours are scheduled to begin at noon and conclude by 3 p.m. at the two game farms in Lycoming County.
When visitors arrive on tour dates, they will be asked to register before game farm personnel take them on a guided tour. In order to maintain biosecurity and minimize human contact with the birds, visitors will be asked to remain with tour groups.
Goals for the pheasant propagation program are found in the agency's pheasant management plan, which can be viewed on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us ) by putting your cursor over "Hunt/Trap" in the menu bar at the top of the page, then clicking on "Hunting" and then choosing "Pheasant" from the "Small Game" listing.
Loyalsock Game Farm, 136 Game Farm Road, Montoursville, is five miles north of Montoursville on Route 87, but the Route 973 bridge over the Loyalsock Creek is out due to last year's flood, so visitors should travel 1.5 miles east of Warrensville on Route 973. Northcentral Game Farm, 1609 Proctor Road, Williamsport, is 18 miles north of Montoursville off of Route 87. Tour starts at the hatchery of the Proctor (northern) farm.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited Chapter president John Bondero.
Bear's Head 3-D course is open daily through Friday, Oct. 12, from dawn to dusk daily, on club grounds located off I-81 exit 134, 148 Lofty Road, Delano. For information, call the association at 570-467-0331.
Hazleton Archery Club, 170 Woodside Drive, Freeland, has 3-D shoots Sundays, beginning at 7 a.m., and Thursdays, beginning at 4 p.m., For information, call the club at 570- 450-0988.