Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing Friday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area administration building, 9552 Hartstown Road, Hartstown.

Co-sponsored by the PGC and the Northwest Pennsylvania Duck Hunters Association, the briefing focuses on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting seasons. In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, PGC staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results.

Public comments will be accepted at the meeting or by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg 17110-9797 or via e-mail through WaterfowlComments@pa.gov [1]. Based on public comments, PGC staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval.

All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks.

Early migratory bird hunting seasons – including September Canada goose, mourning dove, American woodcock and web-less species – will be announced soon. By mid-August, when the final selections are made, the PGC will release the dates of the remaining hunting seasons for migratory birds.

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"Muzzleloader Hunting 101," focusing on deer hunting with flintlock and traditional percussion ignition rifles, will be presented by outdoors writer and lecturer Doyle Dietz, today at 6 p.m., in the Locust Lake State Park Amphitheatre, Barnesville.

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Lehigh County Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer Kevin Halbfoerster reports that a citation was recently filed for an individual who dumped an empty TV box along with other materials on State Game Lands 205.

In another incident, while officers were working at night on SGL 217 at Bake Oven Knob, they heard a crash. When the officers investigated, it was found to be an individual from Carbon County who admitted to throwing a "beer pong" table into the woods, claiming he could not fit it in the car and was going to return for it later, but pleaded guilty to the charge of dumping and paid $400 in fines plus court costs.

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Registration is underway for Women's Outdoor Day, Saturday Aug. 17, with group assignments at 7:30 a.m., at Friedensburg Fish and Game Association, 169 Stone Mountain Road. Sponsored by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association, the free event, which includes lunch, is open to any women – including those living outside Schuylkill County age 16 and older. For information and required preregistration contact Christy Zulli by calling (570) 622-3742, ext. 114, or emailing czulli@co.schuylkill.pa.us [2].

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Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ [3] by clicking the link to the program, features "Petersen's Bowhunting" editor Christian Berg of Tamaqua.

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Ticket sales are underway for the annual Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association Banquet, Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5 p.m., at Community Fire Company, Landingville. For information and tickets call Dennis Scharadin at 570-739-2085.

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A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through October 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email docblazer@verizon.net [4].

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will meet, Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at 633 Hancock St., McAdoo. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader branch of Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, is holding a muzzleloader shoot Sunday, Aug. 11, beginning at 9 a.m.