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Middle Creek deadline is approaching

Published September 12. 2011 08:28AM

Applications for waterfowl hunters interested in being selected for the limited number of goose blinds at the controlled hunting area at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek wildlife management areas during the regular Canada goose season must be received at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters by Wednesday, Sept. 13. A goose blind application must be submitted using the form found on Page 28 of the "2011-12 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest," which is distributed with each hunting license.

Hunters may submit only one application, which must include the individual's nine-digit Customer Identification Number. Applications are to be mailed to PGC Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Box 110, Kleinfeltersville, 17039-0110, for the public drawing that will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.

Shooting days at Middle Creek during the regular season are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A separate drawing is held for blinds that accommodate hunters with disabilities, and applicants must submit a current copy of their PGC-issued Disabled Person Permit which permits hunting from a vehicle.


A hearing has been scheduled by the Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee on legislation that would remove the state's Sunday hunting prohibition. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will be held in the East Allen Township Municipal Building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd., Northampton.

House Bill 1760 has been introduced by Representatives John Evans (R- Edinboro) and Ed Staback (D- Eynon) and would remove the long-standing Sunday hunting prohibition while giving the Pennsylvania Game Commission the authority to regulate Sunday hunting. Pennsylvania is one of only 11 states that continue to restrict or prohibit hunting on Sundays.

Currently, only crows, coyotes and foxes are permitted to be hunted on Sundays in the state. Pennsylvania's prohibition dates back to 1873 and serves as a barrier to recruiting new hunters and retaining existing hunters.

Supporting the bill is the Sunday Hunting Coalition, which is comprised of leading conservation, sportsmen's and hunting groups committed to removing bans and restrictions on Sunday hunting. In addition, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Cabela's, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Boone and Crockett Club, Delta Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International and the Wildlife Management Institute are members of the coalition.


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


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 Schuylkill County Friends of NRA representative Gary Reibsane.


This year's Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show will be held, Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 14-18, at Hersheypark Giant Center, Hershey. Hours are, Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, access the website at


A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Sept. 15, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail


A series of basic kayaking courses for those 12 years of age and older will be held at Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, and kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices are available for those without their own equipment and preregistration is required by signing up at the park office prior to the event or by calling 570-467-2506. Classes will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m.


This year's "Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival" will be held, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18, at Sullivan County Fairgrounds, Forksville. For information, access the website at or call Bill Feese at 570-525-3635.


A Pennsylvania Game Commission "Successful Bowhunter Course," will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville. For required preregistration, access the PGC website at


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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