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PGC adding extra hunter-trapper education courses

Published September 08. 2012 09:02AM

With the approaching fall hunting seasons, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is scheduling additional basic Hunter-Trapper Education courses for September and October so all new hunters can complete this mandatory course to be eligible to participate in the upcoming fall hunting seasons. A county-by-county list of the courses is available by accessing the agency's website at and can be found by clicking on the "Hunter Education Classes" icon on the center of the homepage and then clicking on either "Hunter-Trapper Education" or "Hunter-Trapper Education Independent Study."

With the support of thousands of volunteers, HTE courses are held throughout the state. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Preregistration is required and online registration is available for all courses offered by the agency.

Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, most HTE classes last at least 10 hours over two or more days, and participants must attend all instruction before taking the test at the end of the course. Youngsters must be at least 11 years old to receive HTE certification, and upon successful completion of a basic Pennsylvania HTE class, or another state's equivalent course as required by state law, graduates my obtain a first-time hunting or furtaker license, regardless of age.

Also being accepted are registrations for the independent-study version of the basic HTE program, which is available for those 11 years of age or older. This independent study course requires students to attend a two- to three-hour class to be tested and certified.

Prior to this classroom test, however, students must study the entire course content on their own, which takes about 8-10 hours to complete. Study guides are available online from the registration page or, to request a print version of "Today's Hunter & Trapper in Pennsylvania," call the Hunter-Trapper Education Division (717-787-7015) to request a study guide by mail, which has a $1.59 postage fee (plus sales tax) for mailed study guides.


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 focus on new bowhunting products with Ron Koch of Koch's Archery, Schuylkill Haven.


First Frontier Militia will hold a muzzleloader shoot Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 248.


This year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding its 26th Annual Middle Creek Wildfowl Show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Kleinfeltersville. Wildfowl carvings, artwork, collectibles and hunting items from many vendors are featured at the free show.

Retriever demonstrations will be Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; decoy competitions will be Saturday at 1 p.m.; Pennsylvania State Duck and Goose Calling Championships will be Sunday at 1 p.m.


Rebounding from last year's devastating effects of Hurricane Irene, the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival returns for its 54th year, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16, at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds, Forksville, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. In addition to the famous mechanical running deer target, the festival features other mechanical, pop-up, moving and 3-D targets, and in addition to the shooting activities for men, women and youth, the festival has seminars, clinics, manufacturers representatives and seminars. For information, access the website at


A free series of seminars, "Black Powder Technique for Hunters and Shooters," is Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 11 a.m., at Dixon Muzzleloader Shop, Kempton, focusing on flintlock and traditional percussion rifles. For information, call the shop at 610-756-6271.


A day of outdoors fundraising activities, including the Brad Huber Memorial Clay Shoot and a pig roast, will be Sunday, Sept. 23, beginning at 9 a.m., at Feiedensburg Fish and Game Club to benefit the Friedensburg Youth Hunter Education Challenge Coal Region team. For information about advance tickets or prize donations, contact Kevin Huber at 717-821-4360 or Bruce Unverdorben at 570-345-6670.


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.

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