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Special antlerless hunt to be held at Middle Creek

Two limited archery/flintlock muzzleloader hunts for antlerless deer have been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line, Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 14. These hunts will be held outside of any regular statewide deer season; the only hunting occurring within the management area on these days will be by those hunters with special permits.With the exception of the dates, all other late deer season archery and flintlock muzzleloader regulations will apply. In order to participate, hunters must be properly licensed and be eligible to take an antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit 5B on the day they would be hunting.Hunting will be by special permit only, and 100 permits will be issued by random drawing for each hunting day. Hunters wishing to participate in the drawing should apply as follows:Applications must be on a standard postcard, obtained at a U.S. Post Office, and contain the following information: hunter name; complete mailing address; hunting license number (CID number); and antlerless deer license number for Wildlife Management Unit 5B (if applicable). Only one application per hunter may be submitted and will be accepted, by mail only, until November 3, and must be mailed to: Pennsylvania Game Commission MCWMA; Box 110; Kleinfeltersville 17039.A public drawing will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. There will be only one drawing to fill both hunting days, with the first 100 applications drawn will be assigned to the hunt on December 17 and the second 100 to the hunt on January 14.Successful applicants will be notified by mail. There will be no provisions or drawings held to fill vacancies created by permit holders who do not participate on the day of the hunt.In addition to the antlerless deer hunts, which are being conducted for the purposes of herd reduction at Middle Creek, there will be 10 permits issued for each hunt enabling selected hunters to take an antlered deer as well. To be eligible for this antlered deer permit drawing, which will be held the morning of each hunt, hunters must still possess an antlered deer tag in addition to having been drawn for the hunt and be able to take part in the antlerless deer hunt.**********A public meeting on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission muskellunge management plan will be held by the agency today, beginning at 1 p.m., at Cabela's Hamburg. Anglers will be updated on the progress made to date on the plan and the PFBC will seek angler feedback on musky fishing and management in Pennsylvania.**********Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a panel discussion on acid mine drainage, Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 7 p.m., at Penn State Hazleton Campus. For information contact Mike Gondell at

gondell@ptd.net or call 570-454-4862, or call chapter president George Hludzik at 570-233-0099.**********Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," winner of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association's best outdoors radio program award hosted by award-winning POWA 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

www.wmgh.com by clicking the link to the program, features Hawk Mountain Sanctuary director of education Erin Brown.**********Pennsylvania's newest state symbol - the Pennsylvania Longrifle - will be celebrated at the Jacobsburg Historical Society's Market Faire and Rendezvous, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27, at the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum, 402 Henry Road, located off the Belfast exit on Route 33.In addition to competitive matches for flintlock rifles and demonstrations, the market faire and rendezvous is family-friendly with a living history encampment representing many periods of American history, including the Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Fur Trade Eras. Demonstrations and events include primitive archery, blacksmithing, blackpowder seminars, children's games, a scavenger hunt, a market faire of 18th and 19th century traders and individual blanket traders.Demonstrators of Early American arts and crafts will present their skills in leatherwork, horn work, rope making, quillwork, shoemaking, and gunmaking near the Nicholas Hawk Gun Shop. Open hearth cooking demonstrations will also be provided in the summer kitchen.Only primitive camping is available and public visiting hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information call (610) 759-9029 or access the website at