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Hawk Mountain holds Orienteering workshop

Published January 31. 2015 09:01AM

A "Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop" is being held at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center, Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. This is a beginner's workshop appropriate for ages 14 and older and is free for Hawk Mountain Members.

Both members and non-members must pre-register by calling Hawk Mountain at 610-756-6961 during business hours. Cost includes trail fee for the rest of the day.

While a useful skill for safe hiking, orienteering is also a competitive, international sport as well as a relaxing hobby. All orienteers use a detailed map and compass to find points across the landscape, but some opt to race to their finish while others choose to enjoy a walk in the woods.

During the Hawk Mountain workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to use a topographic map and magnetic compass together to navigate the terrain to an end point. Following an indoor lesson, participants will head outdoors for a practice orienteering hike on the Sanctuary trails.

Participants should bring a compass if possible, dress for the weather, including proper snowy-weather shoe attire, and carry bottled water and snacks in a daypack.

For information on all programs and workshops at Hawk Mountain, access the website at or call 610-756-6961.


Cabela's Hamburg has partnered with the National Rifle Association for an in-store NRA Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7 and 8, featuring an NRA membership drive, a series of firearm safety courses, educational workshops and in-store product demonstrations.

All new and current NRA members who join or renew their membership during NRA Weekend will receive a $25 Cabela's gift card. Cabela's also will offer a full schedule of free workshops and in-store demonstrations Saturday and Sunday on a variety of topics including firearm safety, selection, fitting and concealed-carry options, ammunition selection and firearm and ammunition storage solutions.

Specific courses each day are:

10 a.m.: Don't be a Victim: Understand your Options for Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home presented by Lehigh Valley Firearms Training Center; Noon: Concealed Carry Question and Answer Session presented by Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht; 2 p.m.: Intro to the Shooting Sports presented by STSK Firearms Training.

For information on this and future store events visit


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 by clicking the link to the program, features Great American Outdoor Show manager Chris O'Hara.


Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets Thursday, Feb. 5, beginning at 7 p.m., at West Penn Rod and Gun Club, 1047 Clamtown Road, Tamaqua. For information, call Jeff Thomas at 570-622-6179, Jeff Post at 570-366-7783 or Mike Corbin at 570-929-1622.


A Deer Hunters Banquet will be held, Friday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m., at Hamburg Field House, 123-127 South 4th St., Hamburg, featuring Outdoor Channel personalities Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo. For information and tickets call Kimmel's Church at 570-943-2759, or email


Volunteers with or without bird dogs are needed for the upcoming Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area flushing surveys in Greenwood Valley, Columbia County, Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1-4 p.m., with volunteers meeting at Diehl Vault and Precast, 1786 Route 254, Orangeville. To register, contact Colleen DeLong by calling (570) 380-0833 or email


This year's Port Clinton Fish and Game Fox and Coyote Hunt is being held between February 14-22 and for registration call 610-562-4310 or access the website at Final registration will be held, Friday, Feb 13, from 6-8 p.m., at the club, 16 Clinton St., Port Clinton.

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