The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points column: Time to hunt squirrels

"Visits should be short, like a winter's day."

The Ninth Annual Shamokin Mountain Squirrel Tournament will be held Saturday. Weigh-ins will be conducted at the New Berlin Fire Company's Social Hall from noon until 6 p.m. After the weigh-ins there will be an awards ceremony and a big banquet featuring squirrel potpie with all of the fixins.'

According to the tournament's Face Book ( page, there are lots of door prizes to be given out this year during the post-hunt program that begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required to participate. For more information, email or call 809-5268.

OUTDOOR SHOWS: The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show is getting tons of attention, unfortunately most of it is unwanted. Decisions by the show organizers about the types of guns that can be displayed and sold have led to a massive boycott that now includes the National Rifle Association, Cabela's and even gold-medal winner Jamie Gray. Closer to home, and much less controversial, is the Early Bird Expo at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds that opens this afternoon and runs through Sunday. A little further away, the Fourth Annual NRA Hunting and Outdoor Show runs Friday through Sunday in Frederick, Md. Coming soon, the Cabin Fever Outdoor Show will roll into Mifflinburg on Feb. 23 and 24.

BUFFALO VALLEY BANQUET: The Buffalo Valley Sportsmen Association's annual banquet will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Four Bell Church near Millmont. Daniel, who is a courageous young man with a disability, will join Joe Wise to offer a program on the Dream Catcher Hunts. Give Fred Roush a call at 966-0311 with any questions about the banquet.

CARDBOARD: Roundtop Mountain Resort's ( annual cardboard derby will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. This is a really fun event for families and groups of young people. Registration begins at 3 p.m. in the ski lodge. More than 60 teams are expected to participate in the derby. The theme for this year is "Barnyard Bonanza" with teams of up to five participants guiding all-terrain vehicles that are made out of cardboard, glue, tape, string and paint down the slopes. Each entry will be judged based on creativity and team spirit. Many of the teams do not make it to the bottom of the slope with their vehicle still intact. Part of the fun for the team members and for the audience is watching the spectacular crashes mid-slope when the vehicles inevitably come apart during their run. Awards are given in several categories in both the youth and adult divisions.

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