The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 24, 2013

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


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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 (www.facebook.com/pages/Shamokin-Mountain-Squirrel-Tournament) 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 shamokinmtsquirrel@gamil.com 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 (www.skiroundtop.com) 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.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: Today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can learn the basics of cross-country skiing from Brad Bubb at the R.B. Winter State Park. Equipment is available to rent for $12 per person. After the class participants master the basics of cross country skiing there will an outing through the park. You must pre-register by calling the park at 966-1455. It will be cold at the park so dress in layers.

BEAR HARVEST COMES IN THIRD: The final 2012 bear harvest results show that hunters in our state harvested 3,632 bears, which ranks as the third highest in Pennsylvania history. The record bear harvest was set in 2011, when hunters took 4,350 bears. Bears were harvested in a record-setting 56 counties. In our Valley, the county-by-county harvests were: Lycoming, 341; Centre, 143; Union, 82; Perry, 32; Columbia, 36; Northumberland, 26; Snyder, 14; and Montour, 3. The Northumberland and Perry county bear harvests were more than double from the previous year. In Montour County no bears were harvested in 2011.

FLY-TYING CLASSES:

Monday evening will be the third in a series of 10 fly-tying classes that are being offered by the local Trout Unlimited Chapter. The classes run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ's Lutheran Church in Lewisburg. This week, Palmer Hackling will instruct on the art of tying using streamers and soft hackles. By the end the class the participants will know how to tie a woolly bugger, a partridge and tan and a mini-clouser minnow. Call Bob Laubach a call at 966-3379 to find out more about these classes and the important work that Trout Unlimited does every day.