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February 7, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Gobblers banquet set for Saturday

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."-- Helen Keller

The Col-Mont Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 19th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday evening.

Since there is always plenty of pre-dinner activity going on, including silent auctions and marveling over the craftsmen-made turkey calls that are sure to become collector's items you'll want to get there early.

The doors open at 5 with dinner being served at 6:30. The banquet location this year is the Danville Elks Club and you can reserve tickets and get all your questions answered by calling Matt Swartz at 490-2784.

Pheasant flushing

The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever members are inviting you and your dog to come along for a walk in the field the next few Sundays. Pheasant flushing surveys will be conducted on Sunday in Greenwood Valley and on Feb. 17 and 24 in Turbotville. To register, contact Brandon Black at brblack@pa.gov or call 717-743-0755. On Jan. 13, the flushers were able to locate 26 wild pheasants. You might be interested in knowing that over the past five years this group of volunteers has flushed out more than a thousand birds. For example, in 2010 in the Turbotville Study Area, they flushed out a total of 272 birds. Of this total, there were just over 100 roosters (ringnecks) and the majority of the birds were hens. Last year, they flushed out 31 birds in the Greenwood area with a two-to-one ratio of roosters to hens. In the Turbotville area, last year, they flushed 226 birds. Interestingly, they flushed out exactly the same number of roosters as hens.

In addition to pheasants, the flushers also spotted northern harriers, meadowlarks, American kestrels, short-eared owls, turkey, deer, rabbits, woodcock and a bald eagle.

Fishing tournament coming up

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