On Saturday and Sunday, our closest Cabela's Store, located near Hamburg, will host its 2013 Archery Classic. Hamburg is bit further than "over the river and through the woods" from the Susquehanna Valley, but the trip down Route 61 through Centralia is always interesting. The abandoned strip mines down that way are a poignant reminder that while we all enjoy our modern conveniences that are powered by electricity derived from fossil fuels, we must be vigilant in our conservation stewardship.
Cabela's Archery Classic is two jammed-packed days of activities. On Saturday morning there's a session titled "deer butchering 101." At noon Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo, who are known as America's favorite hunting couple, will discuss their tactics for hunting success. Afternoon sessions on Saturday include crossbow hunting tips at 1 p.m. and quality deer management at 2. Sunday morning's sessions are a repeat from Saturday and at 1 p.m. you can learn about getting the most out of your trail camera and food plot planting for bigger deer at 2.
What a shocker
Two-thirds of all lightning-related deaths happen while people are engaged in leisure activities. Fishing ranks first on the list of activities that people were doing when they were struck and killed by lightning. A National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration researcher analyzed the 238 lightening causalities that have occurred since 2005, and ranked the outdoor activities that people were involved in when they were hit. By order, they were: fishing, camping, boating, soccer and golf. Interestingly, 81 percent of the people who were killed were male. So, keep your head down guys.