The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 12, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Good time for Total Outdoors discussion

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---- — "Autumn, the year's last and loveliest smile."

-William Bryant

The R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening at the Lewisburg Hotel.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7.

Wayne White and Joe Dougherty will be discussing the Total Outdoors program. This is a very appropriate topic given yesterday's Sept. 11 anniversary and all the talk of potential new hostilities.

The mission of the Total Outdoors program is to honor America's heroes, our military veterans and their families, with plenty of opportunities to learn the art of angling as well as other outdoors skills and to get their lines into local streams, ponds and lakes as often as possible.

This program is just one more example of the great work that Trout Unlimited does to broaden the appreciation of our natural environment while teaching conservation.

Please know that you, your friends and your family are always welcome to participate in any of the Trout Unlimited activities and meetings.

Lucky day?

Friday the 13th is often seen as unlucky by some folks, but for seven dozen "wannabe elk hunters," it will be one of their luckiest days.

Pennsylvania's annual public drawing for elk-hunting licenses is scheduled for tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's headquarters in Harrisburg.

At the conclusion of the drawing, 86 hunters will be selected to purchase a coveted license for our state's 2013 elk hunt.

About 23,000 hunters have applied this year for a chance at an elk license. The first 26 applicants selected during the drawing will be for an antlered elk license, followed by the selections for antlerless licenses.

I've entered this lottery every year it has existed and, unfortunately, have never been one of the lucky few selected.

However, I consider my $10.70 entry fee to be one of the best donations that I make annually. These funds go directly into our state's highly-successful elk restoration efforts. And, thanks to the preference points system that the Game Commission uses, I know that one year, I will be selected.

The "live nature" of the elk drawing results in some real fun. If you can't make down to the Game Commission headquarters to experience the action live, you can always tune in via the internet at and click on the "Live Elk Drawing" icon.

Best wishes for your name to be selected.