The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 15, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Hunting is safer stats show


Get out -- often

The number one reason that 92 percent of American hunters gave for participating in their sport was "spending time in the out-of-doors." This is according to a poll conducted at Coming in close behind was "seeing wildlife" with 87 percent of the respondents, and "the peace and quiet of the outdoors" at 85 percent. Southwick Associates conducts these types of polls at, and at

Weekend events

On Saturday, PPL Senior Naturalist Jon Beam will be joined by Pat Shull, who operates a mobile log sawing mill, for a 10 a.m. presentation titled: Pennsylvania Trees from Forest to Mill.

This free presentation will at the Montour Preserve outside of Washingtonville. The morning will include a demonstration and walk through the woods to discuss Pennsylvania's forestry legacy and conservation efforts. For more information, please visit:

On Sunday, Sierra Club members will lead a 10.5 mile moderate-to-strenuous hike on the stunningly beautiful Old Loggers Path up in Lycoming County. Paul Shaw is the hike leader and you may touch base with him at

Also on Sunday, the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen are holding a chicken barbeque at their clubhouse north of Mifflinburg.

Members of the Woupeu Sisilija Lodge of the Boy Scout's Order of the Arrow are reminded that it's Pow Wow weekend up at Camp Karoondinha.

There will be a weekend-long native plant sale at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

The Bear Creek Festival of Nature and the Outdoors will go from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Friedensburg.

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