The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Outdoors

August 4, 2012

Garrett's Get Out Often: Park a hot spot today

Happening today: They’re hiking the Rapid Run Nature Trail up at R.B. Winter State Park in Union County starting at 8:30 a.m. this morning. 

The Shade Montain Bowmen are hosting the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania’s benefit 3-D archery shoot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 658-2070 for more details. 

There is also an archery shoot at the North Montour Sportsmen’s Club today. 

“Black Bear Cub” is the story that will be read to children this afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Little Pine State Park in Waterville. Story time is held on the beach and there will be a real bear in attendance.

Down south at the Appalachian Trail Museum at 2 p.m., you can meet a real “ridgerunner” who has the job of keeping hikers safe as they pass through our state. More information is available at www.atmuseum.org or by calling 717-486-8126. The presentation will be held outdoors so bring your own seating. 

A program about damsels and dragons sounds like it should have something to with ancient storytelling.  But in this case, it’s the 2 p.m. program that will be held at Halfway Run Environmental Center up at R.B. Winter State Park, that explores the facts and the myths related to dragon flies and damsel flies.

The Woodmen’s Show wraps up this afternoon at the Cherry Springs State Park near Galeton. Annually, top lumberjacks compete in events like cross-cut sawing, springboard, axe throwing and tree felling.

n Friday: The Susquehanna River Waterfowlers’ Association in cooperation with the Game Commission is conducting a briefing on the Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed 2012-13 waterfowl hunting season regulations on Aug. 10. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m. at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor’s Center near Kleinfeltersville.

In addition to reviewing the frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, Game Commission staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results.

Your comments will be accepted at the meeting or you may send them in via letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Emails are also acceptable at WaterfowlComments@pa.gov.

n Next weekend: Don’t miss out on the peak night of the Perseid meteor shower. These swift-moving meteors start to streak across the nighttime sky by mid- to late-evening. As evening deepens into late night, the number of meteors starts to increase. The intensity picks up all the more after midnight, and the greatest numbers of meteors typically bombard the sky in the dark hours just before dawn. After midnight Sunday, you may be able to see up to 50 Perseid meteors per hour.

The second annunal CAMO Outdoorsman Expo is scheduled for Friday night and all day Saturday. See the graphic on this page for more info.

The SUN Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is holding their annual banquet on Saturday evening. Please call Robert Bingaman at 975-5426 to make your reservations.

There’s a bowhunter’s class being held at the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen’s Association near Mifflinburg on Saturday.

The folks at Buffalo Valley are hosting a chicken barbecue and archery shoot on Sunday. 

You and your family may want to head out for an easy hike on the Loyalsock Trail up in Lycoming County on Saturday with the local Sierra Club members. They’re planning to hike 6 1/2 miles from Sone’s Pond up to Route 220 with a highlight being a tour of an area known as the “Haystacks.” Call Roy Fontaine at 220-4707. 

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