The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Outdoors

October 24, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Time running out for hunter education

“There’s no better way to spend your day than to spend it hunting.”

Small game season is well underway and buck season will be here before we know it.

So Carl Roe, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Executive Director, is letting everyone know “time is running out this year for those who have not yet passed a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course.”

While the game commission is scheduling a few more basic classes for this month and November, there aren’t too many more opportunities to complete this mandatory course to be eligible to participate in the upcoming big game hunting seasons.

Since 1959, more than 1.8 million students have been certified through this course. Once the November courses are completed, the commission won’t begin a new slate of classes until early in 2013.

To register for a course, visit the Game Commission’s web site www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the home page.

Appreciation dinner

The Buffalo Valley Sportsmen are hosting their annual appreciation dinner Friday at 6 p.m.

The club members always do a great job, year-in and year-out, with outdoor-related events and activities. Other than peanut sales scheduled for Nov. 13 and Dec. 18, the club has wrapped up most of its scheduled activities for this year.

The cool fall days are perfect for getting guns sighted-in or keeping archery skills up to par at the club. Visit www.bvsportsman.org for more information.

Turkey season opens

The statewide fall turkey season opens in most wildlife management units Saturday. Pennsylvania’s “big-big” game season opens a week later with the 5-day elk season.

Elk hunters in our state are chosen by a lottery that selects a lucky few out of thousands of folks who would love to experience this opportunity of a lifetime.

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