NWTF chapter plans annual event
STATE COLLEGE - The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 38th annual rendezvous and awards banquet on Jan. 5 at the Ramada Inn.
Habitat-Martin Run Project, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Learn about this project in the Allegheny National Forest that included oak release, opening construction and restoration, herbicides, native warm season grasses, vernal pond construction, and installation of nesting and roosting structures.
Outreach workshop, 2-3 p.m. - Share ideas to improve local outreach programs such as JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' events and hunts. Discover how to grow committees and fund events.
Understanding the New Super Fund Split, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A prime rib and stuffed chicken dinner follows, with raffles and silent and live auctions. A variety of prizes are up for grabs.
Attendees may purchase the early bird raffle package by Dec. 31 and receive $300 worth of tickets for $100. Donations may be submitted for prizes.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, write to: Jim Panaro, 224 Buck Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931.
See free screening of Aldo Leopold documentary
The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy will hold two free screenings of "Green Fire," a full-length, documentary about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, in January. They will be held:
Jan. 15 in the Community Arts Center, in partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College's Cleanwater Institute; and
Jan. 16 in The Victoria Theatre, Blossburg, in partnership with the Tioga County Countryside Council.
Doors for both showings open at 6:30 p.m., with the film starting at 7.
Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic "A Sand County Almanac," Leopold also is renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate.
"Green Fire" portrays how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land - his call for a land ethic - ties together a wide range of modern conservation concerns and offers inspiration and insight for the future.
The screenings are made possible by the conservancy, Penn State's Center for Private Forests, Larson Design Group and Andrew Harris, of the Comprehensive Financial Group. For more information, call the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy at 323-6222.
Game commissioners schedule January meeting
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's board of game commissioners will hold a quarterly meeting Jan. 27-29 in its headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Dauphin County.
A copy of the agenda for the upcoming meeting will be posted online at www.pgc.state.pa.us in mid-January.
At 1 p.m. Jan. 27, the board will hear public recommendations for 2013-14 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors open at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony, limited to five minutes, may register at noon.
At 8:30 a.m. Jan. 28, the board will gather public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony will begin at that time.
At the same time on Jan. 29, the Game Commission board will take up its prepared agenda to give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2013-14 and establish other meeting dates for the coming year, among other things.
Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2013-14 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2012-13 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.
Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show nears
HARRISBURG - Everything you love about the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show plus hundreds of new exhibitors, features and celebrities makes the 58th edition the can't-miss event of the year. It will be held Feb. 2-10 at the State Farm Show Complex.
More than 200 new exhibitors showcasing guns, archery, fishing and boating, along with many new products, show specials and a new Tactical Gun and Accessories Section highlight this year's event. In addition, the show has made it easier to navigate the floor with color-coded halls, an online pre-show mapping program, and an easy-to-use mobile app.
Returning by popular demand will be the "Sportsman's Shop Gun Alley" featuring more gun manufacturers, gun representatives and gun retailers than ever before.
For information, visit www.easternsportshow.com.
Sportsman's Show & Flea Market planned
LEESPORT - The Sportsman's Show & Flea Market returns to the Leesport Farmers Market, 312 Gernants Church Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9.
Admission is $8 from 8 to 9 a.m. and $4 after 9. Children are free.
For more information, visit www.ralphsfishing.com.
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