Girls like guns, too, and there's a call out in the Lehigh Valley for a new women's group dedicated to the shooting sports.
A Girl and A Gun is the name of a nationwide shooting sports initiative that has made its way to Allentown.
The two-year-old A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League is launching an Allentown Chapter with a meeting 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday at 2219 Wehr Mill Road, Allentown.
The group will be based out of Guthsville Rod & Gun Club and Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays. For more information, go online to http://www.agirlandagunclub.com/allentown or call 267-210-7256.
The group hopes to feature regular events like Girl's Night Out, Breakfast & Bullets, and Trigger Time (T-time).
Elk tag deadline fast approaching: The deadline to apply for the elk tag lottery in Pennsylvania is Aug. 25. Hunters can submit their applications through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).
Applications can be submitted anywhere hunting licenses are sold, or online at the Game Commission's website, http://www.pgc.state.pa.us, but the easiest way to submit an online application is by clicking on the "Enter Elk Drawing" icon on the website's home page.
The non-refundable application fee for the lottery-system award of an elk tag is $10.70.
"Like so many other aspects of hunting, the elk hunt quickly has become a tradition here in Pennsylvania," said PGC Executive Director Carl G. Roe. "But hunters need to enter the drawing soon if they're hoping to take part in this year's hunt."
More hunters will be successful drawing tags this year because the game commission has increased the amount of tags available to the general public due to an increase in elk population in the managed range.
An additional 21 licenses for elk will be awarded through the lottery this season, bringing the total number to 86. The drawing will be held Friday, Sept. 13, in the auditorium of the game commission's headquarters in Harrisburg and webcast live. The first 26 tags awarded will be for bulls, the next 60 for antlerless elk.
HTE course in October: Just a reminder that first-time hunters need to pass a Hunter Trapper Education course in order to purchase a Pennsylvania hunting license. Potential hunters who will be 12 this year are encouraged to take a course.
An area course was added to our Outdoor Calendar last week. It will take place 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Lehigh Masonic Lodge in Macungie. You must pre-register online at http://www.pgc.state.pa.us to secure a spot in the class. For more information, contact Steve Wentzel at 610-797-7944.
Family Fishing day with Jacobsburg: Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is hosting a Family Fishing Day program with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Saturday, Aug. 31.
The program will run 9 a.m. to noon and include basic fishing skills like casting, baiting a hook, tying a knot and taking a fish off a hook. You can bring your own equipment, but equipment and bait will be available. No fishing license is required to take part in this program, which is free, but donations are appreciated.
For more information, contact Lauren Forster at 610-746-2809 or email her at email@example.com.
Jacobsburg EAEC is offering a variety of programs open to the public through the rest of August. A Penn Adventurers program for 9- to 12-year-olds will teach about birds, bees, bats and moths 9 a.m.–noon this Wednesday through Saturday. Contact Rick Wiltraut at 610-746-2810, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is also a family Moth Magic program 8-10 p.m. this Saturday. Contact Andy Fedor at 610-746-2808, or email him at email@example.com for details.
Finally, Wiltraut will lead a "kayak clean-up" on the lower Lehigh River 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. You must have your own kayak or canoe and approved personal flotation device in order to participate. Contact Wiltraut at 610-746-2910 for more information.