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FISHING



Published: Sun, August 19, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



FISHING

PAX TV joins withOperation Bass

MINNEAPOLIS -- PAX TV, the family entertainment broadcast network, and Operation Bass Inc., the world's largest bass fishing tournament organization, have announced a historic broadcasting partnership that will bring live coverage of a competitive bass fishing series to network television for the first time.

The agreement includes live broadcasts of each Operation Bass Wal-Mart FLW Tour tournament and an additional 17 weeks of live programming in a magazine-style format with segments covering outdoor sporting news, guest appearances by fishing legends, angler profiles and news from the fishing world.

The series will include 27 hours of programming, 24 of which will be live. The program will continue to build on the unique weigh-in format pioneered by the tour and will feature a consistent, guaranteed airing at 3 p.m. on Saturdays over the entire 27-week schedule.

OHIO

Licenses available

COLUMBUS -- Hunting licenses, along with special permits and state wetland habitat stamps, are now on sale at license vendors throughout the state for 2001-2002. The new hunting license is valid Sept. 1, 2001 through Aug. 31, 2002 and costs $15 for Ohio residents. A discounted resident youth hunting license for persons age 15 and under, costs $8. Non-resident annual hunting licenses cost $91 and a 3-day non-resident small game hunting license costs $25. All first-time hunters must pass a hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license.

Disabled veterans who qualify may obtain a free hunting license and permits by mailing an application to the Division of Wildlife. Applications are available from Division of Wildlife district offices. The stamps will be mailed to purchasers beginning in late October and running throughout the year.

At the time of purchasing a hunting license, hunters will be required to respond to several questions as part of the Harvest Information Program. A new HIP certification is required every year for hunters of migratory gamebirds.

PA.

New fish gallery

An illustration of an American eel points the way to an all new and improved Gallery of Pennsylvania Fishes on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's web site (www.fish.state.pa.us).

Visitors to the site can click on the image of an American eel -- which is one of 91 species of described on the web site -- and be transported to a gallery showing thumbnail illustrations of various species of Pennsylvania fish. Click again on one of the thumbnails, and you'll see not only a larger illustration of the fish, but also an informative text concerning the species.

The new Gallery of Pennsylvania Fishes brings the outstanding illustrations of Pennsylvania fishes by Ted Walke, the Commission's award-winning graphic artist, together with the text of the Commission's book "Pennsylvania Fishes" by author, Linda Steiner. The new gallery will be a valuable tool for anglers, students and anyone interested in learning more about Pennsylvania fishes on-line.

So if you've ever wondered what the "lawyer fish" (the burbot) looks like or if your child need to know the state's largest minnow for a school report, the answer is as close as your computer.




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