Olympic rifle shooting instruction
Youth between 11 and 17 can participate in a upcoming 10-week safe gun handling and .22 caliber position rifle shooting course.
The course is sponsored by the Cougars Junior Rifle Team at the Fish & amp; Game Club of Vienna and will be led by certified NRA instructors.
The course starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and runs through Nov. 18. Equipment will be provided. Cost for the course is $8 for the first week and then $5 per week after that. An adult sponsor is required to attend the first meeting as well.
Reservations are required. To make a reservation, or for more information, call (330) 534-5344 or (330) 759-2504.
Migratory bird seasons open Sept. 2
Dove season will open Sept. 2, as part of Pennsylvania's 2002 migratory bird seasons.
Dove hunters will again have a triple-split season. First season (Sept. 2-Oct.5), hunting will start at noon and continue through sunset daily and the second and third splits will be Nov. 2-30, and Dec. 26-Jan. 1, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons the daily bag limit will be 12 and the possession limit after opening day is 24. The early statewide season for resident Canada geese will open Sept. 2, and continue through Sept. 25. Statewide bag limits remain five daily and 10 in possession.
The controlled hunting areas at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon-Lancaster counties, and the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area in Crawford County remain closed during this early season. In addition, there will be no September goose season hunting in Crawford County within the area south of SR 198 from the Ohio line to the intersection of SR 18, to the intersection of US Route 322/SR18, to the intersection of SR 3013, south to the Crawford/Mercer county line.
Pennsylvania's woodcock season will open Oct. 19, and continue through Nov. 16. The daily limit of three birds and six in possession after opening day remains unchanged for the 2002 woodcock season.
Virginia and sora rails and moorhen hunting will run from Sept. 2 to Nov. 9. A season for common snipe will run from Oct. 19 to Nov. 23. Daily and possession bag limits for these species are listed below.
Young Pennsylvania hunters will have a special day of waterfowl hunting Sept. 21. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. Adults accompanying a youngster on the Youth Waterfowl Day hunt may not attempt to harvest ducks, but may legally harvest geese as part of the early season, provided they are properly licensed. Migratory game bird hunters, including those afield for doves and woodcock, are required to obtain and carry a migratory game bird license ($3 for residents, $6 for nonresidents), as well as a general hunting or lifetime license. All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must possess a federal migratory game bird (duck) stamp.
Antlerless licenses for sale
Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that, based on a recent survey of county treasurers, all 67 counties still have antlerless deer licenses for sale. County treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from nonresidents on Monday. A complete listing of the remaining available allocations can be viewed on the PGC's website ( The listing will be updated weekly.
Resident antlerless licenses cost $6; nonresident antlerless licenses are $26.
Beginning Monday, county treasurers will accept, only through the mail, applications from nonresidents. Residents have been permitted to apply, through the mail, for antlerless licenses since Aug. 5.
Beginning Aug. 26, county treasurers will accept, only through the mail, applications for the first round of unsold antlerless licenses. Hunters may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license during this first round in all counties except Special Regulations Areas counties (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). Applying for and receiving more than one "unsold" antlerless license prior to Sept. 9, is against the law and carries a $100 fine. In addition, receiving a second "unsold" license automatically voids the first "unsold" license a hunter receives. Applicants may apply over-the-counter in Special Regulation Area counties. Beginning Sept. 9, county treasurers will accept, only through the mail, applications for the second round of unsold antlerless licenses.
Hunters planning to participate have until Aug. 23 to get their paper applications and $10 non-refundable fee in to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Elk License Application, P.O. Box 61890, Harrisburg, Pa. 17106-1890.
Local shooters at Vandalia
Several area trap shooters placed in preliminary and other categories at the 2002 Grand American Trap Shoot tournament in Vandalia, Ohio, recently. Competition continued late Saturday and concludes today.
Local shooters and results up to Day 9: Day 1 -- Carol Sell of Champion won the lady category of the Jarret Delaney Handicap with a 98; Day 6, event 12 -- Galen Rice placed 3rd in the doubles class championship, 96, event 13, Raymond Stabinski of Poland, subjunior runner-up, 97, President Phil Wright Handicap; Day 7, event 14 -- Joe Pascoe, New Castle, Pa., junior runner-up, Remington Clay Target Championship,199; Day 8, event 15, John W. Rice, class B runner-up, doubles championship, 98, event 16, Carole Carney, Lowellville, Lady runner-up, Vandalia Handicap, 97.

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