Firearms trainingoffered in September
Retired police Sgt. Bruce Knodel will conduct two concealed-carry firearms and self-defense shooting classes in September.
The first class will be Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Brookfield Tri-District Conservation Club, Sharon-Hogue Road, Brookfield. The class starts Sept. 7.
The second class will be Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Portage Summit Field & amp; Stream Club on state Route 224 in Deerfield. The class starts Sept. 8.
Fee is $100, and class size is limited to 20. Graduates will receive certificates for NRA Basic Pistol and Combat Self-Defense Shooting and be qualified to apply for an Ohio concealed-carry permit.
Call (330) 872-0674 for more information. For the Brookfield class, call Al Ceval at (724) 342-2339. For the Portage class, call Ken Zeigler at (330) 773-5701.
Annual fall fish sale
The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting its annual fall fish sale.
White amurs (grass carp), used for pond vegetation control, are for sale for $11 each and will be ready for pickup Sept. 29 at the Mosquito Lake parking area. Orders will be taken until Sept. 23.
To request and order form or for more information, call the district office at (330) 637-2056, Ext. 3.
Trapshooting getsboost in Buckeye State
COLUMBUS -- A new shooting sports facility that will feature 40 trap fields is being developed in southern Morrow County thanks in part to the financial contribution of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
The agency presented a $150,000 check recently at the Grand American World Championship in Vandalia to the Ohio State Trapshooting Association for the purchase of the facility's trapshooting equipment.
"We want to see trapshooting flourish in Ohio," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. "Trapshooting is a good way to learn the shooting sports and is a natural extension of the hunting tradition."
The OSTA had been in search of a new site to host its annual Ohio State Tournament after learning of the impending closure of the Amateur Trapshooting Association's longtime base in Vandalia near Dayton International Airport.
The Grand American World Trapshooting Championships and the Ohio State Tournament, the two largest events of their kind in North America, have long been held in Vandalia.
The division's financial contribution comes from the federal Wildlife Restoration Program Account, which is funded by an excise tax paid by hunters and shooters when purchasing firearms and supplies. The fund is used, in part, to support public shooting facilities as well as the more recognizable wildlife conservation efforts.
The initial phase of development calls for 40 trap fields to be built and completed before the OSTA's 2006 Ohio State Tournament in June. More trap fields and other shooting sports facilities, including an archery range, are future development options.
The Division of Wildlife also plans to use the facility for hunter education classes, Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshops, and youth shooting programs.
The new facility can be found in Morrow County just north of Columbus at the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 61.
Public input sought
HARRISBURG -- Got ideas on how to reduce deer collisions and garden-raiding by whitetails in Pennsylvania's urban and suburban neighborhoods? If you do, the Pennsylvania Game Commission would appreciate hearing from you before Sept. 16.
As part of the Game Commission's effort to develop an urban/suburban deer management strategy, it is gathering input from all sources with their thoughts about resolving human-deer conflicts in urban/suburban areas, as well as suggestions on how to address the unique challenge of urban/suburban deer management. The deadline for comments is Sept. 16.
Information can be found on the Game Commission's Web page at www.pgc.state.pa.us by following the Urban Deer Management link. Or you can send an e-mail to urbandeer@state.pa.us. U.S. Mail submissions should be sent to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, ATTN: Draft Urban Deer Management Strategy, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

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