Steve Gray to speakat Mahoning banquet
The awards banquet for the Mahoning County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will be held Feb. 13 at the Lowellville Rod & amp; Gun Club. Featured speaker for the evening will be Steve Gray of the Division of Wildlife.
Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6.
For tickets ($14) call (330) 545-4250.
Yankee Lake to be siteof Tod Children's event
Tod Children's Hospital's 18th annual sportsman's award banquet sponsored by Marteney's Barber Shop and Fish & amp; Field Report will be March 12 at Yankee Lake Ballroom.
This event drew more than 800 last year and raised more than $20,000, and 100 percent goes to Tod's to help the kids. The public is encouraged to get involved by attending the event. Lots of wild game and regular food will be served. There will also be hundreds of door prizes, lots of drawings and some auctioned items. Fun for youths and adults of all ages.
Tickets are $16 each or a table for 10 at $160. Corporate sponsorships are also available for $260. A special drawing will be held for corporate-sponsored tables.
For more information on this event, contact William Marteney at (330) 898-3858 or (330) 872-0596, Rick Henniger at (330) 544-8951, Frank Maloney at (440) 293-8217 or Mike Landis at (440) 293-4074.
Penn-Ohio Boat Show
The 19th Annual Penn-Ohio Boat Show will be held today and Sunday in the newly remodeled Eastwood Expo Center behind Eastwood Mall.
This year's show will feature area boat dealers displaying what's new for 2005.
The show also will feature a large display of fishing tackle, electronics and boat accessories as well as service programs such as the Vessel Assist, U.S. Coast Guard and the Division of Watercraft and more.
The Penn-Ohio Boat Show is sponsored by Fish & amp; Field Report. Hours are today, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults and children under 12 free. For more information, call (330) 544-8951.
24th Mohawk Open set
The 24th annual Mohawk Valley Bass Club Open will be April 30 at Berlin Reservoir.
Wes Owrey, director of Mohawk's open bass tournament, said the competition is for two-person teams. He encourages competitors to get their entries in early. Deadline is April 30. The tournament's launch and weigh-in will be at Berlin's Bonner Road ramp.
For entry information, contact Owrey at (330) 503-7446 or e-mail bass.man@zoominternet.net.
Women's seminarset for Feb. 18
A spring women's steelhead trout angling seminar will be Feb. 18 at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village. Ohio Sea Grant will be the host with the help of the Federation of Fly Fishers Flygirls of Michigan and the Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders angling club. This seminar is designed to make women self-sufficient anglers.
The first meeting will be Feb. 18, from 7-9:30 p.m., with a second meeting Feb. 19. The second meeting will start at 9 a.m., at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and then progress to a day on the river practicing skills.
Pre-registration and payment of $10 (to help support the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center) are mandatory.
The clinic will feature various local and regional trout fishing experts and cover topics to in the classroom and on-river sessions including basic biology and information about steelhead trout in Ohio, cost and selection of fishing equipment, equipment set-up and knot-tying basics, locating fish in northeast Ohio waters, and tactics and techniques for catching steelhead trout.
Pre-registration and payment can be made by calling the science center at (440) 871-2900 or contact Kelly Riesen, Ohio Sea Grant, at (440) 808-5627 for more information.
State commission offers new grant program
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is reaching out with a new grants program for county and municipal governments interested in the planning, acquisition, development, expansion or rehabilitation of public boating facilities.
The program is designed for public entities that have or will have the capability to provide boat access facilities that are open and available for general public use. Schools, nonprofit organizations, not-for-profit organizations and service clubs are not eligible for direct funding but can apply through their local government for funding.
For more information about the Boating Facility Grant Program and for application forms, visit the PFBC's Web site at www.fish.state.pa.us.
HOFNOD seminar
The Wildlife District Three "Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs" and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Passport to Fishing programs will be March 15 at the Aquatic Education Center at Portage Lakes in Akron.
The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m., with a break for lunch around noon.
If interested in attending the workshop to become a certified HOFNOD instructor call Jamey Graham, (330) 644-3802, Ext. 3020. For more information on the HOFNOD program, contact Marc Sommer at marc.sommer@dnr.state.oh.us.
Hunting, fishing licensesgo on sale Feb. 15
Anglers and hunters can purchase their 2005-06 fishing and hunting licenses beginning Feb. 15 at vendor outlets across the state and over the Internet.
Sportsmen and women can conveniently purchase any type of license or permit online at ohiodnr.com. Licenses are valid March 1, 2005 through Feb. 28, 2006. Hunters, especially those gearing up for the popular spring wild turkey season, are reminded that licenses purchased now are also valid during the 2005 fall hunting season.
Resident hunting and fishing licenses cost $19 each, and deer and turkey permits are $24 each. Youths 15 and under and certain Ohio senior citizens are eligible for discounted licenses. A one-day Ohio fishing license costs $11, an amount that can later be applied to the purchase of an annual license. For a complete listing of license prices, please obtain a current copy of the Ohio Hunting Regulations, the Ohio Fishing Regulations or visit ohiodnr.com.
Hunter educationtraining workshops
COLUMBUS -- Workshops for individuals interested in becoming a hunter education instructor in Ohio are being offered at five locations across the state starting in March, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The workshops are being held: March 12-13 at the Miamisburg Sportsman's Club in Miamisburg; March 19-20 at the Wildlife District Four Office in Athens; April 2 and 9 at the Wildlife District Three Office in Akron; May 21-22 at the Wildlife District One Office in Columbus; and July 9-10 at the Wildlife District Two Office in Findlay. Those interested in attending should call 1-800-WILDLIFE for registration materials.
Individuals must complete a volunteer instructor training workshop to become a certified hunter education instructor. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully completed a hunter education course. Ohio currently has 1,700 volunteer instructors who train hunters to be safe and responsible in the field.

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