Outdoors Notebook: Game Commission seats new member

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will fill its long-vacant seat at the start of the board's Jan. 27-29 meeting in Harrisburg. Charles E. Fox of Troy, Bradford County, will take the position open since the 2011 expiration of former commissioner Thomas Boop's term.

A noncontroversial choice, Fox was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the state Senate to represent a region that includes Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties. Fox holds degrees from Lycoming College and Mansfield University and an administrative certification from Bucknell. A retired teacher and public school administrator, he coordinated programs for the National Rifle Association; for eight years was a mentor on the Governor's Youth Council on Hunting, Fishing and Conservation; and previously served the Game Commission as a deputy wildlife conservation officer. A hunter and trapper, Fox is now president of Mill Cove Inc., which is developing an environmental education center in Tioga County.

Each of eight members of Board of Game Commissioners serves an eight-year, unpaid term but may be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Harbor Acres fishing

In a 2013 regulation change, Harbor Acres Lake in Butler County will be removed from the Early Season Trout-Stocked Waters program. Its designation will change to Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing.

Fly tying championship

So, the fish go for your hand-tied flies, but will the judges bite? Find out by entering the 2013 Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Championship held Feb. 9 at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

In pre-qualification for each of three divisions, entrants must submit three flies and a contest application, which can be downloaded at cvtu.homestead.com or www.easternsportshow.com, to Cumberland Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited. Mail flies and applications to CVTU Fly Tying Contest, P.O. Box 520, Carlisle, Pa. 17013. Postmark deadline: Jan. 15.

Open Division entrants must also submit a $20 non-refundable fee. The top five contestants in each category will be invited to a tie-off at the outdoors show, challenging them to tie three flies -- two known in advance and a third mystery fly. Contestants provide their tools and materials.

Fly sale

Trout and steelhead flies donated by some of the region's best tyers will be on sale to the public during the Joe Kline Great Fly Sale and Rod Raffle preceding the Jan. 14 meeting of Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited. 7 p.m., Brentwood VFW, 3801 Clairton Blvd. (Route 51), Brentwood. 412-881-9934.

Fly tying classes

• Adventure Men Ministries' annual Fly Time classes, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, at South Hills Assembly, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park. Instructor Dan Budday teaches steelhead, trout and bass flies for beginners and advanced students. $10 for eight weeks. Bring your tying tools. 412-999-1781 or drbudday@gmail.com.

Family Tyes' beginner and advanced fly tying class for students and their families, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through May 1, at Harrison Middle School, 129 Windvale Drive, Baldwin. $10 class fee plus group membership required. Tool kits and materials available for purchase. 412-780-3787, www.familytyes.com.

International Angler's beginner fly tying classes with Bruce Cox, 1-3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 24, at the shop at 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. $75, Bring your tools. Advanced fly tying demos are scheduled for Jan. 19 through March 2. 412-788-8088, ia2@internationalangler.com.

• Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited's beginner fly tying classes, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through April 9, at Gander Mountain, 4505 Century Drive, West Mifflin. $30, tools and materials provided or bring your tools. 412-389-6037, 412-655-3337.

Trout club fundraiser

Tri-County Trout Club's annual Sport Show and Flea Market will be held Jan. 12 at Burrell Lake Park, Lower Burrell, and include opportunities to buy or sell vintage fishing lures, flies and bamboo fly rods, antique hunting and fishing licenses, fly tying materials, turkey calls and other camping, fishing and hunting items. No guns.

Hot food and beverages available. Non-member admission $3, those under 12 free. Vendor tables available. The show runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fisher Hall, 201 Delberta Road. 724-335-2679 or pabrookie@gmail.com.

Grouse club dinner

The Ruffed Grouse Society, Western Allegheny Chapter, will host its annual Sportsmen's Banquet Feb. 1 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center off Route 30 in Greensburg.

Tickets and information: 724-693-9032 or rgslmt@msn.com.



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