Forty-one days and counting until the early archery deer season in Wildlife Management Unit 2B, and a short 16 weeks until the statewide rifle deer season.
Every year some new hunters wait too long to take the required hunter-trapper safety course and miss out on the opportunity to hunt. Don't procrastinate. Do it now.
The new classes consist of two parts, actually three -- online independent study (takes about four hours), classroom training (six to eight hours), and the actual test taken in the classroom. Students must be at least 11 years old. Register online only at www.pgc.state.pa.us, click on the Hunter-Trapper Education Classes Link.
The following classes are scheduled for August in Allegheny County. Check the Game Commission website for additional classes.
Aug. 17 McKeesport Sportsman's Association, 3300 Jacks Run Road, White Oak 15131. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 412-754-0512, 412-271-7296.
Aug. 17, Aug. 18 (separate classes) Logan's Ferry Sportsman's Club, 210 Field ClubRoad, Plum 15239. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 724-335-1005, 412-795-1022.
Steelhead fly tying
Instructor Bill Nagle's intermediate four-week program includes tying egg, nymph and streamer patterns and how to fish them. Materials and equipment provided. Free. Reservations required. L.L. Bean, Ross Park Mall. First class is 7 p.m. Wednesday. 888-552-5571.
Mike Waddell, Nick Mundt and Travis Turner of the Outdoors Channel TV show "Bone Collector" will talk shop at free seminars from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the opening of Dick's Sporting Goods' first Field & Stream store, specializing in gear for hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors. Located at 100 Cranberry Square Drive, Cranberry. The store has no affiliation with Field & Stream magazine.
In July, the state Fish and Boat Commission stocked 17,700 tiger muskie fingerlings at Keystone Lake, Armstrong County.
The season for collecting wild ginseng, for personal or commercial use, has been shortened. A release from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, said the move was "designed to protect the species." The new harvest season is Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.