Doe Licenses Available
Inside the Outdoors, August 1
, 2014

First of all, congratulations go out to Trish Sartoris who recently won the West Virginia State Trap Shooting Preliminary Handicap Ladies II Trapshooting Competition. She beat out 30-some female sharpshooters in this division tagging 91 out of 100 clay pigeons (‘birds’).

The Latrobe resident received a beautiful, eight-inch high glass trophy. “It is really pretty,” she said. Sartoris has won many such competitions in the past. This one took place July 11, 2014.

She further stated, “My competition was very stiff. Winning this event meant a lot to me.”

Two days later, her husband Lou, captured the runner-up position in the Handicap Open Class at that same location. He hit 95 out of 100 ‘birds’ along with three other marksmen. Vying against each other, the local custom framing entrepreneur took first place among his competitors landing him the title as runner-up for this division, zeroing in on 25 out of 25 ‘birds’ shoot off.

For his accomplishments, he received a beautiful silver and gold belt buckle.

Both he and his wife reside at 565 McFarland Road.

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So there they were, some in lounge chairs sipping on iced tea, while others were lying on their stomachs, basking in the sun. Swimmers could be seen splashing in the depths of the clear pool waters.

To most, that is what summer is all about. But not everyone, particularly the Pennsylvania Game Commission agents whom are busy selling doe licenses to hunters for the fall hunting season. Sportsmen have been lined up ever since July 14 when the permits went on sale.

Presently, residents only can apply for permits. Then on Aug. 4, both residents and non-residents may step up to counters of retail outlets throughout the Commonwealth. On Aug. 18, there will be a second round of unsold license sales concerning those that remain.

There is a rush this year to get licenses because the PGC has allocated 59,500 fewer antlerless licenses statewide this year. Even most wildlife-management units (WMUs) also will have fewer licenses available.

According to the PGC, “Hunters applying for 2014-15 antlerless deer licenses will follow the same process that has been in place during recent years. License fees also remain unchanged. Antlerless deer licenses applications must be mailed directly to a county treasurer’s office, with the exception of the Philadelphia and Lehigh county treasurer offices, which no longer issue antlerless deer licenses. Treasurers across the state will accept applications for antlerless licenses covering any WMU, but hunters should note that only county treasurers issue tags. The PGC does not accept applications,” the press release stated. “Applications must be mailed in the official pink envelope issued to hunters at the time they purchase their general hunting licenses.”

For additional details, one may log onto the PGC website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

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By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete a Hunter-Trapper Education course before they can buy a license. A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded at the end of a course. The training consists of two parts; online independent study and classroom training. Prior to attending a class, one must complete online independent study which takes approximately four hours. The classroom training sessions last 6 hours and one is required to pass a certification exam at the end of the class.

For more information, log onto the PGC website.

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Recently while browsing over my Facebook page, I noticed a fellow Latrobean had posted on my site a rather peculiar creature that had come out of Keystone State Park Lake. Immediately, I looked down at the comments to see if anyone knew what it was. About a half-dozen persons had comments but no one had a clue or even came close as to what it could be. To be sure I sought the advice of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. I was told to refer to the website where a picture would be shown along with a good description. This is what I learned.

There it was, under fishandboat.com/salamander.htm. Able to live both in water and on land, this weird looking creature was pictured on top of the page. What observers were viewing was an Eastern Hellbender. Its length was in the neighborhood of eight inches long.

The one pictured on my Facebook page was brown with a round head, no eyes, four legs, and a flat, elongated tail, the same appearance as those whom had seen it at Keystone.

It stated, “The hellbender is more commonly gray, but some specimens could be almost black.”

For more information, log onto its website and read more.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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