DUFT Banquet Upcoming
Inside the Outdoors, October 21,

Ducks Unlimited Forbes Trail Chapter (DUFT) is preparing to celebrate their Thirty First Annual Membership Banquet, Thursday November 3, 2016 at the Stratigos Banquet Center, 131 Colonial Manor Road, North Huntingdon.

Tickets are $90 each. Sponsor tables for singles to groupings include is $400 for a single person, which includes dinner, eight for $1030.00, or ten for $1210.00.

Every sponsor this year will receive a framed 2016 sponsor print, hat, lapel pin, reserved seating, and entry into DUFT’s Sponsor Only drawing at the banquet.

All attendees receive a dinner favor and full participating in all auctions and special raffles. Exclusive for DUFT, it has available several extraordinary items made available only to the President’s Top 100 fundraising chapters.

As a result of various gift donations, one will be able to take part in numerous raffles for some great prizes. A Browning Maxus 12 Gauge Shotgun will be available as one of the prizes, a DU Beretta A400 XPLORER “Shotgun of the Year, or $1000 in cash, and many other opportunities.
Proceeds help conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s Waterfowl.

For additional information, one may contact, Glen Merlin at 412-812-0410, or email alongo@pidpi.com. Cutoff date is Oct. 28, 2016.


The word is out. Anglers are catching nice-sized crappies, trout and bluegills at Lower Twin Lakes. The tickets are the Mepps black and red Joe Flies with the gold bodies, and Leland Crappie Magnets. I received a nice phone call from area angler landed Steve Gordon who reported that while night fishing he and another fisher caught some unusually large species from that body of water using the latter jigging lure. It’s incredible that one can catch almost all freshwater species on that lure.

I, as well, landed two beautiful trout as my sister was in town from New Zealand, and I wanted to treat her to a fresh fish dinner with either trout or particularly bluegill. I was blessed with two beautiful trout.


Talked to Jeff Staaf who works at Poor Richards Bait and Tackle in Erie, and he stated, “We need rain. The steelhead are still in the lake wanting to come up, but we just haven’t had enough rain to fill the creeks.”

However, he reported that anglers are catching these fish in the upper and lower parts of both Walnut and Elk Creeks early in the morning and just before dusk.


By the way, FTTU has a new home. The organization used to meet in one of the old Loyalhanna Watershed Association (LWA) buildings. Now with the move of the (LWA) to its newly refurbished “house of the hill,” FTTU also made the move with them and its headquarters is located in the Nimick Family Education Center, 6 Old Lincoln Way Highway in Ligonier.

An open house and tour of the building will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. You may contact the Center for more information at 724-238-7560.

Scott Minster of FTTU recently announced that a new sign has been installed featuring the up-to date logo. It was erected west of Route 30 on 711 at the intersection. It was custom made by Acorn signs and given the finishing touches by FTTU member Tom Van Dyke of Ligonier who trim-brushed it to improve the visibility.

“The new sign is brighter and more readable from a distance,” Minster said.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the outdoors. Hope to catch up next week.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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