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Huntington Mills United Sportsmen will hold their 12th annual coyote hunt on Jan. 24-26. Hunting begins Friday, Jan. 24, at 12:01 a.m. Weigh-ins will be held at the Huntington Mills United Sportsmen Clubhouse, 251 Waterton Road in Huntington Mills. Weigh-in times are Friday and Saturday, 6-10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grand prize is $1,000, second place is $500 and there is a $2 optional pool for the smallest coyote. There will also be a gun raffle, a 50/50 drawing and a breakfast buffet on Sunday. Entry fee is $25 and must be postmarked or paid by Jan. 22. Entries can be mailed to United Sportsmen Camp 271, P.O. Box 85, Huntington Mills, Pa., 18622. For more information, call 570-256-3933 or 570-441-3232.


District 9 of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association will hold its 14th annual Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Registration is $25 and due by Jan. 20. A late registration fee of $30 will be charged from Jan. 21-28. A $2,000 grand prize will be awarded for the heaviest coyote, $250 daily prize awarded to the heaviest coyote each day and $100 awarded for all coyotes turned in during the hunt. Coyotes taken in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Pike, Luzerne and Sullivan counties may be entered for weigh-in.


Coyotes may be taken by hunting only; those taken by traps or cable restraints will not be allowed.


Pennsylvania Game Commission regulations must be adhered to. Coyotes must be taken by fair chase/stalk methods. In case of a tie, the first coyote weighed in wins.


Weigh-in will be held at the Triton Hose Co., 116 West Tioga Street in Tunkhannock from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. A weigh-in dinner, included in the entry fee, will be held for all entrants on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 570-942-6895 or 570-679-2318, or email pricee0503@hotmail.com and type “coyote hunt information” in the subject line.


The Nanticoke Conservation Club will hold its annual Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Frances Slocum State Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weigh-in is from 12:30-1 p.m. and registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Environmental Education Building. The fee for adults (16 and older) is $10, juniors ages 10 to 15 are $5, and children 9 and younger are free.


Cash prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish in the following categories: bass, perch, trout, crappie, bluegill and pickerel. The thin ice date is Feb. 15. An ice fishing skills clinic for all ages will also be held. For more information, email nanticokeconservationclub@msn.com.


Winterfest 2014 will be hald at Nescopeck State Park on Feb. 1. The PFBC will loan equipment for ice fishing on Lake Frances and conduct ice safety demonstrations. There will also be children’s games, a sled dog team, snowshoe and cross country skiing demonstrations and more. Food and hot beverages will be sold by the Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Department. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the park at 570-403-2006.


An ice fishing tournament will be held at Long Pond in Wayne County at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launch today, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. and weigh-in is at 2 p.m. No-ice date is Jan. 26.


The fee for each event is $10 per angler with an optional $5 pickerel lunker. Winners will be based on the heaviest fish combination of five bluegill and five perch.


For more information email bigbuck326@aol.com or call 570-991-6176.


The Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet/Auction on Saturday, March 1, at the Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estates in Dallas. Doors open at 5 p.m. with appetizers and beverages (mixed drinks and wine available but not included). The cost for this event is $60 for a single ticket and $85 for a couple. This price includes dinner and one membership.


This year marks the 20th year as an active chapter in the community. To celebrate this achievement, one lucky attendee will win a one-of-a-kind engraved 20th anniversary shotgun. The shotgun was donated by Gun Hippo in Kingston.


For more information on the banquet and early bird, sponsor and WITO (Women in the Outdoors) prices, call Christine Lamoreaux at 570-696-2406 or 570-704-9930. You may also check out our event on Facebook by typing in redrockchapternwtf. The group is also accepting donated items for door prize auctions and ad placements in its program.


The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society (GWVAS) will host the following events this winter:


Monday, Jan. 20 — Traveling Minstrels and Member’s Night, 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Irem Road in Dallas. Bring poems, photos, videos and slides of interesting birds or animals or nature to share with the group. There will be a showing of a 26-minute video provided by the Pa. Wild Resources Conversation Fund entitled “Traveling Minstrels — Pennsylvania Songbirds.” For information, call Craig Yarrish at 570-479-0400.


Sunday, Jan. 26 — Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Join Bob Wasilewski from GWVAS as he leads a bird walk through the Kirby Park Natural Area. With a species list totaling some 165, you never know what surprises might await. Come see what birds are in the park. Meet at the Nesbitt Park boat launch located via First Avenue, and Pierce Street, Kingston. Across the street from the Subaru dealership. For information, call Wasilewski at 570-542-5948.


Saturday, Feb. 15 — Barnegat Light, N.J., 7 a.m. ($5 fee), Join GWVAS to view harlequin ducks. Located at the north end of Long Beach Island on the New Jersey coast, Barnegat Light State Park is one of the best places to see purple sandpipers, red-brested mergansers, and long-tail ducks, as well as other shorebirds and songbirds. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Park and Ride across from K-Mart by Blackman Street. Call Dave Fisher for more information at 570-362-8727 or to register.


Monday, Feb. 17 — Hog Island Camp, 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Irem Road in Dallas. Hog Island in Bremen, Maine, is owned by National Audubon Society. Ellie Harding and Sandy Goodwin will share their experiences from the Joy of Birding event attended in June. They will share with us the island many interests, its flora and fauna seen during this week-long program. Why puffin populations are decreasing? What birds are found nesting at the camp? Find out about the many other exciting things that happen at Hog Island. For information, call Craig Yarrish at 570-479-0400.


Sunday, Feb. 23 — Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Join Bob Wasilewski as he leads a bird walk through the Kirby Park Natural Area. With a species list totaling some 165, you never know what surprises might await. Come see what birds are in the park. Meet at the Nesbitt Park boat launch located via First Avenue, and Pierce Street, Kingston. Across the street from the Subaru dealership. For information, call 570-542-5948.


Saturday, March 1 — Middle Creek Trip, Travel with GWVAS to Pa. Game Commission Wildlife Management Area – Middle Creek for an unforgettable experience of seeing and hearing thousands of snow geese and tundra swans. Also see songbirds and raptors. Most birding is done roadside. Meet at the Park and Ride across from K-Mart by Blackman Street at 7:30 a.m., or at 8 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant in West Hazleton on Route 93 near the I-81 interchange. Call Sandy Goodwin for more information at 570-639-5785.


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