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The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the clubhouse. This will be the last opportunity to submit deer antlers for scoring in the “Big Buck” contest for members. Membership secretary Martin Reynolds reminds the body that dues for 2014 are payable.

District 9 of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association will hold its 14th annual Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Registration is $30 and open until Jan. 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 1-3 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 10-15 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, cross country skiing demonstrations and more. Food and 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 570-403-2006.

The Endless Mountains Nature Center will host Eagle Day on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 2-5 p.m. A presentation on bald and golden eagles, and photos, will be held by Jim and Joan Borden. Besides eagles, come and see owls, falcons and a hawk. After that, the Bordens will show their stunning eagle photographs, and you can walk down to the Susquehanna River with Rebecca Lesko and search for eagles with Joe DeMarco.

Registration is limited to 100 people. Those who preregister earn special seating near the front of the lodge. Register online at www.emnconline.org/calendar.php or call 570-836-3835 for more information. Stewards pay $7, all others $9.

If you’d like a postcard reminder for future events, email office@emnconline.org if you don’t receive an Eagle Day postcard in the next week.

The Benton Gun Show is gearing up for early February and so far 80 tables of of gun dealers will be on hand. The show will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dealers will be buying, selling and trading guns, ammo and other related items. There will also be a custom knife maker and custom leather works stand, and a display of custom embroidery where some embroidery work can be done at the show or special orders for clubs or business can be placed. One display specializes in civil war items. And there are absolutely no flea market items or snack venders at this show. A home-cooked breakfast and lunch that will be served each day. There is an admission fee of $5 and children under 12 are free. All of the proceeds benefit the Benton Volunteer Fire Company.

The Luzerne Conservation District will host a conservation workshop for municipal workers and officials, engineers and consultants, and earth moving contractors in Luzerne and surrounding counties on Feb. 28 at the Knights of Columbus facility in Luzerne. The purpose of the workshop is to provide the latest information on soil and water issues and requirements. Event details and information on how to register can be found at http://luzernecd.org/2014/01/24/mecc-workshop/

The Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet/Auction on Saturday, March 1, at 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 First Community Conservation Mixer will be held on Saturday, March 8, at the Appletree Terrace at Newbury Estate in Dallas. The event is hosted by Pheasants Forever Chapter 803 and will provide information on conservation projects and activities in the area. Thirteen local conservation organizations will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Cost is $20 per person (includes food and drinks) and reservations must be made by Feb. 15 (no walk-ins). Registration is available at www.nepapf.org. For more information or to register by phone, call 570-477-4668.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host an open house on March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Scholastic Clay Target Program. If your child is interested in joining a team to promote the shooting sports, sportsmanship, teamwork and learning safe firearms handling under adult supervision, come join our team. Parents or guardians with children from grades 5-12 are welcome.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club has chosen to particpate in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation this year by recruiting interested youth members from the community to join our sporting clays team.

The volunteer coaches will be on the grounds to meet and greet parents and youth. A registration table will be set up so interested youth can fill out forms with their parents. There is a $40 registration fee for each shooter and they will have to provide their own firearm — 12 or 20 gauge — and shells. No single-shot firearms are permitted.

Practice will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. and one Sunday each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The season runs from March until June. If you are unable to attend the open house, call John Hegedty at 570-881-9288 to obtain the forms for your child.

Shooters must complete six practice sessions with a minimum of 25 targets shot by June 13 to be eligible for the state championship held at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club on June 14.

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

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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