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The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 23rd Annual Banquet on Saturday, April 5 at the Best Western East Mountain Inn. Doors open at 5 p.m. and hors d’oeuvres will be served, followed by prizes, raffles, an auction and dinner with dessert bar at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a cash bar. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information or to make a reservation, call Joe Gruszkiewicz at 570-430-2300.

The North Mountaian Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold its 11th annual banquet on Saturday, April 12 at the Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary bar at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The event features a live art auction, silent auction, gun raffles (12 guns) and ladies and sportsmen’s raffles. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Single tickets are $50, couples are $70 and sponsor is $250. Early bird tickets can be added for $100 and include a QDMA commemorative cap, super bonus ticket, 15 bonus tickets and 60 raffle chances. Orders can be sent to Linda Coolbaugh, 33 McMulliam Hill Road, Tunkhannock, Pa., 18657. Make checks payable to North Mtn. QDMA. For more information, call Chris Denmon at 570-477-2238 or Linda Coolbaugh at 570-836-2765, or visit www.northmtnbranchqdma.org.

The Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship) event Sunday, April 27 at the Georgetown Settlement Camp. This day is designed to give kids the opportunity to enjoy many different aspects of the outdoors.

For the younger kids (5-11), there is turkey calling, archery, creepy crawlers and outdoor cooking. For the older kids (12-17), there is clay shooting, archery, outdoor cooking, Endless Mountain Coondogs, turkey calling and more. This is a hands-on day filled with fun.

Cost of the event is $15 and includes all supplies, one-year membership, lunch, a t-shirt, goody bag at the end of the day and a chance for a door prize.

If you are interested in having your child attend or helping out, contact JAKES coordinator Chastity King at 570-472-1190, or Chris at 570-696-2406 or 570-704-9930.

The Factoryville Sportsman’s Club will host the annual Fred Loch Memorial Scholarship Shoot on Sunday, May 4 on the club grounds, located on Lake Winola Road. This shoot is to help fund the club’s scholarship program for graduating seniors at Lackawanna Trail and Tunkhannock high schools. Graduating senior children of any club member may also apply from any other school district.

Shooting on the clay bird sporting clays course begins at 9 a.m. and a steak dinner will be served at 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be provided for shooters by the club as part of the entry fee. Shotguns are also available if needed. The entry fee is $25 per shooter for 50 birds or $45 for 100 birds. Shooters will need to supply their own ammunition.

Scholarship applications will be available in the guidance offices at both high schools and at the Factoryville Sportsman Club. For additional information or to request an entry form, call either Carl Tylutki at 570-945-3137 or Fred Rose at 570-903-5755 by April 29, or visit www.fscweb.org.

The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society will hold the following events in March and April:

Tumblin’ Timberdoodles — Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 a.m. The American Woodcock is once again singing at the Nescopeck State Park. Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible game bird take to the sky in what Aldo Leopold referred to as the “Sky Dance.” The American Woodcock is considered a “species of greatest conservation need” in many states. After a brief indoor introduction, participants will head out to see these magnificent birds. Meet at the visitor center at 7:30 am. Registration is required by calling the park at 570-403-2006.

“The Northern Saw-whet Owl” — Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Irem Road in Dallas. Jim and Annette Logan are volunteers in the Saw-whet Research Program. The Northern Saw-whet Owl is Pennsylvania’s smallest and only migratory owl. Each autumn, banding sites are setup in several locations to learn about the northern saw-whet owl’s migration, abundance, and ecology. See how this is accomplished and the status of Pennsylvania’s smallest owl. For information, call Craig Yarrish at 570-479-0400.

Iroquois Trail Birding — Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m. Registration required. Jon Thomas will guide this leisurely, two mile, rail-trail walk overlooking the Tunkhannock Creek below. Migrating warblers should be seen and well as those species returning to their nests. Meet at the Weis Market parking lot in Tunkhannock at 7:30 a.m. Call 570-856-3207 to register.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area — Sunday, April 27 at 8 a.m. Join Bob Wasilewski from the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society as he leads a bird walk through the Kirby Park Natural area. With a species list totaling some 165, you never know what surprises await. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch. Lot access is accessed via First Ave., across from the Subaru dealership on Pierce Street, Kingston. For information, call 570-542-5948.

Nescopeck State Park will hold the following events in April (for more information or to register call the park office at 570-403-2006):

Saturday, April 5 — The Art of Fish Prints; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 — Tumblin’ Timberdoodles; 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 6 — Amphibian Fun Day for Girl Scouts; 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 — Guided Bird Walk; 8 a.m.

Saturday, April 19 — Just for Kids: Art in the Park with Artist Jan Lokuta; 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26 — Spring into Action Park Cleanup; 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday, April 26 — Springtime Herpin’; 1-4 p.m.

The Endless Mountains Nature Center will be holding several programs for youngsters. Little People and Nature will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. The program is free and is sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. To register, call 570-996-1500.

Also, a Mommy and Me nature program will be held on Wednesdays in April from 10-11 a.m. at the Riverside Park on Bridge Street in Tunkhannock. Call 570-836-3835 or email EMNCinfo@yahoo.com to register.

Both programs are for children ages 2-and-a-half to 5 years old and feature games, exploring, role-playing, live animals and songs led by naturalist Rebecca Lesko.

Beltzville State Park will hold a basic boating course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on April 7 and 9. The course will be held from 6-10 p.m.

There is no charge for the course. All participants must register and must attend both sessions. Call Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045 to register. The basic boating course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide students with information via a classroom setting to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water.

Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a boating safety education certificate for a $10 fee. The certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft (PWCs) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower. More information about this course or boating safety can be found at the commission’s website, www.fishandboat.com.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the Pennsylvania state capitol building in conjunction with the Second Amendment rally on Tuesday, April 29. The bus will leave from the Viewmont Mall at 7 a.m. and arrive for the rally at 10 a.m. A side trip will be made to Cabela’s, and return to the Viewmont Mall at approximately 6 p.m. Club members can secure a seat for $25 (refunded in Harrisburg), with non-club participants welcome for $25 (non-refundable).

For reservations and information, call Bill Kalinauskus at 570-942-6895 or 570-885-9224.

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