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February 20. 2013 1:56AM
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Nescopeck State Park will hold its annual WinterFest celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include a guided bird walk, snowshoe loaners, children's games, and ice fishing demos with new events being added to the schedule daily. So come on out to the park for a wintry day of fun and be sure to stop by the park office to tour the new exhibits while you're here. Don't forget to bring your sled or ice skates for more fun on your own.


More specific program information will be available closer to the date of the event, as some activities may be modified due to weather conditions.



The Huntington Mills United Sportsmen 11th annual coyote hunt will be held Jan. 25-27 beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 25. Weigh-in will be held at the United Sportsmen Clubhouse, 251 Waterton Road, Huntington Mills. Weigh-in times are Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A breakfast buffet will be served on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Grand prize will be $1,000 and $500 for second place. A $2 pool for the smallest coyote will be available, along with a gun raffle and 50/50 drawing.


Registration fee is $25 and can be sent to United Sportsmen Camp 271, P.O. Box 85, Huntington Mills, Pa., 18622. For more information, call 256-3933 or 683-5472 or email huntingmillsunitedsportsmen@yahoo.com.



The Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual hunting heritage banquet/auction Saturday, March 2, at The Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estates in Dallas. Doors open at 5 p.m. with raffles and open bar for soda and beer; cash bar for mixed drinks. There will be raffles such as the sportsman's raffle, ladies table and JAKES. Also there will be a silent auction and a live auction.


The cost for the banquet is $60 for a single ticket and $85 for a couple, which includes a one-year membership and meal. There is also a sponsor ticket price and an early bird special. Through the National Wild Turkey Federation, there has been an increase in the wild turkey populations, food plots and cover provided, scholarship programs and the Turkey Hunters Care Program. If interested in attending the banquet, contact: Christine Lamoreaux at 696-2406 or visit facebook at redrockchapternwtf and leave a message.



The North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold its antler scoring session today at the Noxen School at 1 p.m. Antlers will be measured by certified Boone and Crockett scorers for free. For more information, call Chris Denmon at 477-2238.



The Nanticoke Conservation Club will hold its annual ice fishing derby Saturday, Feb. 2, at Frances Slocum State Park. The derby runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a weigh-in from 12:30-1 p.m. Failure to weigh in by 1 p.m. will result in a disqualification. Cash prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish in the following categories: bass, perch, trout, crappie, bluegill and pickerel. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Environmental Education building.


A free ice fishing clinic will also be held for all ages and skill levels.


Thin ice date for both events is Feb. 16.


Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.




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