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Outdoors notebook: Field day to teach college students about activities

| Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, 10:34 p.m.

It would have been unthinkable at one time, the idea that students poised to become the next generation of wildlife biologists didn't hunt, shoot or fish.

But that is today's reality.

To address that, Roscoe Sportsmen's Club, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are teaming up to hold a “college field day” for California (Pa.) students Saturday. It will involve archery, handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting.

The importance of the event can't be understated, said Joe Stefko, wildlife education supervisor in the Game Commission's southwest region office.

“I feel that it is extremely important that we introduce them to our world and the rich heritage we all embrace, conserve and protect,” he said.

Roscoe Sportsmen's Club is hosting the event. The National Rifle Association is providing ammunition, the Elk Foundation lunch and the Game Commission firearms and instructors. California professors are registering students. As many as 50 are expected.

Volunteers interested in helping and conservation groups interested in speaking to the students can call Stefko at 724-238-9523.

Benefit shoot

The family of Kenton Iwaniec, an avid hunter and fisherman and state trooper who was killed by a drunk driver in 2008, has had tremendous success raising money via a 5K/10K run. Those events have brought in about $160,000.

Now they're hoping to build on that with a shoot.

The Trooper Kenton Iwaniec Memorial Foundation is hosting a sporting clays shoot at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on Oct. 6. Cost is $125 per person and includes shooting, a buffet lunch, T-shirt, use of a cart and more. There will be raffles, auctions, prizes and skills contests.

The foundation hopes to raise $25,000. That would buy 50 preliminary breath-test devices — used to check the sobriety of drivers in the field — for police.

The deadline to register is Saturday. Call 724-593-2520 or email trooperiwaniec@hotmail.com.

Boat registrations

Direct mail helped put some boaters back on the water this past year.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation sent 450,000 reminders to boat owners across 15 states who had not renewed their registration in at least one year. More than 32,000 boaters then renewed, bringing in $1.16 million in fees for state fish agencies.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bfrye@tribweb.com or 724-838-5148.

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