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Outdoors notebook: Contest offers chance to reel in $2 million

| Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:42 p.m.

A contest that gives Pennsylvania fishermen the chance to win up to $2 million in cash and prizes is under way.

Cabela's and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for the third year are cooperating on the “Fish for Millions” contest.

Walleyes, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills, trout and other fish have been tagged in 12 waters around the state. The list includes Keystone State Park Lake, Lake Arthur, the Emsworth pool of the Ohio River, Presque Isle Bay and Raystown Lake.

Anglers who register for the contest and catch one of those fish will win prizes, including two ranger bass boats valued at $60,000 each, a Chevy truck worth $55,000, a $5,000 shopping spree, fishing gear, gift cards and more. The grand prize is $1 million, though it's possible to double that.

The contest runs through July 7. To register or for contest rules, visit www.cabelas.com/fishformillions or www.fishandboat.com/fishformillions.htm.

Adult mentoring

Pennsylvania's mentored hunting program is about to expand.

The program allows kids younger than 12 to go hunting for certain species, without first having to take a safety course, under the guidance of a licensed adult. Soon, the program will extend to adults.

Senate Bill 623 — which would allow a person 17 or older to be a mentored hunter for up to three license years — has passed the Senate and House and is awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's signature to become law.

Outdoor show

The National Rifle Association is taking over operation of what had been the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.

The renamed Great American Outdoor Show will feature all of the usual exhibitors, including those focused on modern sporting rifles.

After the exhibit hall closes each day, the NRA will host concerts, fundraising banquets, seminars and speakers.

Habitat money

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is giving about $2.9 million to states working to provide habitat for free-ranging elk.

Another $570,000 is being distributed for hunting heritage programs. Pennsylvania is getting $63,309.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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