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Outdoors notebook: Meeting about Somerset Lake still on hold

| Sunday, June 16, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

Those wondering what's going on with Somerset Lake are going to have to wonder a while longer.

The 253-acre Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission lake in Somerset was drawn down 6 feet last year after its dam was found to be seeping. Plans were to hold a public meeting this spring to discuss its future.

That never happened, and may not for a while.

“For now, there isn't an urgency to hold this meeting since the seepage at the dam has slowed and the structural integrity investigation continues,” said commission press secretary Rick Levis. “We continue to work with local legislators to identify possible sources of funding to repair the dam. In all likelihood, we will hold a public meeting later this summer after local legislators have finished budget talks in Harrisburg and are back in their districts.”

In the meantime, the drawdown is having an impact, said Tom Qualters, supervisor in the commission's southwest region office.

“I think trailered boats are having trouble launching,” Qualters said.

Recruiting hunters

Classrooms full of hunter education students do not necessarily lead to woods full of hunters.

Research done for the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that only about 68 percent of successful hunter-ed students actually bought a hunting license within six years of passing a class. After six years, just 44 percent were still buying licenses.

Students from urban areas were the most likely to drop out of hunting, while those who took their safety class in the warmer months — furthest from hunting seasons — were most likely to never buy a license at all.

Show change

The SHOT Show, the nation's largest trade show for the hunting and shooting sports, is looking for new management.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation show had been put on by Reed Management. But the two organizations have parted ways, more fallout from Reed's decision not to allow modern sporting rifles at the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg this past winter. That led to the show's cancelation.

Increased production

Remington Arms Co. is trying to meet the demand for ammunition. The company has announced plans to expand operations at its Arkansas ammunition plant. Work is under way, with a completion date of the mid-2014.

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

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