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Outdoors notebook: Local teens compete in challenge

| Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, 10:33 p.m.

A number of area teens took part in the recent National Rifle Association International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in New Mexico.

It's a competition where young sportsmen and women are tested in outdoors skills such as archery, shotgun and rifle shooting, as well as in hunter safety, wildlife identification, orienteering and more.

The PA junior Gold team took first place in hunting shotgun and second place in hunter orienteering skills and hunting archery. Among the members of that team was Jarrod Rathbun of South Side High School in Beaver County.

The PA senior Gold team took second place in light hunting rifle, third place in hunting archery and hunting muzzleloader. Evan Rathbun of Southside was a member of that team.

The PA senior blue team took third place in hunting shotgun. Joseph Miller of Yough High School was a member of that team as was Bryce Burnsworth of Uniontown High School.

Other local teens who competed at the event were Tristan Alincic of Mt. Pleasant High School, Nicholas Paroda of Laurel Highlands High School, and Alex J. Pedder of Hempfield High School.

License changes

The Fish and Boat Commission is trying to make it easier for former Pennsylvania residents to keep fishing here.

Current rules say that if you buy a resident license then move out of state, you have to buy a non-resident license before you can cast a line on a return visit. Commissioners, though, have given preliminary approval to a proposal that would allow people to keep fishing on a particular license for as long as it's good, no matter where or when they might move.

The rules change — if given final approval this fall — would have applied only to nine anglers last year, “with the grand total effect to the commission” being $362, said Bernie Matscavage, chief of the bureau of administration.

New nurseries

The Fish and Boat Commission's cooperative trout nursery program may grow.

Brian Niewinski, chief of fish production services for the commission, said an effort to recruit organizations to start or restart nurseries resulted in a dozen sportsmen's groups expressing interest. The Bennett Branch Watershed Association, Glendale Sportsmen's Association, Clarion University and others could soon begin raising trout for stocking in public waters, he said.

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

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