Notebook: Third annual Elk Expo to be held Sept. 27-28 at county fairgrounds
For the third time in as many years, Pennsylvania's annual Elk Expo is moving.
This year's event will be held Sept. 27-28 at the Elk County Fairgrounds in Kersey. The site was chosen because it offers parking, camping, and permanent stages and buildings where events can be held regardless of the weather, said Joni Sadley, of the Northwest Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau, which sponsors the event.
As in the past, the expo will feature live entertainment, hunting seminars and demonstrations, elk bugling and other contests, food, crafts, educational displays and more. There will be shuttle buses for elk watching, too.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will conduct its elk license drawing at 6 p.m. Sept. 27.
PGC biologists Matt Lovallo and Mark Ternent will present programs on coyotes and bears that same day. Wildlife conservation officers Linda Swank and Darren Clark will do demonstrations with the agency's K-9 dogs both days of the expo.
Outdoorsman and rock musician Ted Nugent will be at the expo from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 27 to talk about hunting and sign autographs.
The National Wild Turkey Federation will host the first annual Southwest Regional Banquet and Hunt Auction at the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club Friday.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. Tickets are $50 -- $25 for current NWTF members -- and includes a steak dinner, a NWTF membership and the chance to win door prizes.
There will be live and silent auctions for custom turkey calls, sculptures, art prints, guns and more. There will also be trips, including a Texas deer hunt, a Newfoundland caribou hunt, a Quebec fishing trip, and a float fishing trip through Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon.
The deadline to buy tickets is Tuesday. Call Clyde at 412-233-2906 or Larry 814-834-6492.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has already sold more than half of the doe licenses available for the 2003-2004 hunting seasons.
As of Thursday, the PGC had sold 565,320 licenses. That left 407,680 remaining.
Here's a look at the tags left for various wildlife management units.
Wildlife management unit 1A, 19,323; 1B, 7,180; 2A, 26,072; 2B, 38,404; 2C, 19,074; 2D, 18,023; 2E, 9,000; 2F, 6,149; 2G, 9,516; 3A, 9,817; 3B, 17,668; 3C, 15,096; 3D, 24,105; 4A, 10,098; 4B, 9,106; 4C, 15,416; 4D, 15,610; 4E, 15,029; 5A, 16,202; 5B, 37,180; 5C, 51,368; 5D, 18,335.
Non-residents can begin applying for antlerless licenses tomorrow. Resident hunters get a chance at a second tag beginning Aug. 25.
Local Chapter No. 1 of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual family picnic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hecla club pavilion. Members and guests are welcome.
Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association office in Ligonier. All members are urged to attend.