A Project Healing Waters event is being conducted by the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council and the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Bob Saks' Pond in Center Valley.
A few openings still exist for veterans or disabled active military personnel who have suffered physical or emotional injury while on active duty. Project Healing Waters teaches fly fishing and fly tying as a way for our veterans to reconnect with nature and ease the stress of coping with traumatic injury.
The organizers are encouraging veterans of the global war on terrorism to register for the event. Family members may attend, but space in the program is limited. The spring program featured 60 participants.
In addition to learning fly fishing, the event features coffee and doughnuts in the morning and a picnic lunch. Contact Phil Hublitz at 610-924-5481 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a pre-registration form and check reservation availability. Additional details about the national program may be found at http://www.projecthealingwaters.org.
Hunter Trapper Education course: Time is short if you are a first-time hunter planning on hunting this year, or have a child who needs a Hunter Trapper Education course in order to partake in Pennsylvania's hunting and trapping heritage this fall.
Trapper and HTE educator Steve Wentzel is conducting a HTE course 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at Independent Park Community Center in Breinigsville. Registrants must attend both days of the class and pass a test at the end to receive their certificate.
Register by going online to http://www.pgc.state.pa.us.
Shad documentary in New Jersey: Bruce Byker will premier his short documentary about the people who fish for and work for the restoration of the American shad on the Delaware River during the New Jersey Film Festival in New Brunswick on Friday, Oct. 5.
The film follows several people dedicated to the American Shad, including well-known local angler and shad dart and spoon builder George "Shad Pappy" Magaro and Michael Hendricks of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Byker took several years to film the documentary and is hoping to have screenings closer to the Lehigh Valley in the near future.
South Mountain hike: Wildlands Conservancy is hosting a free guided hike and presentation of its South Mountain property from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The idea to preserve South Mountain in 1973 led to the formation of Wildlands Conservancy.
In June, 4.4 acres, dubbed the Feldman-Mellner South Mountain Forest Reserve, were added to the 330-acre South Mountain Preserve. Coupled with property owned by the City of Allentown, the holdings form the 750-acre Robert Rodale Reserve that is habitat to a variety of rare and threatened species of both plants and animals.
To register for the free hike, call the Wildlands Conservancy at 610-965-4397, extension 112.
Geocache walks at Nockamixon: If you've been interested in learning about geocaching, or are a geocaching enthusiast, take advantage of a program 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Nockamixon State Park near Quakertown.
You can use your GPS-enabled phone, your own GPS unit or register to borrow one of the park's handheld units for the geocache event on Haycock Mountain, which should take approximately one hour.
If participating, please bring three small items like baseball cards, pencils, pens or small toys to take one, leave one at the geocache points. Inclement weather may cancel the event, so please check with the park Education Center an hour prior to the walk to check on its status.
If you bring your own GPS, the Geocache codes are GCPVWM, GCPVWX, and GCPFMX.
Participants should meet at the Game Commission Park Lot along Top Rock Trail Road. For more information, call the Nockamixon State Park Education Center at 215-529-7307.
The park is also holding a geocaching event 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, along the Quarry Trail. Participants should bring four small items to take one, leave one for their fellow geocachers.
The GC codes are GC31483, GC3148E, GC35WVY, GC3147F. Please meet at Quarry Trail, which is at the end of Old Bethlehem Road, off of Route 563.
Pa. anglers top Cabela's prize seekers: For the second year in a row, Pennsylvania anglers led the number of registrants in Cabela's Fish for Millions contest that has anglers fishing for specially tagged fish in specific waterways throughout the United States.
Slightly more than 10,000 Pennsylvania anglers entered the contest, which is designed to recruit more people into buying fishing licenses with the chance to catch fish and win up to $2 million in cash, or prizes like bass boats and Cabela's gear. The contest began May 5 and ended July 8.
Prize-winning fish caught locally included a largemouth bass in Lake Wallenpaupack and a largemouth bass caught in Lake Nockamixon. Cabela's does not release the complete name of the winners.
"The partnership that we have formed with Cabela's with this contest has been exciting for us and the anglers of our Commonwealth," said Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway. "The interest shows that Pennsylvania continues to be one of the nation's top fishing states, and we look forward to continuing the contest next year."