Forecast calls for record duck bounty

Early duck hunting season in the South Zone of Pennsylvania, which includes almost all of Lancaster County, opens Saturday, Oct. 13. 

SATURDAY

Duck season opens in South Zone of Pennsylvania, which includes most of Lancaster County: through Oct. 20.

Mount Joy Sportsmen’s Association Gun Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; also Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per day; children under 12 free with adult. Event features guns, knives, fishing, hunting and military-related items. Food available. Tables available at $20 per table; 50 spaces available. For more information, visit mountjoysportsmen.com. Dealers may contact Tom Brooks at 717-341-9900.

Fall Blooms Hike in Lancaster County Central Park: from 10-11 a.m. in the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow. Join naturalist Kristyn Small on an exploration of one of the most biodiverse places in all of Lancaster County Central Park, the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow. Learn more about the importance of native species, bloom seasons, pollinators and check out the beauty that is fall in Lancaster County. Meet at the meadow parking lot at 548 Golf Road in Central Park. Cost is $2 per person. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register by noon Friday, Oct. 12.

Fall Fest at Muddy Run Recreation Park: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the park at 172 Bethesda Church Road, West Holtwood, Event features pet costume contest and an adult and children costume contest. For more information, visit http://muddyrunpark.com/events.

Learn to Knit program at Lancaster County Central Park: 9 a.m.-noon, in the Environmental Center. Learn to knit, or brush up on the basic stitches. Members of the Red Rows Knitting Guild will teach participants the cast-on, garter and bind-off stitches. Students will work toward completing a mug rug. This hands-on program will feature a sufficient number of instructors so all participants receive personalized attention. Participants must bring size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn. Cost is $3.50 per person. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register by noon Friday, Oct. 12.

Artsy Trees program at Gov. Dick Park: 10:30 a.m. at the Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna. Tree art and crafts for all ages. Choose from a variety of projects to suit your creative style. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Audrey Wells, 717-964-3808; governordick@hotmail.com.

Donegal Trout Unlimited welcomes volunteers for tree planting at  Tanglewood Golf Course, 653 Scotland Road, Quarryville: from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Open to the public. Bring a spade/shovel, wear gloves, footwear and outerwear suitable for the weather. Grillmaster Bob Kutz will be serving gourmet hot dogs for lunch.

Big Sit birdwatching event at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area by Lancaster County Bird Club: Bruce Carl will conduct the Big Sit up the hill overlooking the visitors’ center, starting before dawn and going into the evening. The public may stop at any time to assist him with identifying species seen and heard from his 17-foot circle or just stop by to visit. For more information, contact Bruce at  717-368-4824; email carls94@ptd.net.

Birdwatching field trip by Lancaster County Bird Club: to Chestnut Grove Natural Area in Manor Township. Walk starts at 9 a.m. Roger Stone will lead a trip for beginners and all other interested persons. Walk will last about two hours. Binoculars will be available to borrow. For more information or to register, contact Roger at 717-393-9030.

Tactical shoot: Cocalico Sportsmen’s Association, 585 Sportsmen Road, Denver. At 8 a.m. For more information, visit cocalicosportsmen.org/riflepistol.shtml.

Trap shooting practice: Conewago Rod & Gun Club, 1483 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown. 9 a.m. to noon. Open to the public. For more information, call 717-350-1589.

SUNDAY

Pennsylvania Game Commission one-day fall foliage driving tours:  State Game Land 211 driving tour through Stony Valley  in Dauphin County begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Beginning  of 17-mile one-way tour is at the Ellendale Forge gate, located 6 miles east of Dauphin Borough, along Stony Valley Road. The one-way traffic ends at the Gold Mine gate, a distance of 17 miles. The State Game Lands 110 tour in Berks County begins at the Mountain Road gate approximately 5 miles west of the Borough of Hamburg and ends at the State Route 183 gate, 4 miles north of Strausstown. The tour runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Game Commission personnel will be stationed along each of the tour routes to provide site-specific information and to answer questions.

Beginning Birders program at Lancaster County Central Park: 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the Environmental Center. For all ages. Join naturalist Ann Strauss for late-afternoon birding. This program will focus on beginning birders. We will learn how to use binoculars to better see the feathered friends and learn where to best find them. Together, participants will hike the Scout Trail near the Environmental Center which will take us through several bird habitats including woods, floodplain, creek and field. There will be plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds. Cost is $2 per person. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, Oct. 12.

Predator-Prey Games at Lancaster County Central Park: 2-3 p.m. in the Environmental Center. Join naturalist Ann Strauss for a program of fun learning about predator-prey relationships. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about predator and prey animals through hands-on exploration of animal skins, skulls, bird wings, bird feet and more. After this we will go outside where we will play predator-prey tag games in which the  kids will represent different animals and learn their relationship to one another. Cost is $2 per child; $1 per adult. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register and prepay by noon Friday, Oct. 12.

Hike for public led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 1:15 p.m., hike 5.5-6 moderate to strenuous miles on Walnut Run and a boulder field. There will be hills, rocks, downed trees and five stream crossings. Meet at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

Mount Joy Sportsmen’s Gun Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 85 Range Road, Mount Joy. Open to the public. Admission is $5; children under 12 free with adult. Event features guns, knives, fishing,  hunting and military-related items all to buy, sell or trade. Food available. 50 spaces available; $20 per table. For more information, visit mountjoysportsmen.com.

MONDAY

Lititz Sportsman’s Association meets: 7:30 p.m. at the Lititz American Legion Post 56, 109 N. Broad St., Lititz. For more information, contact Dick Fridinger, 717-627-3126.

Donegal Fish and Conservation Association meets: 7 p.m. at Shank’s Tavern, 36 S. Waterford Ave., Marietta. For more information, contact Kurt Enck, 717-475-7834.

TUESDAY

Nature Parachute Play in Lancaster County Central Park: 10-11 a.m. in the Environmental Center. For ages 12 to 36 months with adults. Join naturalist Kristyn Small for this pint-size exploration. Learn about colors, the weather, ecosystems, animals and more, all while playing with  a parachute. Parent participation is essential to the success of the program. Older siblings may attend but the program is geared for ages 1 to 3 years (call to register siblings). Cost is $2 per child; $1 adult. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register by noon Monday, Oct. 15.

Mill Creek Sportsmen’s Association meets: 7:30 p.m. at 1877 Windy Hill Road. For more information, call 717-393-6416.

Indoor handgun practice: Manheim Sportsmen’s Association. Open to the public. From 7-9 p.m. Cost is $10. For more information, call 717-653-9979 or email adwolf7812@gmail.com.

Trap shooting practice: Southern Lancaster County Farmer-Sportsmen’s Association, 742 Hollow Road, New Providence. At 4:30  p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Fun and Fascination: Falling Leaves program in Lancaster County Central Park: 10-11 a.m. in the Environmental Center. For ages 6-10 with adults. Children will discover the answer to why some trees lose their leaves in the fall, and other questions as they explore the autumn woodlands with naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel. Children under 6 with adults are welcome with accompanying older siblings. Cost is $3 per child; $1 per adult. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call to register younger siblings.

Sierra Club-Lancaster Group invites the public to meet and greet environmentally friendly candidates seeking state and federal offices: 6:30 p.m., in Room 111 of Lancaster Country Day School, 725  Hamilton Road. Candidates include Dana Hamp Gulick, running for state representative for the 97th District; Jess King, nominee for the 11th U.S. District Congressional seat; and Mike Sturla, incumbent seeking another term as state representative from the 96th District. Each will give a short presentation about their backgrounds and goals, after which the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions. Admission is free. For more information, contact Jane Druce, 717-569-1516; janedruce@gmail.com.

Trap shoot: Columbia Fish & Game, 4339 Fairview Road, Columbia. From 6-8 p.m.

Sporting clays shoot: Atglen Sportsmen's Club, 82 Creek Road, Christiana, from 5-8:30 p.m. $5.50. For more information, visit atglensportsmensclub.org; call, 610-593-6096.

Sporting clays shoot: Elstonville Sportsmen, 3133 Pinch Road, Manheim. From 4-7 p.m.

Practice trap shoot: Mount Joy Sportsmen’s, 85 Range Road, Mount Joy. Begins at 6 p.m.

Trap shooting practice: Conewago Rod & Gun Club, 1483 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown. 9-11 a.m. Open to the public. For more information, call 717-350-1589.

Trap shooting practice: Manheim Sportsmen’s Association, 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim. From 5-7 p.m. (weather permitting). Open to the public. Call 717-327-5454.

Trap and wobble shoot: Adamstown Rod & Gun Club. From 5 p.m. until ? $4. Club is at 563 Willow St., Reinholds.

THURSDAY

Firearms antlerless deer season for junior and senior hunters begins: runs through Saturday, Oct. 20.

Trap shooting practice: Conewago Rod & Gun Club, 1483 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown. From 5-10 p.m. Open to the public. For more information, call 717-350-1589.

FRIDAY

Lancaster Herpetological Society meets: 7 p.m. at Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive. For more information, visit lancasterherp.com; email jeff@lancasterherp.org.

Toddlers in Tow program at Gov. Dick Park: 10 a.m. at the Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna. Hike for tots ages 2-5 years old. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, contact Audrey Wells, 717-964-3808; email governordick@hotmail.com.

UPCOMING

3-D archery shoot: Atglen Sportsmen, Sunday, Oct. 21, from 7 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 13-17. The club is on Creek Road, Sadsbury Township.

Boating Safely class hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 19-04 of Lancaster: Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Arconic Training Facility, 1480 Manheim Pike. For more information or to register, contact Matt Samley, 717-581-3434.

Lancaster County Bird Club seeking applicants for Harold B. Morrin Scholarship: To promote birding and nature study in general, the annual scholarship for one youth (age 12 through 18) and one adult has a deadline of Dec. 1, 2018, with a decision made by Dec. 15, 2018. Specific information about the scholarship as well as the application can be found at the Lancaster County Bird Club (LCBC) website at www.lancasterbirdclub.org under the About Us tab. Suggested activities and projects are included on the website. Examples include participation in a nature camp sponsored by such groups as the Audubon Society, the American Birding Association and local organizations, as well as projects for Scouts, college students, interns, and teachers. The scholarship is a $400 maximum per person. Harold B. Morrin, now deceased, was very active in the LCBC and known locally and abroad as an avid birder and habitat conservationist. He was a mentor to many young birders and was generous with his time and knowledge in helping birders of all ages and abilities. For more information, contact President Barbara Hunsberger, 717-984-2738.

The Outdoors Calendar welcomes information on hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoors events. E-mail details to acrable@lnpnews.com; fax to 717-399-6507; send to Ad Crable, PO Box 1328, Lancaster, Pa 17608-1328; or call 717-481-6029.