The Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold fly-tying classes for beginners on Saturdays beginning Jan. 11 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 398 Church St., Indiana.
Classes run for seven weeks and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25, which covers the cost of instructional and tying materials. Participants are required to provide their own tools, including thread. In case of financial hardship, no fee will be required and tools will be provided for use during the course.
The class is open to individuals 12 and older. There is no charge for those ages 12 to 16.
This program is designed for those new to the hobby as well as those with limited skills. The sessions will allow participants to learn the basic techniques of fly tying while producing practical flies for use in western Pennsylvania waters.
Registration can be completed at the Indiana Angler, 218 Grandview Ave., White Township. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 8. For information, call (724) 463-2011.
Firearm safety courses slated
MARION CENTER — A firearm safety and marksmanship course will be held weekly on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. in the sportsman building at Mack Park at the Indiana County Fairgrounds.
The program is open to boys and girls ages 9 and over.
Adults are welcome to attend the sessions with minimal cost for expendable materials. The program is free to children.
Precision rifles, both .22-caliber and .177-caliber, will be used. Eye and ear protection is mandatory.
The National Rifle Association has funded the program with a grant and will provide all necessary equipment and ammunition.
For information, call Joseph Benamati at (724) 479-8202 or (724) 388-2792 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunters should report harvests
With the two-week statewide deer season now closed, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is reminding hunters to report their harvests.
Hunters can go to the Game Commission’s website and report harvests online, can make reports by phoning toll-free, or they can fill out and return the postage-paid report cards included in the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest they received when they purchased their licenses.
Additionally, hunters who obtain antlerless deer permits through the Deer Management Assistance Program are required to submit a report, regardless of their harvest success.