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Hunter-Trapper safety courses, July 18 update

Written by John Hayes on .

From Pennsylvania Game Commission
Compiled by Anna Buttgereit

2014 PENNSYLVANIA HUNTER-TRAPPER EDUCATION COURSES

By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete a Hunter-Trapper Education course before they can buy a license. A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded at the end of a course. The training consists of two parts; online independent study and classroom training. Prior to attending a class, you must complete online independent study which will take approximately four hours. The classroom training sessions last six hours and you are required to pass a certification exam at the end of the class.

To register online for classes and to access the training log, go to www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the Hunter-Trapper Education Classes link. Current scheduled classes are below.

Students must be at least 11 years old to attend this class.

Allegheny County

July 19 Bullcreek Rod and Gun Club, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Limit 40. 412-767-4780.

July 26 Springdale District Sportsmen’s Assn., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 45.

Aug. 16 McKeesport Sportsman Association, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 50. 412-754-0512.

Aug. 16 Clairton Sportsman’s Club, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Limit 80. 412-650-8508.

Aug. 23 Logan’s Ferry Sportsman Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 50. 412-795-5368.

Aug. 24 Logan’s Ferry Sportsman’s Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 50. 412-795-5368.

Armstrong County

Aug. 9 Ford City Sportsman’s Association, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 25. 724-763-1748.

Aug. 23 Apollo Spring Church Sportsmen’s Club, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 50. 724-478-1248.

Beaver County

Aug. 9 St. John Burry Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 60. 724-775-1997.

Aug. 23 Pine Run Sportsmen’s Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 40. 724-775-1997.

Fayette County

July 19 Nixon Gun Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 40. 724-438-3249.

July 26 Turkeyfoot Rob and Gun Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 50. 724-238-9523.

Aug. 16 Connellsville Sportsmen’s Assoc., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 40. 724-238-9523.

Greene County

Aug. 16 Greene County Fair Grounds 4-H Building, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 50. 724-451-8481.

Washington County

July 19 Canonsburg Sportsmen Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 60. 412-583-4186.

July 20 Charleroi Gun Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 40. 724-238-9523.

Aug. 9 Elrama Sportsmen’s Club, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 40. 412-956-2712.

Aug. 16 Ellsworth Sportsmen’s Club, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 40. 724-238-9523.

Aug. 23 Canonsburg Sportsmen’s Club, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limit 32. 412-304-1907.

Aug. 23 Gander Mountain, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 50. 724-238-9523.

Westmoreland County

July 19 Greensburg Sportsmen’s Association, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Limit 25. 724-771-5262.

July 19 Shaner Sportsman’s Club, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limit 45. 724-872-8431.

July 26 Herminie No. 2 Game Association, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 25. 724-722-3395.

Aug. 2 Police Rod and Gun Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 80. 412-817-1112.

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Kuhnhackl hoping to join other Germans with Penguins - 07-18-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

Finding a San Jose Sharks fan in Landshut, Germany might seem like an odd endeavor. After all, there are just over 5873 miles separating the two cities.

But there was plenty of reasons for Tom Kuhnhackl and countless hockey fans in Germany to root for the California team. During the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, the Sharks employed four of the country's better players in Marco Sturm, Marcel Goc, Thomas Greiss and Christian Ehrhoff.

Three of those players  - Goc, Greiss and Ehrhoff - are now members of the Penguins. Kuhnhackl is hoping he can join them some day.

The son of Erich Kuhnhackl, considered to be the "Wayne Gretzky of Germany," Tom Kuhnhackl will have to improve on the limited success he has experienced as a professional thus far if he hopes to reach the NHL. A fourth-round pick in 2010, Tom Kuhnhackl made his professional debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL in 2012-13 but was limited to 11 games and four points due to various injuries. During 2013-14, he was mostly healthy but bounced between AHL and ECHL due in part to a bloated lineup in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton full of established AHL veteran forwards.

With the Penguins not pursuing many AHL free agents this offseason, there would appear to be ample opportunity for Tom Kuhnhackl and other forward prospects to account for more playing time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2013-14.

Kuhnhackl, 22, is attending the Penguins' prospect camp this week. Recently, he talked about his development.

You bounced between the AHL and ECHL last season. Was that difficult?

"I think it was a good thing. A really good experience for me, especially since I didn’t have a good couple of seasons before that with injuries and surgeries before that."

How important was it to simply be healthy for the most part after dealing with injuries in previous seasons?

"It felt great. It was just nice to be a part of the team the whole time. To go on road trips. Just to get to know [teammates] better. Because when you’re hurt, you’re mostly not going on the road trips."

How much of an adjustment has it been getting used to slimmer North American rinks versus wider European rinks these past few seasons?

"I like it. You don’t have as much time. You have to make quick decisions. Good decisions. You don’t have a much time so I like the smaller ice."

Are you trying to get bigger and stronger to play in North America?

"I’m trying to gain weight but you don’t want to be too heavy. I want to be a fast skater. If you’re too heavy, you can’t be fast, right?"

What was it like seeing Germany win the World Cup in soccer Sunday?

"Super excited. It was a great feeling. It’s been 24 years since [the last time] Germany won the World Cup. Unfortunately I couldn’t watch it. I was stuck at the airport. I followed it on Twitter. Obviously, it was a great feeling."

Did you play soccer in Germany?

"Yeah, obviously I’m from Germany. I didn’t have a choice so I played soccer."

How did you get involved in hockey? Through your father?

"Yeah. When you’re young, you just look around, you’re looking through drawers and you find videos and pictures of your dad. You’re wondering, ‘Really, my dad was a hockey player, not a soccer player?’ I asked him and he said ‘Yeah, I played hockey.’ So I decided to play hockey too."

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 07-18-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Josh Archibald (right) is the latest Nebraska-Omaha product to join the Penguins.

-“I really hope to get NHL games. I feel like I’m ready and I’m prepared.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Bobby Farnham.

-Former Penguins forward prospect Stephen Dixon has joined Luleå of Sweden's SHL.

Neapolitan ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-“I’m pretty open-minded. Regardless of what happens, if I play or don’t play, I’m ready for anything. I’m looking forward to a new challenge, regardless if it’s outside of hockey or still in hockey with a different organization.” - Unrestricted free agent Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on his future.

Atlantic Division

-Patrice Brisebois resigned as the Canadiens' director of player personnel.

-The Panthers will place single-game tickets on sale beginning today. The Penguins only road game against the Panthers is Dec. 22.

Central Division

-The Wild re-signed unrestricted free agent goaltender John Curry, a former Penguin, to a one-year two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes have had a pretty quiet offseason.

Adams Division

-Former Predators forward Teemu Laakso has joined the Växjö Lakers of Sweden's SHL.

-Former Robert Morris and Nailers forward Chris Kushneriuk has joined the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

(Photos: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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Mar'Qywell Jackson rounds out Duquesne's 2014 recruiting class

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

SooDetroit.com

Duquesne received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 guard Mar'Qywell Jackson, a UTEP transfer, during his campus visit Thursday. Jackson, an incoming freshman from East English Preparatory Academy in Detroit, enrolled at UTEP this summer before quickly deciding to relocate closer to home.

Jackson made his transfer intentions public with a trio of tweets July 10:

• To the EP miners fan I'm sorry I have to leave...I just want to be closer to home sorry

• But to say I had a great time with the team and coaches

• It's just time to go home and talk things over with my mom and high school coach

"Mar'Qywell came in and tried it and felt it was a little too far from home," Miner coach Tim Floyd told the El Paso Times. "That's one of the things the summer is for. We will release him (from his scholarship) to the school of his choice and we wish him well."

Jackson, a consensus three-star recruit (though Rivals at one point listed him as a four-star), averaged 26 and 24 points, respectively, as a junior and senior. He received interest from a number of big-time schools, including Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Arizona.

His initial eligibility is unknown, but considering that he both signed a letter of intent and enrolled briefly at UTEP it is likely he will be sidelined for the 2014-15 season. Regardless, he's the final piece to Duquesne's recruiting-class puzzle, joining freshmen TySean Powell and Eric James.

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West Virginia again projected to finish eighth in the Big 12

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

There's a clear distinction between the Haves and the Have Nots in the Big 12, at least in the eyes of the media. The Big 12 media preseason poll was released Thursday, and for the second year in a row it's West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas — in that order — bringing up the rear.

Two years ago, the Mountaineers were selected to finish second, behind Oklahoma, and even received seven first-place votes. But the reality of life in the Big 12 set in and have brought West Virginia hurtling back to earth. Head coach Dana Holgorsen's team went 7-6 in 2012, its first season in the Big 12, and fell out of bowl contention with a 4-8 season in 2013.

Oklahoma, the preseason favorite, received 47 first-place votes, followed by Baylor with nine. West Virginia was a full 127 points behind seventh-place TCU. 

Here is the full 2014 Big 12 preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Oklahoma (47)
2. Baylor (9)
3. Kansas State
4. Texas
5. Oklahoma State
6. Texas Tech
7. TCU
8. West Virginia
9. Iowa State
10. Kansas

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