Playing catch-up after a week of enjoying the outdoors is perhaps worse than suffering from cabin fever.
Sorting through the lengthy email list and voice mails is not the type of indoor activity that makes the heart beat faster, but it sure does raise the anxiety level.
From people missing the weekly fishing report to adventures in spring gobbler hunting, demand for the news never sleeps or slows down.
In an attempt to get caught up on the outdoors sporting scene, here's a glimpse at the latest news that affects us regionally.
"Whitetail Underdogs" now on RCN: The locally produced "Whitetail Underdogs" has changed its cable affiliation and is now being broadcast on RCN.
The show airs new episodes 8 p.m. Mondays, with rebroadcasts 5:30 p.m Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
St. Luke's Wilderness Medicine Conference: If you've ever wondered about the proper procedures to complete a whitewater rescue, help fight off or treat hypothermia, or apply first aid during outdoor adventures, St. Luke's University Health Network has the answers for you Friday through Sunday at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos near Canadensis.
The three-day Wilderness Medicine Conference is open to nurses, physicians, pre-hospital providers and outdoor enthusiasts.
A full schedule, registration and other details are available online at http://www.slhnwildernessmedicine.org. There is a sliding scale fee for the course based on profession. Non-medical professionals can take the three-day seminar for $125, students for $100.
Fishing contest on the Little Lehigh: The Lehigh County Fish & Game Protective Association's annual Little Lehigh Fishing Derby takes place this Saturday and Sunday, with the junior contest 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and the adult contest 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Fishing will take place between the Iron Bridge and Robin Hood Bridge in Allentown's picturesque Little Lehigh Parkway. Memberships, food, refreshments, bait and tackle will be available in the contest's main tent.
Archery shoot benefit: Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, is hosting its ninth annual Hope Lodge Benefit Shoot on Sunday. The shoot donates all the proceeds to the Hope Lodge in Hershey.
The American Cancer Society sponsors 31 Hope Lodge facilities around the country. The facilities provide free stays for cancer patients and their families when the best course of treatment is in another region. A friend of the Glenn family recently stayed in the Hope Lodge New York City location for a stem cell procedure.
Call the shop at 610-791-7665 to register for the shoot or make a donation.
Become a Waterways Conservation Officer: The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is recruiting a new class of Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) and is taking applications between May 14 and June 28. All written testing must be completed with the Civil Service Commission by July 26.
WCOs begin their career by completing a 52-week program of specialized instruction before becoming a trainee. An additional 32-week program follows with on-the-job field training under the supervision of seasoned WCOs.
Applicants must be 21 years old by the date of hire, possess a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, be a resident of the state, and be able to pass written, oral and physical examinations.
"Waterways Conservation Officers make up the law enforcement arm of the Commission, although the duties of a WCO go beyond police work," said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. "WCOs perform specialized work in fisheries conservation and watercraft safety, education and public relations — responsibilities that are emphasized through specialized training."
Application forms and further information on the process can be obtained from the State Civil Service Commission website at http://www.scsc.state.pa.us.
Information may also be obtained from State Civil Service Commission offices in Harrisburg at 717-783-3058 (Text Telephone: 717-772-2685), Philadelphia at 215-560-2253 (Text Telephone: 215-560-4367), or Pittsburgh at 412-565-7666 (Text Telephone: 412-565-2484). Information may also be obtained by contacting the PFBC's Human Resource Office at 717-705-7820.
Game commission seeks info on illegal bear kill: The Northeast Region office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating the illegal killing of a large black bear that is believed to have taken place on Friday, May 2, near Laurel Run Road, Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County.
The dead bear, weighing 650 pounds and with a chest circumference of 61 inches, was discovered in the area on Saturday, May 3, and initially reported as a road-killed bear. A subsequent necropsy showed the bear had been shot.
Anyone with information for the case can call the Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.