Head to Blue Mountain for Father's Day outdoors events

Sunday is Father's Day, and Blue Mountain will hold a special day of outdoors-related activities perfect for dads and their families with the Father's Day Festival noon to 7 p.m.

Vendors outside the Valley Lodge will have information on hunting, fishing, ATVs, motorcycling, hiking, kayaking and all kinds of other outdoors activities. Archery Addictions from Slatington will host a 3D mountainwide Slope Shoot. The ski lifts will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the archery shoot and scenic rides. Disc golf and downhill mountain hill bike rides are also on tap.

Admission is $5 per carload, and dads receive a commemorative beer mug.

Father's Day Fishing in Wildwood: The Wildwoods Beach 'n Boat Fishing Challenge will take place Friday through Sunday in Wildwood, N.J.

The fishing contest will take place on the beaches, bay and ocean of The Wildwoods with Base Camp centered at The Wildwoods Convention Center, featuring a Fishing Expo with the latest gear.

Base Camp is also the place for tournament registrations and weigh-ins all three days.

Fishing begins at 2 p.m. Friday with the weigh-in period closing at 9 p.m. Weigh-ins on Saturday run 8-9 a.m.; noon-2 p.m.; and 7-8 p.m. Sunday fishing ends at 10 a.m. with final weigh-ins 10-11 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony.

Qualifying fish include stripers, fluke, bluefish, black drum, weakfish (no speckled trout), northern kingfish, sea bass and tautog, all with various minimum lengths.

The three-day event will feature a family festival of fun with learn-to-tie knot sessions, crab races and more.

The tournament is free for registered anglers and offers up to $8,000 in prizes, with a top prize of $1,000, and anyone can take part. For more information or to register, go online to https://beachnboat.com/events/wildwoods.

Jacobsburg events: Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center has a variety of events designed to help you take advantage of the day, including a kayaking session 4-8:30 p.m. at Long Pond Preserve in the Poconos, called "one of the world's Top 40 Last Great Place" by The Nature Conservancy.

Participants must supply their own kayak or canoe, and approved life vest. Binoculars will be helpful to observe animals, nesting birds and unusual plants. To register, contact Rick Wiltraut at rwiltraut@pa.gov or call 610-746-2801.

Earlier in the day, educator Andy Fedor will lead a two-hour search for June Bloomers 10 a.m. to noon on a moderate hike that will include muddy slopes and uphill climbs. To register, contact Fedor at anfedor@pa.gov or 610-746-2801. Sturdy shoes, a camera, snack and water are recommended.

Mark your calendars: Learn from one of the best modern bass anglers ever when Mike Iaconelli makes a one-day appearance at Cabela's in Hamburg on June 28.

Iaconelli, a professional BASS and FLW Tournament angler, will be at the store 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to chat and sign autographs, and will conduct a 1 p.m. seminar to help ease anglers through the ins and outs of bass fishing.

A New Jersey native and 10-year pro, Iaconelli was the BASS Angler of the Year in 2006, has five first-place finishes and 42 Top 10 finishes.

The Berkley Bass Tank, a famed 4,000-gallon tractor-trailer tank, will be at the store that entire weekend, along with representatives from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, who will be promoting the second Fish for Free Day, which will take place July 4.

Game Commission field reports: Bear sightings and interaction with humans have been on the rise, particularly in Monroe and Northampton counties. Residents in those areas are being asked to keep their garbage inside their house until right before trash pickup to minimize drawing bears toward human populations.

Learn more about Pennsylvania's black bears from Brad Kreider, the wildlife conservation officer of the Pennsylvania Game Commission assigned to Northampton County, during a Jacobsburg Environmental Education Speaker Series at 7 p.m. June 27.

Kreider will speak at the JEEC Visitor Center, 400 Belfast Road, Bushkill Township. He will talk about black bear biology and his experiences with black bears. Contact Rick Wiltraut (rwiltraut@pa.gov or 610-746-2801) to register.

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster recently filed citations in excess of $1,400 against a couple for littering and shooting off fireworks on local state game lands. Halbfoerster discovered the illegal activity during routine late-night patrol.

Mike Beahm, Carbon/Luzerne/Monroe land manager for the PGC, conducted several prescribed burns this spring, including 24 acres of native grasses at Beltzville Wildlife Management Area, 514 acres of scrub-oak barrens on SGL 141, about 131 acres of timber on SGL 91, and 200 acres of timber on SGL 40.

The burns were designed for habitat improvement to help oak regeneration by removing competitors like beech, maple and birch.

gary.blockus@mcall.com

Twitter @gblockus

610-820-6782

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