Special rules now apply in parts of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Reports
National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament expected to draw close to 1,000 participants from more than 45 schools across the state.
Harrisburg — Pennsylvania’s statewide deer seasons have come to a close, and all final chronic wasting disease test results will soon return from deer harvested by hunters in the 2017-18 seasons. The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from deer harvested across the state and tests them for chronic wasting disease, as part of the agency’s ongoing CWD surveillance. Within the…
Modifications would include implementing a new four-day extended black bear firearms season in WMUs 4A and 5A and increasing from four days to six days the length of the extended black bear firearms season in WMU 3A.
The Game Commission historically has permitted the use of semiautomatic shotguns for deer and bear seasons within its special regulations areas near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The preliminarily approved proposal would extend this authorization to the remainder of the Commonwealth, as well as permit semiautomatic shotguns using single-projectile ammunition for elk hunting.
Matthew Schnupp is the new director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management. Schnupp, who for 10 years served as chief wildlife biologist and research liaison for the 825,000-acre King Ranch, in Kingsville, Texas, started in the position Monday, Jan. 29. Schnupp fills a position left vacant when former bureau director Wayne Laroche was appointed the agency’s special assistant for…
Final CWD test results from the 2017-18 deer seasons will be released when available.
Giant whitetail harvested in October in Westmoreland County new leader in Typical Archery category.
For the first time in its 122-year history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will call its law-enforcement officers “state game wardens.” The change takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. “The job titles previously used to describe our field officers – game protector and wildlife conservation officer – didn’t fully identify their unique and diverse responsibilities,” Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans…
Opportunities to hunt small game, deer, waterfowl and furbearers either are available now, or will be soon.
Extensive rain on the season’s opening day led to the harvest decline, Game Commission says.
Hunters harvested 318 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,628 – about a 30-percent decrease compared to 2016. Extensive rain on the season’s opening day blamed for decline.
According to Game Commission, there’s a good chance the state will see another banner buck harvest.
This event marked the success of a decades-long collaborative project to restore habitat and wild pheasants back to the Keystone State, the Game Commission said.
Game Commission says the state is poised for one of the better harvests ever, and state bear biologist said he believes there are some 800-plus-pounders out there.
More than 100 elk taken for a success rate of 89 percent, with numerous trophy elk harvested.
While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has been shortened from three weeks to two in WMU 4E, and from two weeks to one in WMUs 4A and 4B – to help those populations rebound from declining trends.
Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs, Pa., was sentenced recently in Huntingdon County court after pleading to charges stemming from an assault on Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Macklem II as he attempted to stop Garlock’s vehicle during a poaching incident in 2016, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 18. Huntingdon County President Judge George…
Game Commission: Hunters can help keep eagles safe by burying entrails of harvested game.
Even though pheasant production has been trimmed, hunters heading afield this fall might not notice much difference in the number of pheasants they flush. The Game Commission still plans to release about 170,000 pheasants, a modest reduction from the goal of 200,000 pheasants in recent years. And nearly all of those birds are being released on public lands, which have…
Provisions vary from those implemented elsewhere statewide.
Hunters encouraged to use any of 26 collection bins placed within Disease Management Areas.
(Pennsylvania Game Commission)The Pennsylvania Game Commission has appointed new directors of the Southwest Region Office in Bolivar and the North-central Region Office in Jersey Shore. Thomas Fazi, of Ligonier, was named director of the Southwest Region Office on Aug. 12, while David Mitchell, of Saylorsburg, was named director of the Northcentral Region Office on July 29. Fazi, who has worked…
The 8- by 9-point bull has been submitted for disease testing, and results are pending.
The survey for the first time will include a mobile app to report findings.
Youth hunt represents the first time since the WPRA program’s startup that wild pheasants will be able to be hunted in the recovery areas.