Extensive rain on the season’s opening day led to the harvest decline, Game Commission says.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Reports
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.
Wayne Laroche will lead Pennsylvania Game Commission in advancing chronic wasting disease campaign.
Absent as a breeding bird in Pennsylvania since the mid-1950s, two pairs of federally endangered piping plovers returned this year to nest in Gull Point Natural Area at Presque Isle State Park in Erie County.
Chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging buck in an area of the state where it previously had been detected only in captive deer.
In Pennsylvania, semiautomatic rifles, air guns could find their way into Special Regulations Areas after all
Hunters within Special Regulations Areas must follow different guidelines than in other parts of the state, and are limited to using manually operated rimfire rifles, shotguns, muzzleloading long guns and archery equipment.
If the measure is adopted, hunters would be able to use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.
Low number of hunting-related shooting incidents, no fatalities in 2016.
Disease Management Area 2 will be expanded significantly eastward, increasing its area from 2,846 square miles to 4,095 square miles, and within DMA 2, two new Deer Management Assistance Program units have been created to focus hunter effort in areas where multiple CWD-positive deer have been found.
Pheasant permit, pocket guide among changes in store for coming license year.
They’ve teamed to restore thousands of acres of idle, difficult-to-manage habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock in state forests.
Chronic wasting disease sampling in 2016 turns up 25 positive cases, all in the area of DMA 2 — the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild.