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.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Reports
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.
Game Commission to spray more than 23,000 acres identified as having the greatest need for treatment.
National Wild Turkey Federation honors Jerry A. Bish, Daniel Murray.
Waterfowl hunters will notice some changes this year, including more restrictive September Canada goose seasons in northwestern Pennsylvania, modifications to daily bag limits for some duck species, and later dates for some youth waterfowl hunting days.
A light turkey harvest last fall and a mild winter have set the stage for what could be a fast-starting spring wild turkey hunting season.
Positive test from this sample size increases concern that more CWD-positive deer might be present in the immediate area where the deer was taken.
Thomas P. Grohol had served as director of the agency’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection.
Action helps ensure training activities don’t chase off ringnecks released for hunters.
Amendment package includes expanded Sunday hours at Game Commission ranges.
Revenue to help sustain pheasant propagation and release.
Among the restrictions now covered by regulation is the prohibition on importing into Pennsylvania any high-risk parts from deer, elk, moose or other cervids harvested within states or Canadian provinces where CWD is present.
Guided by scientific survey of state’s hunters, commissioners remove proposal for big-game hunting. Still, Pennsylvania becomes the last state in the nation to approve semiautomatic rifles for hunting uses.
Board of Game Commissioners gives final approval to 2017-18 hunting/trapping seasons.
Board to meet March 27 and 28 at Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters.
Estimated 137,580 bucks largest harvest of antlered deer since 2002.
The plan reportedly offers insight and comprehensive guidance on how best to tackle the problems of Pennsylvania’s 664 species of greatest conservation need, a list comprised of including 90 birds, 19 mammals, 65 fishes, 22 reptiles, 18 amphibians and 450 terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.
The “Seedlings for Schools” program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.
Focus will be on status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting seasons.
More than 3,500 bear harvested in 2016, including 60 weighing 500 pounds or more, 17 exceeded 600 pounds and the largest about 740 pounds.