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September 22, 2023

State Senate vote may cost the Pennsylvania Game Commission $150 million

The Pennsylvania Game Commission gained nearly $180 million in oil, gas and mineral revenue during fiscal year 2021-22, and the state Senate would like to spread the wealth around. 
House Bill 1300 was approved by the Senate on Aug. 30, and it included a late amendment that would transfer $150 million from the Game Commission’s Game Fund to the state’s Clean Streams Fund. The move comes after the agency realized significant revenue increases in 2021-22, much of it due to oil and gas lease royalties, which rose by $117 million from the previous year.

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Commentary: Why hunting is important to me – as a member of ‘Generation Z’

Often it can be easy to forget why we started doing something, and what drove us to take a certain action. This can be applied in many parts of life as we like to ponder the rationale behind the actions we take. Sometimes to better appreciate something we must go back and look at the bigger picture.
As a graduate student, I do this often to gather a better understanding of why what I am doing is so important. This same curiosity spilled over into my interest in the outdoors, mainly hunting. I wanted to better understand why we, as a species, hunt.

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Wild flamingos visit Pennsylvania for the first time as birders flock to Franklin County

Birders from all over the eastern United States have been flocking to see the first-ever-reported wild flamingos in Pennsylvania. Avid birder John Carter, of Chambersburg, was the first person to spot them Sept. 7.
“I am beyond words right now, on my lunch break I decided to check some local ponds for shorebirds, and wouldn’t you know I would find the first reported American Flamingos in the state of Pennsylvania,” he wrote on his Facebook page. Carter also reported his find on Cornell University’s eBird. The popular birding website collects and keeps track of bird sightings from all over the world. A representative from Cornell Lab of Ornithology checked out the flamingos a few days later.

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Iowa’s West Fork Wildlife Area emerges from historic flood of 1993

West Fork Wildlife Area in Palo Alto County, Iowa, was developed after the historic flood of 1993, then expanded after the floods of 2018 and 2019 as landowners exited the floodplain.  
Flooding disturbed the land to the point where it could no longer be farmed successfully, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Palo Alto County Conservation Board to enroll much of the impacted ground into the federal Emergency Watershed Protection program.

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Fall means fantastic fishing on Illinois waters of the Mississippi River

While Oct. 1 tends to bring a lot of excitement for deer hunters, it is usually about the time the Mississippi River temperatures reach the low 60s or high 50s in Illinois. While you may feel the need to get into the treestand, a better use of your time may be to get out on the river and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year.
With river flows at near-historical lows most of this summer, fish have been concentrating closer to the main channel structures, especially since the low water has brought significant weed growth along the channel borders.

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Ohio’s fall turkey hunt: A much different ballgame than the spring

Though it’s nowhere near as popular as the spring season, the fall turkey hunt continues to be a part of Ohio’s hunting offerings.
The fall season this year runs from Oct. 14 through Nov. 12, a bit shorter than it’s been historically. The ODNR Division of Wildlife two years ago shortened the season in response to a turkey population downturn. In a typical fall turkey season, Ohio hunters will harvest around 1,000 birds, according to Mark Wiley, a Division of Wildlife bird biologist.

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NWTF donation expands Wisconsin DNR turkey research

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is working with the Wisconsin DNR on a new research project starting this year by funding an expansion of trail camera use and GPS/VHF transmitters to estimate accurate turkey recruitment for each turkey zone.
The DNR’s Christopher Pollentier is an upland game bird research scientist who works on a variety of surveys on turkey recruitment and population trends. Some of this information comes from the DNR’s Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera program, but the NWTF’s involvement will expand Pollentier’s reach across the state. Pollentier and the NWTF hope this expanded research will bring to light factors in turkey survival, recruitment and population dynamics.

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