Pennsylvania Game Commission Reports

Pennsylvania finds more deer with CWD

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…

Semiautomatic shotguns considered for deer, bear, elk in Pennsylvania

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.

Pennsylvania Game Commission has new wildlife management director

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…

In Pennsylvania, law-enforcement officers now ‘state game wardens’

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…