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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tom Venesky

Tom Venesky: Restrictions on Raystown Lake fishing tourneys in Pennsylvania don’t float

For a boater who likes to fly, Raystown Lake is a mecca within Pennsylvania. There are no speed or horsepower restrictions at the lake, so boaters on Raystown can throttle down and make some waves.
When it comes to competing in a fishing tournament on the lake, however, the federal government feels that’s one activity where restrictions are needed. And it really doesn’t make sense.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission keeps Saturday opening day for deer season despite many lobbying for Monday opener

In what has become a common theme at Pennsylvania Game Commission meetings, the first day of the rifle deer season remained a controversial subject once again when the board met Jan. 27. 
During a lengthy public comment period that featured 62 speakers, the American marten reintroduction plan and the first day of deer season were the dominant topics. When it came to the latter, many of the speakers – 21 – favored changing the opening day back to the first Monday after Thanksgiving, while three told the board they wanted it to remain on Saturday.

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Tom Venesky: Don’t give rifles a shot for fall turkey season in Pennsylvania

What about rifles for fall turkeys?
When the agenda for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Jan. 27 meeting was released, it was revealed that the agency planned to increase the length of the fall season in 11 wildlife management units, and bring it back altogether in another. The three-day Thanksgiving portion of the season was also slated for a return in some units.
Some hunters wondered if the move to lengthen the fall season meant that rifles would be brought back into the equation as well.

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Updated: Pennsylvania Game Commission tables reintroduction of American marten for second time

For the second time in less than two years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board delayed action on the plan to reintroduce American marten. 
During the Jan. 27 quarterly meeting, the board approved a motion to table the plan after several commissioners said they needed more time to gauge hunter sentiment and collect more information. 
The marten plan was drafted in 2022 and since then the board has voted to table moving forward with the measure on two occasions.

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Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission OKs exemption for stocking wild trout stream in Potter County

It doesn’t happen often, but during the Jan. 22 meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, an exemption was granted to allow for the continued stocking on a Class A wild trout stream in Potter County.
By an 8-2 vote, commissioners approved the stocking exemption for a section of Big Moores Run, which is south of Coudersport. The exemption covers an approximate 1-mile stretch of the stream and was requested by a private club that operates a pay-to-fish business.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission board considers bear, turkey season changes

On the heels of the lowest bear harvest since 2007, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board was expected to approve a measure to scale back the muzzleloader portion of the season during its meeting Jan. 27.
A change included in the seasons and bag limits framework for the 2024-25 hunting reduced the October muzzleloader season for bears to three days. According to the meeting agenda, the move is designed to reduce harvest rates on female bears and promote stabilization of the population.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission returns big-game scoring session to northeast region

Last year the Pennsylvania Game Commission held a big-game scoring session at its Northeast Regional Office for the first time in 10 years.
The amount of interest generated by the event made it clear there was no point in waiting another 10 years for the next session. On March 2, the Game Commission will hold another big-game scoring session at the region office in Dallas, and like last year, the available slots are expected to fill quickly.

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Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Trout in Classroom program keeps expanding

The Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program started out small in 2006 but today can be found in school districts in nearly every county.
And the growth hasn’t slowed for the 2023-24 school year. Currently, the program is being utilized in nearly half – 220 – of the 500 school districts in the state, along with 29 intermediate units.

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