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Two charged in two-day poaching spree in Westmoreland County

Harrisburg — A two-day poaching spree in early December that resulted in at least eight dead deer has been resolved with guilty pleas by two Westmoreland County men.  Ryan Simonds, 20, of Derry, and Garrett McConnell, 19, of New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to charges filed at District Judge Mark Bilik’s office in Bradenville, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Each…

Little endangered things tell the real story about the Chesapeake region

“Bald Eagle To Be Removed From Maryland’s Threatened List (Associated Press, Jan. 21).” It was the news, but not the real story. We’ll always be eagle-centric, attentive to the “charismatic megafauna,” like eagles and elephants, whales and sad-eyed seal pups. But read beyond the tidings of our national symbol’s comeback from endangerment. Maryland also took action on dozens of other…

Pennsylvania groundwater recharge information available in user-friendly report

Harrisburg – The month of April is known for rain showers, but a new Pennsylvania Geological Survey report says that the state’s groundwater actually recharges the most during March. The report, “Summary of Groundwater-Recharge Estimates for Pennsylvania,” was done in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and is available on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Web site at…

Schmit to retire from Game Commission after 35 years

Harrisburg — With 35 years of service to the Commonwealth’s wildlife and hunters and trappers, Pennsylvania Game Commission Deputy Executive Director Michael W. Schmit will retire April 16, and, according to the agency’s current director, leave enormous shoes to fill. “You cannot replace a ‘Mike Schmit,’” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “His knowledge and experience in the Game…

Coldwater Heritage Partnership supporting grassroots work to conserve state’s valuable coldwater streams, trout fisheries

Harrisburg — A cooperative partnership is helping local organizations across the state protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater stream habitats —waterways that are critical to the health of the state’s wild trout fisheries. The Coldwater Heritage Partnership—which includes the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds—recently provided more…

DCNR plans white-water release into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek

Harrisburg — Tohickon Creek will become a white-water boating enthusiast’s playground March 20-21 when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Bucks County waterway. As has been the case in many previous years, the annual recreation event will take place the third weekend of March, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and…

Game Commission recruiting hunter education instructors

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for experienced hunters and trappers who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors for the agency’s basic Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE), Successful Bowhunting and Successful Furtaking courses, as well as future courses under consideration. “Becoming a volunteer instructor for the Game Commission is one way experienced hunters and trappers can help pass along our…

Game Commission HTE classes starting to fill up

Harrisburg -– With the junior spring gobbler season set for April 24, and the general spring gobbler season opening on May 1, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is reminding all first-time license buyers to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course now. To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission’s website…

Daley named Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor of the Year

Harrisburg — Jim Daley, of Cranberry Township, Butler County, recently was honored by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners as the 2009 Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor of the year. “Jim Daley typically goes above-and-beyond the call of duty to provide the best possible education program he and his team can,” said Randy Pilarcik, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) for Butler…

Game Commission urges support for wildlife housing issues

Harrisburg — As development continues take over wildlife habitats, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has a way for wildlife enthusiasts to help support wildlife housing needs without having to apply for a second mortgage. The agency’s Howard Nursery is selling a variety of wildlife nesting structures for several species of birds – from bluebirds to flickers, from ducks to…

Game Commission offers Project WILD programs for educators

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a series of upcoming professional development opportunities offered as part of the agency’s Project WILD program. Classroom teachers, early childhood teachers, informal educators, homeschooler leaders and Scout and youth group leaders are welcome to participate in these workshops. Project WILD is an award-winning, international, hands-on conservation education program. It focuses on wildlife…

Clubs urged to participate in pheasant chick and egg program

Harrisburg — Sportsmen’s organizations with approved propagation facilities can augment local ring-necked pheasant stockings and increase localized recreational hunting opportunities by raising day‑old pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Applications to participate can be downloaded from the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), by clicking on “Self Help,” then “Forms & Programs” and then selecting “Pheasant Chick & Egg Program.”…

Zionsville NWTF Chapter Wins National Award for Educating Youth

Edgefield, S.C. — Volunteers with the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are dedicated to preserving North America’s outdoor traditions by providing opportunities for youth to learn outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, shooting and more. NWTF’s Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter from Zionsville, Pa., won the Best Xtreme JAKES Event Award at the 2010 NWTF national convention….

Game Commission releases official 2009 bear harvest

Harrisburg — According to official 2009 bear harvest figures released today by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took a total of 3,512 bears, which included 116 bears during the archery bear season; 3,052 bears during the statewide three-day season; and 344 bears during the extended seasons open in select areas of the state. This harvest ranks second among Pennsylvania’s annual…

Pennsylvania Volunteers Win Top Awards at NWTF Convention

Edgefield, S.C — The Pennsylvania State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation received two L.A. Dixon Memorial Chapter Awards during the NWTF’s 34th annual National Convention and Sport Show, which was sponsored by Midway USA, in Nashville, Tenn. The Pennsylvania State Chapter was recognized by the NWTF for winning third place in the Highest Total Net/Net Dollars Raised and…

Hunter-killed elk test negative for CWD and other diseases

Harrisburg — Samples taken from the 43 hunter-killed elk during the state’s 2009 hunting season have all tested negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife veterinarian.    Samples also tested negative for brucellosis and tuberculosis.   Cottrell noted that the Game Commission still is awaiting the results of CWD testing for…

China to release pollution-fighting fish in lake

Authorities in eastern China have said they will release 20 million algae-eating fish into one of the nation’s most scenic lakes that has been ravaged by pollution.  Taihu Lake, which straddles Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, has been severely polluted by sewage as well as industrial and agricultural waste, triggering a blue-green algae plague. Authorities started using fish to try to…

Pa. announces position regarding New York City reservoir releases into Delaware River

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently announced the release of a fisheries recommendation for management of water released to Delaware River tributaries from New York City water supply reservoirs.   The recommendation focuses on the Delaware River and its tributaries, the East Branch, West Branch and Neversink rivers where New York City reservoirs are located.   “We worked…

PGC habitat-improvement project includes controlled-burn on State Game Land176

State College, Pa. — Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently announced that they plan to conduct controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem.  Originally outlined in public meetings and meetings with news media in the area in March of 2009, Game Commission officials said that the planned prescribed…

Pa. Game Commission offers seedlings to landowners

Harrisburg — Landowners seeking to plant trees beneficial to wildlife can order seedlings being offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery, which is accepting orders until April 27.  Order forms and information are available on the agency’s Web site (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the “General Store” in the menu bar under the homepage banner, then choosing “Howard Nursery,” and…

PGC ‘disappointed’ with legislative resources audit

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today issued the following statement on the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s audit titled “Examination of Current and Future Costs and Revenues from Forest Products, Oil, Gas and Mineral Extraction on Pennsylvania Game Commission Lands.” “I have to say that I was disappointed in the report, and we have major…