Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

John Arway is right: Pa. should charge for use of water

I heard a story this week related to the Marcellus natural-gas play that is disturbing. Not illegal or perhaps even unethical, mind you, but troubling all the same. And it illustrates a problem our commonwealth is ignoring.It seems a long-ago established and successful central Pennsylvania trucking company, which is located on the bank of a well-known creek — that is…

Not everyone loves no-kill bass regs on troubled Susquehanna River

Maybe it's just me. For the last several years I have been thinking a lot about the implications of anglers hooking and temporarily removing spawning bass from beds and making their eggs and fry vulnerable to predators such as bluegills. My son is currently conducting research with largemouth bass at the University of Illinois on the question, involving bass and…

Are coyotes keeping deer numbers low in state?

As deer numbers continue to be low on the vast public lands in the state‘s northern tier, and even in many places south of Interstate 80, hunters search for reasons why. They keep coming back to coyotes. Even though the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer biologists have consistently claimed that coyote predation on fawns is not increasing, according to their data,…

Chesapeake Bay nutrient imbalance must be addressed

The problem plaguing the Chesapeake Bay is widely known and obvious, according to a crops and soils expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. But after decades of trying to save the famous estuary by spending billions of dollars on pollution-control measures, we have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go to solve…

Famous Benezette town bull dead

One of the most famous residents in Pennsylvania’s northcentral region died Jan. 7, but you may not have seen an obituary. That’s because he was an elk. Nicknamed “Freddy” by local residents and wearing Game Commission research collar #36, the big bull has hung out in and around the Elk County village of Benezette for 18 years… You read that…

Squirrels abound in state’s forests and woodlots, PGC says

Harrisburg — If there’s one game animal that could use some additional attention in Pennsylvania, it’s squirrels. Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers report squirrel populations are strong in most areas of the state. Gray squirrels continue to be found across Pennsylvania in sizeable numbers, and the black-phase gray squirrel isn’t hard to find north of Interstate-80 and east of the…

Squirrels abound in state’s forests and woodlots, PGC says

Harrisburg — If there’s one game animal that could use some additional attention in Pennsylvania, it’s squirrels. Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers report squirrel populations are strong in most areas of the state. Gray squirrels continue to be found across Pennsylvania in sizeable numbers, and the black-phase gray squirrel isn’t hard to find north of Interstate-80 and east of the…

PGC director stresses agency supports law limiting searches

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe wanted to make it very clear – his agency supports the recent enactment of House Bill 181, which reduces search and seizure powers of wildlife conservation officers to the same as other law-enforcement officers in the state. In a written statement he issued recently, Roe attempted to “put to rest, hopefully…

Bait may be allowed on ‘Red Tag’ farms in the southeast

Harrisburg- To further the Game Commission’s efforts to find effective tools to manage the deer populations on agriculture lands in the southeast corner of the state, commissioners took action at their recent quarterly meeting. They gave preliminary approval to a regulatory change to create a focused, limited authorization permitting the use of bait for deer hunting in wildlfe management units…

PGC expects average grouse hunting overall

Harrisburg — With favorable late spring/early summer weather conditions across much of the state, Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists expect ruffed grouse hunting to be average to slightly above average – where good habitat exists – for the more than 100,000 hunters who annually pursue these challenging game birds. The opening day of the state’s three-part grouse season is Saturday, Oct….

Big Game Scoring book available in hard copy

Harrisburg — Copies of the 2010 Pennsylvania Big Game Records are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop, www.pgc.state.pa.us, or call 1-888-888-3459, or mail your remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. The book costs $5, which includes sales tax, plus $1.25 shipping and handling. For additional information, contact Pennsylvania Big…

Game Commission announces pheasant-stocking plans

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has slated 108,000 ring-necked pheasants for release on public lands throughout the commonwealth for the upcoming small game hunting seasons, including 16,800 birds for the junior only season (Oct. 9-16). “Based on agency’s budget cuts first implemented in the 2004-05 fiscal year and carried forward since, we reduced our pheasant propagation program by 50 percent,”…

Game Commission tells motorists to watch out for deer

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today advised motorists to slow down after sundown and before sunrise to reduce their risk of having a close encounter with a white-tailed deer. Deer collisions are an annual occurrence that will continue through Thanksgiving week and begin to slow down in mid-December. For the sake of public safety, the commission is urging motorists to drive…

Pa. pulls welcome mat back from poachers

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl  Roe said, starting today, the commonwealth has begun to reverse its reputation of being a state with minimal risks for chronic poachers as new penalties — including higher fines and possible jail time — go into effect. “Some chronic or commercial poachers considered Pennsylvania’s previous fines as merely a ‘cost of doing business,’”…

Game Commissioners to meet in Wilkes Barre Oct. 4-5

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its next meeting on Oct. 4-5, at the Quality Inn, 880 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. A copy of the agenda for the upcoming meeting will be posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) prior to the meeting, and will be able to be viewed by clicking on the “Next Commissioners’ Meeting”…

PGC to hold drawing for elk licenses Sept. 10

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe said the agency’s public drawing for the 2010 elk hunting licenses will be webcast beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. To view the drawing, a “Live Elk Drawing” icon will be posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) for individuals to click on and watch the drawing. In order to watch…

Game Commission seeks citizen advisory committee volunteers

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is calling for nominations of citizens willing to participate in one of four Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) to help gather input related to the deer management goal of reducing deer-human conflict in three Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in 2011. Those WMUs identified for next year are: WMU 2D, which consists of areas in Armstrong, Butler,…

Waterfowl seasons and bag limits

DUCKS: Lake Erie Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 25-Jan. 1. North Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 9-23 and Nov. 11-Jan. 4. Northwest Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 9-23 and Nov. 6-Dec. 30. South Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 9-16 and Nov. 17-Jan. 17. Total Duck Bag Limits: 6…

By land or by sea, waterfowlers urged to keep safety in mind

Harrisburg — Whether hunting from shore or from a boat, waterfowlers are urged to keep safety first and foremost in mind, said Keith Snyder, Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief. "Basic firearm and hunting safety are critical," Snyder said. "Treat every firearm as if it is loaded and make sure that the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction….

Waterfowl hunters cautioned about eating mergansers

Harrisburg — To minimize potential health impacts, it's suggested that hunters don't eat merganser ducks, especially those harvested in the Lake Erie and northwestern Pennsylvania hunting zones. Studies conducted over the past two decades on Pennsylvania and New York mergansers, especially common and red-breasted mergansers in the Lake Erie region, have concluded they may have varying levels of contaminants, including…

Hunters encouraged to report banded birds

Harrisburg — Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to report banded ducks, geese and doves they harvest online at www.reportband.gov, or by using the toll-free number (1-800-327-BAND). Hunters will be requested to provide information on where, when and what species of migratory birds were taken, in addition to the band number. This information is crucial to the successful management of migratory birds….

Radioactive boars on the rise in Germany

By VerenaA Schmitt-RoschmannAssociated Press Writer BERLIN – It was a big shot. A big hog. And a big disappointment. When Georg van Bebber hauled back his wild boar from Ebersberg forest near Munich after a day of hunting, he was exhilarated about his impressive prey. But before he could take it home, a Geiger counter showed a problem: The boar’s…

Federal regulations for migratory waterfowl on PGC website

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has posted a synopsis of federal regulations that govern migratory game bird and waterfowl seasons to assist hunters in finding answers to questions. To review the information, go to the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), put your cursor on "Hunt/Trap" in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on "Hunting," scroll down…