Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

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…

2010-11 migratory game bird seasons and bag limits established

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe today announced that the agency has made its selections for the 2010-11 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits. Annual waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, waterfowl survey data,…

PF&BC to hold family fishing program at Lackawanna State Park Aug. 21

  Sweet Valley, Pa. – – The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will hold  a Family Fishing Program at Lackawanna State Park on Saturday Aug. 21. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is designed for families with children ages eight and older with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn about basic fishing skills, techniques, safety,…

PF&BC holding family fishing program at Rose Lake

Bellefonte, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is sponsoring a free educational Family Fishing Program for families on Saturday, August 14 at Rose Valley Lake in Lycoming County. The program will run from 12 p.m. to 4:p.m. Participants are to meet at the South Access. The program is open to families with children ages 8 – 15 years…

New Jersey bear hunt approved

Trenton, N.J. — After five years of political stonewalling, New Jersey sportsmen are going to be able to go on a bear hunt. On July 21, the Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martin, announced his approval of the state’s new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy. Part of the management policy will include a six-day December…

Game Commission posts bear age data on its website

Harrisburg — Hunters interested in learning the age of the bear they harvested during the 2009 seasons can log onto the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). To access the database, click on “Hunt/Trap” in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on “Hunting,” scroll down and click on “Black Bear” in the “Big Game” listing, and then scroll…

Fish & Boat Commission to temporarily close Mill Creek Access on Clarion River

Meadville, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced this week that the Mill Creek Access, Mill Creek Township, Clarion County. is scheduled to temporarily close on Monday Aug. 9. Agency construction crews plan on emergency repairs to extend the launch ramp. It is expected that the access area will re-open on Aug. 18. Boaters are advised to use the…

New planning guide available for youth hunting

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has published a new planning guide to assist conservation organizations – or individual hunters – host a species-specific hunt for eligible junior hunters. To view a copy of the new manual, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Education” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, select “Special Hunts” in…

Groups seek nationwide ban on traditional ammunition

Washington, D.C. — This week, two environmental groups filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  seeking a nationwide ban on lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle. Such a ban would drastically reduce sportsmen numbers and result in decimated funding for wildlife conservation programs due to a loss of revenue from licenses and taxes on sporting equipment. The petition…

Game Commission, private pheasant farm to host hunt for women

Harrisburg  — Pheasant Valley Farm, in Robesonia, Berks County, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other conservation-oriented groups are hosting a day-long special women’s hunt for 20 participants on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Pheasant Valley Farm preserve. Check-in will be held at 8:45 am, followed by a safety lesson at 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the 20 participants will practice…

Register for special hunts on Game Commission website

Harrisburg — In addition to publishing a new planning guide for hosting youth hunts, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has unveiled a new feature on its website to enable those interested in participating in youth hunts to find events in their area and register online. To find a hunt in your area, go to the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on…