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Game Commission asks for new applications for state wildlife grants projects

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe today announced an invitation for project applications to the State Wildlife Grants Program. These projects will help address conservation needs for high-priority projects for endangered, threatened and at-risk species across Pennsylvania. The federal dollars for this program are awarded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants Program (SWG)….

Group pushes wolves from coast to coast

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has entered the fray over the listing of wolves on the Endangered Species List.  Last week, the group asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to develop a plan to introduce wofves across the nation.   The  petition to FWS called for a nationwide “recovery” program for the wolves, something they say has…

Elk application deadline approaches

Harrisburg — Hunters looking to participate in this year’s Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 27 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). This can be done at any issuing agent or through the “2010 Elk Hunt” icon in the center of the agency’s homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us). Applicants must pay a $10.70 non-refundable application…

Pennsylvania license sales bump illustrates the success of Families Afield

Pennsylvania is again reaping the rewards of itsexpanded efforts at recruiting new sportsmen into the fold through their Mentored Youth Hunting Program.  According to the state Game Commission, Pennsylvania sold nearly 30,000 mentored youth hunting permits during the 2009-2010 hunting season alone.  This brings the state’s total to over 100,000 Mentored Youth Licenses sold since passing a Families Afield measure…

Three contributors honored at national conference

Rochester, Minn. — Two Pennsylvania Outdoors News columnists and a regular contributor were honored for conservation achievement and writing excellence recently at the close of the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s annual conference here .  Saltwater columnist Terry Brady received OWAA’s top conservation honor, the The Jade of Chiefs Award, representing “an affirmation of OWAA adherence to and support of the…

PGC applauds pending tansfer of Rockview property to state game land system

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe today applauded Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Rep. Michael Hanna (D-76), Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-171) and Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) for enactment of legislation to transfer more than 1,200 acres of state-owned property, presently part of Rockview State Correctional Institution in Centre County, to the agency’s State Game Lands system.   Gov….

Ed Mascharka III sworn in on Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

Harrisburg, Pa. -– Edward P Mascharka III, of Erie County, has been sworn in as the District 1 Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), representing Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties. Commissioner Mascharka was nominated by Gov. Ed Rendell in late March and was confirmed by the Senate on June 21. Commissioners…

25th annual PGC Wildlife Art Show set for Aug. 6-8

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area visitor center will feature hundreds of original paintings and fine-art prints from some of the best-known wildlife artists in the state during its annual Wildlife Art Show from Aug. 6-8.    The show is free, and the hours are: Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10…

DNA evidence helps convict York County trophy-buck poacher

York, Pa. — Michael Sponseller Jr., 19, of East Berlin, Adams County, was found guilty and sentenced to pay $1,100 in fines and $5,000 in replacement costs for the unlawful poaching of a trophy-class white-tailed deer in York County, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.    The sentence was handed down, on June 29, by Senior Magisterial District Judge Roger…

Board approves land exchnge with PennDOT

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, at their recent quarterly meeting, approved a land exchange with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation involving three tracts of land totaling 53.8 acres in exchange for replacement lands for a highway easement.   The tracts that are being conveyed from PennDOT are an indenture into State Game Land 153 in West Wheatfield Township, Indiana…

PGC approves land deals to grow state game land system

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved a donation from the Sandy Ridge Wind LLC of a seven-acre tract of land in Snyder Township, Blair County, adjoining State Game Land 158. The property borders Route 453 and this acquisition will secure access through an existing access road to portions of SGLs 158 and 60. The property is…

Bald eagles now nesting in 50 counties

Harrisburg — The bald eagle’s amazing recovery from the brink of extinction in this state continues at a heartwarming pace as America prepares to celebrate the birth of its independence, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. So far this year, 192 bald eagle nests – in 50 counties – have been recorded in Pennsylvania. As recently as 1983, only three…

PGC bluebird nestbox camera, take two

Harrisburg — Following the successful fledging of four bluebird chicks about two weeks ago, a pair of bluebirds wasted no time in getting on with a second nest that can be viewed through a live webcast on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). The live video feed from a bluebird nestbox on the grounds of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg Headquarters…

July 12 begins 2010-11 doe license process

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 12; and from nonresidents beginning Monday, July 26. For the 2010-11 license year, antlerless deer license fees are the same as they have been since 1999, except for the 70-cent transaction fee…

Game Commission and NWTF Partner on “Women in the Outdoors” Program

Harrisburg — Women are Pennsylvania’s fastest growing group of hunters and a beneficial new partnership between the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will help provide more outdoor opportunities to women in the Keystone State. Thanks in large part to funding provided by the Game Commission, the NWTF has hired Jeff Souders, of Harrisburg, to serve…

Hunters can purchase DMAP permits beginning July 2

Harrisburg — As hunters prepare for the upcoming antlerless deer license application period, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits will be available through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS) on July 2. “DMAP is a Game Commission program designed to help landowners manage deer numbers on their…

Residents encouraged to participate in Appalachian bat survey

Harrisburg  — Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists are seeking assistance from residents in a regional monitoring effort to collect bat maternity colony data this summer.  This monitoring is especially important due to the mortalities in bat populations throughout the northeastern United States, including Pennsylvania, being caused by White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). “WNS primarily kills during the winter, but the true impact of WNS…

Agenda posted for Game Commission June meeting

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agenda for the Board of Game Commissioners upcoming June meeting has been posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).    To view a copy of the agenda, select “Commissioners’ Meeting,” under “Quick Clicks” and then click on the text link to the agenda. The Board will meet…

Board of Game Commissioners to meet June 28-29

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game commissioners will hold their upcoming meeting on June 28-29, in the auditorium of the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 here.  On Monday, June 28, the board will gather public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Doors will open at 7:45 a.m.  Registration for…

DEP plans thorough investigation into Marcellus shale well blowout in Clearfield County

Harrisburg — Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today that his agency intends to investigate aggressively the circumstances surrounding a blowout at a Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, and take the appropriate enforcement action. At approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, the operators of the well, which is owned by EOG Resources, Inc.,…

Updated planning guide available for junior pheasant hunt

Harrisburg — While Pennsylvania’s junior pheasant hunt seems like a long way off, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted that now is the time for hunting clubs to make plans to host an organized junior pheasant hunt. “The future of hunting is directly related to the continuing participation of young Pennsylvanians,” Roe noted. “The goal is to…

2010-11 Hunting/Furtaker licenses to go on sale June 14

Harrisburg — Beginning Monday, June 14, Pennsylvania hunting and furtaker licenses for the 2010-11 seasons will go on sale throughout the state, according to Carl G. Roe, agency executive director.  Licenses will be available through the Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), over-the-counter at all Game Commission region offices and the Harrisburg headquarters, as well as the more than 600…

Game Commission region boundry change impacts York County

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe today announced that York County residents who need to contact one of the agency’s three full-time Wildlife Conservation Officers should direct their inquiries to the Southcentral Region Office, headquartered in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County.  Calls for WCO services would include those seeking to report a hunting or trapping violations or violations against wildlife,…

DCNR says grants available to protect non-game species

Harrisburg -– In its ongoing mission to protect Pennsylvania’s native biodiversity, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wild Resource Conservation Program again is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitats. This year the program is soliciting grant applications in four areas: identifying species and natural communities at risk from climate change;…

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to host smallmouth bass public meetings

Bellefonte, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is hosting a series of regional public meetings. The purpose is to gather comments from anglers on smallmouth bass management in the Susquehanna River and its major tributaries. All anglers are encouraged to attend. Working in small groups, attendees will be asked a series of questions on smallmouth bass regulations….

No doubt now: Atrazine herbicide hurts fish reproduction

Reston, Va. — Atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, has been shown to affect reproduction of fish, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. “Concentrations of atrazine commonly found in agricultural streams and rivers caused reduced reproduction and spawning, as well as tissue abnormalities in laboratory studies with fish,” said USGS scientist Donald Tillitt,…