Hunter concern over the change prompts Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners discussion.
Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners
Expansion of Pennsylvania bear season intended to deal with growing population.
Modifications proposed for the 2019-20 seasons include moving the opening day of the firearms deer season to the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
Somerset WPRA will be reopened to either-sex pheasant hunting and will be eligible for game-farm pheasant releases.
Permitted for years for deer and bear in special regulations areas, semiautomatic slug guns get statewide approval.
Commissioners boost antlerless deer licenses to 838,000 for 2018-19.
Pennsylvania hunters now permitted to use ozone scent devices.
Modifications would include implementing a new four-day extended black bear firearms season in WMUs 4A and 5A and increasing from four days to six days the length of the extended black bear firearms season in WMU 3A.
The Game Commission historically has permitted the use of semiautomatic shotguns for deer and bear seasons within its special regulations areas near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The preliminarily approved proposal would extend this authorization to the remainder of the Commonwealth, as well as permit semiautomatic shotguns using single-projectile ammunition for elk hunting.
Provisions vary from those implemented elsewhere statewide.
In Pennsylvania, semiautomatic rifles, air guns could find their way into Special Regulations Areas after all
Hunters within Special Regulations Areas must follow different guidelines than in other parts of the state, and are limited to using manually operated rimfire rifles, shotguns, muzzleloading long guns and archery equipment.
If the measure is adopted, hunters would be able to use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.
Action helps ensure training activities don’t chase off ringnecks released for hunters.
Amendment package includes expanded Sunday hours at Game Commission ranges.
Guided by scientific survey of state’s hunters, commissioners remove proposal for big-game hunting. Still, Pennsylvania becomes the last state in the nation to approve semiautomatic rifles for hunting uses.
Board to meet March 27 and 28 at Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters.
Agency proposes assigning hunters drawn for a permit to individual zones, with permits valid over a span of several days to several weeks within existing deer seasons instead of the current one-day hunt.
Commissioners want to ensure training activities aren’t flushing ringnecks released for hunters.
Commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2017-18 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits