Pennsylvania Game Commission

In Pennsylvania, law-enforcement officers now ‘state game wardens’

For the first time in its 122-year history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will call its law-enforcement officers “state game wardens.” The change takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. “The job titles previously used to describe our field officers – game protector and wildlife conservation officer – didn’t fully identify their unique and diverse responsibilities,” Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans…

Although semi-automatic rifles legalized for hunting, Pennsylvania gun sellers see no spike in sales

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Officials and gun sellers in Pennsylvania say they’ve seen no significant spike in the sale of semi-automatic rifles and air rifles after their use was legalized for hunting some animals, but not larger game. Bruce Piendl, owner of Allegheny Arms and Gun Works in Bethel Park, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that gun buyers seem confused by the move. He…

Pennsylvania man sentences for assault, poaching

Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs, Pa., was sentenced recently in Huntingdon County court after pleading to charges stemming from an assault on Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Macklem II as he attempted to stop Garlock’s vehicle during a poaching incident in 2016, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 18. Huntingdon County President Judge George…

More than 700 acres of elk habitat added in Pennsylvania

Thirty elk were fitted with radio collars to study their movements and understand how the disease may spread.MISSOULA, Mont. – An additional 766 acres of Pennsylvania elk habitat is now permanently protected and opened to public access following efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and a donor, the RMEF said in a release. Located in…

Pennsylvania Game Commission: Reason for optimism this pheasant season

Even though pheasant production has been trimmed, hunters heading afield this fall might not notice much difference in the number of pheasants they flush. The Game Commission still plans to release about 170,000 pheasants, a modest reduction from the goal of 200,000 pheasants in recent years. And nearly all of those birds are being released on public lands, which have…