In early 1994, Pennsylvania's Wildlife and Waterways Conservation Officers formed and incorporated the Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association (COPA). COPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-deductible organization under the Internal Revenue Code. COPA is also registered with the Pennsylvania's Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 27) – With spring officially here and warmer weather on the way, anglers are excited to “Catch the Value” of a reduced-price license and get outside for the April 4 regional opening day of trout, which marks the unofficial start of the 2015 fishing season.
The PFBC announced last fall that it was lowering the price of resident, non-resident and senior resident annual licenses by $1 for the entire 2015 season. The discount is part of a marketing campaign to highlight the sport’s affordability to families and younger audiences and to persuade lapsed anglers to return. It’s being promoted under the slogan “Catch the Value!” (Twitter - #CatchTheValue)
“We believe the price cut will catch the attention of many people who haven’t fished in a few years, or who have wanted to try fishing, but mistakenly have thought that prices have increased like they have for other products and activities,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “The fact is, the price of a fishing license hasn’t increased in nearly a decade, since 2005.”
With more than a million viewers worldwide, and the news broadcasted widely to local and national audiences, you might already be well aware the spotlight on Pennsylvania’s most well-known bald eagle nest has turned to two new stars.
Those keeping their “eagle eyes” on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s bald eagle cam spotted new chicks in the nest soon after daybreak on consecutive mornings Tuesday and Wednesday. For wildlife lovers everywhere, it was reason to celebrate; both eggs that had been incubated since mid-February in the nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover successfully hatched.
But for the growing number of eagle-cam viewers, there’s more good news.
Things are just getting started.
Six people from Spring Grove have been sentenced to more than $23,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to poaching 18 white-tailed deer ranging from yearlings to adult does and bucks, including a 9-point. They also were guilty of being in possession of two additional unlawful deer.
Amy Daugherty, 44, Jennifer Rosenberry, 41, and a minor waived their rights to hearings and pleaded guilty to five counts of unlawful taking of big game, four counts of shooting on or across highways, three counts of unlawful use of lights while hunting, three counts of unlawfully spotlighting during firearms deer season, two counts of using a motorized vehicle to locate game or wildlife, two counts of possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, two counts of false or fraudulent statements or reports, one count of using a rifle during archery season, and one count of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.
New hunters can beat the rush, get a license in time for gobbler season by taking a course this spring.
Those who plan to purchase their first hunting license this year will need to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education course, and classes are being held at locations across the state, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Springtime is a great time to complete the course.