Are boating and alcohol compatible?
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the U.S. Many people who use it are not aware of its dangers. Alcohol affects judgment, balance and vision. All of these faculties are integral components to boat operation. If any of the senses is affected, the likelihood of a boating accident increases. When mixing unpredictable water conditions, reckless behavior and alcohol, the combination is often tragic.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 27) - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is offering a special Family Fishing Festival in honor of its 150th Anniversary and in conjunction with its next quarterly Board of Commissioners meeting.
Join the PFBC staff and Commissioners for this special event at Gifford Pinchot State Park on Monday, July 11, at 6 p.m. The 2,338-acre park is located in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry. The event will be held at the Conewago Day Use Area.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 24) – Eighteen waterways conservation officers (WCO) from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have formally graduated from the agency’s H.R. Stackhouse School of Fishery Conservation and Watercraft Safety and have started working in their assigned regions across the state.
“Learn your districts well so that you can properly advise anglers, boaters and others who have questions about where to fish or boat and about how to stay safe on our lakes, rivers and streams,” PFBC Executive Director John Arway said during the 21st Class graduation ceremony held today at Fort Indiantown Gap. “You have a difficult and challenging job ahead of you, but if you do it right, it will be the most rewarding experience you will ever have.”
“Always remember that we serve the public and our natural resources and not ourselves and your decisions will be guided accordingly,” he added. “You become not only a part of the PFBC team, but also part of a much larger conservation team that includes our anglers, boaters and other conservationists who are our partners and allies. We cannot forget that.”
The Pennsylvania Game Commission today offered testimony to legislators on two issues important to the state’s hunters and trappers.
First, Game Commission Deputy Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans testified before the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee about the potential expansion of Sunday hunting. Then, Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough testified before the House Policy Committee on the importance of a license-fee increase and Senate Bill 1166, which would enable the Game Commission to set its own fees for licenses.
Their testimony is provided in full below:
Two Venango County men were sentenced to pay more than $11,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to poaching multiple deer on two nights in September, and leaving them behind to waste.
Tyler Jeffrey Brand, 20, of Oil City, and John Levi Meehan, 19, of Franklin, pleaded guilty to a host of charges after a joint investigation determined the men shot seven deer from a vehicle in the span of a week, using a .22-caliber rifle and a spotlight.
“This was clearly a case where two men were out thrill-killing deer at night,” said Wildlife Conservation Officer Ronda Bimber, who filed the charges. “Only the front and hind quarters were removed from three of the deer, and those were ultimately thrown in the Allegheny River in an effort to dispose of evidence. No meat was removed from the other four. Those deer simply were dumped at the end of the road after being shot.”
It ain’t just about looking for guys with too many fish any more.
Waterways conservation officers around Pennsylvania prosecute over-the-limit cases, and handle pollutions, littering and the like. But they also get into some scarier stuff.
The Fish and Boat Commission’s bureau of law enforcement – reviving something that had gone away for years – put out an annual report of its activities recently. This one was for 2014.
It revealed that officers are sometimes called to deal with people handling illegal drugs, guns and more.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission during 2015 found 12 additional white-tailed deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) – all in Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), located in southcentral Pennsylvania.
DMA 2 is the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in free-ranging deer.
The latest cases bring to 22 the total number of free-ranging deer found with CWD within DMA 2 since 2012. This is the highest number of cases to be found in a single year, and more than doubles the total number of CWD-positive deer found in the wild in Pennsylvania.