Statewide pheasant season begins Oct. 21, adult and senior hunters need to carry signed permits.
The statewide pheasant season kicks off Oct. 21, and a new interactive pheasant-stocking map on the Game Commission’s website will be updated throughout the season to include all properties where birds will be released, and direct hunters to the likeliest areas to find pheasants on each property.
The map is found on the Pheasant Allocation page at www.pgc.pa.gov, and can easily be accessed under Quick Clicks on the website’s homepage.
The interactive map not only shows the properties where pheasants will be stocked, it allows the user to zoom in on properties to view potential pheasant hunting areas, even parking lots. By clicking on the property, users can learn the total number of pheasants released there last year, as well as the number of releases, to get an idea of what’s happening there.
Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs, Pa., was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 13 in Huntingdon County court after pleading to charges stemming from an assault on Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Macklem II as he attempted to stop his vehicle during a poaching incident, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.
Huntingdon County President Judge George Zanic sentenced Garlock to serve 18 months to three years in a State Correctional Institution for the felony count of aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer.
Garlock also was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
For the felony count of criminal mischief, Garlock was sentenced to seven years of probation, to be served consecutive to his confinement. He was fined $250 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,624.35 for the damage caused to the WCO’s patrol vehicle.
Hunters can help keep eagles safe by burying entrails of harvested game.
An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of illness such as weakness, lethargy, emaciation, labored respiration and drooping wings. Blood tests often reveal that the eagles are suffering from lead toxicity.
Lead poisoning occurs when toxic levels of lead are absorbed into the body.
Raptors are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning because when they ingest lead particles, the acidic nature of their stomach causes rapid absorption of the metal, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Veterinarian Justin Brown.
“Lead poisoning is a debilitating disease in bald eagles,” said Brown. “You have this powerful bird and you find it in the field – limp and weak. You can pick it up and it doesn’t even know you are there. “
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Adult and senior pheasant hunters must purchase a permit and carry it while afield.
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 the best hunter access and pheasant habitat, and highest harvest rates.
Additionally, with a new, interactive stocking map available at www.pgc.pa.gov, it’s easier than ever for hunters to find out where and when pheasants were released.
Pheasant season kicks off Oct. 7, with the one-week junior hunt, then opens statewide Oct. 21.
All adult and senior license holders who hunt pheasants in 2017-18 seasons are required to purchase a pheasant permit in addition to their general hunting license. The permit, which costs $26.90, is not required for junior license holders.
FRANKLIN – Jacob McCafferty, age 20 of Union City, Pa. was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Stephanie Domitrovich on Monday, September 18th for his part in the unlawful taking of multiple deer in Erie County. McCafferty, along with co-defendant Collin Stone, age 20 of North East, Pa., were apprehended by Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Darin L. Clark and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer James E. Sutton after unlawfully killing an eight-point buck on November 4, 2015.
Follow-up investigation and laboratory analysis led to three other unlawful deer in possession at McCafferty’s residence.
ERIE, Pa. (Sept. 26) – For the second consecutive year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is adding more waters to the increasingly popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program, bringing to 22 the total number of creeks holding the big 14”-20” trophy trout.
The eight new waters, which will be stocked for the 2018 trout season, include:
• Armstrong County, Buffalo Creek, Section 03 (3.70 miles) – Little Buffalo Run downstream to 0.6 miles upstream of SR4035 (Craigsville)
• Berks County, Tulpehocken Creek, Section 06 (1.95 miles) – Outflow Blue Marsh Lake downstream to SR3008 Bridge (Rebers Road bridge)
• Fayette County, Meadow Run, Section 06 (2.20 miles) – Bridge on Dinner Bell Road (SR2011) downstream to the mouth
• Lebanon County, Quittapahilla Creek, Section 04 (1.10 miles) – Spruce Street Bridge (T-398) downstream to SR0934 bridge
• Lycoming County, Lycoming Creek, Section 04 (1.30 miles) – First overhead utility line upstream of Powys Curve downstream to bridge on old Route 15 (SR0015) near Haleeka