Here's an interesting clipping from the Altoona Tribune 13 January 1859 regarding the enactment of certain laws to protect wildlife.
IMPORTANT TO SPORTSMEN. - According to a law passed at the late session of the Legislature, for the preservation of game, the season for trapping, shooting or destroying in any way, pheasants, partridges, woodcocks or rabbits, closed on the first inst. The following sections refer to the subject: -
SECTION 2. That from and after the passage of this act, no person shall shoot, kill or otherwise destroy any pheasant between the first day of January and the first day of September, or any woodcock between the first day of January and the fourth of July, or any partridge or rabbit between the first day of January and the first day of October, in the present year, and in each and every year thereafter, under the penalty of five dollars for each and every offense.
Game Commission, partners launch live stream at Hanover, Pa. bald-eagle nest.
It might be cold outside, but you don’t have to leave your cozy confines for a round-the-clock opportunity to view bald eagles at close range.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam is back on-line, offering viewers worldwide 24-7 access to live video and audio captured at a bald-eagle nest in Hanover, Pa.
The Eagle Cam is provided through a partnership among the Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park.
Once again this year, the Eagle Cam features two cameras, each equipped with a microphone, placed 75 feet high in a tree adjacent to Codorus State Park. Eagles have nested at the tree for more than a decade, and have successfully fledged young there many times.
While the 2017 run of the Eagle Cam at the same tree was successful, with two eaglets hatching in March and taking their first flights in June, there was some question whether the Eagle Cam would be back at the same tree in 2018.
Investigation leads to seven deer unlawfully killed or possessed
DALLAS – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that charges were filed against three Monroe County juveniles for the unlawful killing or possession of seven white-tailed deer and other game law violations.
Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Larry McDaniel approached a vehicle occupied by one individual from Sciota, and another from Stroudsburg, in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 at a gas station in Chestnut Hill Township. The officer observed two freshly killed antlerless deer in the bed of the pickup truck and a discovered a rifle and a loaded shotgun in the vehicle.
Carbon County Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Cory Bentzoni responded to the scene and determined that both deer were killed outside of the regular firearms deer season, and through the use of a light, near Featherman Road, Hamilton Township. A third deer, killed in the same manner, was left in a field near the Glenbrook golf course in Stroud Township.
Name change to take effect Jan. 1 will help the public to know all that these officers do.
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,” explained Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “The goal here is to more clearly identify our officers and their purpose. We believe ‘state game warden’ will help communicate this.
“In addition, this title already is well understood by the public,” Burhans said. “The word ‘warden’ is America’s oldest title for the men and women who serve wildlife in this capacity.”
Seedling for Schools, Hunter Access programs will continue to receive seedlings.
Tree and shrub seedlings from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will not be offered for sale to the public in 2018 due to drastically low inventories.
Seedlings will continue to be supplied to participants in the Seedlings for Schools Program, as well as to landowners who open their lands to public hunting through the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program, but there are too few seedlings to offer for public sale.
The Game Commission hopes to resume seedling sales to the public in 2019.
The existing seedling shortage is due to germination failure in a couple of conifer species.
The Game Commission’s annual seedling sale – a way to benefit wildlife statewide by improving habitat – has been popular with the public. Sales typically open in mid-January, and the variety of seedling offered varies from year to year.
Bill provides a means to better manage species of greatest conservation need.
HARRISBURG, PA – Bipartisan legislation was reintroduced Dec. 14 in the U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., by Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) that would dedicate $1.3 billion in funding to help states address the needs for thousands of fish and wildlife species in trouble across America.
Patterned after the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which narrowly failed to clear Congress, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647) proposes to provide assured and sufficient funding to states to proactively conserve imperiled species identified in State Wildlife Action Plans. It is being championed by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, a think-tank of 26 energy, business and conservation leaders assembled in 2014 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which serves North America’s state and provincial wildlife management agencies.
Plenty of opportunity to spend family time afield in Penn’s Woods.
As families come together in holiday celebration over the coming days and weeks, there will be plenty of chances to spend time with loved ones afield.
Opportunities to hunt small game, deer, waterfowl and furbearers either are available now, or will be soon.
And you’ll be hard pressed to find a better way than hunting to spend quality family time together, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.
“The holiday season is a time to reconnect with family and friends, and there’s no better setting than on the ridgeline of a nearby tract of state game lands, a brushy meadow of your favorite farm-country hunting property or in countless other wild places throughout our Commonwealth,” Burhans said. “Especially for those who are returning home to Pennsylvania.”
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