The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today took action to better protect wildlife from unnecessary disturbances on game lands and other property controlled by the Game Commission.
The board voted unanimously to prohibit on Game Commission-controlled property the operation, control, launching or retrieval of drones.
Shooting ranges on state game lands soon could be open longer on Sundays before and within the firearms deer and bear seasons.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that calls for ranges to remain open from 8 a.m. to sunset on the Sundays immediately preceding, and any Sundays throughout the duration of the firearms deer and firearms bear seasons.
The measure will be brought back to the September meeting for a final vote.
Provision could allow porcupines to be hunted or trapped, with proper licenses.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to reclassifying the porcupine as a furbearer.
The change will allow for porcupines to be trapped, as well as hunted. A porcupine trapping season has not been implemented for the 2016-17 license year, and commissioners said previously one would be implemented in future seasons only if staff recommends a trapping season.
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.”
HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 1) – As the busy July 4 holiday approaches, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding vacationers that boating under the influence (BUI) is a serious crime and a threat to public safety.
“Boating under the influence is no different than driving a car after someone’s been drinking,” said Colonel Corey Britcher, director of the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement. “Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to operate a boat safely and puts the driver, his passengers and others on the water at risk.”
“Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion — stressors common to the boating environment — intensify the effects of alcohol,” he added. “Boating is a fun summertime activity, and we’re urging all boaters to help keep it that way by boating sober.”
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.
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.
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