Dear Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association Members,
This is just a short note to all regarding our recent COPA Rendezvous on Winslow Hill near Benezette in Elk County -- the heart of Pennsylvania’s Elk Country. Thank you all so very much for coming out and spending this memorable day with colleagues, retirees, friends, and their faithful, supportive families.
We on the Board of Trustees often worry about what, at times, appears to be a waning interest in this our (your) fraternal/professional fish and game warden association; however, we want you all to know the Board of Trustees was pleasantly surprised to see that our member support and interest is still strong judging by your participation on August 17, 2016. At least 104 members and guests took part.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has appointed a new director of the Northwest Region Office in Franklin.
Richard Cramer, who has spent many of his 25 years with the Game Commission working within the Northwest Region, has been named director of the region office.
Cramer fills the vacancy created when former region director Keith Harbaugh retired.
Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said Cramer will fulfill his new role nicely.
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.”