SEMIAUTOMATIC SHOTGUNS CONSIDERED FOR DEER, BEAR AND ELK HUNTING
Semiautomatic centerfire shotguns that propel single-projectile ammunition soon could be approved for Pennsylvania hunters participating in most firearms deer, bear and elk seasons.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave unanimous preliminary approval to regulatory changes that would permit the use of semiautomatic centerfire shotguns that propel single-projectile ammunition while hunting deer, bears or elk. For elk, the shotgun would need to be 12-gauge or larger.
The Game Commission historically has permitted the use of semiautomatic shotguns for deer and bear seasons within its special regulations areas near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The preliminarily approved proposal would extend this authorization to the remainder of the Commonwealth, as well as permit semiautomatic shotguns using single-projectile ammunition for elk hunting.
The proposal will be given final consideration at the board’s next quarterly meeting, the date of which has not yet been scheduled.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2018-19 license year.
Modifications proposed for the 2018-19 seasons include: eliminating the hen pheasant restriction in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, and 5B; implementing a new four-day extended black bear firearms season in WMUs 4A and 5A; increasing from four days to six days the length of the extended black bear firearms season in WMU 3A; extending hunting hours for mourning doves from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset in all season segments; and opening WMUs 4B and 4C to fisher trapping.
The public may offer comments on all proposed 2018-19 seasons and bag limits, as well as other board actions, between now and the board’s next quarterly meeting, when 2018-19 seasons and bag limits will be finalized, and antlerless license allocations will be determined.
The date for the next quarterly meeting has not yet been finalized.
BOLIVAR – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has filed charges against two Johnstown area residents as a result of a deer poaching spree that occurred over the past several months in the Richland, Sidman, and New Germany areas of Cambria County. State Game Warden (SGW) Seth Mesoras filed multiple charges against Luke R. Plummer, 18, Summerhill, and Jacob Lewis, also 18, Johnstown, Pa.
After State Game Wardens became aware of the poaching they immediately started investigating the case, attempting to catch the individuals responsible. But it wasn’t until recently that several crucial tips were provided by different informants that the necessary information and evidence were gained in order to charge the defendants. “It was timely information provided by concerned local citizens that led to the apprehension of the defendants,” stated SGW Mesoras.
FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission received information that venison bologna was being purchased at the counter of Pacileo’s Great Lakes Deer Processing. The information was turned over to the agency’s Special Investigation unit and undercover officers made four separate purchases of venison products totaling approximately 185 pounds over a one-year period.
Seth John Pacileo, 37 years of age, operator of Pacileo’s Great Lakes Deer Processing, from Erie, PA was charged with four counts buying and selling game, and four counts of buying and selling game that was imported and not properly marked. The four ungraded misdemeanors and four first degree summaries could have carried penalties up to $18,000 and three years in jail.
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.
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