- Category: Laws and Regulations
It’s unlawful to hunt with electronic devices unless they’re permitted by exception.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that makes four additional electronic devices lawful to use while hunting.
It will take approximately six to eight weeks for the changes to become official. But once they do, hunters will be able to use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys used solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.
Electronic devices generally are prohibited for hunting use in Pennsylvania, but the Game Commission over the years has received requests to review several specific electronic devices, and has approved some of them for hunting use. As part of the review process, the Game Commission evaluates to what degree a given device might negatively impact the principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety.
- Created: 27 September 2017
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- Category: On The Job
Six members of the PFBC’s Swiftwater Emergency Response Team (SWERT) deployed to Texas on Aug. 31 to assist in rescue operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The six-member team consisted of PFBC waterways conservation officers (WCO) and two volunteer instructors. They assisted local authorities with waterborne search and rescue operations before returning to the Commonwealth on Sept. 8.
Hurricane Help – (L-R) Rescue technician volunteer Rickey Price, Jr.; WCO Tony Beers; rescue technician volunteer Len Basara; WCO Jeremy Allen; WCO Darrin Kephart; and WCO Chase Rhoades.
- Created: 14 September 2017
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- Category: Investigations
The deer were euthanized July 26 in Elk County due to concerns they could spread CWD.
The investigation into the origin of two ear-tagged deer euthanized recently in Elk County has resulted in a conviction.
A 56-year-old Ridgway man pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to two counts of disturbing wildlife after reporting he’d handled the deer, saying both were wild and he tagged them in separate years while they were fawns. Fines and costs totaled $2,120.
It is unlawful in Pennsylvania to pick up, take into captivity or otherwise disturb wildlife, or release any deer into the wild. Doing so can result in stiff penalties, including imprisonment.
The ear-tagged deer were euthanized July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County. While the Game Commission uses ear tags in its research, the agency’s tags differ in appearance from the tags commonly used on deer farms. Because of the risk escaped or released captive deer or elk could spread chronic wasting disease (CWD) to areas where the disease has not been detected in the wild, Game Commission protocol authorizes wildlife conservation officers to shoot free-ranging ear-tagged deer they encounter.
- Created: 25 August 2017
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- Category: Pennsylvania Wildlife
Game Commission communicating with communities through a series of meetings.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings to ensure Pennsylvanians remain informed about chronic wasting disease, and how this threat to the state’s deer and deer hunting impacts their lives.
So far, meetings have been scheduled on the following dates at these locations:
• Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – Chambersburg Rod & Gun Club, sponsored by state Rep. Paul Schemel in conjunction with a second amendment program. More information: 814-643-1831.
• Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – Fayetteville Fire Hall, sponsored by state Sen. Richard Alloway II. More information: 814-643-1831.
• Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. – Greencastle Sportsman’s Club, sponsored by state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. More information: 814-643-1831.
• Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Penn State DuBois Student Union, an open house sponsored by state Reps. Matt Gabler, Thomas Sankey and Cris Dush.
• Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. – Fayetteville Fire Hall, sponsored by state Rep. Rob Kauffman. More information: 814-643-1831.
• Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. – McConnellsburg Fire Hall, sponsored by state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and state Rep. Jesse Topper. More information: 814-643-1831.
- Created: 13 September 2017
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- Category: Officer Honors
Assistance in searching property of murder suspect yielded key evidence
Two Wildlife Conservation Officers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s northeast region recently received Letters of Commendation from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for uncovering evidence during a murder investigation near Saylorsburg in October 2016.
Game Commission Northeast Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Mark Rutkowski and Monroe County Wildlife Conservation Bryan Mowrer received the recognition at a recent ceremony in held in Lehigh County.
Rutkowski and Mowrer assisted state police search a wooded area around the home of murder suspect Michael Horvath, Saylorsburg, in connection to the disappearance of Holly Ann Grim. Grim was last seen near her residence in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, in November 2013.
- Created: 19 May 2017
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- Category: Fundraising
Donation - $5.00 Per Ticket
3 Chances to win!
Drawing to be held October 6th, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Headquarters
2001 Elmerton Ave. Harrisburg, PA at 1pm.
Donations and tickets should be mailed to :
78 Sweet Arrow Dr.
Hummelstown, PA 17036
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO : COPA
All tickets and donations must be received by October 5th, 2017 to be included in the drawing.
- Created: 26 August 2017
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- Category: Seasons and Bag Limits
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
- Created: 27 September 2017
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