- Category: General Info
The following snippets from the Altoona Tribune give an interesting glimpse of hunting in Blair County back in 1927.
All records for the sale of hunters' licenses, for any one day, were broken yesterday in the county, when 1,415 licenses were issued, the total number sold to date reaching 9,415.
It was thought the increase in the price of licenses from $1.25 to $2.00 would decrease the number sold this year, but such did not prove to be the case.
As yesterday was the last day, prior to the opening of the fall hunting season there was a rush of belated sportsmen to attend to this necessary procedure and the office of County Treasurer John F. Royer at Hollidaysburg was crowded all day. Mr. Royer, his deputy, Charles Way, and clerks, Misses Edna Snowberger and Rose Connors, were kept as busy as beavers attending to the hundreds who crowded the office. Only two nonresident licenses were issued during the day, the total number of those licenses to date being four. Most of the applicants for this form of license are deer hunters, who do not apply until later in the year as the deer season does not open until December 1.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, November 1, 1927, page 1
- Created: 01 November 2017
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- Category: On The Job
Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs, Pa., was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 13 in Huntingdon County court after pleading to charges stemming from an assault on Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Macklem II as he attempted to stop his vehicle during a poaching incident, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.
Huntingdon County President Judge George Zanic sentenced Garlock to serve 18 months to three years in a State Correctional Institution for the felony count of aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer.
Garlock also was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
For the felony count of criminal mischief, Garlock was sentenced to seven years of probation, to be served consecutive to his confinement. He was fined $250 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,624.35 for the damage caused to the WCO’s patrol vehicle.
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- Category: Laws and Regulations
Provisions vary from those implemented elsewhere statewide.
When the Pennsylvania Game Commission in April approved the use of semiautomatic rifles and air guns for hunting small game and furbearers, the provision could not be extended to the state’s Special Regulations Areas, which are covered under a separate section of the law.
But a measure adopted today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will allow hunters and trappers within Special Regulations Areas also to use semiautomatic rifles and air guns.
It will take approximately six to eight weeks for the changes to become official.
- Created: 27 September 2017
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- Category: Pennsylvania Wildlife
Hunters can help keep eagles safe by burying entrails of harvested game.
An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of illness such as weakness, lethargy, emaciation, labored respiration and drooping wings. Blood tests often reveal that the eagles are suffering from lead toxicity.
Lead poisoning occurs when toxic levels of lead are absorbed into the body.
Raptors are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning because when they ingest lead particles, the acidic nature of their stomach causes rapid absorption of the metal, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Veterinarian Justin Brown.
“Lead poisoning is a debilitating disease in bald eagles,” said Brown. “You have this powerful bird and you find it in the field – limp and weak. You can pick it up and it doesn’t even know you are there. “
- Created: 14 October 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.
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