Board to meet March 27 and 28 at Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Reports
Estimated 137,580 bucks largest harvest of antlered deer since 2002.
The plan reportedly offers insight and comprehensive guidance on how best to tackle the problems of Pennsylvania’s 664 species of greatest conservation need, a list comprised of including 90 birds, 19 mammals, 65 fishes, 22 reptiles, 18 amphibians and 450 terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.
The “Seedlings for Schools” program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.
Focus will be on status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting seasons.
More than 3,500 bear harvested in 2016, including 60 weighing 500 pounds or more, 17 exceeded 600 pounds and the largest about 740 pounds.
Agency proposes assigning hunters drawn for a permit to individual zones, with permits valid over a span of several days to several weeks within existing deer seasons instead of the current one-day hunt.
Agency says move would provide more permanent status and structure to requirements and restrictions that have been addressed by executive order.
Commissioners want to ensure training activities aren’t flushing ringnecks released for hunters.
Board approves conservative, midweek fall turkey season in Wildlife Management Unit 5B, which long has been closed to fall-turkey hunting.
Amendment package includes expanded Sunday hours at Game Commission ranges.
Growing population and geographical distribution warrant change.
Proposal would help sustain pheasant propagation and release.
Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that currently has no hunting seasons during which semiautomatic rifles can be used.
Those looking to raise pheasants for release on public lands are directed to commercial propagators