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GAME COMMISSION POSTS DEER PLAN ON WEBSITE
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has finalized its plan for managing the state’s whitetail population for the next 10 years. Want to see what’s coming and where we’re going? Then check out the plan.
The deer plan is now on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), all 148 pages of it. To access it, click on “White-Tailed Deer” in the row of photo-buttons on the homepage, then choose “Deer Mgmt Plans,” and select “2009-2018 White-Tailed Deer Management Plan.”
The agency’s deer management goals are to: manage deer for a healthy and sustainable deer herd;
manage deer-human conflicts at levels considered safe and acceptable to Pennsylvania citizens; manage deer impacts for healthy and sustainable forest habitat; manage deer to provide recreational opportunities; and to improve the public’s knowledge and understanding of deer and the deer management program. Game Commission staff uses these guidelines when making deer management recommendations to the Board of Game Commissioners.
The agency’s deer management goals were identified by public stakeholders and supported by citizens who attended public open houses.
In addition, more than 200 public comments were received during the draft deer management plan’s comment period earlier this year.
For more information about the agency’s deer management program, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “White-Tailed Deer” in the row of photo buttons in the center of the homepage. This section of the website features the latest brochures on deer and deer management developed by the agency; all issues of the biologist-written “Deer Chronicle,” top-notch references that cover agency research, solutions to deer-human conflicts, hunting tips and general information, deer photos and even an “Ask The Deer Biologist” section.
DOVE AND EARLY CANADA GOOSE SEASONS TO BEGIN SEPT. 1
HARRISBURG – Hunters will see similar dove and early Canada goose seasons and bag limits, both of which open Sept. 1, as part of Pennsylvania’s 2010-11 migratory bird seasons announced today by Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.
Dove hunters, once again, will have the opportunity to participate in a triple-split season. During the first season (Sept. 1-28), hunting will start at noon and close at sunset daily. The second and third splits will be Oct. 23-Nov. 27, and Dec. 27-Jan. 1, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons, the daily bag limit will be 15, and the possession limit will be 30.
The early statewide season for resident Canada geese will open Sept. 1, and continue through Sept. 25. The early season retains a daily bag limit of eight Canada geese and possession limit of 16. However, Kevin Jacobs, agency waterfowl biologist, noted that these bag limits are restricted in certain areas.
In the Southern James Bay Population Canada goose Zone, and on the Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and the area extending 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of SR 3011 (Hartstown Road), hunters will have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of six.
Also, in a portion of western Crawford County, the daily bag limit is one goose and possession limit of two geese in the area south of SR 198 from the Ohio state line to intersection of SR 18, SR 18 south to SR 618, SR 618 south to US Route 6, US Route 6 east to US Route 322/SR 18, US Route 322/SR 18 west to intersection of SR 3013, SR 3013 south to the Crawford/Mercer County line. The exception to this is on State Game Land 214, where September goose hunting is closed. This restriction does not apply to youth participating in the youth waterfowl hunting day, which is set for Sept. 18, when regular season regulations apply.
The controlled hunting areas at the Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon-Lancaster counties, as well as all of State Game Land 46, will remain closed to September goose hunting to address the decline in the resident Canada goose flock. And, in the area of Lancaster and Lebanon counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, east of SR 501 to SR 419, south of SR 419 to Lebanon-Berks county line, west of Lebanon-Berks county line and Lancaster-Berks county line to SR 1053 (also known as Peartown Road and Greenville Road), west of SR 1053 to Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, the daily bag limit is one goose, possession limit two geese. This restriction does not apply to youth participating in the youth waterfowl hunting day, which is set for Sept. 18, when regular season regulations apply.
Jacobs noted that recent liberalizations in Canada goose hunting opportunities, along with control programs being implemented by many municipalities and public and private landowners, appear to be stabilizing the growth of the state’s resident Canada goose population. The 2010 Pennsylvania spring resident Canada goose population was estimated at 231,780, which is 17 percent lower than the recent seven-year average of 280,371.
“Hunting remains the most effective and efficient way to manage resident Canada geese, provided hunters can gain access to geese in problem areas,” Jacobs said.
Once again, young Pennsylvania hunters will be provided with a special day of waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Youth Waterfowl Day will be open to those 12- to 15-years-old who hold a junior hunting license. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. During this special day-long hunt, youth can harvest ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens.
In addition, because the Youth Waterfowl Day and the early Canada goose season overlap this year, youth and the adults accompanying them may harvest Canada geese. The daily limit for the Youth Waterfowl Day for Canada geese is the same as the daily limit for adults in the area being hunted, as noted above.
Youth Waterfowl Day bag limits for ducks, mergansers and coots will be consistent with the limit for the regular season, which will be announced in mid-August, after the annual Waterfowl Symposium on Aug. 6.
Pennsylvania’s woodcock season will open Oct. 16, and continue through Nov. 13. The daily limit is three, and the possession limit is six.
A season for common snipe will run from Oct. 16 to Nov. 27. The daily limit is 8, and the possession limit is 16.
Virginia and sora rail hunting will run Sept. 1-Nov. 9. Bag limits, which are singly or combined, are 3 daily or 6 in possession. The season for king and clapper rails remains closed.
Hunting for moorhen and gallinules will run from Sept. 1 to Nov. 9, and the bag limits are three daily and six in possession.
Migratory game bird hunters, including those afield for doves and woodcock, are required to obtain and carry a Pennsylvania migratory game bird license ($3.70 for residents, $6.70 for nonresidents), as well as a general hunting, combination or lifetime license. All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older also must possess a federal migratory game bird and conservation (duck) stamp.
Roe noted that, although hunting hours have been extended to one-half hour after sunset for big game (except spring gobbler), as well as small game and furbearers, federal regulations prevail for waterfowl and migratory game birds and shooting hours for these species will continue to close at sunset. The only exception to this is during the early September Canada goose season, in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has permitted states to extend the hunting hours to one-half hour after sunset.
Annual migratory bird and waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the USFWS. The Game Commission is expected to announce in mid-August the regular and late waterfowl seasons, after the agency holds its annual Waterfowl Symposium, Aug. 6.
The “Pennsylvania 2010-11 Guide to Migratory Bird Hunting” brochure will be posted on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) in mid-August, and the mass-produced brochure should be available at U.S. Post Offices in the state by the end of August.
Hunters are encouraged to report leg-banded migratory game bird recoveries online at www.reportband.gov, or use the toll-free number (1-800-327-BAND). Hunters will be requested to provide information on where, when and what species of waterfowl were taken, in addition to the band number. This information is crucial to the successful management of waterfowl.
While you're boating, they're maintaining navigation aids that keep New Jersey’s waterways safe
CAPE MAY — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation Team, or ANT, has just made sure all six light bulbs under a red lens are working when a boat zips by. The boat, traveling at a high rate of speed, isn’t keeping the red lights to the right. In fact, it isn’t staying between the red lights and green lights that mark the deep Cape May Harbor channel. The boat makes it past some tidal mud flats, this time, but there are many times during the summer boating season that somebody runs aground, often with disastrous consequences. That’s why the Coast Guard and the state’s Aids to Navigation teams maintain thousands of markers in area waterways. The markers show where the channels are and thus create a safe highway for commercial and recreational marine traffic.
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Yellowstone Bear Attack KILLS Camper, Injures Two
COOKE CITY, Mont. — At least one bear rampaged through a heavily occupied campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their vehicles as the victims were torn from their tents. Authorities said three separate attacks left a male dead and a woman and another male injured at the Soda Butte campground. The woman suffered severe lacerations and crushed bones from bites on her arms, and the surviving male was bitten on his calf. Wildlife officials did not release the names or ages of the victims, but said they were in three different tents.
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