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HARRISBURG PA (CNBNewsnet)--Several Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists recently were recognized for their outstanding contributions to wildlife management.

The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society, an organization representing 11 states in the northeastern U.S., presented certificates of recognition to Game Commission grouse biologist Lisa Williams and bat biologist Greg Turner.

Chris Rosenberry, a deer biologist who heads the Game Commission’s deer and elk section, accepted an award on behalf of the agency’s deer program, which recently was recognized as having the top species-management plan in North America.



And the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (PANWTF) presented Game Commission turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena with the 2018 Dr. David D. Wanless Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding work for the state’s wild turkeys.

The presentations were part of thePennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said he’s proud of these biologists, and the exemplary work for Pennsylvania wildlife that’s carried out daily by dedicated employees throughout the agency.



The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2018-19 license year.

A list of all seasons and bag limits appears at the end of this news release.

The commissioners also set the number of antlerless deer licenses to be allocated, as well as the number of elk licenses to be allocated for the coming license year.

The board voted to allocate 838,000 antlerless deer licenses statewide, which is up from the 804,000 licenses allocated for 2017-18. Allocations by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) are as follows, with the allocation from the previous license year appearing in parentheses: WMU 1A – 48,000 (52,000); WMU 1B – 37,000 (35,000); WMU 2A – 49,000 (50,000); WMU 2B – 58,000 (60,000); WMU 2C – 44,000 (31,000); WMU 2D – 63,000 (55,000); WMU 2E – 27,000 (22,000); WMU 2F – 23,000 (24,000); WMU 2G – 30,000 (25,500); WMU 2H – 6,000 (7,000); WMU 3A – 22,000 (20,000); WMU 3B – 29,000 (30,000); WMU 3C – 38,000 (42,000); WMU 3D – 25,000 (25,000); WMU 4A – 38,000 (30,000); WMU 4B – 26,000 (26,000); WMU 4C – 30,000 (29,000); WMU 4D – 34,000 (34,000); WMU 4E – 32,000 (27,500); WMU 5A – 23,000 (22,000); WMU 5B – 58,000 (57,000); WMU 5C – 70,000 (70,000); and WMU 5D – 28,000 (30,000).

Hunting licenses for 2018-19 go on sale in mid-June and become effective July 1. After hunters purchase a general hunting license, they may apply for antlerless deer licenses based on staggered timelines, which will be outlined in the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest to be made available online.

The board also voted to issue 125 elk licenses (26 antlered, 99 antlerless) for the 2018 hunt.

The licenses again will be awarded by lottery, and the deadline to enter the drawing is July 31.

Elk applications cost $10.90, and only one application may be submitted each license year.

Other modifications approved for the 2018-19 seasons include: extending the statewide archery deer season to Monday, Nov. 12 to include the Veterans Day holiday; 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.

Read more highlights pertaining to the 2018-19 seasons.



A Pennsylvania Game Commission state game warden who died in the line-of-duty will be added to the agency’s Fallen Officers Memorial at the Harrisburg headquarters and to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

District Game Protector Robert E. Zimmerman, 35, of Shiremanstown, Cumberland County, was killed May 13, 1957 in a vehicular accident on Route 11 near Danville. His death was uncovered by staff in an old Pennsylvania Game News magazine.

Zimmerman will be added to the Game Commission’s Fallen Officers Memorial at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on May 11 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. His name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13 during National Police Week.

Zimmerman is the 10th Game Commission officer to be added to these memorials.

Zimmerman was trained at the original Ross Leffler School of Conservation, near Brockway, in the wilds of Jefferson County. He was heading to his first field-duty station in Wayne County to begin work as a game protector at the time he was killed. Zimmerman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He ran a Shiremanstown service station before joining the Game Commission.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said he is pleased Zimmerman will finally get the recognition he deserves for his commitment to wildlife conservation.

“Game Protector Zimmerman served to protect Pennsylvania’s wildlife,” Burhans said. “Like the family of this fine man, the Game Commission is proud of his service and accomplishments, and grateful for the ultimate sacrifice he made in the advancement of wildlife conservation. It is fitting his memory will be recognized forevermore at the agency’s Harrisburg Headquarters and in Washington, D.C., at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.