Pennsylvania Game Commissioners Propose 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2010 11, including broad changes t fake rolex o deer, bear, turkey and small game seasons.
The public may offer comments on all proposed 2010 11 seasons and bag limits, as well as other Board actions, between now and the Board’s next meeting, April 19 20, at which time the Board will finalize seasons and bag limits for 2010 11. the Board will take action on setting antlerless deer license allocations for the 22 WMUs at its April meeting. harvest estimates for the 2009 10 seasons will be available in mid March.
The Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a slate of deer seasons for the 2010 11 seasons that includes adding Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2C, 2E, 4D and 4E to the split five day antlered deer season, Nov. 29 Dec. 3, and seven day concurrent season, Dec. 4 11. WMUs now part of the split season structure are WMUs 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E.
Th fake rolex e proposed package retains the two week (12 day) concurrent, antlered and antlerless season in the remaining 14 WMUs.
Deer harvest data from 2009 10 is expected in mid March, and will be used to guide the Board’s establishment of antlerless deer license allocations. Two other changes proposed, so far, is to eliminate the two week antlerless deer seasons held following the close of the regular firearms season leading up to Christmas in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D. the Board voted to extend the concurrent antlered/antlerless deer hunting for archery hunters in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D from Jan. 17 29.
Based on a motion by Game Commissioner Thomas Boop, the Board directed staff to prepare for its April meeting to suspend the issuance of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits to public landowners, unless an approved management plan is in place. noted that this action does not impact private landowners ability to enroll in DMAP, which enables landowners to address deer management objectives on their properties.
Hunters with DMAP antlerless deer permits may use them on the lands for which they were issued during any established deer season, and will continue to be permitted to harvest antlerless deer from Nov. 29 Dec. 11 in WMUs 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E.
Fees for DMAP permits are $10 for residents and $35 for nonresidents.
WILD PHEASANT RECOVERY AREAS CONTINUE FOR 2010 11
The Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a continue a major change in pheasant hunting designed to be a major step toward re establishing wild pheasant populations in Pennsylvania.
The agency’s Ring necked Pheasant Management Plan calls for restoring self sustaining and huntable populations of wild pheasants in suitable habitats called “Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas” (WPRAs). In 2009, the Board created three such areas, defined as the Pike Run, Somerset and Central Susquehanna WPRAs. agency is releasing wild trapped pheasants into these areas, with a goal of achieving a density of 10 hen pheasants per square mile.
To give these wild pheasants the best opportunity to establish naturally reproducing populations, the Board has continued its ban on releasing of any artificially propagated pheasants including Game Commission raised pheasants within these WPRAs. Also, to limit disturbances to nesting hen pheasants, dog training of any manner will continue to be prohibited in these WPRAs from the end of small game season in early February through July 31 each year.
“Working with major partners, such as Pheasants Forever, the California University of Pennsylvania and local landowners, we already have a jump start on creating WPRAs,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. groups have invested in creating the necessary pheasant habitat in three areas of the state. make the best use of the agency’s resources, and with the support of these partners, we are going to identify these areas as the first WPRAs in the state.
“While we hope to identify more, the Game Commission will continue to raise and release pheasants on public lands with suitable pheasant habitat each fall. should we receive additional revenues, we plan to increase our pheasant production level to 250,000 birds, as noted in the Ring necked Pheasant Management Plan.”
For the 2010 11 seasons, the WPRAs continue to be defined as follows:
(1) Pike Run WPRA: The portion of Washington County, WMU 2A, bounded on the east by the Monongahela River, on the north by I 70, on the west by PA Rt. 917 to Swagler Rd. to Spring Valley Rd. to PA Rt. 2015 to Lone Pine Rd. to the intersection with Tenmile Creek in West Zollarsville, and bounded on the south by Tenmile Creek.
(2) Somerset WPRA: portion of Somerset County, WMU 2C, bounded on the western side starting at the intersection of Coleman Station Rd. and Stutzmantown Rd. proceeding south on Coleman Station Rd., crossing SR 31, to Brotherton Rd., continuing south to Round Hill Rd., then east onto Wills Church Rd., then to Archery Rd. boundary then follows Berlin Plank Rd. Rt. 219) south into the town of Berlin where it joins the Mason Dixon Hwy. Rt. 219) proceeding south to Pine Hill Rd. to Walker School Rd. then east on Maple Valley Rd., to Sawmill Rd. to the Cumberland Hwy. (SR 160). boundary then follows the Cumberland Hwy. (SR 160) south to Salco Rd. and then proceeds north on Salco Rd. to Huckleberry Hwy. (SR 160) in the town of Berlin. boundary follows Huckleberry Hwy. (SR 160) north, crossing SR 31, to the intersection of Roxbury Rd., then north to Shanksville Rd. The boundary then proceeds north to Stutzmantown Rd., then west to the beginning at the intersection of Coleman Station Rd.
(3) Central Susquehanna WPRA: of WMU 4E in Northumberland, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming counties from the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south to the intersection with PA Rt. 642 and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Milton. southern boundary is defined by PA Rt. 642 east from Milton to Mausdale, then north on PA Rt. 642 to just south of Jerseytown, proceeding east on Eyersgrove Rd. to Eyers Grove at PA Rt. 42. south on PA Rt. 42 to Mordansville, northeast of Mordansville along Robbins Rd. (Rt. 600) to Mordansville Rd. (Rt. 541), south on Millertown Rd. (Rt. 4011), then continuing east to follow Mount Pleasant Rd. (Rt. 4020) and Mount Pleasant St. (PA Rt. 4034) to Orangeville at the southeast corner of the WPRA. Rt. 487 lines the eastern boundary from Orangeville north to Maple Grove/intersec fake rolex tion with PA Rt. 254. northern boundary begins with PA Rt. 254 west of Maple Grove to the intersection with Winters Rd. (Rt. 459) proceeding west to the intersection with Austin Trail (PA Rt. 4039). west on Owl Rd. (Rt. 599), north and west on Reese Rd. (Rt. 578), and north and west on Trivelpiece Rd. (Rt. 576). Rd. (PA Rt. 4037) then continues northwest to the intersection with Whitehorse Rd./Whitehorse Pike (Rt. 661) heading west to just south of Sereno, and then south on PA Rt. 42 to Millville. Millville, proceeding southwest on PA Rt. 254 to Jerseytown. northwest on PA Rt. 44, north on Swartz Rd., west on Shultz Rd., north on Ants Hill Rd., west on Wolf Hollow Rd., then north on Katy’s Church Rd. into Lycoming County and proceeding northwest on G Wagner Rd., west on Ridge Rd., crossing into Montour County, southwest on County Line Rd., south on Muncy Exchange Rd. (PA Rt. 1003), west on Hickory Rd. (PA Rt. 1008), west on Mingle Rd. (Rt. 433), west on Hickory Rd. (PA Rt. 1008) for the second time, and proceeding north on Gearhart Hollow Rd. (Rt. 441). Continuing west on Showers Rd. (PA Rt. 1010), crossing into Northumberland County, proceeding north and west on Pugmore Lane, north on Hockley Hill Rd. (PA Rt. 1011), west on Miller Rd. (Rt. 653), continuing so fake rolex uthwest on Balliet Rd. (Rt. 664). northwest and west on Schmidt Rd. (Rt. 564). continuing north on Susquehanna Trail (PA Rt. 1007), continuing west on Hughes Rd. (Rt. 655), crossing under I 180, proceeding south on Crawford Rd. (Rt. 507) to PA Rt. 54. northwest on PA Rt. 54 to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
A native of Asia, pheasants were brought to North America back in the mid 1700s, but these early attempts to introduce pheasants to the continent were unsuccessful. It wasn’t until 1881, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, that pheasants first became established.
During the early 1890s, Pennsylvania citizens purchased pheasants from English gamekeepers and released them in Lehigh and Northampton counties. several decades, many other small releases were made across the Commonwealth to establish pheasants for sport hunting.
In the early 1900s, the Game Commission set aside a special appropriation of funds to purchase and propagate game. eggs were purchased and given to agency refuge keepers, sportsmen’s organizations and private individuals interested in raising pheasants. first stocking of pheasants by the Game Commission occurred by 1915.
Habitat loss, from urban/suburban sprawl to changes in agricultural practices, had an impact on Pennsylvania’s naturally reproducing pheasant populations. budget constraints forced the Game Commission, in 2005, to reduce its annual pheasant stocking allocation from 200,000 to 100,000.
BOARD CLOSES BOBWHITE QUAIL SEASON
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to close the bobwhite quail season statewide beginning with the 2010 11 seasons. under the proposal, quail could be hunted on regulated hunting grounds, and hunters would be allowed to release captive raised or propagated quail for hunting on public and private lands by permit.
“We have significant evidence that bobwhite quail populations have declined dramatically in the state since 1966,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “We also are concerned that the continued release of pen reared bobwhite quail may have negative impacts on remaining isolated quail populations. first step toward recovery of the Northern Bobwhite is to close the season statewide.”
Roe noted that Game Commission staff currently are working to complete a state bobwhite quail plan that carefully reviews the status and trend of Pennsylvania’s quail population, restoration potential, and management practices.
“Given the diminished status of wild quail populations, and our ongoing work to complete and implement a bobwhite quail management plan, we believe the timing is appropriate to close the quail season,” Roe said.