Pennsylvania Game Commissioners Adopts 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2010 11, including broad changes to deer, bear, turkey and small game seasons. Following are several articles on meeting highlights. BOARD ADDS OTHER WMUS TO SPLIT R fake rolex IFLE DEER SEASONS
The Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to a slate of deer seasons for the 2010 11 seasons that includes holding a split, five day antlered deer season (Nov. 29 Dec. 3) and seven day concurrent season (Dec. 4 11) in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E. The package retains the two week (Nov. 29 Dec. 11) concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer season in the remaining 14 WMUs.
Two other changes adopted are to eliminate the two week antlerless deer season held following the close of the regular firearms season leading up to Christmas in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, and to run a concurrent antlered/antlerless deer season for late season archery hunters in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D from Dec. 27 Jan. 29.
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.
BOARD APPROVES ANTLERLESS DEER LICENSE ALLOCATIONS
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved antlerless license allocations for each of the 22 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) for the 2010 11 seasons. hunters purchase a general hunting license, they may apply for antlerless deer licenses based on staggered timelines, which are outlined in the Pennsylvania Hunting Trapping Digest presented to each license buyer.
Based on a motion by Game Commissioner Thomas Boop, the antlerless deer license allocations approved by the Board will be reduced by the number of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits issued in each WMU for the 2009 10 seasons. reduced number will then be set aside as a maximum number of DMAP permits that will be made available for landowners during the 2010 11 seasons. Boop’s motion also prohibits the issuance of more DMAP permits for the 2010 11 that were issued for the 2009 10 seasons for each WMU without further Board action.
WMU 1A allocation will be 41,705, which is decrease from last year’s allocation of 42,000.
WMU 1B allocation will be 27,844, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 30,000. WMU 2A allocation will be 54,879, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 55,000. WMU 2B allocation will be 68,000, which is the same as last year’s. is not available this year for WMU 2B.
WMU 2C allocation will be 44,107, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 49,000. WMU 2D allocation will be 50,123, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 56,000. WMU 2E allocation will be 20,407, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 21,000. WMU 2F allocation will be 22,148, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 28,000. WMU 2G allocation will be 15,210, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 26,000. WMU 3A allocation will be 25,247, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 26,000. WMU 3B allocation will be 33,761, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 43,000. WMU 3C allocation will be 26,358, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 27,000. WMU 3D allocation will be 31,622, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 37,000.
WMU 4A allocation will be 27,521, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 29,000. WMU 4B allocation will be 22,148, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 23,000. WMU 4C allocation will be 34,351, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 35,000. WMU 4D allocation will be 30,052, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 40,000.
WMU 4E allocation will be 26,899, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 30,000. WMU 5A allocation will be 18,269, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 19,000. WMU 5B allocation will be 50,812, which is a decrease from last year’s allocation of 51,000. WMU 5C allocation will be 121,960, which is an increase from last year’s allocation of 113,000. WMU 5D allocation will be 22,000, which is the same as last year’s. is not available this year for WMU 5D.
BOARD ADDS NEW WILD PHEASANT RECOVERY AREA FOR 2010 11
The Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to continue with three Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas (WPRAs) for the 2010 11 seasons, which is an effort designed to re establish wild pheasant populations in Pennsylvania.
The Board also gave preliminary approval to create a fourth WPRA, which is to be designated the Hegins Gratz Valley WPRA, and will need to be approved by the Board in June before taking effect. Wild caught pheasants will be released in this WPRA in 2011.
The agency’s Ring necked Pheasant Management Plan seeks to restore self sustaining and huntable populations of wild pheasants in suitable habitats, and specifically calls for the creation of four WPRAs by 2015. 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 banned pheasant hunting or the 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 and small game hunting will be prohibited in WPRAs from the first Sunday in 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. “These groups have invested in creating the necessary pheasant habitat in these four areas of the state. “The Game Commission will continue to raise and release pheasants on public lands with suitable pheasant habitat each fall. And, 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 will 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. (US Rt. 219) south into the town of Berlin where it joins the Mason Dixon Hwy. (US 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 Roxb fake rolex ury 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/intersection 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 fake rolex . (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. 101 fake rolex 0), 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 southwest 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.
(4) Hegins Gratz Valley WPRA: That portion of WMU 4E in Schuylkill and Dauphin counties from Matterstown Road (Rt. 1007), to PA Rt. 901 at Taylorsville. The WPRA is bounded on the north by the Mahantango Creek. Beginning at the town of Pillow in Dauphin county, proceeding east on Market Street (Rt. 1026) to the Mahantango Creek, which is the Northumberland and Dauphin county border until entering Schuylkill county at Klingerstown. Continuing northeast along the Mahantango Creek in Schuylkill county to Taylorsville Road (Rt. 4039) at Haas, to Taylorsville and then proceeding south on PA Rt. 901. Proceeding south and southeast on PA Rt. 901 to I 81. Proceeding southwest on I 81 and then west on PA Rt. 25, then from PA Rt. 25, proceeding south and west on Dell Road and then northwest and west on Pine Drive (State Hwy. 4009), continuing west on Pine Drive, T593 and north on T592 to Pine Creek. The southern boundary then follows Pine Creek west along the northern side of Broad Mountain to Spring Glen. From Spring Glen, continuing west on PA Rt. 25, crossing into Dauphin county to Gratz, then proceeding southwest from Gratz on Specktown Road (State Hwy. 1014) to South Crossroads Road (PA Rt. 1009). Proceeding south on South Crossroads Road (PA Rt. 1009) to PA Rt. 209 and southwest to Elizabethville. From Elizabethville continue west on Main Street (PA Rt. 209), then turn north onto Botts Road (T462). At the first intersection, turn north onto Feidt Road (T461), then turn 24 east onto West Matterstown Road (Rt. 4008), turn north onto Matterstown Road (Rt. 1007). Turn right or east onto Berrysburg Road (PA Rt. 25) which turns into Market St. Turn left or north onto Lykens St. Turn right or east onto Mountain Road (T639). Turn left or north on PA Rt. 225 into Pillow on PA Rt. 225, ending at Market St. (Rt. 1026).
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.