Pennsylvania Hunting News

Pennsylvania Bill Limits Landowner Liability for Hunting Violations

landownerIt will be relieving for landowners in Pennsylvania to hear that they are one step closer to not being liable for the irresponsible actions of hunters they have allowed on their property.

On Monday May 7, the Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation that would limit the liability of landowners who allow hunting on their property.

Pennsylvania Board Makes Expanded use of Crossbows Permanent

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a regulatory change that makes permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons.

The specific action taken by the Board was removing the sunset date provision inserted into the regulatory changes that permitted crossbows in 2009. The sunset provision required the Board and agency staff to review the impact of expanded use of crossbows on the deer and bear resource before June 30, 2012.

Pennsylvania Deer Hunter Survey Offers Interesting Perspectives

Deer hunters have long been recognized as Pennsylvania’s most devoted hunters and their commitment to hunting has helped keep wildlife management afloat in this state for almost 100 years.

But who are these people? How and where do they hunt deer? Do they support or oppose the agency’s deer management program? The results of a recent Pennsylvania Game Commission survey of 5,892 randomly selected deer hunters now sheds light on their preferences.

Pennsylvania Clubs Urged to Start Planning for Junior Hunts

While Pennsylvania’s junior pheasant hunt seems like a long way off, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted that now is the time for hunting clubs to make plans to host an organized junior pheasant hunt or other special hunts that have been established for squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl or spring gobbler.

Pennsylvania Game Commission/Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Ticket-Discount Offer for License Holders

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pittsburgh Pirates are teaming up again this year to offer an exclusive discount to Pirates fans with a Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license.

Advance purchase of outfield box seats for every Sunday through Friday regular season games at PNC Park will be $21 (a $3 per seat discount), and include a limited edition Pirates hat. All tickets must be ordered at least one week prior to the game, and only orders purchased together will be seated together. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Finds Adoptive Dens for Three Orphaned Cubs

After finding three black bear cubs stranded along a road near Troy, Bradford County earlier this week, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today successfully completed a four-day race of locating and placing the two female cubs and one male cub in adoptive dens in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania's 2011 Final Bear Harvest Sets New Record

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the final bear harvest results from the state’s three recently concluded seasons show that hunters harvested 4,350 bears, which sets a new record as the highest in Pennsylvania history.

On Dec. 5, preliminary harvest of 3,968 was announced, but that figure did not include complete reports from all check stations.

Greenfield Township Youth Wins National Junior Wild Turkey Calling Contest

Hunter Wallis, 14, of Greenfield Township, Pa., earned the extreme honor of being crowned a champion turkey caller.

Wallis demonstrated his remarkable talent in front of the huge crowd and was named the victor in the Junior Division at the Mossy Oak/NWTF Grand National Turkey Calling Championships in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 12. Wallis also won the Junior Division in 2011.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Reminds Hunters/Trappers Repeal of License Display Requirement Takes Effect on Feb. 13

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said, starting Feb. 13, hunters and trappers no longer have to display their licenses on an outer garment, but they still must have their licenses in their possession while afield, as well as a secondary form of identification, such as a driver’s license.

House Bill 735, sponsored by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), was unanimously approved by the House on June 15, and was approved by a vote of 46-3 in the Senate. Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law on Dec. 15, but the change in law didn’t take effect for 60 days.

Pennsylvania Hunters Can Purchase Special Spring Gobbler Tag Now

Pennsylvania hunters who would like the opportunity to harvest a second spring gobbler can purchase a second spring gobbler tag until midnight on April 20, according to Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.

In fact, thanks to the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), hunters can purchase a second spring gobbler tag at any issuing agent or through the agency’s website.