Pennsylvania Hunting News

Pennsylvania Elk Hunt Draw Complete - Results Available Online by 17th

With the assistance of those in the audience, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials held a public drawing to award 50 elk licenses for the 2010 season.  The event also was webcast via the agency's website, and drew 385 viewers, and served as a means to enable more people to view the public drawing. All 50 hunters selected to receive a license will be mailed a confirmation letter within about a week.

Pennsylvania Mentored Youth Hunt Program - Get Involved

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe encouraged experienced hunters, who have historically helped pass along the state's rich hunting heritage, to consider introducing youths to hunting through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program (MYHP).

Pennsylvania Man Guilty of Black Bear Poaching

Raymond Carl Kresge Sr., 66, of Gouldsboro, Wayne County was found guilty of unlawfully possessing a 600-pound male black bear, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Jim McCarthy, who investigated the case and filed the charges on June 21. District Judge Bonnie L. Carney, of Hawley, fined Kresge $1,500 plus costs of conducting the DNA analysis.

Pennsylvania Planning Guide for Youth Hunting Available

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has published a new planning guide to assist conservation organizations – or individual hunters – host a species-specific hunt for eligible junior hunters.

Pennsylvania Releases Bear Age Data for 2009 Hunters
Hunters interested in learning the age of the bear they harvested during the 2009 seasons can log onto the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website. To access the database, click on "Hunt/Trap" in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on "Hunting," scroll down and click on "Black Bear" in the "Big Game" listing, and then scroll down and click on "Black Bear Age Data" in the "Reference" listing.
Pennsylvania Elk Application Deadline - Aug 27th

Hunters looking to participate in this year's Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 27 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

Pennsylvania Bill Increases Penalties for Poaching

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe has offered his praise to Governor Edward G. Rendell, House Game and Fisheries Committee Chairman Edward G. Staback (D-Lackawanna) and the General Assembly for enactment of a bill that will protect wildlife by cracking down on poaching. House Bill 1859, sponsored by Rep. Staback to increase penalties and fines for poaching committed against Pennsylvania wildlife, was signed into law July 12th by Gov. Rendell.

Pennsylvania Man Found Guilty of Poaching

Michael Eugene Sponseller Jr., 19, of East Berlin, Adams County, was found guilty and sentenced to pay $1,100 in fines and $5,000 in replacement costs for the unlawful poaching of a trophy-class white-tailed deer in York County, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials. The sentence was handed down, on June 29, by Senior Magisterial District Judge Roger Estep, after a hearing in West Manchester Township, York County. Sponseller also faces revocation of hunting privileges for up to six years.

Pennsylvania Approves Addt'l DMAP Permits

In accordance with changes approved to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) in April, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave approval to issue 2,761 DMAP antlerless deer coupons to private landowners who are not enrolled in any of the agency's public access programs. Had the Board not taken this action, these private landowners would have had their DMAP applications denied for the 2010-11 seasons. Coupons will be available for hunters to redeem for antlerless deer permits on Sept. 1.

Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Apps Accepted Starting July 12th

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 12; and from nonresidents beginning Monday, July 26.