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canadagoose“Early Canada Goose Hunting” – Chapman State Park will again allow Early Canada goose hunting beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The statewide season, designed to reduce local nuisance geese populations, runs through Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Complete details regarding hunting seasons and bag limits can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website. Non-migratory Canada goose populations have increased drastically in recent years, causing crop damage and nuisance problems in residential neighborhoods. Park visitors often complain about goose excrement on state park beaches and other facilities, and water quality at some state parks has been adversely affected. Resident Canada geese have been among the suspected cause of high fecal coliform counts at some Pennsylvania state park beaches, forcing swimming restrictions during peak use periods. Many state parks have taken measures, including anti-goose fencing and/or the use of loud noisemakers, in attempt to deter the waterfowl or scare them away. All Game Commission rules and regulations governing the early Canada goose season will apply at state parks. Park information can be found at: www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Persons with disabilities wanting to hunt geese in the early season should contact the park office for further information.

What: Early Canada Goose Hunting
When: Tuesday, September 8 thru Friday, September 25, 2015
Where: Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, Pa 16313

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission is making it easier to donate to the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program by eliminating the requested $15 processing fee from donating hunters.

The HSH program allows Pennsylvania hunters to donate some of their acquired venison to those in need. Since its establishment in 1991, the program has distributed more than 4,000 pounds of ground venison to soup kitchens, pantries, missions and needy families. This equates to almost 200,000 meals donated to food banks, churches and other social services programs which feed those in need.

In order to participate, hunters must simply take their deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat to donate to HSH.

To learn more about the program, or to find a list of participating meat processors, visit the HSH website here.

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Calendar of Hunting Seasons

 

This downloadable calendar provides easy reference to Pennsylvania’s 2014-2015 hunting & trapping seasons. Add it to your iPhone, Outlook or Google Calendar. It is a brief summary of dates and should be used in conjunction with the 2014-2015 PA Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Shooting Ranges in Pennsylvania

 

Find a place to sight in your firearm or bow in preparation for hunting season. Each range has specific rules or regulations, so please consult range attendants or rules prior to shooting. Includes information on rifle, archery, shotgun and other ranges.

www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_game_lands/11363PGC Mapping Center
Create customized maps with this resource which allows users to search, discover and print State Game Lands maps with features including aerial photographs, topographic base maps, Wildlife Management Units and more. Watch tutorial videos to learn more about this tool.

Digital Hunting and Trapping Digest

 

This digital version of the 2014-15 Digest can be viewed on a variety of devices and bookmarked for quick access to PA hunting and trapping information. Includes a search feature, a clickable contents page and the ability to zoom, save, share and print.

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canadagoose – Chapman State Park will again allow Early Canada goose hunting beginning Tuesday, September 2nd. The statewide season, designed to reduce local nuisance geese populations, runs through Thursday, Sept. 25.

Complete details regarding hunting seasons and bag limits can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website.

Non-migratory Canada goose populations have increased drastically in recent years, causing crop damage and nuisance problems in residential neighborhoods. Park visitors often complain about goose excrement on state park beaches and other facilities, and water quality at some state parks has been adversely affected.

Resident Canada geese have been among the suspected cause of high fecal coliform counts at some Pennsylvania state park beaches, forcing swimming restrictions during peak use periods.

Many state parks have taken measures, including anti-goose fencing and/or the use of loud noisemakers, in attempt to deter the waterfowl or scare them away.

All Game Commission rules and regulations governing the early Canada goose season will apply at state parks. Park information can be found at: www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Persons with disabilities wanting to hunt geese in the early season should contact the park office for further information.

Chapman State Park office: 814-723-0250

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County treasurers began accepting antlerless deer license applications on Monday, July 14, 2014. As of July 19, 2014, WMU 2F shows 7,831 licenses available and WMU 1B shows 10,799 licenses available. Cost of a resident Antlerless License is $6.70. Cost for non-residents is $26.70.

Fillable antlerless application form

First Days for Antlerless Deer License Application, 2014:

By Mail Only:
Antlerless License (residents) – July 14
Antlerless License (nonresident) – July 28
Unsold Antlerless, 1st round – August 4
Unsold Antlerless, 2nd round – August 18

Over-the-Counter sales:
Antlerless License, WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D – August 25
All Other WMUs – October 6

Doe License Availability:
To see how many Antlerless Licenses are currently (nearly real time) available visit this link, Antlerless Deer License Availability.

To check the status of an Antlerless Deer License Application:
Go to www.pa.wildlifelicense.com. Click on the “Purchase Fishing and/or Hunting License Permit and or Application / Replace License and or Permit” option, which includes the ability to “Check on the status of an Antlerless Deer or Elk Application,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the “Continue” button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the “Check on the status of any Lottery Application” button, and then hit “Continue.”

I haven’t received my license yet:
County treasurers have until September 8, 2014 to mail back regular and first round unsold antlerless deer licenses, and until September 22, 2014 to mail out second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses.

Who to contact with questions about your application or license:
Please contact the County Treasurer that processed your license with specific inquiries about your application or Antlerless Deer License.

Unsold licenses in 2B, 5C and 5D:
This can be done by mail starting Monday, August 4, 2014 until allocations in those three WMUs are exhausted. Over-the-counter sales in these three units begin Monday, August 25, 2014.

Replacement of lost antlerless license:
Visit any County Treasurer’s office to be issued a replacement license. Cost of replacement is $6.70

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HARRISBURG – The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to offer more disabled Pennsylvania veterans reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses, according to Senators Joe Scarnati (R-25), Lisa Baker (R-20) and Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

Senate Bill 1102, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, would reduce the cost of fishing licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.

Senate Bill 1090, authored by Senate Labor & Industry Committee Chairwoman Lisa Baker and Senate Communications & Technology Committee Chairman Scott Hutchinson would reduce the cost of hunting licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.

“These bills are a small way to honor those who have helped to protect our freedoms and will ensure that more disabled veterans have access to enjoy our Commonwealth’s great outdoors,” Senator Scarnati said. “Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country and face many challenges as a result of their service. Providing them the opportunity to participate in hunting and fishing activities at a reduced fee is a way that we can thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

“The County Veterans Affairs Directors Association told us that this benefit was not being applied uniformly across the state,” Senator Baker said. “Expansion to include any veteran who is rated as disabled eliminates confusion and simplifies the process. The nominal $1 fee allows Pennsylvania to draw down on federal funds.”

“I am pleased to see these measures are moving toward enactment into law. These bills are about honoring true American heroes who due to their service to our country have lost their mobility and their ability to work,” Senator Hutchinson said. “Extending this benefit is another way to honor those who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation.”

Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 reduce the cost of annual hunting and fishing licenses to $1 each, for military veterans in the Commonwealth who are 60 percent or greater disabled, as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, Pennsylvania law allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either certified as 100 percent disabled, or who have lost the use of one of their arms or legs.

Veterans certified as having a total disability would continue to qualify for free licenses. Pennsylvania currently offers $1 hunting and fishing licenses to certain active duty military personnel as well.

Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. Once signed into law the legislation will go into effect within 60 days.

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CONTACTS:

Kate Eckhart (Senator Scarnati) keckhart@pasen.gov  717-787-7084

Jennifer Wilson (Senator Baker) jwilson@pasen.gov   570-675-3931

Justin Leventry (Senator Hutchinson) jleventry@pasen.gov 717-787-9684

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Pennsylvania has many sportsmen’s clubs and conservation groups stepping up to introduce people to hunting and the outdoors. These groups provide day-long events featuring activities such as firearm shooting, turkey calling, trapping, canoeing, camping and much, much more. Each event offers a brief introduction to many different, enjoyable outdoor recreational activities. The Game Commission often participates in these events, staffing a station or two. If this sounds like a great opportunity for you, then visit the Field Day calendar to find an event near you and register today!

Have some free time? Have you ever considered volunteering to assist at an event? Consider contacting a coordinator for an event near you to volunteer for the day.

Looking for more opportunities to shoot and hunt? Visit the PGC’s Youth Programs page.

Register for Field Day

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HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s annual Elk License Drawing will be held at the Elk County Visitor’s Center this summer, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The 2014 drawing will take place at the Elk County Visitor’s Center on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in conjunction with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival.

“I am very pleased that the Game Commission has followed my recommendation and decided that the Elk License Drawing will take place in Elk County this year,” Scarnati said. “Year after year, Pennsylvania residents and visitors from out-of-state, come to the northwestern region of our Commonwealth to see the impressive herds of elk and other wildlife. Holding the Elk License Drawing during the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival will encourage a larger number of people to visit the region to experience the Festival, while also spurring greater economic development for this rural portion of our state.”

Scarnati explained that last December he introduced an Amendment to Senate Bill 1190 to legislate that the annual license drawing be a part of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival. The drawing is administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has been held at the Game Commission offices in Harrisburg in previous years.

“Holding the Elk License Drawing at a convenient place and during a time when sportsmen and sportswomen can be present is a great way to make this process more transparent and accessible to the public,” Scarnati stated.

Senate Game & Fisheries Committee Chairman Rich Alloway also expressed support for the decision to move the location of the Elk License Drawing.

“The annual Elk License Drawing is a popular attraction for sportsmen from across the country, so the event should showcase all of the natural resources the area has to offer,” Alloway said. “Holding the drawing in Elk County not only provides an economic boost to the region, but also helps to highlight the conservation and habitat preservation efforts funded by the licensing program.”

According to Scarnati, the Elk License Drawing will be open to both residents and non-residents of the Commonwealth. Once the Game Commission Board of Commissioners finalizes the dates of this year’s elk hunting season and hunting allocations, hunters will be notified directly of the change.

“The decision to hold the Elk License Drawing where the elk are located is an exercise in good common sense,” Scarnati stated. “The Pennsylvania Game Commission has recently made some concerning choices, however this decision to move the drawing is clearly a step in the right direction and will better serve the interests of our sportsmen and sportswomen. I am encouraged by the initiative taken by the Game Commission is this instance and will continue to work with them to help restore the public’s trust in the Agency.”

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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This week the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee advanced legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s elk hunting license program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1190, explained that the legislation makes important changes to enhance Pennsylvania’s elk program and provide for greater economic development and regional tourism benefits.

According to Scarnati, the legislation reauthorizes the Elk License Auction Program that expired in 2013, requires that the annual elk license lottery drawing take place in Benezette during the Elk Country Alliance Festival and creates an additional elk license category to be raffled by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. The new license category created by the legislation will raise funds for the elk habitat and local conservation programs.

“Senate Bill 1190 takes a significant step to ensure that our local area receives benefits of the Elk Hunting License Program,” Scarnati said. “Year after year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to our region for the elk and to experience the beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds. It is important that the areas of our state that host the elk continue to see economic growth and receive support for conservation efforts.”

Scarnati was the chief proponent for relocation of the annual elk license drawing to Benezette.

“Moving the location of the elk license lottery drawing from Harrisburg to Benezette will serve as a positive way of furthering regional tourism,” Scarnati said. “Having this annual event in the local area makes sense since the licenses apply within our region.”

Pennsylvania’s elk range covers approximately 835 square miles in parts of Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton and Potter counties. Currently the herd consists of more than 800 elk.

Senate Bill 1190 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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Chapman State Park will be open to Canada goose hunting again this year, beginning September 3, 2013. Although the statewide Canada goose season begins September 2, goose hunting will not be allowed at the park until after Labor Day to avoid user conflict on the lake and beach areas. Areas open for this season include the entire lake and immediate surrounding areas. Hunters are encouraged tocanadagoose be especially mindful of non-hunting visitors and refrain from hunting in areas being used for other activities. For safety, non-hunting visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange in all areas of the park during hunting seasons.

In addition to being open for the September Canada goose season (9/3-9/25), the lake and lake shore will also be open to goose hunting during other upcoming Canada goose season dates. According to Park Manager James McCorkle, “We are continuing our efforts to provide more hunting opportunities in the Park, similar to the past 2 years, and hope that the local hunters take advantage of it. The Canada goose hunting provides expanded opportunities for hunters that didn’t exist several years ago and also helps us effectively manage our goose population here.” Please consult the PA Game Commission for seasons and bag limits. Hunters are encouraged to contact the park office at 814-723-0250 for additional information or questions.