Game Commission Approves Upcoming Seasons
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners held a very productive quarterly meeting on April 11-12.
Under the newly approved seasons for the 2011-12 hunting calendar, deer hunters in the Rocket-Courier readership area, which includes portions of Wildlife Management Units (WMU) 3B and 3C, will have split rifle seasons.
The first five days of the season, which begins on Nov. 28, will be for antlered deer only. From Dec. 3-10, properly licensed hunters will be able to take both antlered and antlerless deer.
Hunters with DMAP antlerless deer permits will be able to take antlerless deer during the full rifle season from Nov. 28 through Dec. 10.
The late archery and flintlock muzzleloader seasons have been extended statewide to open on Dec. 26 and conclude on Jan. 16, 2012.
Also, the antlerless deer permit allotments for the 22 WMUs in the state were announced. In WMU 3B, which includes all of Sullivan County and southern portions of Bradford and Wyoming Counties, has an allocation of 40,000 permits. In WMU 3C, which includes all of Susquehanna County and northern portions of Bradford and Wyoming C ounties, the allocation is 29,000 permits.
In other action, the board took the first step to expand the Mentored Youth Hunting Program (MYHP) to allow an adult mentor to transfer an antlerless deer license to a MYHP participant.
If the enabling legislation, currently in the State Senate as SB 274, is passed before the next PGC quarterly meeting in June, the license transfers could occur this hunting season.
Other action included:
•A specific hunting season for porcupines was established from Sept. 1 through March 31, 2012. There is a daily limit of six and a field possession limit of 12.
•The allocation of elk licenses was set with 18 antlered and 38 antlerless licenses issued besides one that was auctioned at this year’s Safari Club International convention in January. Applications for the elk license drawing will be accepted from June 13 through Aug. 26.
•The bear season has several changes, including the addition of an extra day to the statewide rifle season. The season will open on Saturday, Nov. 19 and resume from Nov. 21-23. In addition, a concurrent bear/deer season was approved from Nov. 28-Dec. 3 in WMU 3C and portions of WMU 3B. In WMU 3B, the area open to the concurrent season is east of Rt. 14 from Canton to Troy; east of Rt. 154 from Canton to Rt. 220 at Laporte and east of Rt. 42 from Laporte to Rt. 118. The five-day archery bear season is slated from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18.
•The fall wild turkey seasons for WMU 3B and 3C were set from Oct. 29-Nov. 18 and Nov. 24-26.
•Spring gobbler season will be from April 28 to May 31. The youth hunt will be held on April 21.
•The board approved a $28,807 State Wildlife Grant project to research White-Nose Syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States. Penn State will cooperate with the research project.