Duck hunting reopens Monday and remains open through Friday, Jan. 15, in the South Zone. Canada goose hunting opens Monday and remains open through Saturday, Nov. 28, and then reopens Friday, Dec. 11, through Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Atlantic Population Zone.
There is a daily limit of six ducks and a possession limit of 12 after opening day, and a daily limit may not include more than four mallards, including two hen mallards; one black duck; one pintail; one mottled duck; one fulvous tree duck; three wood ducks; two redheads; one canvasback; four scoters; and two scaup.
A possession limit may not include more than eight mallards, including four hens; two black ducks; two pintails; two mottled ducks; two fulvous tree ducks; six wood ducks; four redheads; two canvasback; eight scoters; and four scaup.
There is a daily limit of three Canada geese.
Snow goose hunting is open through Friday, Feb. 19, with a daily limit of 15 and no possession limit. The Conservation Season for snow geese will be Saturday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, April 13, with the same limits as the regular season.
Bowhunters who take a black bear taken during the special WMU-specific bow season Wednesday and Thursday must be checked by the PGC within 24 hours of the time it was killed. Successful bowhunters should call a region office for instructions, and phone numbers and locations are listed on Page 36 of the 2009-10 Digest.
Hunters who take a bear during the three-day statewide season, Nov. 23-25, or extended WMU-specific season, Nov. 30-Dec. 5 or Dec. 2-5, must take it to one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's check stations within 24 hours. Check stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days.
After Nov. 25, hunters with bears to be checked should contact any PGC region offices for assistance.
Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer Kevin Clouser will discuss the upcoming Pennsylvania black bear seasons as today's guest on "Experience the Outdoors" with Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on Oldies 1410-AM, from 7:30-8 a.m. There will be a rebroadcast of the program Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on Magic, WMGH, 105.5-FM.
This year's "Cabela's Deer Classic" is underway through Sunday, Nov. 22, at the outdoors retailers Hamburg store. Seminars will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 21 and 22. For more information about the Cabela's 2009 Deer Classic, access the Web site at www.cabelas.com or call the Hamburg store at 610-929-7040.
A "Fall Open House" of wildlife art is being held today and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Dan Christ Gallery, 23 Spitzenberg Lane, Kempton. For information, call the gallery at 610-756-6342 or access on the Web at www.danchristgallery.com.
A trap shot will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, beginning at 6 p.m., and a block shoot for .22 caliber and 12 gauge will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-10 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A muzzleloader shoot will be held, Sunday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., by the First Frontier Militia at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 248, Bowmanstown. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.
Complimentary, one-year memberships are being offered to first-time members by the National Rifle Association. According to an NRA spokesperson in the membership department, this is being done in an effort to familiarize firearms owners and shooters with the organization's services and programs.
To register for a complimentary NRA membership, access the special Web site at: www.nrahq.org/nrabonus/accept-membership.asp.
As part of its popular patch collection offerings, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has commissioned a new patch to promote the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.Accompanying the 4.5x3.5-inch patch is a Saf-T Plug that acts as a visual cue that the action of any pump-action or semi-automatic shotgun is open and safe.The two items sell for $7, including sales tax, and can be obtained at any Game Commission office or through "The Outdoor Shop" on the agency's Web site at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
To order online, click on "The Outdoor Shop" icon in the right-hand column of the homepage, then choose "Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop" in the lower left-hand corner of the page, select "Merchandise" in the banner, select "Patches" in the left-hand column and scroll down to "2009 Mentored Youth Patch & PGC Saf-T Plug." Orders also can be made by calling 1-888-888-3459.