Hunters are reminded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that the 2010-11 seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory birds are expected to be set in July in concert with framework set by Federal regulations, including the September resident Canada goose and web-less migratory birds, such as doves, woodcock, snipe and moorhens.
In August, the PGC and waterfowl hunting organizations will host waterfowl organizations, individual sportsmen and the public to attend a briefing on the status of waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2009-10 hunting seasons. In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, agency staff, along with conservation partners, will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results.
Based on public comments received and gathered at the meeting, PGC staff will prepare and present recommended composite waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval. All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS, but individual states select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks.
By mid-August, once the final selections are made, the PGC will print and distribute brochures outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons to U.S. Post Offices, where hunters may purchase their mandatory federal duck stamp. The brochure also will be posted on the agency Web site at www.pgc.state.pa.us as well as a news release announcing the agency's final selections by mid-August.
Based on a recommendation from Pennsylvania Game Commission staff, the board of game commissioners reversed the proposed closure of the bobwhite quail season, and a decision on the future of quail season will await the Bureau of Wildlife Management's efforts to finalize a Quail Management Plan.
Based on this reversal, quail season will be held Oct. 23-Nov. 27, and the daily bag limit is four, with a field possession limit of eight. Also, as in the past, quail season will be closed in Wildlife Management Units 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D.
PGC executive director Carl Roe said that agency staff is working to complete a state bobwhite quail plan that carefully reviews the status and trend of Pennsylvania's quail population, restoration potential, and management practices.
"Once the draft plan is compiled, we will be seeking public comment, as we have with all other wildlife management plans, before presenting it to the board," Roe said. "At that time, we will make a recommendation on whether it is appropriate to close the quail season."
Today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience the Outdoors," from 7:30-8 a.m. on Oldies 1410-AM is New York State fishing guide Troy Creasy of Berwick. A rebroadcast will be heard Sunday from 9:30-10 a.m. on WMGH, 105.5-FM, and is available on the Web at www.wmgh.com by clicking on the "Experience the Outdoors" link.
A 3-D course is open for public use from dawn to dusk at Bear's Head Sportsmen's Association, Delano, located off Exit 134 of Interstate 81, daily through Saturday, Oct. 23. Donations are accepted and for information call the clubhouse at 570-467-0331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
"Summer DiscoverE Day Camps" for children between the ages of 4-13 will be held this summer at Beltzville State Park, Lehighton. Registration is underway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beltzville's Environmental Interpretive Center at the cost of $35 per child and $17.50 for each additional child in a family. For information, call the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS or Beltzville State Park at 717-558-2711.
Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners will its quarterly meeting Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, in the auditorium of the agency's Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81, Harrisburg.
Monday, June 28, the board will gather public comments and hear PGC staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time. Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda, which will be posted on the agency's website prior to the meeting. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m., and there will be a Web cast of Monday's staff reports and Tuesday's meeting on the agency's Web site at www.pg.state.pa.us.
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, July 1, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
This year's Empire State Lake Ontario Tournament dates have been announced. Here is the schedule: Summer, through Sunday, July 18; Fall, Friday, Aug. 20-Monday, Sept. 6. For information and registration, access on the Web at www.loc.org or call (888) 733-5246.
Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, July 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.
First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader arm of Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, will hold muzzleloader shoots on the following dates: Sunday, July 11, Aug. 6, Sept. 12, Oct. 9 and 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club is located on Gun Club Road, off Route 248, Bowmanstown. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.
This year's "Gunmakers Fair" will be held Friday-Sunday, July 23-25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, at Dixon Muzzleloader Shop, 9952 Kunkel's Mill Road, Kempton. For seminar schedule and information, access on the Web at www.dixonmuzzleloading.com or call the shop at 610-756-6271.
Schuylkill Trout Unlimited will hold a pig roast, Saturday, July 24, from 2-7 p.m., at Bulls Head Road, Pottsville. For reservations, call Bruce Schneck at 717-647-4362 or Randy Emerich at 570-622 1252.
Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday, July 27, beginning at 7 p.m., at Yorkville Fire Company, South 20th and West Norwegian Sts., Pottsville. For information, call Randy Emerich at 570-622-1252 or access on the Web at www.schuylkilltu.org.