Pennsylvania Game Commission personnel have developed and posted an online listing of maps that depict roads opened seasonally to provide hunters and trappers greater access into interior portions of State Game Lands.
"These roads are opened to provide hunters and trappers better access to the State Game Lands system, which is a priority for the agency," PGC executive director Carl Roe said. "Statewide, we have more than 400 miles of seasonally-opened roads on State Game Lands.
"These roads are important to the public; their seasonal openings are based on hunting seasons, road conditions and safety. From time to time, we close some of these roads when conditions warrant, and in the past, we have been forced to close roads due to storm run-off following hurricanes, or excessive snow."
To access the information, go to the PGC website at http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/ and click on "Seasonal SGL Road Openings" in the "Quick Clicks" box in the right-hand column. From this page, choose the region of interest to view its listing of SGLs with seasonally-open roads, the period each road is opened, and a map to help pin-point the road that is open and to open the map, click on the SGL number.
For a more detailed map of each SGL, select "State Game Lands Maps" in the center of the agency's homepage or under "Quick Clicks." Then choose the region of interest from the map, and the region map will enable the identification of SGLs number of interest, which can then be selected in the drop-down menu under "State Game Lands Maps."
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will focus on the upcoming big game firearms seasons with Ed Kennedy of Ed's Sports Shop, Tamaqua.
Schuylkill Conservation District will conduct a "Port Clinton Fire Tower to Pinnacle Hike," Sunday, from 1:30-5 p.m., meeting at Conrad Weiser State Forest Road, Route 61, north of Port Clinton.
Entries for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's annual photography contest are being accepted until Thursday, January 31, 2013. Previous winners have had their entries featured in PFBC publications, including "Pennsylvania Angler & Boater" magazine, and enlarged as visuals for agency sportshow exhibits.
Categories for the contest are "Anglers and Boaters," "Waterway Scenics" and "Reptiles and Amphibians." To obtain an entry form, complete with contest rules and past winning entries, visit www.fishandboat.com/photocontest.htm.
Final approval has been given by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners to a regulatory change to address violations of possessing, maintaining, operating, occupying or traveling on an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile in violation of the state's Vehicle Code (Title 75).
"Unauthorized ATV operation on State Game Lands and private lands enrolled in the agency's Hunter Access Program continues to be one of the top 10 violations our wildlife conservation officers encounter each year," PGC executive director Carl Roe said. "Illegal ATV operation is a major source of wildlife habitat destruction across the state, and these violations are often accompanied by ATV classification offenses, such as a lack of registration or insurance, which are required under Title 75.
"Under current law, WCOs do not have authority to enforce Title 75 summary offenses, and the Game Commission normally forwards these violations to other enforcement authorities, which typically ends in mixed results. This amendment will ensure safe and effective enforcement of these requirements occurring on lands under Game Commission ownership, lease, agreement or control."