PGC Asks For Comments
Inside the Outdoors, February 05, 2010

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Board of Game Commissioners is seeking comments from the public concerning hunting and trapping seasons for the year 2010. Opinions should center on deer, bear, turkey and small game seasons.

All input must be submitted by the Board’s next meeting, April 19-20, at which time the Board will finalize the seasons and bag limits for the upcoming seasons. One may submit his views by writing the Commission to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, or send an email to: PGCComments@state,pa.us. All comments are tabulated and presented to the Board for its consideration. One may also attend the Board’s meeting on April 19 to offer comments in person directly to the Board.

For any of you who have enjoyed bobwhite quail hunting, consider it a memory and not a future event. Because of the decline of these birds, the PBGC has closed the season statewide beginning with the 2010-11 seasons. However, so notes the Commission, “Under the proposal, quail could be hunted on regulated hunting ground, and hunters would be allowed to release captive-raised or propagated quail for hunting on public and private lands by permit.”

Youth will be happy to hear that the Board recently created a junior rabbit season.  This will coincide with the ring-necked pheasant junior hunter season from Oct. 9-16. The season would be open to those juniors age 12-16, when properly accompanied by an adult as required by law, with or without a license. The daily and field possession limits would be the same as the general rabbit season, four daily and eight in possession.

Turning the tide, tickets for the 37th Annual Banquet for the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited are now available for sale, it was recently announced by Monty Murty, president of the organization. Held at the American Legion, Ligonier St., Latrobe, general admission and dinner is $25 per person. One may either have a choice of either a stuffed chicken breast or stuffed pork chop dinner. That’s quite a deal when you consider how much costs have risen.

Tickets may be obtained at: The Angler’s Room, 333 Route 217, Latrobe (724-537-0683), Loyalhanna Fishing Post, Route 30 East, Ligonier (724-238-5551), Ligonier Outfitters, 127 W. Main St., Ligonier (724-238-4900), or by contacting me via email at peevee73@verizon.net. Please include a phone number where you can be reached for further details.  Keep in mind, all proceeds will go toward conservation, restoration of resources of land in Westmoreland County and the education of youth.

For additional information, contact Monty Murty, president, 724-238-7860, Don Kowatch, vice president, 724-238-2169, Lyle Farr, treasurer, 724-837-1741, or Scott Minster, secretary, 724-539-0422.

Finally, mark this on your calendar – Feb. 17 – 21. Those are the dates when the 25th Anniversary of the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show takes place at the new Monroeville Convention Center. As always there will be plenty to see and do. There is entertainment for the whole family, so you won’t want to miss it this year. The kid-friendly attractions will be the Trout Pond and the Petting Zoo and Snake Show by Jungle Island Zoo. Sponsored by Coors Light Beer, outdoor enthusiasts should expect to find expert advice and equipment for all their needs. Produced by Expositions, Inc., Captain Vince Pierleoni will be on hand to share his expertise fishing Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. Archers will want to check out Odie Sudbeck’s Awesome Antler Collection and Ken Hammel of Mountain Hollow Game Calls will teach hunters how to attract turkeys using new calls. But keep in mind, there is so much more than ever before.

According to Show Produce Chris Fassnacht, “Our new location allows us to provide a more diverse marketplace for thousands of outdoors enthusiasts from across the tri-state area.”  That in itself should prompt any outdoor lover to motor on down there. 

A further, in depth story will be in next week’s Inside the Outdoors. Be looking for it.                                                                                                                                                       

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- Paul J. Volkmann
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