PGC to Hold Courses
Inside the Outdoors, April 25
, 2014

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced that it will be holding a number of courses for youth at least 11 years of age or older at various locations throughout Westmoreland County in the near future. They will be directed toward first-time hunters and trappers, those trapping with cable restraints, and bowhunting.

As stated in their releases, “By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete a Hunter-Trapper-Education course before they can buy a license. A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded at the end of a course. The training consists of two parts; online independent study and classroom training.”

Prior to attending a class, one must complete online independent study which will take approximately four hours. The classroom training sessions last six hours and one is required to pass a certification exam at the end of the class.

In Westmoreland County, the following contains the date and time, location, class limit and contact information. All classes are Online Registration Only. They include:

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wilderness Wildlife Museum, 147 Keslar Dr., Rector, 15677, Class limit – 15, contact – Dennis Marcelli, 724-523-5552;

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Youngwood Sportsmen Club, 196 Sportsmens Rd. Hunker, 15639, Class limit – 45, contact Jeff Lejuene, 724-238-9523;

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m./Sunday, June 22, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Murraysville, 15668, Class limit – 50, contact Dale Emerick, 412-580,1642;

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen, 138 Kingston Club Road, Latrobe 15650, Class Limit 55, contact – Jeff Uschak – 724-694-2591.

There are two places in the county where one can take classes for Cable Restraint Certification. This is a one-day mandatory course for anyone pursuing interests using these devices. Being certified allows for the use of cable restraint devices to trap certain furbearing animals. Certification is required by regulation for any trapper using cable restraint devices to capture foxes and coyotes in Pennsylvania.

One may get his training at the Mt. Pleasant Fur Buyers and Trapping Supplies, 329 Clay Ave., Mt. Pleasant, 15666, Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Class limit is 30. Jason Farabaugh may be contacted for information by calling 724-238-9523. One may also receive training for this class at the same location from 1:00 to 5 p.m. All other information is the same as above.

Those interested in bowhunting must first complete the online Pennsylvania education course before registering for the Successful Bowhunting class. One must pass both the education course and successful bowhunting field day to complete the requirements for Pennsylvania bowhunter education.

Successful bowhunting field days are approximately eight hours in duration. One must pass a certification exam at the end of the field day to complete this training.

There is only one place in the county whereby this course is being offered – the Police Rod and Gun Club, 153 Bigham Road, New Alexandria, Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class limit is 30. Contact Doug Marcoz for additional information.

To register for classes and to access the online training, log onto: www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the Hunter-Trapper Education Classes link.

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One of questions asked after trout season began was, “What breeds go into a palomino (trout)?

Taken from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, the following is the answer:

“The orangish trout stocked by the commission are accurately called ‘golden rainbow trout.’

The golden trout originated from a single rainbow trout that was spawned in the fall of 1954 in West Virginia. This trout’s body color was a chimera of golden and normally pigmented tissue. When this fish was crossed with a normally pigmented rainbow trout, the offspring (what we have come to refer to as palomino rainbow trout) were lighter in color,” it began.

“Golden rainbow trout and palomino rainbow trout are not sterile hybrids, they are simply color variations of rainbow trout and should not be confused with the golden trout native to a few drainages in California. It took selective breeding for several generations to result in the development of true breeding golden rainbow trout. Typically, these fish are more of a brilliant golden color than the palomino rainbow trout, which as a color phase intermediate between the golden and normally pigmented rainbow trout,” it stated.

In conclusion, “In Pennsylvania, the rise of the palomino rainbow trout stemmed from obtaining fertilized rainbow trout eggs from West Virginia. When the golden trout reach maturity, they were crossed with normally pigmented rainbow trout and the offspring resulted in the development of the palomino. At present, due to their more brilliant coloration, golden rainbow trout are used exclusively for production purposes rather the lighter palomino trout.”


- Paul J. Volkmann
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