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NOTES FROM THE FIELD

FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION The PFBC is stocking brown trout into the tributaries of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay again this year. The first stock- ing took place on September 28 at Trout Run. Additional stocking locations are Presque Isle Bay, Crooked Creek, God- frey Run, and Orchard Beach Creek.

Youth Hunting Program. Current legal game species are: antlered deer, coyo- tes, groundhogs, squirrels and spring gobbler.

The PGC gave preliminary approval to a regulatory change to allow the placement of portable hunting stands from two weeks before the opening of the first big

Steelhead tive maps that give

fishermen can access interac- of the Lake Erie tributaries specific information on each

game close each

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GAME COMMISSION The PGC gave preliminary approval to a regulatory change for the use of State Game Land shooting ranges. The pro- posed regulatory change, which must be approved by the Board a second time before taking effect, requires all users of State Game Land shooting ranges to possess either a valid Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license or a Game Commission-issued range permit, which would cost $30 per year. In doing so, the agency is seeking to accomplish the twin goals of having unlicensed persons con- tribute toward the cost of maintaining the ranges, and to better quantify and control the use of the shooting ranges. The open use of State Game Lands for shooting activities by those not licensed has re- sulted in situations where ranges and State Game Lands have been used for illicit activities.

PGC also approved a resolution to sup- port legislative efforts to allow for adult mentors to transfer one antlerless deer license or permit to a youth under the age of 12 participating in the Mentored

the Board in January, hunters able to place their tree stands two weeks prior to the archery

would be on SGLs deer sea-

son, and then have to two weeks after the seasons.

remove the stands late flintlock deer

TREE STAND SAFETY A great many PA hunters use portable tree stands. If you are one of them, you need to be careful. You not only should use a harness, but know how to use it safely. First you should check out your tree stand to make sure it’s in good work- ing condition. As the PGC reminds us, always wear a full body safety harness whenever you leave the ground, espe- cially when you get in and out of the stand, which is when most accidents happen. Check out the tree before you go up. It should be a live tree and be sturdy enough to hold your weight. Don’t hunt alone if you can help it. If you go out by yourself, develop a hunting plan and let someone know where you will be and when you’ll be back. Have a signaling device to use in case you need help. More information is on the PGC website

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www.hunter-ed.com/pa/course/6- safety_stands.htm

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