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PENNSYLVANIA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION NEWS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 2006 TROUT STOCKING LIST

Where can I find information about adult trout stockings for the waters I like to fish? The best place for the most accurate, up-to-date trout stocking information is the stocking portion of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s web site. There you’ll find listed hundreds of stream sections and lakes across the Commonwealth by county to be stocked, along with the date each is scheduled to receive fish. For those stockings that occur before the April 15, 2006, start of the trout season, the projected time and location the stock- ing trucks are to arrive is also published. For con- venience’s sake, the lists are broken down by county. Where there is more than one area of a stream being stocked, a description of the sections to be stocked is included. Due to circumstances beyond the Commission’s direct control – weather, water conditions, traffic, etc. – that information is subject to change without much advance notice. The PFBC updates the schedule regularly.

What’s different about this year’s stocking list? For 2006 there is a new, consolidated format show- ing all the stockings scheduled for each water over the entire year. There used to be separate lists for those stockings that took place prior to Opening Day and those that took place during the open sea- son. Now you can immediately see in a quick glace ALL the stockings scheduled for your favorite water this year. No more clicking on multiple web pages to find out the different stockings on the same wa- ter.

So no more pre-season and in-season lists? That’s right. This one list covers stockings through- out the entire year. And we’ve produced the lists this year quicker than ever so you have plenty of advance time to plan your fishing trips.

Does the new list show the number of trout to be stocked? No. The Commission’s long-standing practice has been to not provide water-by-water breakdowns of stocked trout numbers for waters stocked during the open season. These numbers were usually provided for stockings held prior to the season, however. The new format for the consolidated list eliminates this difference in approach.

PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION NEWS

EXPANDED AERIAL SURVEY EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO BETTER GAUGE

DEER POPULATIONS State Game Lands Included in Flights Covering more than 500,000 Acres of Woodlands

February 22. HARRISBURG -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today said Pennsylvania will be able to get a better grasp of the size of its white-tailed deer population now that an infrared camera-equipped plane is flying over more than 500,000 acres of Pennsylvania woodlands.

"We are working together to build a better under- standing of how to both improve the health of the deer herd and regenerate our forests," Governor Rendell said. "This second round of aerial flights will build on our knowledge of how many deer are currently in our forests, and the number that the habitat can support so we can preserve our hunting heritage, as well as the economic and ecological future of our forestlands."

The Department of Conservation and Natural Re- sources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have identified more than 505,000 acres of state forest and game lands for flights in 2006 -- more than twice the acreage covered in 2005, the first year of flights.

MENTORED YOUTH HUNT PROGRAM

TO BE ON BOARD'S APRIL AGENDA There simply is no better way to introduce a young person to safe, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting than with....an adult mentor.

February 27. HARRISBURG— With the recent en- actment of legislation authorizing a "Mentored Youth Hunt Program," Pennsylvania Game Com- mission staff is working to develop proposed regu- latory language for the Board of Game Commis- sioners to consider at its upcoming meeting on April 17-18. On March 6, the Board of Game Com- missioners' Law Enforcement Committee will be meeting to review a preliminary draft of regulatory language to establish the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. After gathering the Commissioners Com- mittee input, the staff will finalize the proposal to be included in the agenda for the Board's April meet- ing.

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