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PGC approves changes for deer, elk hunting

Final approval was given by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of commissioners to a measure that requires applicants to provide proof of public hunting in seeking permits to conduct culls to manage deer in urbanized areas and legalized the increasing popular 6.5 mm Creedmoor round and related .26-caliber firearms for elk hunting.

Political subdivisions, homeowners associations and nonprofit land-holding organizations are eligible to apply for cull permits, and these groups are required to use public hunting as a management tool to be considered for a permit. These groups are now required to report hunting activities on their properties in detail, verifying that hunters indeed had the first chance at helping to address deer problems, and applicants now need to provide the name and CID numbers of all hunters on the property, as well as harvest information.

Previous regulations required elk hunters to use firearms that were .27 caliber or more, with bullets of at least 130 grains. After a review the BOC determined that increasingly popular firearms in the .26 caliber range of 120 grains or more provide adequate and commonly accepted kinetic energies to efficiently and ethically harvest elk.

Hawk Mountain representative is ETO guest

Tammy Jandrasitz-Bodey of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the guest of News-Item outdoors writer Doyle Dietz for the second of a two-part interview on today’s edition of “Experience The Outdoors,” winner of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association awards for best outdoors radio program, 7-7:30 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, and 9:30-10 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM.; and downloaded on wmgh.com.


Schuylkill County Friends of NRA, Thursday, Sept. 12, doors open 5 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., Saint Nicholas Hall, Minersville; for tickets visit www.friendsofnra.org or call (570) 691-7564.

Today’s events

Bears Head 3D woods walk, dawn to dusk daily through October, Bears Head Archery, 148 Lofty Road, Delano, off Exit 134 of 1-81, bows and crossbows; call (570) 467-0331 for information. 3D, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Seltzer Gun Club, 532 Seltzer Road, Seltzer; call Matt Balulis at (570) 640-1938 for information. Landingville Marsh Hike, meets 10:40 a.m., Advance Auto Parts, Cressona Mall parking lot.

This week’s events

Tuesday: Trail Trek, 5 p.m., meets at Tunnel Road Trailhead, 141 Tunnel Road, Landingville.

Wednesday: Spirit of Tuscarora Trail Wildflower Walk, 10:30 a.m., Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville. Trap practice, 6-8 p.m., through August 28, adults and juniors, Beckville Fish and Game.

Thursday: Autumn Hawk Watch Begins, daily through Sunday, Dec. 15, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Drehersville; for information call (610) 756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org. Trap, youth 5-6 p.m.; adult, 6-9 p.m.; Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg; email grsmmyminch@gmail.com for information.

Friday: Trap practice, 6:30 p.m., Keystone Fish and Game, Irish Valley Road, Shamokin; call (570) 274-5834 or (570) 648-0084 for information. River of Rocks Full Moon Ramble, 8 p.m., Hawk Mountain Education Building, Kempton; for required preregistration call (610) 756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

Saturday: Roaring Creek Tract Hike, 10:30 a.m., meets at Roaring Creek parking lot off Route 42 north of Aristes. Edible Plants Hike, 1 p.m., Swatara State Park. Family Fun in Nature — Reptiles & Amphibians, 1-3 p.m., Hawk Mountain Education Building, Kempton; for required preregistration call (610) 756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org. Birds & Brew, 5-8 p.m., Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Drehersville; for required preregistration required call (610) 756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

Sunday, Aug. 18: Gold Mine Mountain Special Hike, 9 a.m., meets at Pennsylvania Game Commission parking lot across from Box-car Rocks, Gold Mine Road. Sporting clays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove; call (570) 617-0492 for information.

— Compiled by Doyle Dietz

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