[58 PA. CODE CH. 139]
Seasons and Bag Limits
[29 Pa.B. 1225]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) at its January 12, 1999, meeting, proposed the following amendment to read as set forth in Annex A:
Amend § 139.4 (relating to seasons and bag limits for the license year) to provide dates for the 1999-2000 hunting license year.
This proposed amendment will have no adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
The authority for the proposal of this amendment is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).
This proposal was made public at the January 12, 1999, meeting of the Commission, and comments on this proposal can be sent to the Executive Director of the Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, until March 26, 1999.
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Commission, at its January 12, 1999, meeting proposed changing § 139.4 to provide for seasons and bag limits for the 1999-2000 license year. These seasons and bag limits were proposed under sections 322(c)(1) and 2102(b)(1) of the code (relating to powers and duties of Commission; and regulation). Notable changes for the 1999-2000 year are a 2-week extension of the late Ringneck Pheasant season and the creation of a 3-day flintlock muzzleloader antlerless deer season.
2. Purpose and Authority
The Commission is required to set hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits on an annual basis. Section 322 of the code specifically empowers the Commission to ''. . . fix seasons . . . and daily, season and possession limits for any species of game or wildlife.'' Section 2102(b) of the code mandates that the Commission promulgate regulations relating to seasons and bag limits.
Populations of pheasants are sufficiently abundant to justify extending their season and having a uniform ending of late small game season. Since antlerless deer license allocations have not been exhausted in the past 2 years it was decided to give flintlock muzzleloader deer hunters an early opportunity to take antlerless deer, with the required license, through the additional season.
3. Regulatory Requirements
These proposed seasons and bag limits would establish when and where it is lawful to hunt and trap various game species and place limits on the numbers that can be legally taken.
4. Persons Affected
All persons wishing to hunt and trap in this Commonwealth would be affected by these proposed seasons and bag limits.
5. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
The proposed new seasons and bag limits would not result in any additional cost either to the Commission or to hunters and furtakers.
6. Effective Dates
July 1, 1999, to June 30, 2000.
7. Contact Persons
For further information on the proposed changes the contact person is James R. Fagan, Director, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
DONALD C. MADL,
(Editor's Note: The Commission is proposing to replace § 139.4 as it currently appears in the Pennsylvania Code at pages 139-3--139-10 (serial pages (244957)--(244964) with the version which appears in Annex A.)
Fiscal Note: 48-108. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART III. GAME COMMISSION
CHAPTER 139. SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS
§ 139.4. Seasons and bag limits for the license year.
1999-2000 OPEN HUNTING AND FURTAKING SEASONS, DAILY LIMIT,
FIELD POSSESSION LIMIT AND SEASON LIMIT
OPEN SEASON INCLUDES FIRST AND LAST DATES LISTED
Possession Daily Limit After
Species First Day Last Day Limit First Day Squirrels--(Combined) Oct. 9 Oct. 11 6
Eligible Junior Hunters only, with or without the required license, when properly accompanied as required by law Squirrels--(Combined) Oct. 16 Nov. 27 6
and Dec. 27 Feb. 12, 2000 Ruffed Grouse--Statewide Oct. 16 Nov. 27 2 4
and Dec. 27 Jan. 29, 2000 Ruffed Grouse--There is no open season for taking ruffed grouse in that portion of State Game Lands No. 176 in Centre County which is posted ''RESEARCH AREA--NO GROUSE HUNTING'' Rabbits, Cottontail Oct. 16 Nov. 27 4
and Dec. 27 Feb. 12, 2000 Ringneck Pheasant--Male only Oct. 16 Nov. 27 2
Ringneck Pheasant--Male or female Oct. 16 Nov. 27 2
4 combined when hunting in designated and hen shooting area only Dec. 27 Feb. 12, 2000 Bobwhite Quail--The hunting Oct. 16 Nov. 27 4
and taking of bobwhite quail is permitted in all counties except Adams, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Snyder and York where the season is closed. Hares (Snowshoe Rabbits) or Dec. 27 Jan. 1, 2000 2
4 Varying Hares Woodchucks (Groundhog) No closed season except during the Unlimited
antlered and antlerless deer season
and until 12 noon daily during the
spring gobbler turkey season
Turkey--Male or Female 1
1 Management Areas
# 1-A, 1-B, 2, 6, 7-A & 8
Oct. 30 Nov. 13 Management Area # 7-B Oct. 30 Nov. 6 Management Areas # 3, 4 & 5 Oct. 30 Nov. 20 Management Area # 9-A Closed to fall turkey hunting Management Area # 9-B Nov. 1 Nov. 6 Turkey (Spring Gobbler) Statewide April 29, 2000 May 27, 2000 1
Bearded Bird only
MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS
Except as further restricted by this chapter, the seasons, bag limits, hunting hours and hunting regulations for migratory game birds shall conform to regulations adopted by the United States Secretary of the Interior under authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C.A. §§ 703--711) as published in the Federal Register on or about August 27 and September 28 of each year. Exceptions:
(a) Hunting hours in § 141.4 (relating to hunting hours).
(b) Nontoxic shot as approved by the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is required for use Statewide in hunting and taking of migratory waterfowl.
(c) Subject to approval by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, an early and late season for Canada geese will be held as defined in § 141.25.
(d) There is no open season for taking Woodcock within the boundaries of State Game Land No. 69, located in Randolph, Richmond and Troy Townships in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.
Field Possession Daily Limit After
Species First Day Last Day Limit First Day
Crows July 2 Nov. 28 Unlimited
(Hunting permitted on Friday, Saturday and and Sunday only) Dec. 24 Mar. 26, 2000 Starlings and English Sparrows No closed season except during the Unlimited
antlered and antlerless deer seasons
and until 12 noon daily during the
spring gobbler turkey season
FALCONRY Squirrels--(Combined) Sep. 1 Mar. 31, 2000 6
Quail Sep. 1 Mar. 31, 2000 4
8 Ruffed Grouse Sep. 1 Mar. 31, 2000 2
4 Cottontail Rabbits Sep. 1 Mar. 31, 2000 4
Snowshoe or Varying Hare Sep. 1 Mar. 31, 2000 2
Ringneck Pheasant--Male Sep. 1 Mar. 31, 2000 2
and Female (Combined) Migratory Game Birds--Seasons and bag limits shall be in accordance with Federal regulations.
Daily Season Species First Day Last Day Limit Limit DEER
Deer (Archery), Antlered or Antlerless Oct. 2 Nov. 13 1 Per Day One antlered.** with the appropriate license and An antlerless Dec. 27 Jan. 15, 2000 deer with each required antlerless license. Deer (Buck), Antlered, (Statewide) Nov. 29 Dec. 11 1 Per Day One antlered.** with 2 or more points to an
antler or a spike 3 or more inches long
Deer (Doe) Antlerless (Statewide) Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 only An antlerless
Junior License Holders Only
with required antlerless license
deer with each required antlerless license.
Deer (Doe) Antlerless (Statewide) Dec. 13 Dec. 15 1 Per Day An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. Deer (Doe) Antlerless Dec. 8 Dec. 10 One antlered
(Presque Isle State Park,
An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.
Deer (Doe) Antlerless only,
Nov. 18 Nov. 20 1 Per Day An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. Deer (Doe) Antlered or Antlerless
Dec. 27 Jan. 15, 2000 1 Per Day One antlered ** or one antlerless-plus An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. Deer (Doe) Antlerless
Only on those lands designated
by the Executive Director as ''Deer
Damage Areas'' and posted
with approved signs
Nov. 29 Dec. 11 An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. Deer (Doe) Antlerless
(Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin
County and New Cumberland Army
Depot, York County and Fort Ritchie,
Raven Rock Site, Adams County)
Hunting is permitted on days
established by the United States
Department of the Army.
An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. SPECIAL REGULATIONS AREAS
SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND ALLEGHENY COUNTY
Deer (Doe) Antlerless only,
Nov. 18 Nov. 20 An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. Deer (Buck), Antlered Nov. 29 Dec. 11 One antlered deer.** Deer (Doe), Antlerless Nov. 29 Dec. 18 An antlerless
and deer with each Dec. 27 Jan. 15, 2000 required antlerless license. BEAR Bear, any age Nov. 22 Nov. 24 1
1 FURTAKING--TRAPPING Minks and Muskrats--Statewide Nov. 21 Jan. 9, 2000 Unlimited Beaver--Statewide Dec. 26 Mar. 15, 2000 Zones 1, 2 & 3 10
(except Bradford, McKean, Potter,
Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties)
Bradford, McKean, Potter, Susquehanna 10
Tioga and Wayne Counties Zones 4 and 5 10 10 Zone 6 6 6 Coyotes, Foxes, Opossums, Raccoons, Oct. 17 Feb. 26, 2000 Unlimited
Skunks, Weasels--Statewide FURTAKING--HUNTING Coyotes--Statewide No closed season. Coyotes may Unlimited
be taken during the regular antlered and antlerless deer seasons or extensions only by hunters who have a valid deer tag or during the spring gobbler turkey season by hunters who have a valid spring turkey tag and meet fluorescent orange and shot size requirements. Opossums, Skunks, Weasels-- No closed season. These species may Statewide not be hunted prior to 12 noon during the spring gobbler turkey season. Raccoons and Foxes--Statewide Oct. 16 Feb. 26, 2000 Unlimited
No open seasons on other wild birds or wild mammals.
**Only one antlered deer (buck) may be taken during all seasons of the hunting license year.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-348. Filed for public inspection March 5, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]
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