RULES AND REGULATIONS
[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 135 ]
Lands and Buildings; State Game Lands
[47 Pa.B. 2600]
[Saturday, May 6, 2017]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its March 28, 2017, meeting, amended § 135.41 (relating to State game lands) to prohibit a person from engaging in dog training activities from the Monday prior to the start of the youth pheasant season until the opening of the regular pheasant season on lands designated as State game lands.
This final-form rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
The authority for this final-form rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).
Notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 47 Pa.B. 1479 (March 11, 2017).
1. Purpose and Authority
The Commission traditionally conducts the majority of its annual pheasant stocking operations on State game lands to provide adequate pheasant hunting opportunities across this Commonwealth. Pheasant hunting opportunities in this Commonwealth are directly linked to and limited by the existence and availability of pheasants stocked by the Commission each year. The Commission has become increasingly aware that dog training activities occurring on State game lands during the periods just prior to and concurrent with the youth pheasant season and prior to the opening of the regular pheasant season are consistently causing pheasants recently stocked by the Commission to scatter and disperse far away from designated release sites where they are intended to temporarily remain for the duration of the pheasant seasons. The Commission amends § 135.41 to prohibit a person from engaging in dog training activities from the Monday prior to the start of the youth pheasant season until the opening of the regular pheasant season on lands designated as State game lands. These amendments will not limit dog training activities on private lands.
Section 721(a) of the code (relating to control of property) provides ''[t]he administration of all lands or waters owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the commission shall be under the sole control of the director, and the commission shall promulgate regulations. . .for its use and protection as necessary to properly manage these lands or waters.'' The amendments to § 135.41 are adopted under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
This final-form rulemaking amends § 135.41 to prohibit a person from engaging in dog training activities from the Monday prior to the start of the youth pheasant season until the opening of the regular pheasant season on lands designated as State game lands.
3. Persons Affected
Persons wishing to engage in dog training activities on State game lands may be affected by this final-form rulemaking.
4. Comment and Response Summary
The Commission received a total of four official comments opposing to this final-form rulemaking.
5. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
This final-form rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.
6. Effective Date
This final-form rulemaking will be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.
7. Contact Person
For further information regarding this final-form rulemaking, contact Thomas P. Grohol, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
The Commission finds that:
(1) Public notice of intention to adopt the administrative amendments adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. §§ 1201 and 1202) and the regulations thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2.
(2) The adoption of the amendments of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for the administration and enforcement of the authorizing statute.
The Commission, acting under the authorizing statute, orders that:
(a) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 135, are amended by amending § 135.41 to read as set forth at 47 Pa.B. 1479.
(b) The Executive Director of the Commission shall certify this order and 47 Pa.B. 1479 and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.
(c) This order shall become effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
BRYAN J. BURHANS,
Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-414 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulation.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-760. Filed for public inspection May 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]
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