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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 12-1515



[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 141 ]

Hunting and Trapping; Permitted Devices

[42 Pa.B. 5234]
[Saturday, August 11, 2012]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) proposed at its June 26, 2012, meeting to amend § 141.18 (relating to permitted devices) to permit the use of electronic crow decoys to hunt crows.

 The proposed rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

 The authority for the proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

 The proposed rulemaking was made public at the June 26, 2012, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent, until September 21, 2012, to the Director, Bureau of Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

1. Purpose and Authority

 Each year the Commission is asked to review the potential use of certain devices for hunting or trapping purposes that are otherwise prohibited by statute or regulation. As part of the review process, the Commission generally reviews to what degree use of a given device might negatively impact principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity or public safety. The Commission has recently been requested to review the use of electronic crow decoys for use in the hunting of crows. After thoughtful review, the Commission determined that use of these devices for crow hunting purposes would be acceptable due to negligible impacts to the previously mentioned principles.

 Section 2102(b)(1) of the code (relating to regulations) authorizes the Commission to ''promulgate regulations relating to seasons and bag limits for hunting or furtaking, the possession of certain species or parts thereof, the number and types of devices and equipment allowed, the identification of devices and the use and possession of devices.'' Section 2102(a) of the code provides that ''The commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate concerning game or wildlife and hunting or furtaking in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife and game or wildlife habitat, permitting or prohibiting hunting or furtaking, the ways, manner, methods and means of hunting or furtaking, and the health and safety of persons who hunt or take wildlife or may be in the vicinity of persons who hunt or take game or wildlife in this Commonwealth.'' The amendments to § 141.18 are proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking will amend § 141.18 to permit the use of electronic crow decoys to hunt crows.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to hunt crows through the use of crow decoys within this Commonwealth may be affected by the proposed rulemaking.

4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

5. Effective Date

 The proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

6. Contact Person

 For further information regarding the proposed rulemaking, contact Richard R. Palmer, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-347. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A




Subchapter A. GENERAL

§ 141.18. Permitted devices.

 The following devices may be used to hunt or take wildlife:

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 (4) Electronic illuminating devices that are affixed at the aft end of a bolt or arrow and used solely for the purpose of locating or tracking bolt or arrow flight after being launched from a crossbow or bow.

(5) Electronic crow decoys used solely for harvesting crows.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-1515. Filed for public inspection August 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]

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