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year, the agency has been updating and improving the program for both landowners and hunters. There are currently three public access programs: Farm Game, Safety Zone and Forest Game. The Farm Game program was initiated in 1936, in Chester County, and has grown to more than 1.6 million acres. This program is administered by the agency’s land managers and Food and Cover crews, and provides landowners with signs to help control access and hunter use of their properties, tree seedlings to improve wildlife habitat, and habitat management planning and technical assistance to improve habitat and reduce wildlife conflicts on farms. The program strives to group adjacent landowners into projects encompassing huntable lands of at least 1,000 acres. Today there are 189 Farm Game projects across the state. Recent changes reduced the minimum project size to 500 acres, to address the loss of habitats to development in existing projects. The Safety Zone program was created in 1958 and operates similar to Farm Game, but is administered by the WCOs and deputies. It includes properties that provide good huntable habitat for hunters, but that are not adjacent to other cooperators. Safety Zone cooperators also receive free tree and shrub seedlings to improve wildlife habitat. Finally, the Forest Game program was initiated in 1971 for landowners with predominantly forested lands of at least 1,000 acres. These are often absentee landowners or corporations that receive assistance from the PGC in enforcing ATV trespass, to retain the important wildlife values of these large forested tracts. These landowners are also eligible to receive free tree and shrub seedlings and bird boxes. To address the shrinking size of many of these tracts, in 2008 the minimum acreage to enroll was lowered to 500 acres. Today, there are 85 cooperators and more than 600,000 acres in this program. Landowners interested in learning more SEPTEMBER 2009 about these programs are encouraged to contact their region office for more information. Landowners with a minimum of 80 acres enrolled in public access are eligible for a reduced-cost landowner hunting license. Those with at least 50 contiguous acres are eligible to receive a landowner antlerless deer license. Each fall, landowners receive an order form to select their choice of up to 500 free tree and shrub seedlings and a free bird box of their choice. Changing land ownership patterns and wildlife management challenges create changes in the needs and demands for public access. The Game Commission was awarded National Shooting Sports Foundation grants to survey hunters that use public access properties and landowners enrolled in public access programs. The majority of hunters surveyed rated their hunting experience, the quality of habitat, and the quality of game as good or excellent. However, hunters that recently stopped hunting rated the lack of places to hunt and the lack of access to hunting areas as the top reasons for discontinuing the activity. The survey indicated that 80 percent of hunters contacted the landowner prior to hunting; the agency hopes to see that number increase during the next survey. Landowners replied that 95 percent of their lands were used by hunters and that the hunting pressure was about right. The Game Commission had provided habitat improvements to 31 percent of landowners, and 55 percent were interested in ordering tree seedlings to improve habitat. Landowners reported that their properties were used by deer, rabbit, squirrel, turkey and pheasant hunters. Many landowners indicated that they would like more flexibility in limiting access for some hunting seasons, and 57 percent did 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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