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not want their property designated on maps available online. Nineteen percent of landowners wanted the food plot seed program and complimentary Game News subscriptions that were suspended due to budget constraints to be restored. Balancing the needs and desires of hunters and landowners is always a challenge. As the public access programs were updated, staff visited each cooperator and signed new agreements. This ensured that landowners were aware of the updated requirements. To improve the identification of individual properties for hunters, the Game Commission requires that Public Access signs, which the agency provides, be visible on every property enrolled. Public access properties now are roughly identified on county maps available on the Internet, and although many landowners feared that this would increase the hunting pressure on their properties, there has been no increase in landowner complaints. To access the maps, go to www.pgc.state.pa.us, click on the “Go Hunting on Private and Public Lands” link on the home page, select a county from the state map, and zoom into your area of interest to find hunting locations. Remember, public access doesn’t mean you can enter without permission. Always follow individual landowner instructions, either written on signs or given verbally by the landowner prior to hunting. To give landowners the ability to better manage their property, a species selection feature has been added that allows landowners to restrict access on their properties to particular seasons or species. Restriction categories include deer, turkey, small game and trapping. Many landowners enjoy the flexibility that this new feature offers. Through an innovative web-based technology, the complimentary Game News subscription has been returned to public access cooperators via the internet. The agency is also improving its landowner recognition program. Some landowners and their families have been in the program for more than 50 years. Landowners that have been in the programs the longest are being recognized in each region, and certificates of appreciation are being sent to participants that have been enrolled for 10, 20, 30 and more than 50 years. The Game Commission anticipates the ability to improve its public access programs if funding becomes available through the 2008 Farm Bill’s Open Fields grant program. The agency also would like to someday restore pheasant stocking opportunities to public access properties with appropriate habitat, an effort that could be rekindled by a license fee increase. Public access is more than fostering good relationships with landowners and increasing opportunities for hunters. With more than 85 percent of Pennsylvania lands in private ownership, retaining a viable public access program is critical to the long-term success of hunting as a tool for wildlife population management. If you are a landowner interested in participating, please contact your region office. Region office phone numbers are listed in the “Conservation News” section of Game News. PRIVATE landowners have enrolled more than three million acres in the Game Commission’s public access programs. 12 GAME NEWS
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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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
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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 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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