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six months imprisonment, and five years of hunting license revocation. While the bill focuses mainly on the unlawful taking of big game, it also includes heightened penalties for the buying and selling of game; increased fines for summary offenses; increased penalties for the killing of threatened or endangered species; and an increase in the maximum amount of possible jail time for non-payment of fines from 120 days to 6 months. The new law was authored by Representative Ed Staback of Lackawanna County, Chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee. “Finally, the penalties fit the crime,” said Staback after the bill’s passage, adding, “the new law will treat poachers like the serious criminals they are.” Richard Palmer agreed, noting that under the prior law, “the highest level of offense — other than for killing a threatened or endangered species — was a summary. The new legislation incorporates misdemeanors and felo-

nies into the penalty structure, a change that Palmer termed an “enormous step forward.” Chairman Staback modeled his legislation on portions of the Crimes Code in which the penalties increase proportionately in that the more property that is stolen, the more serious the offense. According to Staback, because poaching is the theft of wildlife, a public resource, it should be treated equitably to other theft offenses. “If a person steals several logs from a state forest the offense is a felony, why shouldn’t killing several elk be the same?” Palmer concluded by noting that while it is the hope of the Commission that those who would commit such crimes will be deterred by the new penalty structure, “anyone intent on violating the law will experience firsthand the extent to which Pennsylvania now treats the illegal taking of wildlife as a serious offense.”

Board approves additional DMAP permits
IN ACCORDANCE with changes approved to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) in April, the Board of Game Commissioners at its June meeting gave approval to issue 2,761 DMAP antlerless deer coupons to private landowners who are not enrolled in any of the agency’s public access programs. Had the Board not taken this action, these private landowners would have had their DMAP applications denied for 201011. Coupons will be available for hunters to redeem for antlerless deer permits on Sept. 1. In April, the Board capped the maximum number of DMAP permits that could be issued for 2010-11. The
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limit was based on the number of DMAP permits issued in each WMU during 2009-10. However, the Board’s action stated that additional DMAP antlerless deer permits could be issued above the cap only if approved by the Board. All other DMAP antlerless deer permits became available through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS) on July 2. DMAP permit fees are $10.70 for resident hunters; and $35.70 for nonresident hunters. The permit can be used to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP area. Maps for the properties are to be provided to hunters by the landowners. Landowners
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
First Archery Buck
Red Oak, White Oak
Just Like the Good Old Days
Step Back in Time
Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
What Goes Up . . .
First Time’s a Charm
100 Deer
The Brute
Flight 93
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Archery Buck
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Red Oak, White Oak
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Just Like the Good Old Days
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Step Back in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - What Goes Up . . .
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Time’s a Charm
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 100 Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Brute
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - I2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover3
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