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Adult resident and nonresident hunter licenses decreased $254,363 or 2.02% and $246,766 or 4.83%, respectively. However, resident bear licenses increased by $185,607 or 8.60%. Some contributing factors to this increase could be the new statewide expanded 5-day archery bear season implemented this year and moving the start date of the 3-day firearms bear season to the Saturday before Thanksgiving instead of the traditional Monday before Thanksgiving. Adult resident furtaker 2010-11 licenses also increased by $74,192 or 13.00% due in part to the sale of two new permits, bobcat and fisher, both of which require either a furtaker or combination license to be purchased. Range permit sales totaled $107,070 during the year, a new requirement for users of State Game Land shooting ranges that do not possess a valid Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license. Timber and wood product sales increased by $1,587,247 or 25.92% partly due to the renegotiation of old timber contract payment plans. Sales of coal, gravel and hay also increased by $1,265,076 or 246.85% due in part from improved market prices for coal, receipt of an advanced royalty payment of $1M from Fisher Mining Co., and increased sales of stone related to Marcellus Shale drilling activity and from PGC’s lease agreement with Laurel Sand and Stone, Inc. on SGL 79. Ground rentals and royalties from oil and gas leases increased $2,266,561 or 93.90% as a result of Marcellus Shale. Federal Aid increased $3,534,414 or 23.04% primarily from increased funding received from the Pittman-Robertson program. Right-of-way revenues also increased by $2,793,736 or 121.03% partly due to the increase of right-of-way permits issued relating to Marcellus Shale. PALS transaction fees decreased $493,124 or 27.13%. Expenditures and commitments for the fiscal year July 1, 2010 thru June 30, 2011, as of October 31, 2011, totaled $78,853,648, an increase of $4,704,883, or 6.35%. Automotive repairs, supplies and transportation rentals increased $444,178 or 15.92% mostly due to rising fuel costs. Telephone expenses increased $112,539 or 17.37% due in part from the purchase of radio equipment and software to improve communications for safe implementation of Prescribed Fire, a method used for wildlife habitat conservation on State Game Lands. Legal and specialized services increased $1,163,412 or 44.26%. Purchase of equipment and machinery also increased $1,208,351 or 330.28% partly due to the replacement of existing outdated equip22 GAME	 NEWS



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