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Due to recent revenue increases from Marcellus Shale leases on SGLs, we’ll be doubling production in autumn 2012. PGC staff released 79,961 birds (26,198 hens and 53,763 cocks) for hunting in FY 2011-2012. Shipments for the junior pheasant hunt consisted of 15,730 birds, which were released at designated advertised sites throughout the Commonwealth in early October. Also 25 clubs received 1,706 birds to hold mentored junior hunts for 791 registered 2011-12 participants. For the regular fall season 62,525 birds were stocked in October and November during a preseason and 2 in-season releases. The winter release was canceled due to birds lost to flooding in September. The Game Take survey indicated that 4,778 resident junior hunters harvested 3,201 pheasants during the 2011 youth hunt. During all pheasant seasons, 88,307 hunters harvested 116,828 pheasants. Populations of northern bobwhite quail have declined by 75 to nearly 100 percent over the last 40 years across most of their historic range in North America, including a 97 percent decline in Pennsylvania. We completed a Northern Bobwhite Quail Management Plan for Pennsylvania, 2011-2020 to guide efforts to respond Seeing Double? GERALD PINKERTON, Mechanicsburg, took to this decline. the photo of these gray foxes. Furtakers harvested 19,380 Estimates of active duck grays during the 2011-12 seasons. and goose hunters in Pennsylvania from the federal HIP survey were 24,200 and 27,900, respectively; these numbers remain the highest in the Atlantic Flyway, but were below the 1999-2010 long-term averages by 15 percent and 25 percent, respectively. The HIP estimate of total Pennsylvania duck harvest for 2011-12 was 81,500, 49 percent below the long-term average (LTA). The top five duck species harvested were mallard (40,900), wood duck (16,400), black duck (4,700), green-winged teal (4,000) and bufflehead (3,700). Estimated harvests for most species were significantly below the LTA; this was also true for most other AF states and can likely be attributed to the mild weather through the hunting season, which influenced the timing of waterfowl migration and reduced vulnerability to hunter harvest. The HIP estimate for Canada goose harvest in Pennsylvania for 2011-12 was 75,100, 59 percent below the LTA. This was the lowest harvest estimate for Pennsylvania since HIP estimates began in 1999. Pennsylvania ranked third among AF states for total Canada goose harvest. The mild weather conditions during late fall and winter likely hampered Canada goose harvest in those hunting seasons. Harvest estimates for “light geese” (combined greater and lesser snow goose and Ross’s geese) in Pennsylvania during 2011-12 were 21,738 during the regular season and 3,420 during the snow goose conservation season, which was again held following the close of other waterfowl seasons (January 26-April 27 in the Atlantic Population and Southern James Bay Population Goose Zones, February27-April 27 in the Resident Population
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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