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JULY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Sunday use of SGL ranges could expand
Board preliminarily OKs longer hours throughout firearms deer and bear seasons.
Shooting ranges on state game lands
soon could be open longer on Sundays
before and within the firearms deer and
bear seasons.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game
Commissioners in July gave preliminary
approval to a measure that calls for ranges
to remain open from 8 a.m. to sunset on
the Sundays immediately preceding, and
any Sundays throughout the duration
of the firearms deer and firearms bear
seasons.
The measure will be brought back to
the September meeting for a final vote.
As it is now, shooting ranges on game
lands, are open from noon to sunset each
Sunday, except the Sundays immediately
preceding the firearms deer and firearms
bear seasons, when ranges are open from

8 a.m. to sunset.
Regular Monday-through-Saturday
hours are 8 a.m. to sunset.
Commissioners said the expansion
of Sunday hours, while minor, creates a
convenience for hunters who might find
themselves pressed for time to adjust
sights or scopes on firearms at the height
of the hunting season.
The measure also strengthens safety
provisions by prohibiting the possession
or discharge of a loaded firearm anywhere
on the range while another person is
downrange.
Intentionally shooting at or damaging
the frames or stands constructed to mount
permanent target backboards also would
be prohibited if the measure receives final
approval.

Porcupines reclassified as furbearers
New designation could provide additional control measures through trapping.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game
Commissioners in July gave final approval to reclassifying the porcupine
as a furbearer.
The change will allow for porcupines
to be trapped, as well as hunted, if a
trapping season is established.
A porcupine trapping season has
not been implemented for the 201617 license year, and commissioners
said previously a trapping season only
would be implemented in future seasons if staff recommends one.
In the public-comments portion of
the meeting, the Pennsylvania Farm
Bureau expressed its support for the

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measure. In addition to chewing on
decks, porches and houses, porcupines
occasionally chew on and damage vehicle and equipment parts, especially
in the winter when salt builds up on
roads.
Reclassifying them as furbearers will
provide for additional control methods,
the Farm Bureau said.
License requirements for hunting
and trapping of porcupines will mirror
those for coyotes.
Porcupines will be able to be hunted
by those possessing either a hunting or
furtaker license, and trapped by furtakers, as well, during established seasons.



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