Pennsylvania Game News - September 2016 - 43

JULY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Drone ban amended,
adopted for game lands
Vote helps protect wildlife from disturbance.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners in July took action to better protect
wildlife from unnecessary disturbances on
game lands and other property controlled by
the Game Commission.
The board voted unanimously to prohibit
on Game Commission-controlled property
the operation, control, launching or retrieval
of drones. The recreational flying of drones
rapidly has gained in popularity, and as it has,
the number of cases where drones have caused
concern for wildlife has increased as well.
During the snow-goose migration season
at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
this year, for instance, Game Commission staff
detected at least five instances where drones
disturbed wildlife. In one case, a drone was
flown into an off-limits propagation area that
serves as a sanctuary for resting waterfowl,
and another disturbance caused hundreds of
waterfowl to suddenly flush. There also were
reports of drones being flown close to baldeagle nests, which causes an obvious risk to
eagles and their eggs.
The Board of Game Commissioners in
April gave preliminary approval to a proposal
to ban the flying of unmanned aerial vehicles
over lands or waters designated as state game
lands. The measure was amended after a legal
review by the state Attorney General's office,
which said only the federal government has
the authority to regulate airspace.
The amended proposal, which was given
final approval in July, prohibits the launching
and landing of drones on game lands, unless
a specific exception is approved in writing by
the Game Commission's executive director.
SEPTEMBER 2016	

Measures gain approval
The Board of Commissioners at
the July meeting, gave final approval
to a number of measures preliminarily approved in April. They include:
* A specially designated Veterans
With Disabilities Hunt was approved
for one shooting day each at Middle
Creek and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Areas. Applicants will be
drawn at random and must possess
a disabled veteran license. Those
who are selected to hunt may bring
along three guests, so long as they
possess a proper general or base
hunting licenses.
Pymatuning will hold its first
Veterans With Disabilities Hunt in
the 2016-17 license year, but as of
press time, a date hadn't been finalized. Middle Creek will hold its first
hunt in a future license year, after
pit blinds there are made wheelchairaccessible.
An application for the Pymatuning hunt can be found on the Goose
Blind Application page of the 2016-17
Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping
Digest, and more details on the hunt
will be available soon.
* Changes were approved to
the application process for special
deer-control permits available to
municipalities and other political
subdivisions.
As part of the background information on deer populations and
damage that permit applicants are
required to submit, applicants now
will be asked to specifically define
how licensed public hunting has been
used in the problem area previously,
and how it will be used during the
period the permit would be valid.
Commissioners said the measure
helps to ensure hunters have an opportunity to manage deer on properties where high deer populations
have created problems.

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