Pennsylvania Game News - June 2020 - 49

APRIL COMMISSIONERS MEETING

New muzzleloaders voted down
The Board of Game Commissioners in
April voted down proposed regulations
that would have allowed muzzleloading
firearms, in seasons other than the
flintlock deer season, to use a breechloaded cartridge of loose or pelletized
black powder or black-powder substitute,

similar to a cartridge, casing or shell.
Many commissioners expressed
opinions that technological innovations
aren't always a good fit in muzzleloader
hunting, which is steeped in tradition,
and adopting new technology should be
carefully considered.

Commissioners discuss upcoming issues
Several commissioners in April
asked Game Commission staff to
explore new initiatives and report back
to the board.
Commissioner Kristen SchneppGiger asked the agency's Bureau
of Wildlife Management to study
the implications of removing antler
restrictions in at least some areas where
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has
been detected in free-ranging deer.
CWD was the primary focus of
the first day of board's April meeting.
Commissioners heard reports from
experts nationwide. Schnepp-Giger
asked Game Commission staff to
prepare a report on the biological
implications of removing antler
restrictions in any Wildlife Management
Unit (WMU) that is associated with
Disease Management Areas (DMAs),
as well as the implications of removing
antler restrictions only in WMUs 4A
and 4B - the only two WMUs wholly
within a DMA.
The report was to be considered
alongside the agency's new CWD
Response Plan, a revised draft was
presented at the April meeting.
Commissioner Michael Mitrick asked
JUNE 2020

the board to consider the possibility
of the Game Commission providing
funding to wildlife rehabilitators who
take care of bald eagles and peregrine
falcons suffering from lead toxicity. He
said only a handful of rehabilitators take
in lead-poisoned eagles and peregrine
falcons because caring for them can
be cost-prohibitive. He suggested the
agency make available up to $30,000
annually to reimburse rehabilitators
for expenses they incur in caring for
these birds.
Commissioner Tim Layton asked the
agency's Bureau of Wildlife Protection
to explore additional opportunities for
mentored hunters, including hunting
in bear seasons or purchasing a second
spring gobbler license.
And Commissioner Dennis
Fredericks asked staff to prepare
language that would establish 6 mm as
the minimum firearms caliber permitted
for deer and bear hunting. Fredericks
noted the recent popularity of smaller
calibers, and the large deer and bears
found throughout the Commonwealth
as reasons to establishing stricter
minimum calibers for these big-game
species.
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