"Information provided by hunters is essential in our efforts to properly manage our migratory game bird populations and harvest opportunities," Jacobs said. "By reporting the recovery of a leg band, hunters not only assist in managing the resource, but also have an opportunity to learn interesting facts about the bird they harvested."

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agency has made its selections for the 2011 12 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits. Fish and Wildlife Service. Commission selections were made after reviewing last year's season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. approval from the USFWS is expected by late September. 15. Post Offices.

"Studies conducted two decades ago on Pennsylvania and New York mergansers, especially common and red breasted mergansers in the Lake Erie region, concluded they may have varying levels of contaminants, including PCBs," said Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. "Mergansers consume fish and other aquatic organisms that may cause a concentration of contaminants in body tissue. As such, health officials have issued similar consumption advisories for certain species of fish found in these same waters.

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Hunters must use non toxic shot while hunting ducks, geese or coots in Pennsylvania. The use of decoys powered or operated by batteries or any other source of electricity is unlawful in Pennsylvania, except during the snow goose conservation seasons. Also, the use of any sort of artificial substance or product as bait or an attractant is prohibited.


Kevin Jacobs, Game Commission waterfowl biologist, said the federal frameworks are again allowing for a 60 day duck season, with a six bird daily limit. "In response to public input, we are keeping the duck season open in the Northwest Duck Zone during the two week firearms deer season (Nov. 28 Dec. 10)," Jacobs said. "We incorporated this request into the 2010 season dates, and have responded to public comments received in 2011 to have no split season in the Northwest Duck Zone. upon these recommendations, the Northwest Duck Zone seasons will run from Oct. 8 Dec. 16."

Also, during the first part of the dove season (Sept. 1 Oct. 1), hunting hours are from noon through sunset.

In the Atlantic Population and Southern James Bay Population goose zones, the regular snow goose season will be Oct. 25 Jan. 25, with a snow goose conservation season to run from Jan. 26 April 27. Resident Population Goose Zone regular snow goose season will run Oct. 25 Feb. 25, and the snow goose conservation season will run Feb. 27 April 27.

"For this reason, hunters are Cheap Men Canada Goose Manitoba Jacket Spirit Singapore cautioned to not consume any mergansers. Other waterfowl should be skinned and the fat removed before cooking. Stuffing should be discarded after cooking and should not be consumed."

To participate in the snow goose conservation hunts, hunters will need to obtain a free conservation hunt permit, in addition to their other required licenses, and file a mandatory report of harvest/participation.

Jacobs also noted that hunters will see changes in the regular snow goose and snow goose conservation hunts.

New this year, young Pennsylvania hunters will be provided with two special days of waterfowl hunting, on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 24. The Youth Waterfowl Days will be open to those 12 to 15 year olds who hold a junior hunting license. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. During these two special hunts, youth can harvest Canada geese, ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens. The daily bag limit for youth participating in the Youth Waterfowl Days is the same as for the regular season daily limit in the area being hunted. The only exception is when September Canada goose daily bag limits exceed the regular season limit for the area being hunted, youth then can take the September daily limit.

For complete early Canada goose season information, as well as webless migratory game bird seasons, please see News Release 084 11, which the agency issued on July 26.

In addition to posting the annual waterfowl and migratory game bird brochure on its website, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has posted a synopsis of federal regulations that govern migratory game bird and waterfowl seasons to assist hunters in finding answers to questions. state law differs from the federal law, hunters must comply with the more restrictive law. Hunters will be requested to provide information on where, when and what species of migratory birds were taken, in addition to the band number. This information is crucial to the successful management of migratory birds. Fish and Wildlife Service learn more about waterfowl movements, and survival and harvest rates, which are critical to population management and setting of hunting regulations. Each year, nearly 380,000 ducks and geese and 30,000 mourning doves are banded across the United States and Canada.

"By answering the questions on the survey card, hunters will improve survey efficiency and the quality of information used to track the harvest of migratory birds for management purposes," Jacobs said.

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"Many hunters already have purchased their hunting licenses and federal waterfowl stamps in anticipation of the season," Roe said. their convenience, hunters will be able to obtain this important information from the Game Commission's website. Post Offices."

Also, the Game Commission again will hold a special youth only waterfowl hunting day at the controlled hunting blinds at both Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area. The youth day for Middle Creek is Nov. 19; for Pymatuning, Nov. 26. special drawing of applications submitted by junior license holders will be held immediately before the regular drawing for goose blinds. youth should use the same application on page 28 of the 2011 12 Digest. one application will be accepted per junior hunter.

In addition to a regular Pennsylvania hunting license, persons 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as a "Duck Stamp," signed in ink across its face. All waterfowl hunters, regardless of age, must have a Pennsylvania Migratory Game Bird License to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds, including doves, woodcock, coots, moorhens, rails and snipe. All migratory game bird hunters in the United States are required to complete a Harvest Information Program survey when they purchase a state migratory game bird license. The survey information is then forwarded to the USFWS.

Jacobs noted that, although hunting hours have been extended to one half hour after sunset for big game (except spring gobbler), as well as small game and furbearers, federal regulations prevail for waterfowl and migratory game birds. Therefore, shooting hours for these species will continue to close at sunset. only exceptions are during the September Canada goose season (Sept. 1 24) and the Snow Goose Conservation Seasons, in which the USFWS has permitted states to extend the hunting hours to one half hour after sunset.

Jacobs noted that the online and toll free reporting systems have produced big dividends. Under the old reporting system, utilized until the late 1990s, about one third of recovered banded birds were reported by hunters. Now, with the option of using online or toll free methods, band reporting rates are estimated to have stabilized around 70 percent.