[58 PA. CODE CH. 141]
Hunting and Trapping; Protective Material Required
[36 Pa.B. 5783]
[Saturday, September 16, 2006]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its June 6, 2006, meeting, proposed to amend § 141.20 (relating to protective material required).
The proposed rulemaking will have no adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
The authority for the proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).
The proposed rulemaking was made public at the June 6, 2006, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent, until September 29, 2006, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.
1. Purpose and Authority
On April 18, 2006, the Commission adopted the seasons and bag limits for the upcoming 2006-2007 hunting license year, which includes the much anticipated archery bear season that will take place during the week prior to the traditional Statewide bear season. Despite the successful creation of the archery bear season, the Commission recognizes that it remains necessary to amend § 141.20 to specifically except the bear archery season from certain fluorescent orange requirements. The Commission intends to treat the archery bear season in a manner similar to the archery deer season. Fluorescent orange is generally not required during the archery deer season. Without this amendment, archery bear hunters will be required to comply with default fluorescent orange requirements, which call for a minimum of 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange-colored material on the head, chest and back combined so that it is visible in a 360° arc at all times while hunting. Therefore, the Commission is proposing to amend § 141.20 to create and accommodate fluorescent orange requirements for the newly created archery bear season. The Commission also took the opportunity to reorganize and reword a few of the subparagraphs in § 141.20 to improve clarity in the regulation.
Section 2102(a) of the code (relating to regulations) provides that ''The commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate concerning game or wildlife and hunting or furtaking in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife and game or wildlife habitat, permitting or prohibiting hunting or furtaking, the ways, manner, methods and means of hunting or furtaking, and the health and safety of persons who hunt or take wildlife or may be in the vicinity of persons who hunt or take game or wildlife in this Commonwealth.'' The amendment to § 141.20 was proposed under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
The proposed rulemaking amends § 141.20 to create and accommodate fluorescent orange requirements for the newly created archery bear season.
3. Persons Affected
Persons wishing to hunt bear in this Commonwealth during the newly created archery bear season will be affected by the proposed rulemaking.
4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
The proposed rulemaking should not result in any additional cost or paperwork.
5. Effective Date
The proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.
6. Contact Person
For further information regarding the proposed rulemaking, contact Richard R. Palmer, Acting Director, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
CARL G. ROE,
Fiscal Note: 48-234. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART III. GAME COMMISSION
CHAPTER 141. HUNTING AND TRAPPING
Subchapter A. GENERAL
§ 141.20. Protective material required.
(a) [It] General. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), it is unlawful to hunt or assist to hunt game or wildlife or move to or from a hunting location, from 1 hour before legal hunting hours to 1 hour after legal hunting hours outside of a motorized vehicle, at any time without wearing a minimum of 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange-colored material on the head, chest and back combined so that it is visible in a 360° arc. This shall include going to or from a hunting location before or after legal shooting hours. Except as provided in subsection (b)(2) and (3), camouflage orange clothing is lawful provided it contains the minimum amount of fluorescent orange-colored material.
(b) Permitted acts. It is lawful to:
(1) Hunt without wearing daylight fluorescent orange-colored material for:
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(vii) Coyotes except from the first day to the last day inclusive of the Statewide regular firearms deer season or any bear season.]
Deer during the archery deer season with a bow and arrow or crossbow and bolt by properly licensed archery hunters except as provided in paragraphs (3)(iii) and (4).
(vii) Bear during the archery bear season with a bow and arrow by properly licensed bear hunters except as provided in paragraph (3)(iv).
(ix) Coyotes except from the first day to the last day inclusive of the regular firearms deer season, any firearms bear season and spring turkey season within each wildlife management unit.
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(3) Move about or relocate while wearing a hat containing a minimum of 100 square inches of a solid daylight fluorescent orange-colored material on the head only and be stationary without wearing the required orange-colored material when hunting for:
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(iii) Deer with a bow and arrow or crossbow and bolt during any deer archery season which is concurrent with the fall turkey season within each wildlife management unit.
(iv) Bear with a bow and arrow during any bear archery season, which is concurrent with the fall turkey season within each wildlife management unit.
(4) Be on stand and stationary while hunting for turkey during the fall season in Wildlife Management Units 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A or deer during any firearms deer season that precedes the regular firearms deer season and in lieu of the required 250 square inches place a minimum of 100 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange-colored material within 15 feet of the hunters' location so it is visible in a 360° arc.
[(5) Except as provided in paragraph (3)(iii) and during any firearms season for deer that precedes the regular firearms season, hunt for deer with a bow and arrow or crossbow during any archery deer season without wearing daylight fluorescent orange-colored material. When stationary during the overlap with the firearms season for deer in lieu of the required 250 square inches place a minimum of 100 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange-colored material within 15 feet of the hunters' location so it is visible in a 360° arc.]
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-1802. Filed for public inspection September 15, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]
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