[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 141 ]
Hunting and Trapping; Prohibited Devices
[40 Pa.B. 6685]
[Saturday, November 20, 2010]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its October 5, 2010, meeting, proposed to add § 141.68 (relating to prohibited devices) to specifically prohibit the usage of fishing hooks or snagging hooks or other devices that are not lawful traps, firearms, bows or crossbows from being utilized during licensed trapping activities.
The proposed rulemaking will not have an 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 October 5, 2010, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent until January 21, 2011, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.
1. Purpose and Authority
The Commission recently identified anecdotal evidence of the usage of fishing or snagging hooks in certain trapping activities. While this practice has never been accepted by the Commission or the broader trapping community as an acceptable device for the harvesting of furbearers, current applicable statutes and regulations do not expressly prohibit their usage. The Commission is proposing to fill this gap by proposing § 141.68 to specifically prohibit the usage of fishing hooks or snagging hooks or other devices that are not lawful traps, firearms, bows or crossbows from being utilized during licensed trapping activities.
Section 2102(d) of the code (relating to regulations) provides ''The commission shall promulgate regulations stipulating the size and type of traps, the type of firearms and ammunition and other devices which may be used, the manner in which and the location where the devices may be used, the species the devices may be used for and the season when the devices may be used.'' Section 141.68 was proposed under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
The proposed rulemaking adds § 141.68 by creating language to specifically prohibit the usage of fishing hooks or snagging hooks or other devices that are not lawful traps, firearms, bows or crossbows from being utilized during licensed trapping activities.
3. Persons Affected
Persons wishing to hunt or trap furbearers within this Commonwealth may be affected by the proposed rulemaking.
4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
The proposed rulemaking should not result in 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, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
CARL G. ROE,
Fiscal Note: 48-315. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART III. GAME COMMISSION
CHAPTER 141. HUNTING AND TRAPPING
Subchapter D. FURBEARERS
§ 141.68. Prohibited devices.
It is unlawful to take furbearers through the use of the following devices:
(1) Fish hooks, snagging hooks or any other hooks of similar design.
(2) Implements that are not lawful traps, firearms, bows or crossbows.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-2197. Filed for public inspection November 19, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]
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