RULES AND REGULATIONS
[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 141 ]
Hunting and Trapping; Hunting Hours
[42 Pa.B. 3593]
[Saturday, June 23, 2012]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) at its April 24, 2012, meeting amended Chapter 141, Appendix G (relating to hunting hours) by updating the current hunting hours table and migratory bird hunting hours table to accurately reflect the dates and hours of legal hunting for the 2012-2013 hunting license year.
The final-form rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
The authority for the final-form rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).
Notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 42 Pa.B. 1233 (March 10, 2012).
1. Purpose and Authority
Each year there is a shift in calendar days for each month. As a result of this occurrence, the tables of hunting hours in Appendix G are amended and updated each year to reflect the current year's hunting dates and corresponding legal hunting hours. The Commission amended Appendix G to update the tables of hunting hours for the 2012-2013 hunting year to reflect the annual change in days and subsequent hunting times.
Section 322(c)(1) of the code (relating to powers and duties of commission) specifically empowers the Commission to ''fix seasons, daily shooting or taking hours, and any modification thereof, and daily, season and possession limits for any species of game or wildlife.'' 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 amendments to Appendix G are adopted under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
The final-form rulemaking amends Appendix G to update the tables of hunting hours for the 2012-2013 hunting year to reflect the annual change in days and subsequent hunting times.
3. Persons Affected
Persons wishing to hunt or trap game or wildlife within this Commonwealth during the 2012-2013 hunting year will be affected by the final-form rulemaking.
4. Comment and Response Summary
There were no official comments received regarding the final-form rulemaking.
5. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
The final-form rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.
6. Effective Date
The effective dates of the final-form rulemaking are July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.
7. Contact Person
For further information regarding the final-form rulemaking, contact Richard R. Palmer, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
The Commission finds that:
(1) Public notice of intention to adopt the administrative amendment adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P. L. 769, No. 240) (45 P. S. §§ 1201 and 1202) and the regulations thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2.
(2) The adoption of the amendment of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for the administration and enforcement of the authorizing statute.
The Commission, acting under authorizing statute, orders that:
(a) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 141, are amended by amending Appendix G to read as set forth at 42 Pa.B. 1233.
(b) The Executive Director of the Commission shall certify this order and 42 Pa.B. 1233 and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.
(c) This order will be effective from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.
CARL G. ROE,
Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-338 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulation.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-1159. Filed for public inspection June 22, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]
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