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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 14-518


[58 PA. CODE CH. 141]

Hunting and Trapping; Hunting Hours

[44 Pa.B. 1436]
[Saturday, March 15, 2014]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) proposed at its January 28, 2014, meeting to amend Chapter 141, Appendix G (relating to hunting hours) by replacing the current hunting hours table and migratory bird hunting hours table to accurately reflect the dates and hours of legal hunting for the 2014-2015 hunting/trapping license year.

 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 January 28, 2014, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent until April 4, 2014, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

1. Purpose and Authority

 Each year there is a shift in calendar days for each month. As a result of this occurrence, the time tables in Appendix G must be amended and updated on an annual basis to accurately reflect the upcoming year's dates and hours for legal hunting. The Commission is proposing to amend Appendix G to replace the current hunting hours table and migratory bird hunting hours table to accurately reflect the dates and hours of legal hunting for the 2014-2015 hunting/trapping license year.

 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 proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking will amend Appendix G by replacing the current hunting hours table and migratory bird hunting hours table to accurately reflect the dates and hours of legal hunting for the 2014-2015 hunting/trapping license year.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to hunt or trap game or wildlife within this Commonwealth during the 2014-2015 hunting year will 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 effective dates of the proposed rulemaking are July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

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.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-363. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A





 (Editor's Note: As part of this proposed rulemaking, the Commission is proposing to delete the text of the tables which appear in 58 Pa. Code pages 141-33—141-35, serial pages (366873)—(366875) and replace them with the following tables.)

FOR JUNE 29, 2014 THROUGH JULY 5, 2015

DatesBegin A.M.End P.M.DatesBegin A.M.End P.M.
June 29—July 55:089:02Jan. 4—106:535:20
July 6—125:129:00Jan. 11—176:515:27
July 13—195:188:56Jan. 18—246:495:35
July 20—265:248:50Jan. 25—316:445:43
July 27—Aug. 25:308:43Feb. 1—76:385:51
Aug. 3—95:388:34Feb. 8—146:315:59
Aug. 10—165:448:24Feb. 15—216:226:07
Aug. 17—235:518:14Feb. 22—286:136:16
Aug. 24—305:578:04Mar. 1—76:036:23
Aug 31—Sept. 66:047:52Mar. 8—14 *Begins6:527:31
Sept. 7—136:117:41Mar. 15—216:417:38
Sept. 14—206:177:29Mar. 22—286:307:45
Sept. 21—276:247:18Mar. 29—Apr. 46:187:53
Sept. 28—Oct. 46:317:07Apr. 5—116:078:00
Oct. 5—116:386:56Apr. 12—185:568:07
Oct. 12—186:456:45Apr. 19—255:468:14
Oct. 19—256:536:36Apr. 26—May 25:368:21
Oct. 26—Nov. 17:016:27May 3—95:278:28
Nov. 2—8 *Ends6:095:20May 10—165:208:35
Nov. 9—156:175:14May 17—235:138:42
Nov. 16—226:255:09May 24—305:088:48
Nov. 23—296:325:06May 31—June 65:048:53
Nov. 30—Dec. 66:395:05June 7—135:028:58
Dec. 7—136:445:05June 14—205:019:01
Dec. 14—206:495:06June 21—275:029:03
Dec. 21—276:525:09June 28—July 45:059:02
Dec. 28—Jan. 36:535:14 *Daylight Saving Time


DatesBegin A.M.End P.M.DatesBegin A.M.End P.M.
Aug. 31—Sept. 66:047:22Dec. 28—Jan. 36:534:44
Sept. 7—136:117:11Jan. 4—106:534:50
Sept. 14—206:176:59Jan. 11—176:514:57
Sept. 21—276:246:48Jan. 18—246:495:05
Sept. 28—Oct. 46:316:37Jan. 25—316:445:13
Oct. 5—116:386:26Feb. 1—76:385:21
Oct. 12—186:456:15Feb. 8—146:315:29
Oct. 19—256:536:06Feb. 15—216:225:37
Oct. 26—Nov. 17:015:57Feb. 22—286:135:46
Nov. 2—8 *Ends6:094:50Mar. 1—76:035:53
Nov. 9—156:174:44Mar. 8—14 *Begins6:527:01
Nov. 16—226:254:39Mar. 15—216:417:08
Nov. 23—296:324:36Mar. 22—286:307:15
Nov. 30—Dec. 66:394:35Mar. 29—Apr. 4 6:187:23
Dec. 7—136:444:35Apr. 5—116:077:30
Dec. 14—206:494:36Apr. 12—185:567:37
Dec. 21—276:524:39*Daylight Saving Time
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-518. Filed for public inspection March 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]

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