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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-1085


[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 141 ]

Hunting and Trapping; Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas

[40 Pa.B. 3124]
[Saturday, June 12, 2010]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its April 20, 2010, meeting, proposed to amend § 141.28 (relating to wild pheasant recovery areas) to create and define the geographic location of the Hegins-Gratz Valley wild pheasant recovery area (WPRA) and prohibit the hunting of small game from the first Sunday in February through July 1st within areas designated as WPRAs.

 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 April 20, 2010, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, until June 23, 2010.

1. Purpose and Authority

 The Ring-necked Pheasant Management Plan calls for restoring self-sustaining and huntable ring-necked pheasant populations in suitable habitats by establishing at least four WPRAs by 2015. Wild-trapped pheasants will be released in WPRAs in an effort to establish populations of at least ten hens per square mile in the spring, while WPRAs will remain closed to game farm pheasant stocking, pheasant hunting and dog training activities. Small game hunting within WPRAs will also be restricted during critical periods during the population establishment phase. Three WPRAs were listed in 2009 and one additional area, the Hegins-Gratz Valley WPRA, is proposed at this time to prepare for pheasant releases in 2011.

 Section 322(c)(4) of the code (relating to powers and duties of commission) specifically authorizes the Commission to ''Define geographic limitations or restrictions.'' Section 2102(c) of the code (relating to regulations) directs that ''The commission shall promulgate regulations concerning the transportation, introduction into the wild, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale or purchase of game or wildlife or the disturbing of game or wildlife in their natural habitat.'' Section 2102(a) of the code 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 § 141.28 were proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking amends § 141.28 to create and define the geographic location of the Hegins-Gratz Valley WPRA and prohibits the hunting of small game from the first Sunday in February through July 1st within areas designated as WPRAs.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to hunt wild pheasants, release propagated pheasants, train dogs or hunt small game within areas designated as WPRAs 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.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-307. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A




Subchapter B. SMALL GAME

§ 141.28. Wild pheasant recovery areas.

 (a) Definition. For the purpose of this section, the phrase ''wild pheasant recovery area'' (WPRA) includes and is limited to the following geographic locations.

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(4) Hegins-Gratz Valley WPRA. That portion of WMU 4E in Schuylkill and Dauphin Counties from Matterstown Road (Rt. 1007) to PA Rt. 901 at Taylorsville. The WPRA is bounded on the north by the Mahantango Creek. Beginning at the town of Pillow in Dauphin County, proceeding east on Market Street (Rt. 1026) to the Mahantango Creek, which is the Northumberland and Dauphin County border until entering Schuylkill County at Klingerstown. Continuing northeast along the Mahantango Creek in Schuylkill County to Taylorsville Road (Rt. 4039) at Haas, to Taylorsville and then proceeding south on PA Rt. 901. Proceeding south and southeast on PA Rt. 901 to I-81. Proceeding southwest on I-81 and then west on PA Rt. 25, then from PA Rt. 25, proceeding south and west on Dell Road and then northwest and west on Pine Drive (State Hwy. 4009), continuing west on Pine Drive, T593 and north on T592 to Pine Creek. The southern boundary then follows Pine Creek west along the northern side of Broad Mountain to Spring Glen. From Spring Glen, continuing west on PA Rt. 25, crossing into Dauphin County to Gratz, then proceeding southwest from Gratz on Specktown Road (State Hwy. 1014) to South Crossroads Road (PA Rt. 1009). Proceeding south on South Crossroads Road (PA Rt. 1009) to PA Rt. 209 and southwest to Elizabethville. From Elizabethville continue west on Main Street (PA Rt. 209), then turn north onto Botts Road (T462). At the first intersection, turn north onto Feidt Road (T461), then turn east onto West Matterstown Road (Rt. 4008), turn north onto Matterstown Road (Rt. 1007). Turn right or east onto Berrysburg Road (PA Rt. 25) which turns into Market St. Turn left or north onto Lykens St. Turn right or east onto Mountain Road (T639). Turn left or north on PA Rt. 225 into Pillow on PA Rt. 225, ending at Market St. (Rt. 1026).

 (b) Prohibitions. It is unlawful to:

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 (2) Train dogs in any manner or hunt small game from [the end of small game season] the first Sunday in February through July 31 within any area designated as a [wild pheasant recovery area] WPRA.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-1085. Filed for public inspection June 11, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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