Pennsylvania law requires that first time hunters take and pass an approved Hunter Safety Course prior to purchasing their first hunting license. Unfortunately for individuals who are unaware of this requirement, there is nothing in the system that would prevent a clerk from selling them a license. As such, individuals are at risk for purchasing … Continue reading PA Hunter Safety Course Available Online
Earlier this year the PA Game Commission passed a new regulation relating to tree stands on State Game Lands requiring that owners of the stands now conspicuously mark their stand with their CID number, owner's first and last name and their home address or a number issued by the Game Commission for this purpose. The regulation … Continue reading Using a Tree Stand on State Game Lands?
Hunting license revocation season is upon us. I've been contacted by a number of individuals in the last several weeks regarding letters they've received from the Pennsylvania Game Commission stating that their hunting licenses have been revoked for the two years or more. As I've stated in the past and continue to maintain, when you … Continue reading Hunting Violation? Think Twice Before Pleading Guilty…
Yesterday, Representative Keller introduced a bill into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, that would repeal the unconstitutional provision found in the game code which makes it unlawful for a hunter to refuse to answer any pertinent question pertaining to the killing or wounding of any game or wildlife killed or wounded, or the disposition of the entire carcass or any part thereof. … Continue reading Loose Lips Sink Ships…and Closed Ones Could Land You in Hot Water with the Pennsylvania Game Commission
Recently, I have been asked to help one with a hunting citation. So, I may be able to help you out. A hunting citation is similar to a criminal citation except one wants to also preserve their hunting rights. I recently procured a golden deal for an alleged criminal that preserved his hunting rights. The … Continue reading Need Help with a Hunting Citation Call Prince Law
There are two kinds of property to hunt on, those which are public and those which are not. Private property offers a number of advantages over public, mainly that the landowner controls who can and cannot hunt on it. So how does one obtain permission to hunt private property in Pennsylvania? It's simple actually, you … Continue reading Hunters, Landowners and Permission to Hunt
A common question for those who have recently moved to the Commonwealth or are new hunters is “Can I carry a firearm for self-defense while hunting?” The answer is yes! Section 2525 of the PA Game code provides that: “It is lawful for…any person who possesses a valid license to carry a firearm…to be in … Continue reading Can I carry a firearm for self-defense while hunting?
Today marks opening day for antlered deer here in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of hunters take to the woods to fill their freezers for the year to come or to find that trophy deer. Every year, individuals are charged with violating the game code. I previously blogged that the PA Game Commission Officers (GCOs) and Wildlife Conservation … Continue reading Opening Day for Antlered Deer in Pennsylvania
A new development in the Fish and Game code grants Waterway Conservation Officers (WCO), Game Commission Officers (GCO) and Wildlife Conservation Officers (WLCO) (but not their deputies) the ability to wear body cameras in the performance of their official duties. The new law requires that the individual must have received training on the use of … Continue reading Corbett signs bill granting Conservation Officers use of body cameras
By Tom Beveridge. Pennsylvania predator hunters may soon be able to use semiautomatic rifles to hunt fox, coyotes and woodchucks. On May 1, 2014, House Bill 2230 was introduced by Representative Gregory Lucas (R-Crawford and Erie Counties) and referred to the Committee on Game and Fisheries. The Bill - co-sponsored by sixteen other Representatives … Continue reading FINALLY !!! Pennsylvania Considers Permitting the Use of Semiautomatic Rifles to Hunt Predators!