Following the January 2021 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, I wrote up this article summarizing some of the important topics they addressed that could impact sportsmen planning to go afield later this year. At that meeting, the Board gave preliminary approval to a number of topics, some common sense adaptations to technology, … Continue reading PGC April Meeting Notes: Final Approval Given for Digital Hunting Licenses, Concurrent Antlered/Antlerless Seasons, and More
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners held their first meeting of the year virtually earlier today and heard comments from PGC staff biologists and specialists before considering each item on the agenda. Ultimately, the Commission voted to pass each of the enumerated agenda items, and while I will not cover them all here, there are … Continue reading Pennsylvania Game Commission January Meeting Notes – Digital Licenses, Unlimited Antlerless Tags?, and more Sunday Hunting on the Horizon!
Today, Governor Wolf signed HB 1188, which removes the restriction on the use of thermal and night vision devices for hunting in Pennsylvania! As a result, it will take effect in 60 days. As I discussed in our prior article, Bill to Permit Hunting with Thermal and Night Vision Devices Headed to Governor Wolf’s Desk!, HB … Continue reading Governor Wolf Signs HB 1188 Permitting Hunting with Thermal and Night Vision Devices in Pennsylvania!
Today, HB 1188, a bill which removes the restriction on the use of thermal and night vision devices for hunting in Pennsylvania, after having been passed by the House and Senate, was signed in the House and will be transmitted to the Senate for final signature and thereafter headed to Governor Wolf's desk. Currently, 34 … Continue reading Bill to Permit Hunting with Thermal and Night Vision Devices Headed to Governor Wolf’s Desk!
Last week, just before Thanksgiving, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 147 to give Pennsylvania hunters three new days of Sunday hunting each year. This is a welcome change for those hunters who work a standard business week, go to school, or generally have responsibilities on weekdays who have been relegated to hunting one day per … Continue reading LIMITED SUNDAY HUNTING COMING TO PENNSYLVANIA IN 2020
Yesterday, for the second time, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf renewed a proclamation declaring Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic a statewide disaster emergency, seemingly triggering the firearm prohibitions found in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6107 during declared emergencies. As I discussed extensively in my prior blog article - With a Stroke of a Pen, PA Governor Wolf Limits … Continue reading With a Second Stroke of a Pen, PA Governor Wolf Ensures that Firearm Rights are Restricted by Renewing Proclamation of State of Emergency
Yesterday, Governor Wolf brought Pennsylvania hunting into the 21st Century by permitting the use of leashed tracking dogs - which is permitted by 35 other states - by enacting SB 135. SB 135 amends Section 2383 of the Pennsylvania Game Code by permitting an individual to: Make use of a leashed tracking dog to track … Continue reading Governor Wolf to Permit Hunting with Leashed Tracking Dogs
Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed HB 359 into law, which will take effect in 60 days and provides protections for hunters, (1) where they mistakenly kill a bear or elk, (2) where they are erroneously hunting in the wrong area and take a game animal that is out of season, and (3) where the hunter is … Continue reading New PA Hunting Law Precludes Revocation of Hunting Licenses
Recently, after I blogged about the list of approved animals to hunt with a semi-automatic in PA, I submitted a Right to Know Law request to the PA Game Commission. I sought records which included the survey itself, any and all responses, and documents relating to the selection of those who would receive the survey, … Continue reading Results of a Right to Know Law Request to the PA Game Commission Regarding Their Survey of Hunters and Semi-automatics for Big Game Hunting
Today, after previously voting unanimously to preliminarily approve hunting of game with semi-automatic firearms, the Pennsylvania Game Commission voted against semi-automatic hunting for big game in violation of the Second Amendment and in direct betrayal of gun owners. Please reach out to the Game Commission and let them know your thoughts on their encroachment of … Continue reading PA Game Commission Votes AGAINST Semi-Automatic Hunting