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Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

GAME COMMISSION PRAISES PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 2042

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross today praised the state House of Representatives for passing Rep. Merle Phillips's bill to empower the agency to sell special licenses allowing hunters to take an additional wild turkey beyond two currently provided for as part of the general hunting license. The measure, House Bill 2042, passed the state House by a vote of 186-1, and currently awaits consideration by the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a statewide organization with more than 25,000 members, has endorsed the bill.

"The creation of this license will allow Pennsylvania hunters the opportunity to buy a second license for a second turkey in the same season," said Ross, an avid turkey hunter. "If enacted, this will in no way impact hunters' current ability to harvest one spring and one fall turkey as part of their general hunting license privileges.

"I want to offer my thanks to Rep. Phillips for introducing this measure and to all the members who voted in favor of it."

The licenses for a second turkey are proposed to cost $20 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Revenues from the special licenses could be used to implement and fund the Game Commission's turkey management plan and further educate turkey hunters, thereby promoting the recreation and safe hunting practices.

Those wishing to take advantage of the license would be required to first secure a hunting license, and then apply for the new license for a second bird. The number of licenses allocated for a second turkey, as well as which seasons hunters would be permitted to take a second bird, will be established by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners and will take into consideration turkey populations in specific Wildlife Management Units.

Ross said that, if the legislation passes the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell, it is the intention of the Bureau of Wildlife Management to recommend to the Board of Game Commissioners that a second license be approved for the statewide spring gobbler season as soon as practical. He also stressed that the Bureau of Wildlife Management would continue to review data about the state's turkey population and make adjustments to its recommendations to the Board as necessary.

Ross noted that Rep. Phillips, a lifelong turkey hunter, has been actively involved in hunting and fishing issues and in the past has worked with the Game Commission to create special youth projects, including the recently completed youth spring turkey hunt.

For further hunting and trapping information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). For information about wild turkeys, click on "Wildlife" then choose "Wild Turkey."

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Re: Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

Its about Time they did this! I'm glad to see they are finally going to do it. Looks like I won't have to go to other states to hunt an extra bird now [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

HB 2042 passed the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee - 10-0, and will be placed on the Senate's calendar for vote. Hopefully this vote can be scheduled in June before the summer recess, and the bill can be passed as written.
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HB 2042 came out of Senate Appropriations yesterday, and is scheduled for a vote by the entire Senate today. Let you know tomorrow how the vote went.
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Re: Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

Is that correct...the NWTF endorsed the bill !! I've been a member since 1976 and this will be my last year if that's true...It will not have any impact states ROSS, who's he trying to kid, 10'000 more dead will have no impact, yeah right, there goes 1/2 the 3 year olds with 1 inch hooks, SAD day indeed!!
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Re: Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

Frank not only is it true, but we helped push and supported revenue being used for wild turkey management plan in our review meeting with Rep. Philips and meetings with PGC Staff. Frank, Pennsylvania is on track for continued increase of its wild turkey population, while adding additional hunting opportunities for those hunters that have helped pay the bill over all those years - 1950's-1990's. Check out the new PGC Hunting Digest Annual column on wild turkey management. Tells the Story.

Since PANWTF has been pushing for a turkey license, since 1978, we have recommended that license revenue be used for turkey management. Legislators did not like a turkey hunting license [spring and fall turkey hunters] they tell me it was a tax, PGC did not like a spring turkey hunting license when revenue ear marked for turkey management so a compromise in HB 1979 was proposed - that was not run because turkey hunters wanted ear marked funding and the timing was wrong. Special additional turkey tag HB 2042 is now on the table, currently in the Senate. While next to last on my list of revenue generating funding for the wild turkey management plan, as I have been told be satisfied with this first step in the process.

I will never be satisfied, until.... but I am willing to continue to work for the wild turkey resource with this small step for wild turkey management funding, while continuing my NWTF membership to be able to express ideas, issues, objections, with resolutions.
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Re: Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

HB 2042 passed the House 200-0 to concur with Senate amendment to add word "special" to wild turkey tag. Legislation now goes to Governor Rendell for signature into Game Law, Title 34.

PGC will be tasked at writing the Regulations, Title 58, to cover the additional special turkey tag. More to follow once Governor Rendell signs the legislation. That official signature signing needs to be done before any official regulation can be written.
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Governor Rendell signed HB 2042 into law, now becomes part of Title 34 - Game Law Code. PGC Regulations to follow later this year or early 2005.
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Well I guess I have some thinking to do.I sponsor 2 chapters a year.Could be 0 this year.
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Re: Additional Spring Turkey for PA Hunters!

Frank and Boyers after over thirty years that's it for me too.
I have sponsored my last Banquet.
Let those who supported this do it.
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