PRINTER'S NO. 2973
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
No. 2130 Session of
INTRODUCED BY AUMENT, BEAR, CREIGHTON, DALEY, DENLINGER, EVANKOVICH, EVERETT, GILLESPIE, HALUSKA AND YOUNGBLOOD, JANUARY 18, 2012
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON GAME AND FISHERIES, JANUARY 18, 2012
Amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for regulated hunting grounds permits.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 2928(a), (f), (g) and (h) of Title 34 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended to read:
§ 2928. Regulated hunting grounds permits.
(a) Eligibility. Regulated hunting grounds require a minimum of 100 acres of land, or land and water combined, on which the permittee must release one of the following species of domestically produced game birds: namely, ringneck pheasants, bobwhite quail or mallard ducks. Any of the listed species and chukar partridges may be released only if they are listed on the permit application and propagated by the permittee or received from a legal source.[At least 100 of each species listed on the permit shall be released.]
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(f) Tagging killed birds. [Before] Except for chukar partridges, before any released bird killed under the provisions of a regulated hunting grounds permit is consumed on the premises or removed from the premises, the permittee shall attach a tag to one leg of each bird killed. The tags shall be numbered consecutively and supplied by the commission at reasonable cost and shall contain such information as the commission may require. [No game bird killed on a regulated hunting ground shall have the right foot removed until a regulated hunting ground tag for the current season is attached to the bird.] The tags shall remain attached to the individual birds until prepared for consumption and shall not be used more than once.
(g) Dog training and trials. Dogs may be trained or field trials may be held at any time of the year upon the premises covered by a regulated hunting grounds permit, and retriever trials may be conducted thereon. All game birds killed shall be included in the reported kill. Except during the open season for shooting, no game birds or chukar partridges shall be killed while training dogs or conducting field trials on commercial regulated hunting grounds. The special permit required in this title shall first be obtained to conduct a retriever trial thereon at any other period.
(h) Unlawful acts. It is unlawful to:
(1) Remove from or consume on the premises covered by a regulated hunting grounds permit pheasants, bobwhite quail or mallard ducks killed in accordance with the provisions of this section which have not been tagged as required by this section.
(2) Violate any of the provisions of this chapter regarding marking and tagging of birds.
(3) Use any methods to hunt for, chase or kill birds on a regulated hunting ground which are not specifically permitted by this title.
(4) Trap any game bird or have any trap set that is capable of taking a game bird alive on any regulated hunting grounds unless authorized by this title.
[(5) Hunt for or take any game on a three-day hunting license other than permitted by subsection (d).]
(6) Violate any of the other provisions of this section.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
The first change removes the mnimum number of birds that must be released on regulated hunting grounds.
The second change removed the necessity to tag chukar partidges before removing them from a regulated hunting ground. This didn't make sense because anyone could put out chuckars anywhere any time and shoot them with no need for a tag. It also cleans up the tagging wording.
The third change would allow chukars to be killed on private regulated hunting grounds during the closed regulated hunting ground season which may not happen now. This will be good for guys who train their dogs on live birds.
The last change is house cleaning and removes wording regarding a regulated hunting ground license that has not existed since 1987.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!