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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

10:00 AM Senate Game & Fisheries to consider:

<span style="font-weight: bold">Senate Bill No. 647</span>

An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in enforcement, further providing for powers and duties of enforcement officers; and, in hunting and furtaking, further providing for the offense of trespass on private property while hunting.

Makes trespass a primary offense for WCO response. Raises the penalty for violation.

Currently, a WCO can only cite trespass if another wildlife statute has been violated.

<span style="font-weight: bold">**** My take,</span> this is a bad bill. Total authorization of WCO's state wide (GC) is 135. IN reality, there are likely about 100 field officers out there during the big seasons statewide. This bill will take them from wildlife code enforcement to trespass enforcement.

As we already know, local, county, and state LE do not make trespass response seriously. Passage of this bill will resolve one issue, at the greater expense of actual hunting infractions.

Passage of this bill will cause huge issues in response to serious wildlife code violations when the local, county, and state police will automatically defer to the GC WCO's if this passes.

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BAD Bill.

Trespass is a 24/7/365 problem - not a hunting season problem.

Oppose this bill. </span>

This is also a Sen Richard Alloway bill. One is a lengthening series of bills to harm the GC and its ability to function. See the other bills he has in que with similar intent.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Senate Bill No. 648</span>

An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in enforcement, further providing for liability for actions of others.

No one can figure out what or what this bill is about. Numerous emails requesting information have gone unanswered and ignored.

*** A land owner would not be guilty of any crime done by others unless he... was taking advantage of the action.

A mystifying bill to say the least.

<span style="font-weight: bold">My recommendation</span> is to oppose this bill until we actually find out what the heck it really does and reasons for it.

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Senate Bill No. 763</span>

An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for roster of parties hunting big game.

This bill would remove the required keeping and inspection of camp rosters by the Game Commission. Currently, the Game Code and the related regulations require five or more persons who are members of a permanent camp and hunt together for deer, bear, or elk to maintain a roster. The roster is required to be carried by the leader of the camp and posted outside the camp for 30 days after the close of the season. The camp roster requirement is antiquated and given the Commission's automated licensing system is no longer required.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Senate Bill No.764</span>
This bill would require the Game Commission to provide copies of a summary of the regulations for the seasons, bag limits, hunting hours and hunting regulations for migratory birds as determined by the United States Secretary of the Interior under the authority of the Migratory Game Bird Treaty Act. The Game Commission must make this information available to each United States Post Office located in the Commonwealth where a Migratory Bird Hunting Conservation Stamp may be purchased and to the public at its headquarters and each regional headquarters by mail and upon request.

<span style="font-weight: bold">House Bill No. 353</span>

House Bill 353, legislation amending the Pennsylvania Game Code to change to the safety zone distance for trapping within any waterway, watercourse, marsh, pond or dam, from 150 yards to 50 yards, for properly license furtakers. The current 150 yard safety zone for land trapping, and trapping near a school, daycare or playground will be maintained..
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