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It's hard to imagine but the following email was sent to all the Media and Charlie.

Can't wait to meet the new MC Manager, Miss Lauren Fenstermacher.



Release SE-12-16
July 21, 2016

For Information Contact:
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
717-733-1512

MIDDLE CREEK MEETING TO PRESENT HUNTER SURVEY RESULTS SCHEDULED

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a public meeting to be held Tuesday, August 9 to present the results of the waterfowl hunter satisfaction survey that was conducted this past waterfowl season at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., at the Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor Center, 100 Museum Road in Stevens, Pa.

During the 2015-2016 waterfowl season, hunters who participated in the controlled shooting program at Middle Creek, were given the opportunity to complete a survey designed to gauge hunter satisfaction. The results of the survey will be used to help agency staff plan the direction of the controlled shooting program at Middle Creek.

Coren Jagnow, Game Commission Human Dimension Specialist, will present a PowerPoint program summarizing the survey results. Agency staff will also discuss modifications to the controlled shooting program and land management practices that are either being considered or have already been completed.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is along Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

Cheryl A. Trewella
Information & Education Supr.
Southeast Region
253 Snyder Road
Reading, PA 19605
610-926-3136
 

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Boatman said:
UPCOMING Charlie?
Nothing like posting it after the fact.
"Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a public meeting to be held Tuesday, August 9"
 

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Agency staff will also discuss modifications to the controlled shooting program and land management practices that are either being considered or have already been completed.
Besides the Survey results it'll be interesting to see what modifications to the controlled shooting program are gonna be discussed. IF the results show that hunter Satisfaction is way down we might be looking at reduced hunting days inside MC.

The land management practices need to improve at MC and I'll bet the new Land Manager, Linda Swank will most certainly have many ideas on how to improve the Waterfowl habitat.
At least I hope so!

Isn't it interesting how upon Mr Binder's retirement the PGC is now not only making improvements but also inviting the Public to the meetings. That never happened before and it's certainly refreshing.
 

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Here's an email I sent to the new MC Manager, Lauren Fenstermacher, asking for some info at the upcoming meeting tomorrow.
Are there any other questions that you'd like answers to?


Hi Lauren
Hoping to meet you this coming Tuesday at the 6 PM meeting.
The results of the Waterfowl Hunter Survey should be interesting and no doubt will have some effect on how we do the hunts in the future. To better prepare for the meeting could you please send me a blank survey so I will know the questions ask of the participants.

At the meeting, I’ll also be interested in keeping track of several items that were provided to me in the past, maybe you’d be so kind to keep me informed.
How many geese were banded at Middle Creek this year, juvies vs adults and recaptures? Comparing this number to the past 5 year averages is helpful.
How many goose nests were counted on the Big Island?
How many manmade goose nest structures are on MC, occupancy rates, any plans for more nests to be built?
If your time permits, I’m interested in the mowing schedule at MC, along with which fields are being mowed and any other tidbits about mowing.

Modifications to the Controlled Shooting Program are always a sensitive subject and I’ll be anxious to hear what if any ideas are being floated around.

Sincerely
Charlie

I'll also check on the progress of the K-Ville Hotel, complete with pics.
 

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Stopped by the K-Ville, they now have an asphalt parking lot. Definitely gonna be a nice place and the biggest news in K-Ville for the last 100 years.




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Got to meet Linda Swank, Land Manager at MC and Lauren Fenstermacher, MC Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist. Lauren is in charge of the Visitors Center and the numerous activities previously performed by the retired Jack Gilbert. Linda handles Land Management not only at MC but several other SGL's in the SE. Two very capable individuals that have alot on their plate.
Dave Mitchell, Land Management Supervisor for the Southeast Region was there, along with Ian Gregg and numerous other personnel from the PGC. Heck, former WCO Steve Martin was in attendance, he used to check us hunters numerous times each year.
Kevin Jacobs retired this past June, we'll miss him.

The Hunter Satisfaction Survey showed that a large majority of hunters were very satisfied with their hunt at MC. Of the 367 completed surveys, 21% were first time waterfowl hunters, another 30% were "learning to hunt waterfowl". There were many other stats but the bottom line is enough of hunters enjoyed their hunt at MC that we can now move forward to try and enhance not only the hunt but the Habitat as well.
Some more numbers, the 105 man-made goose nest structures had a 90% occupancy rate. More nest structures will be built in the coming years. There were 45 goose nests on the Big Island this past Spring, that's still a very low number compared to years past.

A 2nd big mowing tractor was purchased to keep after the intense mowing program on the 200 acres of Goose Pasture, more acres will be added now that they have a 2nd mower.
Learned a new term last evening, Goose Pasture Connectivity. They are gonna remove trees and brush around water areas and then mow and connect the water to the goose pastures. Something we've been saying all along that needs to be done. (imagine that!)
Also, there are many small islands at the back end of the Big Lake, the plan is to remove the Willow trees and brush from these small islands to make more goose habitat. I really like this.

On to Predators, Lauren spoke about how raccoons, skunks etc are nest raiders and they are going to institute some form of trapping at MC to reduce these predators. Also, the Snapping Turtle lines that have been in storage for many years will be used to catch them pesky Snappers who can wreak havoc on young goslings. Lauren is saying all the right things.

Sunoco has been working on the natural gas pipeline that runs thru MC. The Gas pipeline went thru several pit blinds along the way. So, the PGC ask for and received 20 new, all steel pit blinds, for free! These blinds are the Cadillac of pit blinds.

Custom Steel Hunting Blinds



Total cost, with shipping was $137,000 for 20 pits. Gotta love these energy companies.

All 20 pit blinds have already been installed. If one of the old blinds had decent goose harvest they just replaced with the new blinds in the same spot. But many blinds got moved to a new location. This will undoubtedly increase the hunter success at MC.
There were also 2 more duck blinds added, making for a total of 6 Duck Blinds. Wasn't to long ago there were only 3 duck blinds.

Lauren is currently banding Ducks at MC and she said the Wood Duck numbers are way up this year.

Deer numbers are also high inside MC and a NEW Archery Hunt is scheduled for this Fall to reduce deer numbers. This kinda access was never allowed before and it just shows how different this new regime of leadership is thinking. Lauren said they have 150 Applications so far for the hunt.
If you're a deer hunter you should consider checking this out.



I am truly impressed with what I saw and heard last evening. Taking a line from our current political campaigns, it seems like the PGC is gonna,
"Make Middle Creek Great Again!"
 

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IF MC can make a comeback, I believe it should increase waterfowl numbers from here to the Susquehanna. In other words it's good for all of SE Pa.
 

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We will see if the girls can come through. It should not be too tough to beat 910 hunters killing 103 geese.However it could take a year or three to see results. I believe 20 blinds is way too many for Middle creek, however if they are rotating them it would be ok,but if they are filling them all at once that is a problem.Plus they can't be moved or turned for different wind directions. Geese are not stupid. Who was in charge of blind placement,a skilled veteran hunter from MC I hope.

How does the saying go- shoot at me once shame on you shoot at me twice shame on me.
 

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Boat.. Have several blinds, pits and uprights. Makes no difference what direction winds blowin, just in placement of decoys. I think thats big problem with guys success at MC. Be nice if they had mentoring in place to help new waterfowlers out. Perhaps a pamphlet showing wind directions and decoy placement.

Charlie.. Now that they have MC turning in right direction. The speedwell forge lake project is finished and lake filling. Always though it was to small to allow hunting but they do? It and excellent location for roosting and holding birds. Be a great assets to the county and southeastern pa. In creating better waterfowling for everyone. Any idea's on who ear one might whisper in to suggest this?
 

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Picture of pit blind in Charley's picture, don't look like there is any way to shoot behind blind. Are you saying let the geese come in from behind to decoys out front and shoot them in the butt? Just asking? What do you mean wind don't matter,you always want the wind to your back or side,never in your face in a shoot one way blind. Or a layout blind for that matter.
 

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Boat. Click above link pic show you can shoot over back. About the wind! 9/10 times I set up for side shots easy shooting keeps geese lookig at decoys not at blinds or over anxious hunters. Wind in your face scenario 20-30 mph edge of decoys 30 yds up wind. Geese cross over blind hit pocket hit'um in the [censored]. Pick up second shotgun there coming rite back at you! THAT'S OLD SCHOOL
 
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