Washington County Sportsmen and Conservation League

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Member Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs

Affiliated with The National Rifle Association of America

April 2019 Newsletter


Eric Davis, WCO from Greene Co. filling in for Dave Raulfs, and Adam Traynor, our new Game Warden attended the April meeting. Eric talked about the Trout in the Classroom program and the catfish in the classroom which he is developing. Washington and Greene counties have only warm water fisheries which cannot support trout year round, whereas all waters in our counties can support channel catfish.

Adam reported that the hunting and trapping digest will be free this year. Pheasant stamp for juniors will be free and hens will be legal in 2A. He reminded us that the migratory bird license will be needed for doves. Adam also talked about the prescribe burns in GLs 245 and 232. A long discussion was held on CWD.

The PGC Commissioners had their meeting this past Monday and Tuesday. Some highlights:

Saturday Opener; this year the rifle deer season will start the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The commissioners were divided 5 to 3 on this issue.

Changes in florescent orange: Florescent orange will not be required at any time for archery deer, bear and elk seasons. Fall turkey hunters will also be exempt from wearing orange. All other orange regulations remain the same. Several additional snare locks were approved for uses at the request of the PA Trappers Assoc. Preliminary approval was given to include the 6.5 mm creedmoor as a legal round for elk, currently 270 is the minimum caliber allowed.

The Commissioners made a statement on CWD management reaffirming the agency’s efforts to control CWD in response to the land owners and legislators in Blair and Bedford counties over their opposition to efforts to control CWD in that region. The commissioners are in full support of the agency’s program for managing CWD. A summary of best management practices for prevention, surveillance, and management of CWD adopted by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies can be found here.

You will find that the PGC is utilizing the best management practices as recommended by this organization whose members come from the game and fish agencies of all 50 states along with the Canadian Provinces and Mexico. As hunters and sportsmen we need to encourage full cooperation with the PGC to manage this disease.

Lou Brandenburg, Ted Hildabrand and I attended the PFSC spring convention in Harrisburg on March 30 and 31. A report can be read here. About 3 days after the meeting a new executive director, Harold Daub was hired. I’ve met him and believe he will be good for the organization.

On May 2nd, the date for our next meeting, we will be meeting at the Double Tree Hotel, Racetrack Road, (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 6 pm. The meeting was organized by the legislative committee at the Dormont Mt.-Lebanon club and is billed as an event celebrating and supporting the Second Amendment. Dennis Fredericks along with state and local legislators and regional officers of the National Rifle Association will be there. The new executive director of the PFSC has also been invited. Lou will be setting up our PFSC display board and will have copies of the OT magazine to hand out. A flyer for the meeting is attached and the meeting is free for all county league members.

If you haven’t seen the pics from this year’s sport show check them out at the Co. League Facebook page.

Hope to see you at the Double Tree, 6 pm, on May 2nd

Please let me know if you plan to attend, they need a rough count on attendance.


Chet


"Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal." ~ Aldo Leopold