Washington County Sportsmen and Conservation League

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January 2018 Newsletter

Dave Raulfs reports that he has been investigating several pollution incidents due to truck accidents. Ice fishermen are out on area lakes, no report on how thick the ice is. There was a fatality at Lake Arthur before Christmas. A witness saw the 71 year old man fall through the ice but saving him was not possible. Dave encourages anyone going out on the ice to wear a PFD and have two ice picks in easy reach. Dave is willing to conduct a boater safety course at any club that requests one. Reminder: new fishing licenses are needed as of January 1st.

Dan Sitler reported on the new record archery deer taken in Westmoreland Co. on public land. The buck had 13 points and had a net score of 185-4/8, which surpasses the previous record of 178-2/8 from a buck harvested in Allegheny County in 2004.

The bear harvest was down but the archery bear harvest was up considerably. 104 elk were taken for an overall success rate of 89%. The bull harvest rate was 100%. Dan Sitler described the rifle deer season hunting pressure as lackluster, especially on weekdays. Dan and Rich will both loose a deputy as they will be going to the academy in March and graduate in Feb. By the way, all WCOs are now to be called Game Wardens as of January 1st.

Just a note: one of the PGC commissioners has asked the PGC staff to explore the possibility of allowing a limited number of hunters to purchase a second buck license provided it was taken in the statewide firearms deer season. His thinking is that since it's pretty obvious the agency will not be getting a license increase, such a proposal could generate as much as $1.5 million for the agency. This is just one commissioner's thoughts. We don't know if anything will become of it.

Don't forget about the Sport Show, first weekend in Feb. (2-4). The dog show will be held in front of the Bon-Ton store on Saturday. Tell your club members to bring their dogs in to register starting at noon. The George Block Conservation Scholarship will be awarded at 1:00 and the dog show will start immediately after.

We will have free face painting for the kids and Pheasants Forever will have their BB gun range available for free to youngsters 16 and under.

Another free attraction will be a country-western band called Stampede. I heard them perform in Claysville during Pike days and they sounded real good. They will begin performing at 7:00 pm on Saturday night on the stage in front of Bon-Ton.

Set-up for the show will begin at 7am on Thursday, February 1st.

The next meeting will be at the Crown Center Mall, at 7:30 pm the same day. Ask anyone at the Co. League table about the location..

Hope to see you all at the show
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