On Tuesday The Pennsylvania Game Commission released the proposed hunting seasons and bag limits for the coming year. The Commission will accept public comments on these proposals and other Board actions between now and the next meeting of The Board Of Commissions on April 20-21st.
To view the entire list of proposed seasons and bag limits read News Release 013-09 on The Agency's website.
We will focus on the Pennsylvania Elk Herd in this post. A total of 59 licenses will be issued which is four more than last year. Last year's allocation was 45 for the November hunt and 10 for the September hunt, for a total of 55 licenses. This was the last year for the September hunt, so one must bear this in mind when evaluating the impact of the allocations. It is easy to forget the ten licenses allocated for the September 2008 hunt, do the math wrong, and come up with an increase of 14.
An increase of four animals does not sound like a lot, but the important decisions have yet to be made. As of yet information has not been released on how tags will be divided between antlered and antlerless elk, or what the allocations for the Hunt Zones will be.
Will The Agency continue to target the animals that frequent the viewing areas on Winslow Hill? Will there be action to further reduce the No Hunting Zone? Only time will tell!