The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 21, 2012

Bob Garett's Talking Points notebook: Bear hunting update


"The new law is of vital importance," Carl Roe of the Game Commission said, adding, "It seeks fairness for the law enforcement officers who face dangerous situations in the fulfillment of their responsibilities, as demonstrated by the tragic death of David Grove. This new law takes a giant step in the protection of officers and does so in a way that is consistent with other similar law enforcement personnel."

Countdown is on

Some people call it Pennsylvania's only "unofficial" holiday. The Monday after Thanksgiving marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season, and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange throughout Penn's Woods. Here are a couple of tips for my fellow buck-fever sufferers:

n Antler restrictions in place this year, identical to last year.

n Junior hunters, mentored youth hunters, disabled hunters with a vehicle-use permit and resident active-duty U.S. Armed Services personnel have a minimum antler restrictions of one antler with at least two points or one antler three or more inches in length.

n Hunters in the local Wildlife Management Units of 2G, 3B, 4B, 4D and 4E will have a split-season structure in place. During the first five days of the season, November 26th-30th, only antlered deer may be harvested and then during the remaining seven days, December 1st-8th, both antlered and antlerless deer may be harvested. The other Units with this restriction are 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F in western Pennsylvania and 3C in the Poconos. In the rest of the state "if it's brown, it's down."

n Hunters must wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined at all times while afield during the seasons.

n Be advised that it's illegal to hunt with a firearm, chase or disturb deer within 150 yards of any occupied building without the occupant's permission or 50 yards if using a bow or crossbow.

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