The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 1, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Early bird seasons approaching

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.”

The early bird seasons begin in less than one month.

Canada goose and dove hunters may take to the fields on Sept. 1.

Dove hunters will have the opportunity to participate in what is being called a triple-split season. The first season runs through Sept. 29, with hunting allowed between noon and sunset. The second and third splits will be Oct. 27 to Nov. 24 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons, the daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 30.

The early statewide season for resident Canada geese is Sept. 1-25. The bag limit in the early season is eight geese and a possession limit of 16. However, there are bag limits restrictions in most of the Southern James Bay Population Goose Zone and on the Pymatuning Reservoir.

The controlled hunting areas at the Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon-Lancaster counties, as well as all of State Game Land 46, will remain closed to September goose hunting to address the decline in the resident Canada goose flock.

According to Kevin Jacobs who is the Game Commission’s waterfowl biologist, “Hunting remains the most effective and efficient way to manage resident Canada geese, provided that hunters can gain access to geese in problem areas.”

Young Pennsylvania hunters, ages 12-15 that have a junior hunting license will be able to participate in special waterfowl hunting days on Saturday, Sept. 15 and on Sept. 22.  As a reminder, the Game Commission is hosting its annual Waterfowl Symposium on Aug. 10 at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Eco camp openings

There are just a few remaining spots for children between the ages of 13-15 at the EcoQuest Camp that will run Aug. 14-17 at the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center that is near Carlisle.

Each day at the camp combines recreational activity, such as hiking, kayaking, swimming and hands-on conservation projects with fun connections to nature.

The goal of EcoQuest is to improve the campers’ appreciation of the out-of-doors while learning to conserve our natural resources. The total fee is $85 and to register please call (717) 486-3799 or email

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