PFBC to meet in region
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its quarterly business meeting on May 5-6 at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Office, 126 PPL Drive, Hawley.
As part of the commission’s quarterly meeting, committees will meet beginning at 9:55 a.m. on Monday, May 5, and again at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full commission will begin at approximately 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6.
All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the PFBC’s web site, www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.
Landowners looking for extra help managing deer on their properties still have time to join a program designed to do just that.
The deadline to submit applications for enrollment or renewal in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is May 1.
The application deadline is earlier than it has been in previous years. Changes were made to the timetable in an effort to ensure all DMAP permits are available for purchase when hunting licenses for the new license year go on sale June 9.
Applications, accepted only through U.S. mail, must be postmarked by May 1, and must be mailed to the Game Commission region office serving the county in which the applicant’s property is situated.
Landowners may obtain DMAP applications and instructions from the Game Commission’s web site (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the DMAP link in the “Quick Clicks” section on the right side of the homepage. Applications and instructions also can be obtained from any Game Commission region office or the Harrisburg headquarters.
Eligible lands for DMAP are: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for hunting; and hunting club lands owned in fee title, so long as the club was established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, and it provides a club charter and list of current members to the agency.
Coupons for DMAP antlerless deer harvest permits are issued to landowners at a rate of one coupon for every five acres in agricultural operations or one coupon for every 50 acres for all other land uses. Management plans are required of all public land applicants, for applications enrolling two or more areas within one air mile of each other, for applications that request more than the standard rate for issuance of DMAP harvest permits, and for applications in which the property acreage falls below the minimum for the standard issuance rate.
Landowners must identify property boundaries in a manner approved by the Game Commission. Landowners will be allotted one coupon for each DMAP permit allocated for their property, and they may provide up to two DMAP coupons per DMAP area to a licensed hunter. Landowners may not charge or accept any remuneration for a DMAP coupon.
Once landowners are approved for enrollment in DMAP, hunters can purchase DMAP permits for $10.70 for residents and $35.70 for nonresidents at any license issuing agent or through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), which is the agency’s point-of-sale electronic license system.
Landowners have the option of receiving DMAP coupons and directly distributing them to hunters of their choice, or they can choose the “no coupon” option and allow any hunter to directly purchase a DMAP permit from a license issuing agent to hunt on their property.
Listings of DMAP properties on public land or private land, where landowners have chosen to make their information available to the public, are available through the Game Commission’s web site. Hunters without access to the agency’s website can obtain the property listing by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with a letter indicating their county of interest, to the Game Commission region office responsible for that particular county.
Region Office contact information, and listings of counties that each office covers, is as follows:
Northeast Region Office, 3917 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Pa., 18612 (570-675-1143)
· Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
River sojourn coming up
Endless Mountains Heritage Region is planning a three-day paddling trip called the Heritage Sojourn on May 9-11. Participants can opt for the full three-day adventure or catch up with the sojourners for shorter legs of the trip and engaging evening programs.
The professionally-guided 40-mile Heritage Sojourn will take paddlers from Sayre to Sugar Run, with participants camping at Larnard Hornbrook Park in Sheshequin Township on Friday evening and at Historic French Azilum on Saturday night. Special presentations and activities, open to the public, are planned at both sites.
In addition to EMHR, key sponsors of the annual event include the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, and Endless Mountain Outfitters (EMO). The Susquehanna River North Branch has been designated as part of the National Recreation as well as a connector trail in the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
According to EMHR Greenway Coordinator and sojourn planner David Buck, a contingent of students and professors from Bucknell University who are producing a documentary on French Azilum will be on the trip. They will give a presentation on Saturday evening. The public is invited to join the sojourners for evening programs.
The Great PA Migratory Bird Count happens to be on May 10, as well. Sojourners will participate by logging the birds that they see while paddling from Sheshequin to Asylum Township.
Registration information is available online at www.EMO444.com. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 2.
Family fishing time
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days — Memorial Day, May 26, and Independence Day, July 4.
Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience to have fun fishing together. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.
Locally, Family Fishing Festivals will be held at:
June 28 — Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The PFBC is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older. The PFBC is providing equipment, bait and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Advance registration is required.
Visit www.GoneFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the events. In addition, PFBC partners will be hosting events throughout the month. These events can also be viewed at the above website.