Results from the Eastern PA Deaf Bass Anglers Ice Fishing Tournament at Lake Jean on Jan. 6 (combined heaviest weight with perch and bluegill):
David O'Kane – 5.30 lbs.
Bruce Foreman – 4.20 lbs.
George Hazard – 3.82 lbs.
Bob Hayes – 3.59 lbs.
Adam Maleski – 3.26 lbs.
Chris Jones – 3.14 lbs.
Joey Capotinio – 2.80 lbs.
Matt Butler – 2.60 lbs.
Pickerel winner – Chris Hughes – 2.98 lbs.
The ice fishing derby at Long Pond in Wayne County has been moved from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27.
Sportsmen's organizations with approved propagation facilities can augment local ring-necked pheasant stockings and increase localized hunting opportunities by raising dayold pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Information and applications to participate can be downloaded from the agency's website ( www.pgc.state.pa.us), by putting your cursor over Hunt/Trap in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then clicking on Hunting in the drop-down menu listing, then selecting Pheasant in the Small Game listing, and then clicking on Cooperating Sportsmen's Clubs Pheasant Chick Program. In order for Game Farm superintendents to plan and set hatches to accommodate requests, the Bureau of Wildlife Management must receive completed applications by March 31.
Because of budgetary constraints, the Game Commission was forced, in 2005, to reduce its annual pheasant stocking allocation from 200,000 to 100,000. However, as part of the agency's pheasant management plan and the recent realization of increased revenues from Marcellus shale natural gas development on State Game Lands, the agency increased that stocking effort to 200,000 birds for the 2012-13 seasons.
Calvin DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director, said the agency provides, free of charge, day-old pheasant chicks to clubs entering into an agreement with the Game Commission to raise birds and promote recreational hunting on lands open to public hunting. Gender is not determined as the chicks are boxed for distribution, but are generally at a one-to-one male/female ratio. The number of chicks received depends on the size of the club's facility. The agency will provide enrolled clubs with plans for a brooder building, covered pen, and guidelines for rearing pheasants.
To be eligible to receive pheasant chicks, a sportsmen's club is required to have a minimum of 25 square feet of covered pen space available per bird. In addition, 72 square inches of floor space per chick is recommended in the brooder building. All feed and expenses incurred in the work of constructing covered pens and raising pheasants will be the responsibility of the club. All pheasants propagated by organizations must be released on lands open to public hunting.
In addition to the cooperating sportsmen's club program, the agency also sells day-old hen pheasant chicks and surplus eggs in lots of 100 chicks for $60, or 300 eggs for $180. Applications for chick and egg sales must be received by the supplying Game Commission game farm by March 31, and early requests receive top priority. Both eggs and chicks must be picked up at the supplying game farm. Applicants who intend to sell, barter or transfer possession for purposes other than releasing on lands available for public hunting are required to have a Game Propagators Permit. Contact the Game Commission's Special Permits Division (717-783-8164) regarding propagation permits.
Applications to purchase day-old hen pheasant chicks or surplus pheasant eggs also can be downloaded from the agency's website ( www.pgc.state.pa.us).