Notebook: Harvest reports down, time to file turkey report cards
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Bagged that bird? The Game Commission hopes you'll remember to report your spring turkey harvest through a link on the agency's website, the toll-free telephone reporting system (855-724-8681), or a pre-paid turkey postage card inside the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest provided with each hunting license.
About 13,000 hunters who purchased a second spring gobbler license have a mandatory reporting requirement whether or not they shot a turkey using the special license.
"Harvest reporting rates have been declining for years," said executive director Carl Roe, in a written statement.
"We're hoping these three reporting options make it easier for hunters to become more active in wildlife management, and that reporting rates improve."
The 2012-13 hunting and furtaker licenses go on sale June 11.
The fee has remained unchanged since 1999; a 70-cent transaction fee is paid to the vendor.
Senior lifetime hunting and furtaker license holders, and senior combination license holders, must renew their licenses at no charge.
New rules rescind the requirement to display the license, but it must be in the possession of the license holder.
Before the Pirates square off against the Royals June 8, John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will help staff a booth outside PNC Park on Federal Street.
Through a Pirates-PFBC promotion, 2012 fishing license holders are eligible to buy discounted tickets and get a free limited-edition blue camouflage ball cap made for the Fish and Boat Commission with each PNC Park game ticket.
First Published June 3, 2012 12:00 am