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PA Game Board Commissioners will review crossbow use

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission 

-- Among the items for preliminary consideration when Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meet July 8-9 in Harrisburg will be a proposal to restrict the use of crossbows, requested by Game Commissioner Ron Weaner.

Under the proposal, crossbows would be permitted to be used during the first two weeks of the statewide early archery deer season; would only be permitted to be used by disabled hunters with a permit to use a crossbow for the remainder of the early archery season, as well as all of the late archery season; would continue to be legal for all deer seasons, including the early and late archery seasons, in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D; would only be permitted to be used during the two-day archery bear season by disabled hunters with a permit to use a crossbow; and would be permitted to be used by muzzleloader deer hunters who have a muzzleloader license.

On July 8, the Board will gather public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time.

On July 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Game Commission meets. Among the items slated for final approval are regulatory changes to specifically prohibit the use or possession of drug paraphernalia on State Game Lands and to remove the one-way travel limitation for those who possess a disabled person permit to use a vehicle as a blind as it relates to travel permitted on designated State Game Lands’ roads.

The Board will also welcome two recently confirmed members, David J. Putnam of Centre Hall, Centre County, and Robert W. Schlemmer Sr. of Export, Westmoreland County. Putnam, who served as a certified wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1979 to 2007, presently is a self-employed biologist. Schlemmer presently serves as founder and CEO of Delmont North Industrial Park, which he created in 1979.  

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is comprised of eight board members, each selected by the Governor and confirmed by majority vote of the state Senate. Title 34, also known as the Game and Wildlife Code, is the law that governs Board actions, duties and responsibilities.  Title 34 requires that each member be a citizen of the Commonwealth, and well informed about wildlife conservation and restoration. Game Commissioners are appointed from various geographical districts of the state to ensure uniform representation for all residents. These districts are not the same as Game Commission agency regions.

Game Commissioners individually hold office for terms of eight years, and may remain seated for an additional six months if no successor is named. Members of the Board receive no compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses.

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