From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- In an 4-3 vote, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval July 9 to restrict the use of crossbows for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Currently, there is a vacancy on the 8-member board.
Under the proposal given preliminary approval, any archery license-holding hunter could use a crossbow during the first two weeks of the statewide early archery deer season Oct. 3-16. Only disabled hunters with a permit to use a crossbow could use them for the remainder of the early archery season, as well as all of the late archery season.
Crossbows would continue to be legal for all deer seasons, including the early and late archery seasons, in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D. Only those with a disabled person permit to use a crossbow could use a crossbow during the two-day archery bear season. Crossbows also could be used by any muzzleloader license-holding hunter in both the October antlerless muzzleloader season Oct. 17-2 and the late flintlock muzzleloader season Dec. 26-Jan. 9.
The Pennsylvania Bulletin is the Commonwealth’s official gazette for information and rulemaking by various branches of government and state agencies, including the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Under the Commonwealth's Documents Law, any proposed change in regulations must be given preliminary approval by the Board of Game Commissioners at a public meeting. Following its preliminary approval, the proposed rule-making must be reviewed by the state Office of Attorney General and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin to allow for public comment.
After considering public comment, the Board is permitted to take final action on the proposal at a subsequent public meeting, after which it must again be reviewed by the Office of Attorney General and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin before taking effect.
In other business, the Board approved the purchasing two tracts in Somerset and Clearfield counties, and one land exchange that will increase the total acreage of four State Game Lands in Erie and Warren counties.
The Board also approved a timber/land exchange with Clear Lake Timber Inc., of Spartansburg, which was previously the high bidder on three of the agency’s timber sales, all of which are in varied stages of herbicide treatment and infrastructure development. The timber sale represents an accumulated bid value of $1,148,112.