From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers, Land Management Group Supervisors (LMGSs) and foresters spend a considerable amount of time gathering information about wildlife population trends in their districts. The Game Commission is sharing that information through its website.
To view field forecasts offered by Game Commission officers, go to the agency's website and click on Field Officer Forecasts at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=622300&mode=2.
Forecasts are based on sightings field officers have had in the months leading up to the 2010-11 seasons, and some offer comparisons to previous wildlife forecasts. Some WCOs and LMGSs include anecdotal information, as well as hunting and trapping leads in their districts.
The Game Commission offers the information to hunters and trappers to help them in making plans for the upcoming seasons. Many WCO, LMGS and forester reports offer information on where to hunt or trap within their districts, as well as guidance on where to get more information, particularly for trapping certain furbearers, such as beaver and coyotes.
The Game Commission divides the state's 67 counties into six regions, and each region is divided into WCO districts comprised of about 300 square miles each. There are 136 WCO districts statewide. Each of the 29 LMGS groups is comprised of a number of counties or portions of counties within each region, and seeks to equally distribute the amount of State Game Lands and public access lands within the region.