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PROPOSED RULEMAKING

GAME COMMISSION

[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 141 ]

Hunting and Trapping; Mourning Doves

[48 Pa.B. 2818]
[Saturday, May 12, 2018]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) at its January 30, 2018, meeting proposed to add § 141.29 (relating to hunting mourning doves over managed fields) to authorize the hunting and taking of mourning doves in areas where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as a result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed where grown.

 This proposed rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

 The authority for this proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

 This proposed rulemaking was made public at the January 30, 2018, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent until July 26, 2018, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

1. Purpose and Authority

 The Commission is proposing to add § 141.29 to authorize the hunting and taking of mourning doves in areas where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as a result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed where grown. The primary purpose of this program is to improve hunter recruitment and retention. This authorization is intended to implement the Federal authorization of this program under 50 CFR 20.21 (relating to what hunting methods are illegal), but will not authorize hunting in managed areas of any other species or during any other time periods.

 Section 2102(a) of the code (relating to regulations) provides that ''[t]he commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate concerning game or wildlife and hunting or furtaking in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife and game or wildlife habitat, permitting or prohibiting hunting or furtaking, the ways, manner, methods and means of hunting or furtaking, and the health and safety of persons who hunt or take wildlife or may be in the vicinity of persons who hunt or take game or wildlife in this Commonwealth.'' The addition of § 141.29 is proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 This proposed rulemaking will add § 141.29 to authorize the hunting and taking of mourning doves in areas where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as a result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed where grown.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to hunt or take mourning doves in areas where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as a result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed where grown may be affected by this proposed rulemaking.

4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 This proposed rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

5. Effective Date

 This proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

6. Contact Person

 For further information regarding this proposed rulemaking, contact Randy L. Shoup, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.

BRYAN J. BURHANS, 
Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-428. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A

TITLE 58. RECREATION

PART III. GAME COMMISSION

CHAPTER 141. HUNTING AND TRAPPING

Subchapter B. SMALL GAME

§ 141.29. Hunting mourning doves over managed fields.

 (a) Limited hunting authorized. In accordance with the authorization in 50 CFR 20.21 (relating to what hunting methods are illegal), it is lawful to hunt mourning doves on or over lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas, and where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown, or solely as the result of a normal agricultural operation. This authorization does not apply to any other species of wildlife or to the hunting of mourning doves where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed after September 15 each license year.

 (b) Definition. For the purposes of this section, ''manipulation'' means the alteration of natural vegetation or agricultural crops by activities that include mowing, shredding, dicing, rolling, chopping, trampling, flattening, burning or herbicide treatments. The term does not include the distributing or scattering of grain, seed or other feed after removal from or storage on the field where grown.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-732. Filed for public inspection May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]



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