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Electronic devices now lawful for hunting

Four electronic devices received final approval by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of commissioners for use while hunting now may be used afield. Within established seasons, hunters now may use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl, electronic dove decoys solely for hunting doves, electronically heated scent or lure dispensers and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.

Although approved in September, the regulatory changes could not become law until they were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Electronic devices generally are prohibited for hunting use in Pennsylvania, but the PGC over the years has received requests to review several specific electronic devices and has approved some of them for hunting use.

As part of the review process, the PGC evaluates to what degree a given device might negatively impact the principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety. No negative impacts were identified that would result from their use in reviewing the devices that recently were approved for hunting use.

Other electronic devices that are permitted for use while hunting or trapping in Pennsylvania are: Firearms that use an electronic impulse to initiate discharge of their ammunition; electronic sound-amplification devices incorporated into hearing protection devices and completely contained in or on a hunter’s ear; electronic devices used for locating dogs while training and hunting; electronic illuminating devices affixed to the aft end of a bolt or arrow and used solely for locating or tracking a bolt or arrow after it is launched; electronic crow decoys used solely for hunting crows; electronic rangefinders, including handheld devices and those contained within a scope or archery sight, so long that it does not emit a beam.

Sportsmen’s association elects officers for 2018

President Bill Flail heads the slate of officers for the 2018 term elected by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association. Other officers are Paul Crawshaw, first vice president; Les Shoener, second vice president; Bill Zeigenfuse, third vice president; Charlie Sippel, treasurer; and Doyle Dietz, recording and corresponding secretary.

Sippel is county delegate to the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Dietz is alternate delegate.

Oswego County tourism director program guest

Oswego County, N.Y., tourism director Janet Clerkin is today’s guest of Republican-Herald outdoors editor Doyle Dietz on “Experience The Outdoors,” winner of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association award for best outdoors radio program, from 7-7:30 a.m. on 1410-AM, WLSH, and Magic 105.5-FM, WMGH, 9:30-10 a.m., and on the Web at wmgh.com by clicking the “Experience The Outdoors” link.


Pennsylvania Game Commission is accepting entries in its 2017 archery and firearms Buck Photo Contest through Sunday, Dec. 17, at pgc-contest@pa.gov. Submissions must include the first and last name of the hunter and other people in the photo, hunter’s hometown, the county where the deer was taken and if taken with a bow or a rifle.

Today’s events

Autumn Hawk Watch, daily through Friday, Dec. 15, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Drehersville; trail fee applies for non-members, call (610) 756-6961 or visit for information. Senator Rhoades Nature Trail Hike, 1-3 p.m., meets at Bolich Road, one mile off Dutch Town Road, Lavelle; call (570) 622-4124, Ext. 113, for information.

This week’s events

• Thursday: Trap, 6-9 p.m., Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg; email grammyminch@gmail.com for information.

• Friday-Sunday: Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Show, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 1601 Egypt Road, Oaks. Hours: Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 17: Sporting clays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove; call (570) 617-0492 for information.

— Compiled by Doyle Dietz

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