At the Jaunary 30, 2011 meeting, the PGC will be voting on adding limited baiting on red tag program properties located in 5C & 5D...
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ADOPTED RULE MAKING
C. Adoption of proposed amendments to §§147.552 and 147.556.
Commentary: To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission, at its October 5, 2010 meeting, proposed to amend §§147.552 and 147.556 (relating to application; and lawful devices and methods) to create a focused, limited authorization permitting the baiting of white-tailed deer in wildlife management units (WMUs) 5C and 5D on approved properties enrolled in the Red Tag Program.
Recommendation: The Executive Director and staff recommend FINAL ADOPTION of these amendments to 58 Pa. Code as shown on EXHIBIT "C."
CHAPTER 147. SPECIAL PERMITS
Subchapter R. DEER CONTROL
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(d) Applicants from wildlife management units 5C and 5D only may be eligible to obtain approval to engage in limited baiting activities to enhance deer control activities on their properties. Approval will be based solely upon an applicant's demonstrable need for a baiting authorization as evidenced by written justifications or other evidence submitted on or in addition to the application at the time of application or renewal.
§147.556. Lawful devices and methods.
(a) Devices. Subpermittees are authorized to hunt and take deer with firearms, bows and crossbows as may be authorized for hunting deer during the regular firearms deer season as provided in the act and § 141.43 (relating to deer).
(b) Methods. Subpermittees operating under the authority of a permit with an approved baiting authorization are authorized to hunt or take deer through the use of or by taking advantage of bait subject to the following limitations:
(1) This authorization applies to private lands in wildlife management units 5C and 5D only.
(2) Bait may be placed or distributed 2 weeks prior to the validity period of the deer control permit through the close of the validity period as established in § 147.553 (relating to permit).
(3) Bait accumulation in any one location may not exceed 5 gallons total volume at any given time.
(c) Further restrictions. A permittee may further restrict the use of devices and methods authorized under this section on lands under the permittee's ownership or control, or both.