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Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe recently
signed an executive order to temporarily stop dog training on State Game
Lands from the Monday prior to the start of the youth pheasant season until
the close of the youth pheasant season, which, for this coming season,
translates to Oct. 2-13.
Roe stressed that this order does not, in any manner, prohibit dog
handlers from using dogs as part of a youth pheasant hunt activity or for
dog training activities to be conducted on any lands other than State Game
Lands. He also noted that this order does not impact dog-training
activities statewide during the remainder of the year, including general
small game seasons.
"The Game Commission and many sportsmen's clubs stock pheasants
specifically to enhance youth pheasant hunting opportunities," Roe said.
"The majority of these pheasants are stocked on State Game Lands across the
"As our youth pheasant hunting opportunities are directly linked to and
limited by the existence and availability of stocked pheasants, we are
attempting to limit disturbances to those birds we stock just prior to and
during the youth pheasant seasons."
Roe noted that the agency has become increasingly aware that dog
training activities occurring on State Game Lands during the period just
prior to and concurrent with the youth pheasant season are consistently
causing stocked pheasants to scatter and disperse far away from designated
release sites, where the birds are intended to temporarily remain for the
duration of the youth pheasant season.
"Generally, the Game Commission's regulations permit dog training
activities during any time of the calendar year," Roe said. "And, we try to
promote dog training activities on State Game Lands, provided these
activities do not conflict with legal hunting activities. However, we
believe that we must take this limited and responsible step to protect the
investment of sportsmen's dollars - in terms of agency employee's time and
to provide the greatest opportunity to take the birds being stocked.
"We very much appreciate the understanding and cooperation of those
involved in the dog training community."

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