HARRISBURG — Once again there will be no fall turkey hunting in local Wildlife Management Unit 5C.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to the proposed 2014-15 hunting seasons and bag limits, and once again, wild turkey hunting in the fall will be for the coming season.
Spring gobbler season will be intact during the period May 2-30.
The PGC closed fall turkey season three years ago in WMUs 5B, 5C and 5D based on wildlife biologist reports of declining wild turkey populations, and the ban on fall turkey is still in effect in the three WMUs. Spring gobbler is open because at that point, the male turkeys have already mated with the hens.
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Those WMUs are not alone in the turkey population struggle. Due to declining populations in other WMUs, the Board of Commissioners voted to preliminarily adopt two-week fall turkey season in WMUs 3A, 3B and 3C in areas where the fall turkey season had lasted three weeks.
The expanded bear season in urban areas, including 5C, is still on the proposed seasons and bag limits and will run Sept. 20-Nov. 15 for archery only; Oct. 18-25 for muzzleloaders only; and Oct. 23-25 and Dec. 1-13 using any legal sporting arm for juniors, seniors, disabled-person permit holders to use a vehicle as a blind, and resident active duty armed service personnel.
The five-day statewide archery season will run Nov. 17-21, and the four-day statewide firearms (and other legal sporting arms) season runs Nov. 22-26 with no hunting on Sunday, Nov. 23.
An extended bear season has been proposed for Dec. 1-13 in local WMU 5C as well as 2B, 5B and 5D.