The Pennsylvania Game Commission board held its quarterly meeting last week in Franklin County. Below is a summary of board actions taken during the meeting:
• Gave preliminary approval to a regulatory change to expand antlerless deer hunting opportunities under the Mentored Youth Hunting Program for the 2013-14 license year. The change permits the transfer of no more than one Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permit to a mentored youth hunter per license year.
If the change is given final approval at a subsequent board meeting, beginning in the 2013-14 license year, adult mentors would be authorized to transfer one DMAP harvest permit issued to them to an eligible mentored youth.
• Gave final approval to a regulatory change that amends the list of state endangered and threatened species to reflect the current status of breeding bird populations in the state. The upland sandpiper was added to the state's endangered species list, while the northern harrier and long-eared owl were placed on the state's list of threatened birds.
• Gave final approval to a regulatory change to address violations of possessing, maintaining, operating, occupying or traveling on an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile in violation of the state's Vehicle Code (Title 75), giving wildlife conservation officers the authority to enforce summary offenses of the title, including lack of registration and insurance.
• Gave approval to increase deputy wildlife conservation officer compensation from $65 per diem to $80 per diem, effective Oct. 1.
• Recommitted its support for legislation that would legalize the use of blood tracking dogs for hunters to recover wounded deer and bear.