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GAME COMMISSION UNVEILS HUNTER/TRAPPER PHOTO SCRAPBOOK


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Hunting- The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently unveiled its "Hunter/Trapper Photo Scrapbook" on its website to showcase the achievements of successful hunters and trappers, and to promote the Commonwealth's proud hunting and trapping heritage.

The photo scrapbook can be found by going to the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), clicking on "Hunting & Trapping," and selecting "Hunter/Trapper Scrapbook" under the "Hunting Information" section of the page.

"We're interested in showing photographs of hunters who have taken a trophy animal in one of Pennsylvania's big game seasons -- elk, black bear, white-tailed deer and wild turkey -- or trappers and predator callers who have taken a bobcat or coyote, and trappers who have taken an exceptional beaver," said J. Carl Graybill Jr., Game Commission Bureau of Information and Education director. "Photos will be organized in annual collections beginning with 2004. What we're looking for are sharp, color photographs that depict a proud hunter with his or her trophy."

Graybill noted that photos should show game animals in a presentable manner. Photos submitted through the U.S. Mail cannot be returned, and there is no guarantee that every photo received will be used. Individuals may send submissions via first-class mail to the address found on the application. Photos also can be submitted electronically, through [email protected] Please include background information on the photo, including: name of the hunter/trapper; age; hometown; harvest date and location; achievement description (species, weight, antler points, beard length); and achievement significance, such as whether this was a hunter's first deer, first spring gobbler, first bear, or a trapper's first coyote or beaver.

"If we uses a contribution, the photo and accompanying information will appear on our website in one of several smaller species-specific scrapbooks," Graybill said. "The categories will be Elk, White-tailed Deer, Black Bear, Wild Turkey, and Furbearers."

FEWER THAN 50 BEAR KNIVES REMAIN IN COLLECTOR SERIES

There are fewer than 50 knives remaining of the fourth in a series of limited edition collector knives that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering exclusively via "The Outdoor Shop" on its website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). To view the knife, which features a black bear, click on "Merchandise" then choose "Misc. Items."

The knife sells for $72.95, and those who purchase the bear knife will have the first option to purchase the final knife, which will feature an elk, in this series. When this knife series is complete, the agency will launch a time-limited edition series of collector knives featuring upland game birds.

"Knife collectors, especially those who value knives featuring wildlife, will want to add these knives to their collections," said Vern Ross, Game Commission executive director.

All knives are made by Pennsylvania-based W.R. Case & Sons Cultery Co. Other knives that were part of the first series were white-tailed deer, wild turkey and a trapper knife that featured a beaver.

Ross added that the Game Commission is continuing to develop a collectible series of five wild turkey box calls made in Pennsylvania with Pennsylvania woods.

All revenues generated from these items support the Game Commission's wildlife management programs. Created in 1895 as an independent agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, as well as the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The Game Commission does not receive any general state tax dollars.

Source: PA Game Commision




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