HARRISBURG PA – Both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission last week asked the state Legislature to consider allowing those agencies to set their own license fees, according to state Rep. Marcy Toepel, whose 147th District includes portions of West and Upper Pottsgrove townships. In receiving their annual reports, the House Game and Fisheries Committee acknowledged license fees have not increased since 2005.
Committee members noted the agencies’ expenses are expected to exceed revenue during the current fiscal year, Toepel said. The game commission reported in part that it planned to close “two of Pennsylvania’s four pheasant farms due to insufficient funding,” she wrote in her weekly newsletter last Friday (Feb. 17, 2017).
During the last legislative session, according to Toepel, a license fee proposal that originated in the state Senate and which the agencies favored “passed out of committee in the House but was never voted on the floor.”
Despite declining revenues, Toepel added, the game commission hopes to recruit “a new class of wildlife conservation officer cadets.”
In a related matter, Toepel said the fish and boat commission had announced its 2017 schedule for trout stocking in Montgomery County. Stocking events are set to occur
- March 1, and during the week of April 17, in Unami Creek,
- March 9, April 21, and Nov. 15 at Deep Creek Dam,
- March 9 and April 25 in Perkiomen Creek,
- March 16 and April 27 in Manatawny Creek,
- March 21 and April 18 in Wissahickon Creek,
- March 21, April 3, and April 18 in Kepner Creek, and in Stony Creek,
- March 27, April 10, and April 24 in Skippack Creek,
- March 28 and April 3 at Loch Alsh Reservoir,
- March 28, April 5, April 27, and Oct. 10 in Pennypack Creek, and
- April 25 in the east branch of Perkiomen Creek.
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