§ 135.106. Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.

 (a)  In addition to § §  135.2 and 135.41 (relating to unlawful actions; and State game lands) and this subchapter, the following pertain to the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area:

   (1)  Entering, hunting or trapping on the controlled goose and duck areas is by permit only.

   (2)  Waterfowl hunting is permitted Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Starting time shall conform with State and Federal regulations. Shooting ends at 12:30 p.m.

 (b)  The following apply to reservations for the controlled duck hunting area:

   (1)  Reservations will be made on each designated shooting day at the registration center. Hunting is limited to 85 hunters at one time on the two areas combined. Reservations will be issued on a first-come, first served basis if there are 85 hunters or less applying at the registration center and 1 1/2 hours prior to the opening hunting hour. If there are more than 85 applicants present, a drawing will be held to determine to whom the 85 permits are issued.

   (2)  Permits returned to the registration center prior to 10 a.m. may be released to another applicant.

 (c)  The following apply to the controlled duck hunting areas:

   (1)  Ducks are the only legal game; taking other wild birds or mammals is prohibited, except by permit issued by the Director or a designee.

   (2)  A hunter shall display the identification tag furnished by the Commission while on the areas. The identification tag is valid for entry upon the area indicated on the tag. Entry upon another area is prohibited. Identification tags shall be returned to the registration center at check-out time.

   (3)  Boats without motors are permitted on controlled duck areas.

 (d)  The following apply to special hunts on the controlled area:

   (1)  Special deer hunts will be by permit only, limited to archery and muzzleloading firearms.

   (2)  Notwithstanding the provisions in §  135.161(2) (relating to Commission-owned or leased lands or waters), the Executive Director may designate dates for deer hunting outside of established seasons and bag limits.

   (3)  A drawing of applications to determine successful hunters will be held at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area headquarters on a date and time designated by the Executive Director or a designee.

   (4)  Applications will be received at the area headquarters no later than the close of business of the day prior to the date and time of the drawing.

   (5)  One official application per person to hunt deer on the controlled area may be submitted each license year. Anyone submitting more than one application for a permit will have all applications rejected. The application shall contain archery or muzzleloading license stamp numbers.

   (6)  The number of permits to be drawn shall be set by the Executive Director or a designee prior to the drawing.

   (7)  If a successful applicant does not appear to claim a reservation on the day assigned, prior to the opening hunting hour, the permit becomes invalid and is not transferable.

   (8)  A successful hunter shall submit a harvested deer for examination to the management area headquarters on the date of the permit, no later than 1 hour after the daily closing of hunting hours.

   (9)  Unsuccessful hunters shall return the permit to the management area headquarters on the date of the permit, no later than 1 hour after the daily closing of hunting hours.

   (10)  Hunters participating in the special archery and muzzleloading hunts inside the controlled area shall wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange-colored material on the head, back and chest combined.


   The provisions of this §  135.106 amended under the Game and Wildlife Code, 34 Pa.C.S. §  721(a).


   The provisions of this §  135.106 adopted June 19, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 2464; amended July 7, 1989, effective July 8, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 2956; amended July 24, 1992, effective July 25, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 3897; amended October 27, 1995, effective October 28, 1995, 25 Pa.B. 4611; amended August 13, 1999, effective August 14, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 4351; amended August 11, 2000, effective August 12, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 4250. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (257909) and (257911).

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