Monthly Archives: August 2009

PA Game Commission Webcasts Lottery Results

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that agency is planning to webcast its public drawings for the 2009 elk hunting licenses and the 2009-10 bobcat season permits. To view the drawing, a special icon will be posted online on Sept. 11, the day of the public drawing, for individuals to click on and watch the drawing.


“Each year, tens of thousands of individuals apply for an elk license or bobcat permit,” Roe said. “Unfortunately, not all of them can make it to the public drawings and we are unable – due to financial limitations – to send everyone who applied a letter to let them know whether they were drawn.


“By webcasting the drawings, we hope to allow more people to view these events without having to travel.”


Roe also noted that those who have submitted applications can check the status of their applications for the elk and bobcat drawings, as well as their antlerless deer license applications, thanks to the new Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).


To access the information, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on the “Purchase License Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit” option, which includes the ability to “Check on the status of any Lottery Application,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the “Continue” button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the “Check on the status of any Lottery Application” button, and then hit “Continue.”


“While this may seem like a lot of clicking and box checking to get to the information, the system is designed to protect an individual’s personal information, while at the same time enabling that person to check on the status of his or her applications,” Roe said. “In the past, the only way to know for sure that you were awarded an elk license or bobcat permit was to attend the public drawings, wait for a letter in the mail or to call the Game Commission.

“This year, thanks to PALS, we will be able to update the data files for each license buyer shortly after the bobcat and elk public drawings are completed so that license buyers will be able to see for themselves if they were drawn for one of the 1,780 bobcat permits or 59 elk licenses.”

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Road Trip Truth

1954 BMW R68 with Steib sidecar
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Got back late last night after visiting Columbus for CCAD‘s Open House. Jamie is looking at art schools and it geve us an opportunity to visit with some old friends.

Noticed something on the way though: I take 76 to work every day, and have seen a lot of touring bikes recently. Couple on trikes, a few sidecars, lots of trailers.

I Mentioned it to Lorie on the way down, and how we’d have to buy one once the kids are gone and spend the summer traveling. But you know what? Didn’t see one setup the whole way down to Columbus or on the way back. Intead, there were a lot of RVs.

So, I’ve come to this conclusion:

Motorcyclists travel mostly east and west. RVers travel mostly north and south.

That’s all.

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More about Ohio Public Shooting Ranges

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AKRON, OH – Over 17 million Americans enjoy the thrill, challenges, and high degree of responsibility related to recreational shooting sports. This popular activity can range from an infrequent, casual hobby to competitive training which can be used in world-renowned events such as the time honored Olympic Games. Both archery equipment and firearms are utilized in these highly acclaimed activities.

Whether northeast Ohioans are simply taking advantage of an affordable, local outdoor hobby or sportsmen and women are sighting their guns or bows in preparation for a safe and ethical fall hunt, the Division of Wildlife is seeing numbers on the rise. “The number of people visiting our public shooting ranges this year is outstanding, especially at our Grand River Target Range in Trumbull County,” said Jeff Herrick, district manager for Division of Wildlife in northeast Ohio. As of July 13, 2009 nearly 13,000 public shooting range permits have been sold so far this year compared to slightly over 10,000 in 2008. More specifically, over 3,100 people have visited Grand River Target Range as of June 30, 2009 compared to just over 7,200 the entire 2008 season (March through December). “Grand River range usage is up 40% already and we still have five months to go,” noted Herrick.

“Shooting sports offer exciting outdoor opportunities for a wide variety of people and during virtually anytime of year,” Herrick continued. An extremely safe record proves that sport shooting teaches respect and responsibility in consideration to both people and shooting equipment. According to a reputable leader in firearm safety education, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), golf and tennis both exceed shooting sports in the number of activity-related injuries. In fact, firearm-related injuries are at an all-time low- down 60 percent in the last 20 years. Recreational shooting has never been safer.

For more information on sport shooting opportunities near you, visit the NSSF web site as www.nsff.org. In partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, NSSF also created an education and outreach initiative called “Families Afield.” The initiative is helping states create hunting opportunities for youth and adults, so that more families may enjoy America’s greatest outdoor tradition together. Ohio is one of first states to embrace this opportunity to get Ohioans outdoors.

Click here to find a public shooting range near you or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

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