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Northwest Region News


For Information Contact:Release #14-19
Chip BrunstNovember 19, 2019
Information & Education SupervisorFor Immediate Release
 Extended Bear Season Starts Soon
 Some bear check stations remain open.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director Richard T. Cramer reminds hunters that an extended bear season will start in Wildlife Management Unit 1B on Saturday, November 30. This extended season affects Erie County and parts of Crawford, Warren and Venango counties. This season will close on December 7.

“Although this extended season is not new to Wildlife Management Unit 1B,” states Cramer, “it is the first time that this season starts on the opening day of the regular rifle deer season. Anyone who hunts in Wildlife Management Unit 1B should consider purchasing a bear license before they head afield for the firearms deer season this year.”

Bear licenses may be purchased at any issuing agent, including the Game Commission’s Northwest Region Office in Franklin until December 14. The Northwest Region Office will be open November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All harvested black bears must be tagged by the hunter and taken to a bear check station. To accommodate successful bear hunters during this extended season, the Northwest Region of the Game Commission will provide two check stations that will be open on a modified schedule. Hunter will need to call the Northwest Region Office for details and directions. For information you may contact the Northwest Region Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 814-432-3187.


For Information Contact:Release #13-19
Chip BrunstNovember 19, 2019
Information & Education SupervisorFor Immediate Release
 PGC Northwest Region Office Open Friday, Nov. 29

Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director Richard T. Cramer announces the Northwest Region Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, to accommodate persons wishing to purchase a hunting license.

The Game Commission Northwest Region Office has traditionally been closed for license sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving but will be open because the 2019 statewide rifle deer season will open on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“There is always an annual rush to purchase general hunting licenses just prior to the regular firearms deer season and we want to accommodate the increase in demand by offering additional office hours for license sales,” Cramer said.

Normal business hours of the Northwest Region Office are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is located at 1509 Pittsburgh Road in Franklin. For further information you may contact the Northwest Region Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 814-432-3187.


For Information Contact:Release #11-19
Chip BrunstSeptember 24, 2019
Information & Education SupervisorFor Immediate Release
 Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo Yields 2020 Duck Stamp Winner
 Gerald W. Putt Places First in Painting Contest

FRANKLIN – Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director, Richard T. Cramer is pleased to announce the top five winning artists in the 2020 Waterfowl Management Stamp contest, better known as the Pennsylvania Duck Stamp contest. This annual contest is held each year on the third Saturday of September in conjunction with the Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo held in Linesville, Pa. This year, the Expo was held at the St. Patrick’s Church on Sept. 21.

Gerald W. Putt, of Boiling Springs, won first place for his painting of snow geese, and also tied for second place with an additional painting of blue-wing teal. Sharing second-place honors was Melissa Ball from Greencastle, Pa. with her blue-winged teal painting. Because there was a tie for second place, third-place honors were not awarded. Jocelyn Beatty, of West Middlesex, won fourth place for her rendition of blue-winged teal. Fifth place was awarded to Michael Kensinger, of Altoona, Pa. with his painting of snow geese.

Proceeds from the sales of these voluntary stamps and limited-edition fine art prints will be used to enhance Pennsylvania’s waterfowl management program through habitat development, wetlands acquisition and maintenance of existing wetlands throughout the state. To date nearly 5,000 acres of prime wetlands have been purchased with waterfowl management stamp and print revenues.

Pennsylvania’s first duck stamp was sold in 1983 and the first contest was conducted in 1986. The 1986 contest was won by Robert C. Knutson of Lillian, Ala. for his painting of blue-winged teal.

If you wish to purchase this fine art prints or a stamp you may visit the Outdoor shop by following the links on the Pennsylvania game Commission homepage at www.pgc.pa.gov.