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Pa. fall turkey season to begin

October 26, 2000

Pa. fall turkey season to begin



By RICHARD BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania's 2000 fall turkey hunting season at Michaux State Forest begins Saturday and runs for a week, ending Nov. 4, Mary Jo Casalena, the state's wild turkey biologist, said Thursday.

The bag limit is one bird per hunter. Hens and toms can be taken during the week, she said.

Michaux State Forest, which straddles parts of Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties, and its surrounding areas represent Pennsylvania's Turkey Management Area 7B, Casalena said.

The turkey population in the management area has been down for the last 12 years or so. Casalena said she is in the second year of a study to find out why. So far, more than 85 turkeys have been trapped, tagged with leg bands or had radio monitors attached to their backs so biologists can track their movements and habits, she said.

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Casalena urges any hunter who kills a tagged bird to call the game commission on the phone number listed on the tag. Hunters can keep the tag and the turkey after making the call, she said.

Hunters who bag a turkey with a transmitter can also keep the turkey but they should turn the device over to the game commission or at Michaux State Forest headquarters on U.S. 30 east of Chambersburg.

She said the transmitters, which cost up to $300, can be used to track down a hunter who fails to turn one in.

Numbers to call include the game commission toll free at 1-877-877-9107 or Michaux State Forest at 717-352-2211.

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