Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001 • 717.761.2740 • Email • @pfbmediaone
For Immediate Release: January 31, 2017
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) praised a preliminary decision by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to make the Red Tag program more accessible to hunters across the Commonwealth.
The preliminary ruling eliminates the two-year waiting period for farmers to participate in the Red Tag program and removes a requirement allowing public access to all land enrolled in the program.
“We believe the decision by the Game Commission will provide more opportunities for hunters to pursue deer across the state, while helping farmers reduce crop damage,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “The changes could also encourage more farmers to participate in the program.”
The program allows licensed hunters to harvest antlerless deer (doe) outside of normal hunting seasons, when farm crops and commodities are most vulnerable and are being eaten by deer. Hunters would receive permits issued by farmers, who are eligible to receive one permit for every five tillable acres of commercial farmland enrolled in the program.
The PGC is expected to finalize the preliminary rule during the commissioner’s meeting in March.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization
with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.