At a recent meeting, Joe Krug of Portage was surprised to be honored with an award from the Department of Conservation and National Resources for his habitat work, as a volunteer, in Pennsylvania.
Krug has devoted many years to improving the habitat for wild turkeys particularly. He has become a self-styled expert at what to plant, when and where to plant it, grafting, pruning, and general overall care in food-bearing trees and shrubs that benefit wildlife.
The Allegheny Mountain Local Chapter has made its habitat projects the major thrust of the organization. And Krug has led the way on it. He also is often asked to do seminars to other groups on the best ways and techniques of habitat improvement.
Chapter president Kevin Kunsman leads the chapter in its annual fund-raising banquet - no small task - which, like most conservation organizations is the chief way to raise the funds needed to buy trees and shrubs and seeds, fertilizer, tree protectors, machinery, fencing and other necessities for a successful habitat project. Kunsman also accepted an award in behalf of the chapter from the Forestry group.
The Allegheny Mountain's fund raising banquet will be held this year at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona on Aug. 13. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7. For information or to secure tickets contact president Kunsman at 317-7535.
Not only is this banquet the main source of revenue for the chapter's habitat work, it is a really good time. Raffles, auctions and games offer participants the chance to acquire great sporting items at really good prices. I'll see you there.
Remember that in a week it will be time to send for your antlerless deer licenses. County treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 11; and from nonresidents beginning Monday, July 25. Antlerless deer license fees are the same as they have been since 1999, except for the 70-cent transaction fee attached to the purchase of each license and permit.
This transaction fee means that residents will need to write checks made payable to County Treasurer for $6.70, and nonresidents for $26.70. By state law, antlerless deer licenses will continue to be sold only by county treasurers, so hunters will need to prepare and mail separate applications for antlerless deer licenses. A list of the mailing addresses for the 65 county treasurers that issue antlerless deer licenses is included in the 2011-12 Digest, which is provided to each license buyer.
A listing of antlerless licenses allocated by WMU, as well as the remaining allocation, can be viewed on the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), by clicking on Doe License Update in the Ace Clicks box in the right-hand column of the homepage. Hunters must use the official pink envelopes, which are provided to each license buyer by the issuing agents.
For those who order licenses via the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), a new digest and two pink envelopes will be included in the package, along with the licenses, which will arrive in seven to 10 business days from the date of their transaction. As county treasurers are set up with PALS, hunters will be able to submit an application to any county treasurer.
Additionally, hunters have the option of listing up to three choices, in order of preference, for a specific Wildlife Management Unit antlerless deer license. If an applicant's first choice of WMU has exhausted its allocation of antlerless deer licenses, the PALS system will move to the second preference and third, if necessary.
This process will nearly eliminate the chance that a hunter will not be able to receive at least one antlerless deer license during the processing of regular antlerless deer licenses. However, hunters are not required to list more than one
Hard to believe that time of year is upon us, but it is one detail you must take care of in this upcoming week if you want to harvest an antlerless deer.