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Frye: Trout changes and elk hunting

| Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 8:40 p.m.

You can fish for stocked trout. You can fish for trout in streams. You can fish for trout in the fall.

You just can't fish for stocked trout in streams in the fall. Not in as many places as before, anyway.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will dump trout into 50 lakes and 38 stream sections across the state between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10. But last year it stocked 88 streams; the year before that, 98.

It's all about efficiency.

When the agency was raising more than five million trout a year, widespread fall and winter stockings were a luxury it could afford. Now, with 3.2 million trout to go around, that's not the case.

Fall stockings are being scaled back, and late-winter stockings, which occurred in January and February in past years, have been eliminated. Instead, 96 percent of all the adult trout to go out in a year's time will be stocked prior to or in the six weeks after opening day of trout season.

The commission's hope is that it will put most of its trout in front of anglers on waters they fish at the times of year they fish them.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, meanwhile, hasn't stocked elk in a long time. But this past week it did draw the names of 86 people who will get to hunt descendants of the animals brought into the state a century ago.

The commission held a lottery to determine who will get to hunt in its Nov. 4-9 elk season.

Among those getting licenses good for a bull elk were Donald Campbell of Butler, James Trauger of Pittsburgh, Randolph Caldwell of Export, Edward Thomas of Marianna, Mark Kepar of Pittsburgh, Ronald Wildfire of Kersey, Mark Meyer of Greenville, Donald Christy of Hermitage, James Bayne of New Kensington and Harry Maurer of Elizabeth.

Among those drawing cow tags were Michael James of Indiana, Justin Crossley of Kittanning, Blaine Leverknight of Johnstown, Gary Webb of Pittsburgh, Jeffrey Potensky of Russellton, James Uzdon of Flinton, Ronald Griffin of Hookstown, William Gardner of Clearfield, Thomas McCoy of Knox, Eugene Schachte of Murrysville, Jan Bossart of Latrobe, Ronald Hellund of Erie, Earl Sheets of Mt. Pleasant, Randy Shoaff of New Castle, Tyler Hoge of Waterford, Michael Wilt of Indiana, Helen Miller of Warren, Henry Wiltrout of White, Charles Ritter of Ellwood City, and Timothy Richards of Warren.

Several nonresidents, from Ohio, New York and Rhode Island, also drew licenses.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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