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Outdoors notebook: Commission looking at hunter spending habits

| Sunday, June 15, 2014, 9:24 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to determine how much money deer hunters spend, and when they spend it.

Members of the agency's board asked back in April for a study to determine if changing deer season changes spending.

Specifically, they said they wanted to know if moving from two weeks of concurrent buck and doe hunting to five days of buck-only hunting followed by seven days of concurrent resulted in a “second opening day effect,” with hunters going back to camp a second time for an opportunity to hunt antlerless deer.

That study is going to get done this summer.

Coren Jagnow, the agency's human dimensions specialist, said the commission will contract with Responsive Management, a Virginia-based outdoor research firm. It will break the state into five regions and do phone surveys with 800 hunters in each.

The study will cost the agency about $109,000, said Joe Neville, chief of the bureau of information and education.

Positions filled

Two positions have been filled in the Game Commission's southwest region office.

Jack Lucas is the region's new land management supervisor, while Patrick Snickles is the new wildlife education supervisor. The men graduated together as part of the commission's 23rd class of conservation officers.

Lucas, originally from Plum, will manage the habitat on more than 200,000 acres of game lands. Snickles, a Warren native, will be responsible for all wildlife education activities within the region.

Top archers

Two Cal. (Pa.) students will represent the United States at the 10th World University Archery Championships next month in Poland.

Junior Justin Bradley of Burgettstown and sophomore Kannsas Michaels of Murrysville will be part of the 12-person team competing at the championships from July 2-5.

Bradley and Michaels qualified for the team at the national collegiate shoot. Bradley took first place in the men's division, while Michaels took second in the women's division. Both competed in the compound bow category.

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

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