blackduckdog2 wrote:Didn't Maryland have a control hunt for mute swans a decade or so back, in order to free up habitat for for tundra swans, which were trying to get back in?
You can hunt Mute Swans in PA now. We definitely need to be able to hunt them here.
From their regs
Mute swans are non-native and not protected under state or federal law. Hunters may harvest mute swans and they do not count
as part of the daily bag. Mute swans have an orange bill with a black fleshy knob on top at the feather line. Mute swans do not
feed in fields and are only encountered in wetlands.
Note: Native tundra and trumpeter swans are protected, have a black bill and are commonly found in fields and wetlands.
Sandhill Cranes are likely to be present in certain areas and are protected.
A good read on what happened including the Maryland lawsuit and what has happened since.http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=623106&mode=2
blackduckdog2 wrote:I've got an aversion to life lists
As a guide as opposed to an obsession, I like them. Going to all 50 states is a minor "life list" of mine. Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire and I'm there. Next summer we will look into vacation in Maine and hit New Hampshire and Vermont while in the region. Why not? Never been and may fall in love with the region or may just check a meaningless box on a life list. Hunting and fishing, I like to get different species far more than I care about numbers. In addition to the window sill bird watching list, since moving to Illinois I have taken 22 species of animals and caught 34 species of freshwater fish. Teal season starts in a week and it's a little extra motivation to get out and try to add a BWT to the list. Also, no divers on the list, so I plan to take a few vacation days and hit the public blinds on the river and see if I can add another species or two. Also started talking with my regular snow goose hunting partner about a duck hunting trip somewhere and the one thing we agree is anything but mallards. I'd like it to be something with a good chance of a new species, but anything with a good chance of diversity even if it is birds I have got, but don't get regularly. This is how I think life lists add value to your life. They get you thinking and add a little extra "goal" to your recreation.
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. Thomas Sowell