Game Commission to Pilot Successful Furtaking Training Course; Game Commission Honors 50-Year Hunter Education Instructors

Jul 20, 2009, 12:58 ET from Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its expanding, voluntary offerings, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will pilot two, one-day "Successful Furtaking" training courses on July 25 in Pike County and on Aug. 22 in Berks County.

On July 25, the course will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the State Game Land 180 Building, along Route 6 in Shohola, Pike County. On Aug. 22, the course will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kutztown Rod & Gun Club, 490 Gun Club Road in Kutztown, Berks County. Each course will hold up to 24 students.

According to Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief, this new course will provide extensive hands-on training to new furtakers that was not part of the basic Hunter-Trapper Education program, promotes Best Management Practices and is designed for any person seeking to learn more about furtaking and to improve his or her skills and success. The course also will include the cable restraint certification that is required to participate in the cable restraint season for foxes and coyotes.

To sign up for either course, please go to the "Hunter Education Classes" section of the Game Commission's website ( and then click on the "Calendar" and complete the registration form. There is a $15 non-refundable application fee, which covers the costs of the cable restraint certification.

To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, you must pass a written exam at this class. Prior to attending this one-day class, you must complete the independent study part of this training.

To study online, click on the link found on the class posting page. If you do not want to study online, please telephone the HTE Division at 717-787-7015 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.) to request a hard-copy version of "Successful Furtaking." A mailing fee of $1.59 will be required. The independent study part of the training will take about six to eight hours to complete.

Snyder noted that the Game Commission worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Silvertip Productions and members of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association to develop the course and materials. Funding for the trapper education student manual and related materials was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies through a Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Multi-state Grant.

Offering additional hunting and trapping education courses is part of the Game Commission's Strategic Plan, promotes wildlife conservation and is designed to recruit and retain more hunters and trappers.


As part of its 50th anniversary of hunter education, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently honored 24 dedicated volunteer instructors who now have been teaching hunter education for half a century.

"This corps of instructors has witnessed the historic events that have changed the world and our lives over the past 50 years, and rolled with the changes that have defined hunter education in Pennsylvania along the way," said Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter Trapper Education Division chief. "We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to these individuals, as well as all of our volunteer instructors, for their service that is a keystone in the Game Commission's efforts to pass along our state's rich hunting and trapping heritage to current and future generations."

To commemorate this 50th anniversary, the agency commissioned George LaVanish, noted Pennsylvania wildlife artist, to create Tomorrow's Hunters, a painting that captures the essence of hunter education by depicting an instructor and two students involved in a training exercise overlooked by a ethereal vignette of popular game birds and animals, symbolizing the dreams and aspirations of young hunters everywhere.

Tomorrow's Hunters was produced as a print and together with a companion embroidered patch were presented to each active hunter education instructor earlier this year. As part of the ceremony, Snyder, Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe and Board of Game Commissioners President Gregory Isabella presented those instructors with 50 years of service with their prints and patches.

Those instructors honored were: Leonard Anderson, Indiana, Indiana County; Randolph Bogolea, Conway, Beaver County; Michael Brandon, North Versaille, Allegheny County; Glenn L. Clark, Greenville, Mercer County; Mahlon Crawford, York, York County; Oran L. Deemer, Zelienople, Butler County; Everett E. Denlinger, Ronks, Lancaster County; Claude Dranzik, Forbes Road, Westmoreland County; David J. Dyer, Elysburg, Columbia County; Jack Kenyon, Mansfield, Tioga County; William E. Levan Jr., Northumberland, Montour County; Jay F. Livziey, Williamsport, Lycoming County; Leon D. Ochs, Reading, Berks County; Arthur Olsen Jr., Stoystown, Somerset County; Harry J. Onspaugh, Meadville, Crawford County; George Parsell, Galeton, Potter County; Alfred N. Pedder, Marienville, Forest County; Clifford F. Riffle, Ligonier, Westmoreland County; Truman L. Shaffer, Mt. Pleasant Mills, Snyder County; Harry J. Shellito, Conneaut Lake, Crawford County; William D. Smith, Aliquippa, Beaver County; Justin M. Stuckey, Summerdale, Perry County; George Szilvasi, Midland, Beaver County; and Russell M. Whisler Sr., Manchester, York County.

Of the 5,000 patches, nearly 2,000 patches will sell for $5.66, plus shipping/handling and state sales tax. Orders for the patch are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis via "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website ( Just click on the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page, choose the "Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop" in the lower left-hand corner of the page, select "Merchandise" from the banner, then click on "Patches" and scroll down to the "50 Years of Hunter Education" patch.

Of the 3,000 prints, roughly 200 prints will sell for $79.95 for unframed print, and $179.95 for framed prints, plus shipping/handling and state sales tax. Orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis via "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website ( Just click on the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page, click on "Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop" in the lower left-hand corner of the page, select "Merchandise" from the banner, and then click on "Misc. Prints" in the left-hand column.

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NOTE: A photo to accompany the second article is available from the Game Commission's website ( by clicking on "Release #077-09."

SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission