HARRISBURG - Following publication in the March 29 edition of the PA Bulletin,

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters planning to

participate in the upcoming spring gobbler season will no longer be required to

wear fluorescent orange. 

     On Jan. 29, the Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to a

regulatory change to remove the fluorescent orange requirements for the spring

gobbler hunters.  Publication in the PA Bulletin was the final step required for

the change to take effect, and applies for the upcoming 2008 spring gobbler

season, which is set for April 26-May 26, as well as the youth spring gobbler

day on April 19.

     "Various members of Pennsylvania's hunting community for some time have urged

the Game Commission to reevaluate its regulatory mandate for turkey hunters wear

at least 100 square inches of solid fluorescent orange-colored material on the

head while moving about or relocating during the spring turkey season," said

Carl G. Roe, agency executive director.  "The safety of hunters afield is,

without a doubt, one of the paramount concerns of the Game Commission.  But, the

available statistical data relating to hunting-related shooting incidents during

the spring turkey season shows that there is no clear evidence that the

fluorescent orange requirement has made any appreciable reduction in spring

gobbler hunting-related shooting incidents.

     "After a thorough review, the Game Commission concluded eliminating the orange

requirement for spring turkey hunting was acceptable.  However, if we see a

change in the number of hunting-related shooting incidents, this policy will be

re-evaluated."