Pennsylvania will try an early September Canada goose season in seven counties this fall in an attempt to control a population boom of resident birds that have become troublesome to landowners.
During the past 10 years, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the number of resident geese in the state has grown to as many as 25,000 pairs.
As the population has expanded, so have complaints of crop depredation and geese foraging on lawns, parks and golf courses.
The early season, Sept. 1-10, will target resident flocks before the arrival of migrant birds late in September.
The experiment will be tried in Bucks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties in the southeast of the state and in Butler, Erie, Mercer and a portion of Crawford counties in the northwest.
Hunters, residents or nonresidents with appropriate licenses and stamps, must acquire a free permit for the early season from any of the game commission offices, the Harris
burg headquarters or by writing to: PGC Goose Permit, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 17100-9797.
Hunters also will receive a goose harvest report card on which they must keep a daily record of hunting activities and harvest. The log must be returned to the game commission by Sept. 20.
In Bucks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, the daily limit will be five birds, with a possession limit of 10. In the other counties, the daily limit will be three birds, with a possession limit of six.
D8 The experiment is expected to continue through 1994.
BASS Masters in Alabama
For the past four years, the anglers in the BASS Masters Classic have had to contend with the tidal waters of the James River below Richmond, and the upper Chesapeake tributaries.
On Thursday, defending champion Ken Cook and 39 other bass fishermen will head onto Lake Logan Martin near Birmingham, Ala., for this year's three-day Classic. Cook
says that Logan Martin may be more puzzling than the tidal waters.
The reason is that the Coosa River, which runs through Logan Martin, has widely varying flows that depend on the needs of Alabama Power's electricity customers.
"It will be a thinker's tournament," said Cook, 45, who is a former fisheries biologist. "When they [Alabama Power] do or don't generate power, the fish locate on structure differently. You have to fish the conditions you find each day.
"What you did yesterday may not work today."
Cook said that during practice on the lake, which ended June 30, he was able to develop four patterns that he thinks will hold up through the Classic.
"I don't see the lake as one where a person can fish one spot and win," Cook said.
Kent Narrows Challenge
The Kent Narrows Power Boat Challenge will be raced on the Chester River the next two weekends, with six classes of offshore racers opening the action on Saturday.
On Aug. 8 and 9, five classes of hydroplanes and two classes of runabouts are scheduled to race.