If you get real lucky and manage to arrow a Pope and Young (P&Y) size buck this season and you used a lighted nock on the arrow that downed it, and if you’re honest, you’re out of luck getting it recorded in the P&Y record books.
In a recent vote at its annual summer meeting, the Pope and Young Club Board of Directors rejected a proposal exemption that would have permitted lighted nocks on hunting arrows used to harvest big game animals.
Presently, all types of electronic on-bow devices – including the popular brightly colored lighted arrow nocks – are prohibited under the P&Y bylaws, and therefore not permitted to take animals accepted for inclusion in the club’s record book, says J.B. Absher, editor of the Archery Wire who reported on this story.
According to a letter dated Aug. 6 to its membership, the P&Y Board arrived at its decision not to exempt lighted nocks as electronic devices based on the results of a membership wide poll. “After receiving a total of 1,020 poll submissions (16 percent response) from the organizations current membership of 6,300, those responding favored a lighted nock exemption by a margin of approximately 60-40 percent, according to the letter as reported by the Archery Wire,” said Absher. “Interestingly, 5,280 P&Y members chose not to participate in the poll,” he added.
Absher went on to report that the P&Y Board voted 7-5 in favor of the lighted nock exemption, but it was short of the 2/3 majority needed to advance a bylaws change.
A similar ruling affects crossbows as the P&Y doesn’t regard the crossbow as a hunting bow, and “considers the use of crossbows during bowhunting seasons to be a serious threat to the future of bowhunting.” So forget a crossbow shot animal as well.
FISH FOR MILLIONS RANKS PENNSYLVANIA FIRST
For the second year in a row, Pennsylvania ranked first in the number of anglers participating in Cabela’s Fish for Millions contest co-sponsored by the PA Fish & Boat Commission.
The contest, which ran from May 4 to July 7, 2013, had more than 71,000 registered anglers nationally and of those, 9,000 came from Pennsylvania.
But more interesting to Allentown area anglers are the waters and species that took home the gold so to speak.
From among the 12 contest waters, 33 winning tagged fish were caught from Blue Marsh Lake, Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Gifford Pinchot Lake, Keystone Lake, Lackawanna Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pine Creek, Presque Isle Bay and the Monongahela River (Emsworth Pool).
The following are the tagged fish species caught in Pennsylvania waters:
* Blue Marsh Lake: Channel Catfish
* Emsworth Pool, Monongahela River: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass
* Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Largemouth Bass
* Keystone Lake: Largemouth Bass
* Gifford Pinchot Lake: Largemouth Bass
* Lackawanna Lake: Largemouth Bass
Its obvious from this list what next year’s contestants should fish for. And not surprising, largemouth bass are the most popular and pursued fish in Pennsylvania if not throughout the country. You’d think the PF&BC would have tagged some walleye or musky, which are more difficult to catch. So kudos to Cabela’s and the PF&BC for keeping it reasonable.
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