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General safety guidelines for hunters and handling wildlife.
Do not handle or eat sick game
Field dress and prepare game outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
Wear rubber or disposable latex gloves while handling and cleaning game
When done handling game, wash hands thoroughly with soap or disinfectant and clean knives, equipment, and surfaces that came in contact with game
Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling animals
All game should be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F
For the hunting dog, these strains have not been shown to infect dogs; however, things can obviously change with influenza viruses at any time.
Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks. Based on public comments, Game Commission staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval. Final selections are typically made by mid-August. Shortly thereafter, the agency will post the annual brochure outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons.
November 1 to April 30 all boaters (including waterfowl hunters) must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak during these cold-weather months. Cold-water shock is a major factor in boating fatalities. People wearing a life jacket when exposed to cold water gain life-saving advantages of insulation from the cold, buoyancy and reduced risk of aspiration of water. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission's website for more information on the mandatory cold-weather life jacket requirement and life jacket safety.