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New Hunting Rules / Geography Education

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Mar 30, 2017 8:00 PM
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On the Friday, March 31st edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

Nearly a million hunting licenses were issued in the state last year - that's one for every thirteen Pennsylvania residents. The Pennsylvania Game Commission approved updates to state hunting regulations on Tuesday. These changes include some fee increases, increased number of permits and expansions of bow hunting.  However, the big issue was whether semi-automatic rifles could used for hunting.

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Travis Lau, Pennsylvania Game Commission


Smart Talk discusses these changes and take your questions for Travis Lau, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.



Also, the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, will be held this afternoon at the State Museum in Harrisburg.  Geography is a subject that doesn't get near as much attention as say math, reading and writing in schools. 

A recent study found that half of social studies teachers spend less than 10 percent of their time in the classroom on geography.  Smart Talk will discuss the importance of geography education with Kristin Byers, Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geography Education and coordinator of the Pennsylvania Geography Bee. 


on hunting rules:

- I feel words have a role & often power.

Why does the guest & most hunters insist on using the word harvest, to mean killing a deer or any animal. I have no problem with hunting, as long as it is done ethically but changing words , to me , seams to attempt to lesser the meaning or the impact of what hunters do....                                                            - Elizabeth, Carlisle

on geography:

- I remember in 8th grade our entire year of history was Pennsylvania history.  Our teacher also included learning all 67 counties.  Every month we got a blank map of Pennsylvania with the outlines of the counties and had to write in the names of each and every county.  As a result, I do know where every county is and have a much better knowledge of Pennsylvania and where things are located. also has a geography category where you can identify countries on a map, in addition to world capitals and world landmarks.                            - Lisa

- We hosted a Japanese teacher several years ago. When she showed our classes a map of Japan, students were surprised to see that Japan was printed in the middle of the map and America was off to the side!                                 - krclunk

- We are too overdependent on technology. I've got this thought that if we ever are at war and our enemies take out our GPS satellites, there will be lots of people driving in circles.                                                                                     - Jeffrey

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