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Board of Game commissioners To meet January 28-30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2018, from Jan. 28 to 30 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.

On Sunday, Jan. 28, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2018-19 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – may register on a first-come, first-to-speak basis. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted during the public comment period.

On Monday, Jan. 29, the board will gather any additional public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted during the public comment period.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda to give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2018-19. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2018-19 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2017-18 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is located at 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Those unable to attend the meeting can watch much of it from home. The meeting is scheduled to be live-streamed beginning Monday morning, immediately following the conclusion of public comments. In addition, the full Board meeting on Tuesday is to be live-streamed beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda will be available here, about two weeks before the meeting.

 

Other meetings of the Board

A Working Group Meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 18. The meeting is slated to begin at 8 a.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.

Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game Commissioners and Game Commission staff ahead of the regular quarterly meetings. While working group meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted. The working group meeting is scheduled to be streamed live.


Elk Country Educational EVENTS - 2017

Guided Interactive Trail Hikes at the Woodring Farm
10/6-5:30pm; 10/7-5:30pm; 10/8-8am.
 
Children’s Story and Craft at the Elk Country Visitor Center; 11 a.m.
10/8 
 
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Great Elk Tour at the Winslow Hill Viewing Area
All Day 9/30 thru 10/7
 
Pennsylvania Game Commission Operation Game Thief Trailer at the Winslow Hill Viewing Area
All Day 9/29 Thru 10/8
 
Educational Programs at Dent's Run Viewing Area

10/7 Bats are the Good Guys; 4 p.m. (Live Bats)


GAME COMMISSION TO HOST FREE GAME LANDS TOURS

Sunday, Oct. 15 - State Game Lands 12, Bradford County; 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
This tour will highlight habitat enhancements, infrastructure improvements, and hunting opportunities. The 28-mile, self-guided, circular driving tour will take about two hours to complete. State Game Lands 12 consists of nearly 24,480 acres. The route will start at the game lands parking lot on top of Wheelerville Mountain on state Route 154, just south of Canton. Vehicles with good ground clearance are recommended.
 
Sunday, Oct. 15 - State Game Lands 211, Dauphin County & State Game Land 110, Berks County; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
These are self-guided tours. The State Game Land 211 Stoney Valley Tour begins at the Ellendale Forge gate, located six miles east of Dauphin Borough, along Stoney Valley Road, and ends at the Gold Mine gate. The State Game Land 110 tour begins at the Mountain Road gate approximately five miles west of the Borough of Hamburg and ends at the State Route 183 gate, four miles north of Strausstown. Game Commission personnel will be stationed along each of the tour routes to provide site specific information and answer questions.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS  

Tuesday, Oct. 17 - Lyme Disease, Dallas; 7 p.m.
Join us for an educational program on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. PA Lyme Resource Network Regional Leader Michele Cassetori will be presenting Dare 2B Tick Aware, a program on preventing tick-borne diseases, reducing tick bites, and improving early diagnosis at the Back Mountain Regional EMA building located at 3593 Route 118 (one-half mile west of the intersection of routes 118 and 415). No reservations are required. More information: 570-675-1143.

Thursday, Nov. 2 - CWD Open House, Coolspring; 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This event is sponsored by Pennsylvania State Representatives Cris Dush and Tommy Sankey. An Open House format will maximize access to information on Chronic Wasting Disease. There are no formal presentations. Those attending can explore four stations at their own pace:  What is CWD; Specific information regarding Disease Management Area 3 (DMA3); Regulations specific to DMAs; and Actions the Pennsylvania Game Commission has taken and continues to take regarding this important wildlife health issue. Agency staff will be on hand to interact on a one-on-one basis and answer questions. Participants will have the same opportunity, no matter what time they arrive. There will be an opportunity to provide written comments. The event will be held at Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company, 184 Bodenhorn Road, Coolspring, PA  15730.

HUNTER-TRAPPER EDUCATION CLASSES; January - November
This six-hour training is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can buy a license. You must pass a certification exam at the end of the class to complete this training. Check the class calendar to find a course near you. An online course is An online course is available at any time for those who are at least 16 years old.

FIELD DAYS; Spring & Summer
Field Days introduce participants to outdoor sports such as archery, trapping, and hunting through closely supervised hands-on activities. An adult must accompany all youth participants and can accompany more than one youth. Please ensure that your child meets the age requirements of the Field Day that you are registering for, as each event is different. If you are interested in hosting a Field Day, please contact recruitakid@pa.gov.