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Upcoming Events

Board of Game Commissioners To Meet July 30-31, 2018

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its third quarterly meeting of 2018, July 30 and 31 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.

On Monday, July 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the commissioners will hear public comments followed by Game Commission staff reports.

On Tuesday, July 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will hear any remaining staff reports before taking up its prepared agenda.

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 board meetings can watch much of the meeting 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 scheduled to be live-streamed beginning at 8:30 a.m.

A draft of the agenda will be available roughly two weeks prior to the meeting.

Additional Meetings of the Board - Working Group meetings are an opportunity for the Board to hear from staff; public comments are not accepted.
June 4 – Working Group meeting
August 27 – Working Group meeting
September 24, 25 – Commission meeting
December 17 – Working Group meeting
January 27, 28, 29 (2019) – Commission meeting



Upcoming Events

May 29, Tuesday - What's Eating Bambi?; webinar, noon
Join this webinar to find out the results of the recently completed fawn survival study as well as predator distribution in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania Game Commission Deer and Elk Supervisor Dr. Christopher Rosenberry along with Dr. Diefenbach and graduate students Tess Gingery and Asia Mrphy from the Pennsylavnia Cooperative Fish and Wildilfe Research Unil will share insights fromt he latest research and answer questions. For those those of you dialing in by phone, please note that there may be long distance charges. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Game Commission's YouTube Channel for later viewing. Registration Required. 

June 13, Wednesday - WILD About Elk Educator Workshop; Elk County, 9a-5p
This is a FREE workshop for formal and non-formal educators. Learn about the history and management of Pennsylvania elk; meet the elk biologist, land manager, game warden, and other educators, then hike State Game Land 311 to see active habitat management and (hopefully) view elk. All workshop participants will receive:  Act 48 hours, Project WILD "Wild About Elk" educator guide filled with lesson plans and ideas to incorporate elk biology and management into your school year, Game Commission Bald Eagle/Elk educator guide & films, Elk Country Visitor Center theater entrance pass, catered lunch, and an optional hands-on elk calf research activity at 6:30 pm. Space is limited to 28 participants. Registration deadline June 6th. For more information and to register, call 570-398-4744 Ext. 311.

June 21, Thursday - Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop; Lancaster County, 9a-2:30p
This workshop is a joint effort of the Game Commission and the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Join us at the Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Wetlands play an essential part in the lives of both wildlife and people. During this workshop we’ll take a look at the characteristics and the role of wetlands in our ecosystem, as well as how plants and animals have adapted to wetland life. Participants will receive the Wonders of Wetlands curriculum guide provided by the PA Department of Natural Resources. Act 48 hours are available. Bring your lunch and dress to go outside. There is a $10 registration fee. Registration deadline is June 14. To register call 610-926-3136 ext.6610 or email dalynch@pa.gov.

July 10, Tuesday - WILD About Bears Educator Workshop; Elk County, 8a-3p
This a FREE workshop for formal and non-formal educators. We will explore the black bear, its natural history, management practices, and more. You will have a chance to meet the Game Commission's bear biologist and possibly see a bear get tagged and processed for research. All workshop participants will receive: Act 48 hours, educational materials for your classroom, and a catered lunch. Space is limited to 28 participants. Registration Deadline July 3For more information and to register call 570-398-4744 Ext. 311.

July 12, Thursday - Wildlife Forensics Educator Workshop; Indiana County, 9a-2:30p
This workshop is a joint effort of the Game Commission and the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Join us at Yellow Creek State Park. Forensic techniques are used by game wardens to solve wildlife crimes. Wildlife cannot speak for itself, so wardens and concerned citizens try to do it for them. This workshop will help educators teach their students about forensic techniques used to solve crimes while engaging them in hands-on science-related activities. Workshop includes a Wildlife Forensics Lesson Guide and Act 48 hours. Bring your lunch and dress to go outside. There is a $10 registration fee. Registration deadline is June 28. For more information and to register, email limeadows@pa.gov.  

August 7, Tuesday - WILD About Animal Sign & Tracking Educator Workshop; Monroe County, 9a-2:30p
This is a joint effort of the Game Commission and the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Join us at Kettle Creel Environmental Education Center. This workshop is designed to be hands-on and help you teach others about reading sign and tracking wildlife. Field exercises include interpreting wildlife sign, studying animal gaits and patterns, as well as identifying Pennsylvania animals. Learn how to create and take advantage of track traps and preserve sign when you find it. Workshop includes a Tracking Field Guide and Act 48 hours. Bring your lunch and dress to go outside. There is a $10 registration fee. Registration deadline is July 24. For more information and to register, email dalynch@pa.gov. 



Other Special Events  

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.