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Board of Game commissioners met January 29-31, 2017 

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners held its first quarterly meeting of 2017, from Jan. 29 thru Jan. 31 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners heard public recommendations for 2017-18 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors opened at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – registered beginning at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted during the public comment period.

On Monday, Jan. 30, the board heard additional public comments and Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors opened at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also began at that time.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board took up its prepared agenda to give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2017-18. Doors opened at 7:45 a.m.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is located at 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. The meeting was live-streamed beginning Monday morning, immediately following the conclusion of public comments. A recording can be viewed for 30 days by creating a free account on Livestream.


Upcoming meetings of the Board include:

Working Group Meeting: Feb. 27
Board Meetings: March 27 and 28, June 26 and 27, and September 25 and 26



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.

February 1 through 19 - Special Trapping Opportunity, Lancaster/Lebanon counties
A limited trapping opportunity has been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this coming trapping season. Trapping will be by special permit only. Five permits will be issued by random drawing for the trapping period. One of the five trapping permits will be drawn for a youth trapper. Learn more in the news release.
June 22 - WILD about Turkeys at Hawk Mountain, Berks County; 9a-3p
Staff members from the Pennsylvania Game Commission will instruct this WILD about Turkeys Teacher Workshop is designed for K-12 grade educators and will focus on many aspects of turkey management in Pennsylvania. Participants will learn where turkeys live, what they eat, how to identify turkey signs, and how the Game Commission manages turkey populations. Participants will receive educational materials and lesson plans. Act 48 pending. Light breakfast provided. Limited to 20 participants. $10 per educator. Registration required, contact Erin Brown at