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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 8:30 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.


Upcoming events

Jan. 21, Cabin Fever Sunday, Harrisburg
The Adirondack 46ers - Learn about the Adirondack High Peaks and the group of hikers challenging themselves to climb all 46. A Deputy Pennsylvania State Game Warden, that climbed all 46 high peaks, will discuss the strategies and gear unique to hiking in remote, mountainous terrain in all seasons and weather conditions. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., presentation starts at 1 p.m. and is about one and a half hours in length. Game Commission Headquarters; 2001 Elmerton Avenue; Harrisburg 17110.
 
Feb. 4, Cabin Fever Sunday, Harrisburg
Woodland Survival - Pennsylvania State Game Wardens will discuss basic survival methods, materials and equipment that will help you stay dry, warm and safe on an unexpected overnight in the Pennsylvania woods. We’ll review how to create a minimalist everyday carry (EDC) survival kit that is always ready. The class will include outdoor demonstrations, please dress appropriately. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., presentation starts at 1 p.m. and is about two hours in length. Game Commission Headquarters; 2001 Elmerton Avenue; Harrisburg 17110.
 
March 4, Cabin Fever Sunday, Harrisburg
Basic Winter Tree Identification - Pennsylvania State Game Wardens will provide basic instruction on how to identify common trees, shrubs and vines using a variety of field identification techniques that are utilized by wardens. The class will include outdoor demonstrations, please dress appropriately. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., presentation starts at 1 p.m. and is about two hours in length. Game Commission Headquarters; 2001 Elmerton Avenue; Harrisburg 17110.
 
April 8, Cabin Fever Sunday, Harrisburg
Introduction to Algonquin Provincial Park - Join Pennsylvania State Game Wardens as we partner with DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry, John Norbeck to learn about Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. The park boasts thousands of lakes, hundreds of miles of trails (canoe, hiking and biking), two museums, an art center, 14 campgrounds and several lodges for fantastic vacation experiences. In a country famous for canoeing, Algonquin stands out as one of Canada’s best wilderness canoe tripping destinations. By presenting glimpses of past trips, Dirk Dixon, a long-time member of The Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg, will provide insight into the excellent vacation opportunities Algonquin has to offer. Members of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association and Shanks Mare Outfitters from Wrightsville Pennsylvania will also be available to discuss paddling adventures and the variety of traditional wooden canoes and modern kayaks available for your outdoor enjoyment. Displays and doors open at 12:30 p.m., presentation starts at 2 p.m. and is about 40 minutes in length. Game Commission Headquarters; 2001 Elmerton Avenue; Harrisburg 17110.


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.