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
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 20, Wednesday - History of Pennsylvania Wildlife & Wildlife Conservation; Luzerne County, 7p
Join the Game Commission to learn about the history of Pennsylvania wildlife and wildlife conservation. Game Warden Supervisor William Williams will present information on how habitat loss, the absence of game laws, and market hunting led to the demise of many wildlife species, and discuss factors that led to their eventual recovery. The Back Mountain Regional EMA building is located at 3593 Route 118 (a half-mile west of the intersection of routes 118 and 415), in Dallas. No reservations required. For more information contact the Game Commission's Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.
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 email@example.com.
June 28, Thursday- Wildlife Forensics Educator Workshop; Lehigh County, 9a-2:30p
Wildlife forensic techniques are used by Pennsylvania game wardens to solve crimes related to wildlife across the state each year. Wildlife cannot speak for itself, so wardens and concerned citizens try and 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. Act 48 hours are available. Bring your lunch and dress to go outside. There is a $10 registration free. Registration deadline is June 14. Register: http://www.wildlandspa.org/event/wildlifeforensics For program information e-mail Dan Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 3. For 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 email@example.com.
July 18, Wednesday - Chronic Wasting Disease; Luzerne County, 7p
Chronic wasting disease is an emerging threat to Pennsylvania's deer herd. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be presenting this program at the Back Mountain Regional EMA building in Dallas. Northeast Region Wildlife Management Supervisor Kevin Wenner will present information on the status of CWD within the commonwealth, how it affects deer, factors that influence disease transmission, and control measures currently in place. The Back Mountain Regional EMA building is located at 3593 Route 118 (a half-mile west of the intersection of routes 118 and 415), in Dallas. No reservations are required. For more information contact the Game Commission Northeast Region Office at (570) 675-1143.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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