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Board of Game Commissioners to meet Jan. 26-28, 2020

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2020, from Jan. 26 through 28 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters located at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit off Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted during public comment periods.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2020-21 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.

On Monday, Jan. 27, 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.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda to, among other initiatives, give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2020-21. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2020-21 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2019-20 deer seasons generally are announced in mid-March.

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 live stream can be viewed on the agency YouTube channelOpens In A New Window.

The agenda for the January meeting will be available here roughly two weeks before the meeting.

Additional Meetings of the Board

Dec. 17, 2019 – Working Group, working group meetings are an opportunity for the Board to hear from staff.
Jan. 26-28, 2020 – Board Meeting


Upcoming Events

Upcoming events on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

2020 Art Show at Middle Creek’s Visitors Center; August 7th: 1 P.M. to 6 P.M., August 8th: 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., August 9th: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Learn about Middle Creek.

2020 National Hunting and Fishing Day at Middle Creek; September 27th: 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Learn about Middle Creek.



Recurring 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.