Board of Game Commissioners To Meet January 27, 28, and 29, 2019
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2019, from Jan. 27 through 29 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. The Game Commission’s headquarters is located at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2019-2020 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 public comment periods.
On Monday, Jan. 28, 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 public comment periods.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, 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 2019-2020. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2019-2020 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2018-19 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.
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 Channel.
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.
December 17 – Working Group meeting
Oct. 24, Wednesday - Bald Eagles and Lead Toxicity WEBINAR, noon
Pennsylvania has lost a number of bald eagles due to lead poisoning. During this webinar, Pennsylvania Game Commission Veterinarian Justin Brown
will explain how lead produces disease in avian scavengers and how eagles and
other scavengers obtain lead from the environment. He will also provide details
about existing surveillance for causes of bald eagle morbidity and mortality. Register to attend and receive a link to the recording.
Oct. 25, Thursday - Chronic Wasting Disease Open House; Bedford County, 7-8:30p
CWD open houses are designed as stations to be self-navigated at your own pace with agency staff on hand to answer questions about Chronic Wasting Disease. Feel free to arrive at anytime. Bedford High School; Bedford, PA. Learn more about CWD in Pennsylvania at http://bit.ly/PGC-CWD
Oct. 28, Sunday - Chronic Wasting Disease Presentation; McKean County, 2:30p
This is a formal presentation by experts in the field with a question and answer period at University of Pittsburgh in Bradford in the University Room; Bradford during Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative's Deer Season Kickoff. Learn more about CWD in Pennsylvania at http://bit.ly/PGC-CWD
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