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Thursday, January 22, 2015


No vote on measure to be taken at January meeting.

A proposal that would restrict hikers’ use of state game lands, and require anyone without a hunting or furtaker license to obtain a free permit to use game lands, has been placed on hold.

The Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, through board President Robert W. Schlemmer, today announced the entirety of an agenda item proposing creation of a state game lands user permit is being deleted from the board’s Jan. 27 meeting agenda.

In addition to creating the free permit, the proposal called for adding hiking to the list of activities that can occur only on Sundays during the height of hunting seasons.

Schlemmer said the board received hundreds of public comments about the proposal and wants to allow more time to properly consult with hunters, conservation partners and elected officials about it.

The rest of the board’s agenda, which is posted on the Game Commission’s website, remains intact.

The board will consider agenda items Jan. 27, the third day of a three-day meeting that begins Sunday, Jan. 25.

The board at the Jan. 25 meeting will hear public comments on topics including the 2015-16 hunting and furtaking seasons. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – may register beginning at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis.

On Monday, Jan. 26, 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. 27, 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 2015-16, and establish other meeting dates for the coming year, among other things. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

The agenda for the January meeting is available at the Game Commission’s website, From the “Quick Clicks” box running down the right side of the homepage, select “Meetings of the Board & Other Special Events.” A link to the agenda is provided on the page that opens.


Anonymous said...

Wow. Where are all the people that were on here bashing and blaming voters for voting in Wolf? They magically disappeared.

Anonymous said...

What does this article have to do with Wolf?

Anonymous said...

From a hunter's viewpoint, creating a use permit for non-hunters is a TERRIBLE idea. If this would happen, it would open the door for non-hunters to have a say about what happens on the game lands that we, the hunters, have purchased for our use.

Anonymous said...

5:34 , I agree with your feelings that non-hunters should have no say in what happens on state game lands. Hunters (myself 44 yrs) have bought and paid for these lands and the salaries of the Game Commission through our licenses and fees. It wouldn't be right to allow non financial supporters to dictate any hunting regs or the like. They already fight us on Sunday hunting, no need to allow them input on how to use our state game lands.

Anonymous said...

way to go Wolfe. Under Corbett the game commission was going to restrict freedoms of walking on public land. within a few days of his term, Wolfe ended that nonsense.

Anonymous said...

ANYONE should be able to use that land, not just hunters!! Get over yourselves and go away!

Anonymous said...

What's next? The homosexuals or the NAACP will want to start holding rallies on the gamelands? Bullshit! You don't hunt then stay the hell off of the gamelands!!!! NO general public access AT ALL!!! Not on my dime...