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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Board to meet Jan. 29 to 31; public has two opportunities to comment.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2017, from Jan. 29 to 31 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2017-18 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. 30, 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. 31, 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 2017-18. The board also could vote preliminarily to create a pheasant-hunting permit, and could cast a preliminary vote to allow semiautomatic rifles and air rifles for some hunting purposes. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2017-18 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2016-17 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.

The agenda for the January meeting is available at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov. Under “Quick Clicks,” on the left side of the homepage, select “Meetings of the Board & Upcoming Events,” then click the link labeled “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 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. The live-stream can be accessed through the agency’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, though viewers will need to log in to a free account to access the stream. In addition, the full Board meeting on Tuesday is to be live-streamed beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Anonymous said...

If the number of ungulates gets too low, they will not recover, This
is a biological fact. In the case of deer, the Commission admits that
bears, bobcats, and coyotes kill over 50% of the fawns. Add disease,
accidents, poaching, and those hit by vehicles. leaves few survivors
to increase the heard size.

A moratorium on doe season north of Interstate 80 is long overdue. And,
Yes, I do walk deep in the woods in North Central Pa. and grieve over the
once bountiful deer herds.

The bucks get bigger because they are allowed to get older due to antler
restrictions. Mature bucks have larger racks. In the 60's, 70's and 80's,
over 90% of the deer were less than 1 1/2 years old. Immature bucks including
spikes and button bucks were the norm.

Current numbers of deer is another subject. Difficult to get kids excited
about deer when they don't even see one.

First the cottontails disappeared, then pheasants, now deer. Next, turkeys,
as the coyotes, bobcats, and fishers dine daily on what was supposed to be
a Thanksgiving Dinner.

No hunters, no interest in preserving gun rights. See how the long range
plan works???

Anonymous said...

I too walk the woods of North Central PA. Seen well over 60 deer in rifle season this year, harvested 2 doe. Rabbit hunted last weekend, we killed a 4 man limit without much trouble.... Maybe you need to hunt better habitat??

Anonymous said...

I agree that the deer numbers aren't like they use to be. The old "deep in the woods" way of thinking is fine, but who wants to drag a deer 5 miles to their car. Hunters need to stick to the "one deer one year" mindset. These guys that go out and blast 5-6 deer need to restrain themselves. If we do that, Slowly,regardless of the PGC, the deer population will get better. That, with the help of putting a bounty on coyote's and Bobcats.... and extend the bear season to 2 weeks, will also help.

Anonymous said...

If you saw 60 deer why in the hell would you shoot 2 doe ? That's like killing 6 deer you moron. Shoot all the rabbits you want, they are everywhere around here.

Anonymous said...

How is that killing six deer you moron. 1+1=2 no matter how you add it up. I killed one old doe in archery that had no fawns this year and another in flintlock. And if I did kill 6 out of 60, 10% seems like a reasonable number to harvest when managing a property. I do agree on our flawed bear season. I had 12 on the property this year. I did harvest one but we could have harvested 7 if they wouldn't have eliminated our extended season.