Board of Game Commissioners to meet on January 25-27, 2015.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2015 on Jan. 25-27, in the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. A link to a live stream of the meeting will be available on the agency home page following public comments. A copy of the agenda will be posted roughly two weeks prior.


Tentative Schedule:

On Sunday, Jan. 25, beginning at 1 p.m., the Board will hear public recommendations for 2015-16 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – may begin to register at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis. PowerPoint presentations will not be permitted during public comment.

On Monday, Jan. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Board will hear any additional public comments followed by Game Commission staff reports. 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 will not be permitted during public comment.

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.

Additional quarterly meetings will be listed when scheduled.
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Other Special Events

September 26 Visit with the Game Commission, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Winslow Hill and Dents Run. 3:30 PM until dark. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk.  The Winslow Hill Viewing Area is located on top of Winslow Hill 1.2 miles north of route 555 on the left side of Winslow Hill Road from Benezette. The Dents Run Viewing Area is located along Winslow Hill Road, roughly two miles north of route 555 from Benezette. Continue past the Winslow Hill viewing area about eight-tenths of a mile on the black-topped Winslow Hill Road. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
September 27 Visit with the Game Commission, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Winslow Hill and Dents Run. 3:30 PM until dark. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk.  The Winslow Hill Viewing Area is located on top of Winslow Hill 1.2 miles north of route 555 on the left side of Winslow Hill Road from Benezette. The Dents Run Viewing Area is located along Winslow Hill Road, roughly two miles north of route 555 from Benezette. Continue past the Winslow Hill viewing area about eight-tenths of a mile on the black-topped Winslow Hill Road. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
September 27 Campfire and Geocaching Program, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Dents Run for a campfire (starts at 7:30 PM) and a program on Geocaching(8-8:30 PM) followed by an optional Night Cache. Bring your own chair and flashlight. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Dents Run Viewing Area is located along Winslow Hill Road, roughly two miles north of route 555 from Benezette. Continue past the Winslow Hill viewing area about eight-tenths of a mile on the black-topped Winslow Hill Road. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
September 28 National Hunting & Fishing Day, Klienfeltersville
Hunters and anglers have always been at the forefront of the conservation movement. National Hunting and Fishing Day is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of sportsmen towards conservation. It also is designed to introduce others to the joys of outdoor pursuits. Many sportsmen's organizations will be represented along with other conservation groups. There will be ongoing exhibits, programs and activities throughout the day. If you appreciate and enjoy the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, come out and thank the sportsmen; for without them, places like Middle Creek would not exist. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information or directions, please call the Middle Creek Visitor Center at: 717-733-1512.
September 28 Loyalsock Game Farm Tour, Lycoming County
Noon-3 p.m., rain or shine. Those taking a tour will get a comprehensive look at the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, which again this year aims to raise about 200,000 birds to provide hunting opportunities statewide. Loyalsock Game Farm: 136 Game Farm Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754. The game farm is five miles north of Montoursville on Route 87 and 1.5 miles east of Warrensville on Route 973. Tour starts at the hatchery. View a video of the pheasant propagation process here.
September 28 Northcentral Game Farm Tour, Lycoming County
Noon-3 p.m., rain or shine. Those taking a tour will get a comprehensive look at the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, which again this year aims to raise about 200,000 birds to provide hunting opportunities statewide. Northcentral Game Farm: 1609 Proctor Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701. The game farm is 18 miles north of Montoursville off of Route 87. Tour starts at the hatchery of the Proctor (northern) farm.  View a video of the pheasant propagation process here.
September 28 Western Game Farm Tour, Crawford County
Noon-3 p.m., rain or shine. Those taking a tour will get a comprehensive look at the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, which again this year aims to raise about 200,000 birds to provide hunting opportunities statewide. Western Game Farm: 25761 Highway 408, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403. The game farm is 3.5 miles east of Cambridge Springs on Route 408. Tour starts at the office/hatchery. View a video of the pheasant propagation process here.
September 28 Southwest Game Farm Tour, Armstrong County
Noon-3 p.m., rain or shine. Those taking a tour will get a comprehensive look at the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, which again this year aims to raise about 200,000 birds to provide hunting opportunities statewide. Southwest Game Farm: 217 Pheasant Farm Rd., New Bethlehem, PA 16242. The game farm is two miles south of New Bethlehem off Routes 66/28. Tour starts at the office/hatchery. View a video of the pheasant propagation process here.
October 3 Visit with the Game Commission, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Winslow Hill. 3:30 PM until dark. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Winslow Hill Viewing Area is located on top of Winslow Hill 1.2 miles north of route 555 on the left side of Winslow Hill Road from Benezette. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 4 Visit with the Game Commission, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Winslow Hill. 3:30 PM until dark. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Winslow Hill Viewing Area is located on top of Winslow Hill 1.2 miles north of route 555 on the left side of Winslow Hill Road from Benezette. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 4 Campfire and Pennsylvania Owls Program, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Dents Run for a campfire (starts at 7:30 PM) and to learn about Pennsylvania Owls(8-8:30 PM). Bring your own chair. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk.  The Dents Run Viewing Area is located along Winslow Hill Road, roughly two miles north of route 555 from Benezette. Continue past the Winslow Hill viewing area about eight-tenths of a mile on the black-topped Winslow Hill Road. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 5 State Game Lands 12 Tour, Bradford County
From 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. (rain or shine). This is a 28-mile, self-guided, circular driving tour through State Game Lands 12, and will take about two hours to complete. State Game Lands 12 consists of nearly 24,480 acres in Bradford County. The route will start at the game lands parking lot on top of Wheelerville Mountain on state Route 154, just south of Canton, Bradford County. Roads are passable for most vehicles, four-wheel drive is not needed but a good ground clearance is advised. The route travels east to the Barclay Cemetery, then down the hill to Laquin before turning west onto the railroad grade to Wheelerville. The tour ends at the intersection with state Route 154 in Wheelerville. From there, those on the tour can travel north on state Route 154 to Canton, or south to Shunk in Sullivan County. The tour goes by Sunfish Pond County Park so a picnic lunch may be the order of the day! Those taking the tour are sure to find the local history of the mountain and the Game Commission's refuge system is intriguing. A pocket guide full of historical information and photographs will be provided to each vehicle at the start of the tour. Contact the Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143 with questions.
October 5 State Game Lands 141 Tour, Carbon County
Registration will be held from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the large parking lot along state Route 93 on State Game Lands 141, Nesquehoning Township. Game Commission personnel will be on hand to explain various points of interest, including wildlife habitat-improvement projects. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance are recommended for this 9-mile, self-guided driving tour. The tour will begin at the large parking area on the east side state Route 93 and travels east on a game lands road toward the Lehigh Gorge State Park, and back to state Route 93, exiting at the parking lot across from the game lands shooting range. The tour will pass habitat-improvement projects completed by the game lands Food and Cover Corps crew located in Carbon County, along with the National Wild Turkey Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Ruffed Grouse Society. Representatives from the Game Commission and conservation organizations will be on hand to explain the projects and answer questions. Directions: Take state Route 93 north from state Route 209 and proceed 3.5 miles and turn right into the parking lot. Proceed through the gate on a dirt road. Each vehicle will be provided a map and brief explanation of wildlife and habitat management programs being carried out on this magnificent tract of public hunting land. Contact the Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143 with questions.
October 5 State Game Lands 57 Tour, Luzerne and Wyoming counties
Registration to be held from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the headquarters building complex on State Game Lands 57, Ricketts Station, Forkston Township, Wyoming County. Game Commission personnel will be on hand to explain various points of interest, including wildlife habitat-improvement projects. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance are required for this 30-mile, self-guided driving tour. The tour will pass habitat-improvement projects completed by the State Game Lands 57 Food and Cover Corps crew, along with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Quality Deer Management Association and Ducks Unlimited. Representatives from the Game Commission and conservation organizations will be on hand to explain the projects and answer questions. Directions: Take state Route 487 north from state Route 118 and proceed 7.5 miles. Turn right onto the dirt road near the game lands sign on the right. Travel 0.1 miles to "Y" intersection and proceed 0.3 miles to the headquarters complex. Each vehicle will be provided a map and brief explanation of wildlife and habitat-management programs being carried out on this magnificent tract of public hunting land. Contact the Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143 with questions.
October 5 Wildlife Sign, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Dents Run for a program on Wildlife Sign at 11:00 AM. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Dents Run Viewing Area is located along Winslow Hill Road, roughly two miles north of route 555 from Benezette. Continue past the Winslow Hill viewing area about eight-tenths of a mile on the black-topped Winslow Hill Road. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 10 Visit with the Game Commission, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Winslow Hill. 3:30 PM until dark. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Winslow Hill Viewing Area is located on top of Winslow Hill 1.2 miles north of route 555 on the left side of Winslow Hill Road from Benezette. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 11 Visit with the Game Commission, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Winslow Hill. 3:30 PM until dark. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Winslow Hill Viewing Area is located on top of Winslow Hill 1.2 miles north of route 555 on the left side of Winslow Hill Road from Benezette. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 11 Campfire and Pennsylvania Bats Program, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range at Dents Run for a campfire (starts at 7:30 PM) and to learn about Pennsylvania Bats (8-8:30 PM). Bring your own chair. Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. The Dents Run Viewing Area is located along Winslow Hill Road, roughly two miles north of route 555 from Benezette. Continue past the Winslow Hill viewing area about eight-tenths of a mile on the black-topped Winslow Hill Road. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 12 Driving Tour of SGL 311, Elk County
Visit with the Game Commission on the elk range. A Driving Tour of State Game Lands 311 will begin at the bottom of Dewey Road at the gate. (1:00-4:00 PM) Enhance your visit with a list of elk viewing destinations and information about Pennsylvania elk. More information is available through the Northcentral Region Office, 570-398-4744.
October 12 State Game Lands 26 Tour, Bedford and Blair counties
From noon to 3 p.m. This popular tour highlights mountainous terrain and fall foliage. The 7-mile, self-guided auto tour begins at the parking area on the northeast side of Route 869, between Pavia and Beaverdale, and concludes near the village of Blue Knob. Tour participants can scan the scenery for mounted wildlife specimens strategically placed along the route, as well as identification tags placed on examples of tree and shrubs beneficial to wildlife. Game Commission personnel will be on hand to answer questions relating to Game Commission programs and activities. Contact the Southcentral Region Office for more information at 814-643-1831.
October 19 State Game Lands 110 Tour, Berks and Schuykill counties
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us on a vehicle tour, which encompasses nearly 10,150 acres of historical, scenic and recreational property. The nine-mile trip will begin at the agency’s parking lot on Mountain Road, midway between the Shartlesville exit of Interstate 78 and Route 61. The tour will exit onto Route 183, north of Strausstown. Game Commission officers will be on hand to answer questions relating to Game Commission programs and activities. Also please note that due to the previously announced construction project on Ellendale Forge Road, the State Game Lands 211 tour will not be held this year. State Game Lands 211 is in Dauphin and Lebanon counties. Contact the Southeast Region Office with questions at 610-926-3136.
October 19 State Game Lands 108 Tour, Cambria County
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This 7.5-mile, self-guided, one-way, driving tour will highlight mountainous terrain and fall foliage on the Allegheny front. Items of interest along the tour route include a rehabilitated strip-mined area, which has been converted to small-game habitat. The area also serves as a study area for grassland nesting birds, including the Henslow’s sparrow, a grassland species of special concern. Northern harriers and endangered short-eared owls also inhabit the study area. Also highlighted are tree and shrub identification, wildlife habitat food plots and a deer exclosure fence. Each tour participant will be provided a brochure with directions and information about features along the tour route. The tour begins at the game lands access road three-tenths of a mile north of Frugality, along state Route 53, in White Township. Watch for the sign. The tour will conclude on state Route 865, near Blandburg in Reade Township. Game Commission land management, forestry, wildlife management, and law enforcement personnel will be on hand to explain the various habitat improvement projects on this state game lands, and to answer questions. Contact the Southwest Region Office with questions at 724-238-9523.
December 15 Board of Commissioners' Working Group Meeting, Harrisburg
A public, working group meeting at the Game Commission's headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. The meeting is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m. and also will be streamed live on the agency's website. Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game Commissioners and Game Commission staff ahead of the regular quarterly meetings. While the meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted. Those attending, however, are permitted to submit questions in writing to the board.









Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797