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PA Senate Game and Fisheries Committee

Mission Statement-

Our mission is to provide a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world around us that will resonate with every person living in the great State of Pennsylvania. Using the tools and guidance provided to us by some of the great agencies in this state, we will strive to bring a deeper and a more profound connection to natur

e to every household. We will reach past the traditional groups that utilize the outdoors and capture the interest of people who have not yet discovered their love of the flora and fauna found in Pennsylvania. Core Values: SHIP

•Showcase- To provide opportunities to visualize and educate the spectacular
power of nature.
•Heritage- Continue to protect the hunting and fishing heritage that has helped
shape Pennsylvania since 1787.
•Inclusion- Hunting and fishing are important, but we understand the vitality of
connecting people who fall outside these groups to the natural world.
•Protect and preserve - From finding ways to approach wildlife illnesses to habitat
restoration, we believe in protecting Pennsylvania’s native species. Disclaimer-

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Ready to net a trout this year but not sure where to start?

We're holding free virtual Basics of Trout Fishing programs, where you'll learn trout identification, regulations, equipment, skills, techniques and more!

Pick the date that works for you and sign up now:
March 16:
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March 30:

Photos from Pennsylvania Game Commission-Southcentral Region's post

Photos from Pennsylvania Game Commission-Southcentral Region's post


This photo of a rattlesnake was taken by our "Man in the Woods" Russ Gleixner.


A few more weeks ✌️

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Are you interested in learning to trout fish this year?

Then join us for a free Basics of Trout Fishing program to get started! These virtual programs are on March 16, 23 and 30 to get you ready for trout season. You'll learn identification, regulations, equipment, skills and fishing techniques. Instructors will even help you navigate different resources to find a fishing spot near you.

Sign up now!

March 16:
March 23:
March 30:

This picture is from The Fly Fishing Show this weekend in Lancaster. It was a great turnout and it was wonderful seeing ...

This picture is from The Fly Fishing Show this weekend in Lancaster. It was a great turnout and it was wonderful seeing some great presenters.


When you think about bowhunting and archery, there is a well-known name that comes to mind: Fred Bear.

He’s widely considered to be the “father of bowhunting.” Bear’s unmatched skills in the field, and his role in creating one of the leading bowhunting and archery companies in the world, has made him more of a legend.

In celebration of Fred Bear’s birthday today, we would like to share some facts about this outdoor pioneer:

🏹 He was born in Waynesboro, PA, before moving to Detroit to work in the automobile industry.

🏹 In 1933, Bear began handcrafting his own bows, arrows, and strings, as a second job.

🏹 He proved himself as a top archer by winning Michigan’s Archery Championship in 1934, 1937 and 1939.

🏹 He was instrumental in creating Michigan’s first bowhunting season in 1937, with other states to follow. *Pennsylvania’s first archery season was in 1951.

🏹 In 1942, Bear became the first Michigan bowhunter to take a whitetail on film.

🏹 Bear became an international bowhunting legend by tackling many species of dangerous big game, including a Bengal tiger, lion, polar bear, Cape buffalo, and an elephant weighing four ton, all with his bow and arrow.

🏹 He broke six different archery world records for various big game species – Alaskan brown bear, barren-ground caribou, mountain caribou, Canada moose and stone sheep.

🏹 And he was an inaugural member of the Archery Hall of Fame, along with other archery legends, like Ben Pearson and Ann Weber Hoyt.

“The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind.” - Fred Bear.

Photos from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's post

Photos from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's post

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What better time to celebrate Pennsylvania’s native species than ?

Each of these critters plays a vital role in a connected ecosystem. For example, the queensnake feeds almost exclusively on crayfish, and a healthy crayfish population relies on clean water.

The queensnake is a Species of Greatest Conservation Need outlined in the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The plan provides a proactive conservation blueprint to prevent Species of Greatest Conservation Need from requiring federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan and how you can be a partner in conservation:

📸 Jarren Uplinger

Chairman, Senator Greg Rothman joined the Millersburg High School Conservation Club on Wiconisco Creek stocking trout wi...

Chairman, Senator Greg Rothman joined the Millersburg High School Conservation Club on Wiconisco Creek stocking trout with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission


Congratulations on your 1st steelhead Carson!!


Mark your calendar for the statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, March 25. 🎣

Youth anglers must obtain a Mentored Youth Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License; and be accompanied by a licensed adult angler to participate.

Learn more ➡️


As the Pennsylvania Game Commission continues to explore the possibility of American marten reintroduction within Penn’s Woods, the agency will be providing opportunities to learn more. Read more:

The agency is hosting several presentations across the state, beginning Thursday, March 9, and continuing through June.

Visit to learn more about the American marten.

The agency completed a Reintroduction Feasibility Assessment for American Martens, which is available

Attention boaters/ potential boaters in the Pittsburgh area!

Attention boaters/ potential boaters in the Pittsburgh area!


And she’s on the board! Her first shed antler!


Congratulations Brooklyn on your first steelhead!

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If you fish or boat in Pennsylvania, you don't want to miss an issue of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater.

Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or just getting started, you'll find helpful information in each issue — from fishing tips and hotspots to gear recommendations and lessons learned.

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Getting to Know Invasive Rusty Crayfish
Getting to Know Invasive Rusty Crayfish

Getting to Know Invasive Rusty Crayfish

Rusty Crayfish are an aquatic invasive species in Pennsylvania. They grow to large sizes, quickly reproduce and out-compete native crayfish species for food ...

This When in Nature submission was sent in last summer with the caption, "Take a kid fishing." Tom took his granddaughte...

This When in Nature submission was sent in last summer with the caption, "Take a kid fishing."

Tom took his granddaughter from Texas fishing at Playwicki park in Bucks county to fish along the Neshaminy creek. While they did not have much luck with fishing, they had a great day and enjoyed the views along the water.

Please submit your own When in Nature (WINs) here to be shared on our page. 🙂🎣

Photos from Cumberland County, PA's post

Photos from Cumberland County, PA's post

Photos from Black Moshannon State Park's post

Photos from Black Moshannon State Park's post

Photos from Black Moshannon State Park's post

Photos from Black Moshannon State Park's post


Outdoor recreation adds $14 billion to Pennsylvania's economy, and creates 150,000 jobs earning Pennsylvanians $6.8 billion in wages and salaries.

Learn more about our outdoor recreation economy and its potential for growth ➡️


The 2022 bear harvest results are in!

With 3,170 bears harvested, a couple weighing more than 700 pounds, this year proved to be a great year for hunters to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s thriving bear population. Here are some highlights:

🔸 The 2022 seasons ranked the harvest as the 14th largest of all time!

🔸 Over four seasons, the harvest was spread out more evenly than ever before. Bears were harvested in 57 out of 67 counties.

🔸 Hunters harvested 737 bears in the archery season, 712 in the muzzleloader/special fi****ms season, 1,051 in the general season and 663 in the extended season. Another seven were taken in the early season.

🔸 The largest bear taken in 2022 was during the muzzleloader season, by Cory Bennett, of Toms River, N.J, his bear weighed in at an impressive 755 pounds! Two additional bears were harvested weighing over 700 pounds and 11 bears weighing over 600 pounds!

🔸 Learn more about the 2022 bear harvest results including some of the largest weights, season, and county harvests here:

Thank you to Derrick Welsh for submitting his 2022 bear harvest photo. Derrick’s bear was a sow weighing 200 pounds harvested in Jefferson County during the archery season. Congratulations on your Pennsylvania bear harvest, Derrick!

Thanks to all for being a Pennsylvania hunter!


The photo of the week was taken at Tom's Run in Cook Forest State Park by Mountain Man Photography.

Photos from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's post

Photos from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's post


2023 Mentored Youth Trout Day is Saturday March 25th starting at 8am in Pennsylvania. Download or request a copy of your Fishing & Paddling Guide online at


Here’s some good news surrounding Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania! There are several research initiatives launching this year aimed at increasing understanding of CWD and developing tools to confront it. Read more:

Research projects include looking at the impact of CWD on deer in the most severely impacted areas of the state, in cooperation with the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) Wildlife Futures Program.

Detecting CWD is a challenge. Projects in partnership with Penn Vet include the Wildlife Futures Program’s K9 Conservation dogs, who can literally “sniff out” CWD and refining a highly sensitive detection method for prions to find CWD in f***s and other tissues.

Unfortunately, CWD continues to impact deer and elk in Pennsylvania. Much is still unknown about CWD, so limiting exposure of all species is important.

The Game Commission’s mission is to manage and protect wildlife and their habitats while promoting hunting and trapping for current and future generations. The agency will continue to combat the challenges of CWD with the best available research and science.

If you have any CWD related questions, concerns or comments, please call 1-833-INFOCWD or email [email protected]. Learn more about CWD here:

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Join us for a FREE virtual Women's Intro to Fly Fishing program on March 1 to learn the basics of fly fishing!

Topics include:
▪️ Fly fishing gear
▪️ Knots to know
▪️ Aquatic insects and artificial fly comparisons
▪️ Two important casts
▪️ Reading the water
▪️ Hooking, landing and releasing fish

Sign up now:


Are you interested in applying to become a Pennsylvania State Game Warden?

Do you have questions about this career field or the application process?

If so, stop by the Game Commission booth in the Outfitter Hall, booth #6705, at the Great American Outdoor Show on Wednesday, FEB. 8, from noon to 7 P.M., to speak with our game warden recruiter, Kevin Anderson and our Human Resource representative, Ashley Boylan to answer all your questions.

If you can’t make it Wednesday, no worries! You can stop by and talk with game wardens and agency staff any day.

See you at the show!

For more information on how you can apply to become a Pennsylvania state game warden, visit


The Stairway Lake Trail traverses the Stairway Lake Wild Area, a 2,882-acre area unique for its historic blue stone quarry, wetlands, and wild, natural beauty.

Featuring Stairway Lake and the nearby vista overlooking the Delaware River, this wild area is a remote, quiet, get away for all who visit. Learn more ➡️


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