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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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11/03/2023

👀 🦌 “Watch for deer.” -Another way for Pennsylvanians to say: “I care about you.” (Read until the end 😉)

Please use caution while traveling, especially in the dusk and dawn hours when deer are most active. The Pennsylvania Game Commission advises motorists to slow down and stay alert. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3Qd83Zm

As deer approach the peak of their breeding season, called the “rut,” they are more active. Yearling bucks are dispersing, adult bucks are cruising their home ranges in search for does, and sometimes they chase the ones they encounter.

Paying attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs can make a difference.

Deer often travel in groups and walk single file. If you see one crossing, slow down. More are likely to follow.

In the unfortunate event that you hit a deer, here are some reminders:
🔸You are not required to report the accident to the Game Commission.
🔸Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, call the Game Commission, 1-833-PGC-WILD, within 24 hours to obtain a free permit for the carcass.
🔸A passing Pennsylvania motorist may claim the deer, if the person whose vehicle hit it doesn’t want it.
🔸Those taking possession of road-killed deer from any established Disease Management Area (DMA), or Established Area (EA), are prohibited from transporting high-risk parts. For maps of these areas, the complete list of high-risk parts and other information on CWD, visit www.pgc.pa.gov.
🔸If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, do not approach the deer. Some deer might recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to the Game Commission or another law-enforcement agency.
🔸To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
🔸If you are injured or need assistance, call 9-1-1 for immediate help.

The person who shared this post with you, cares about you. 🧡

11/01/2023

🦌 Deer become more active this season, and PA has one of the highest rates of vehicle/deer collisions. Find Pennsylvania Game Commission tips on how to avoid hitting a deer and how to report a collision here: https://bit.ly/3tO4otJ

10/28/2023

Pennsylvanians, both hunters and nonhunters, are blessed with countless wildlife resources that enhance and fill our lives with meaning.

This was not always the case. As Europeans settled the land, wildlife and other natural resources were utilized for survival with little to no protection, later came market hunting where wildlife was commercialized and sold for food and fashion. This led to the extinction, or near extinction, of several wildlife species and their habitats.

What changed so we have the variety of wildlife today? The unity of hunters, anglers, and conservationists, including Theodore Roosevelt, came to the rescue of all wildlife, not just the ones pursued for hunting and fishing.

Born from this unity, state and federal agencies dedicated to wildlife conservation were formed, including the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1895.

Throughout its more than 125-year history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been guided by the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The model is the greatest strategy to conserve and manage wildlife and consists of seven pillars.

As you read through these seven tenants of the North American Model, we hope you feel something stir inside of you and appreciate the responsibility we all share to ensure the conservation of wildlife for everyone, for always.

The seven pillars of the North American Model of Conservation are:

🔸Wildlife is a public property. Wildlife belongs to everyone and in Pennsylvania is managed by the Game Commission for current and future generations.

🔸The elimination of markets for wildlife. To conserve wildlife populations, the commercialization of wildlife is prohibited.

🔸Wildlife is allocated by law. The taking of wildlife shall in accordance with the laws and regulations set by state and federal governments.

🔸Wildlife can only be taken for legitimate uses. Wildlife shall not be wasted or harvested for frivolous purposes.

🔸Wildlife is an international resource. Wildlife does not recognize political boundaries but shall be managed cooperative between different states and countries.

🔸Science is the basis for wildlife management. Wildlife management decisions shall be based upon the best available science.

🔸Hunting and trapping shall be democratic. All members of the public shall be given the ability to participate.

Hunters have played a pivotal role in the achievement of the conservation and management of wildlife we all enjoy today.

The North American Model of Conservation drives purpose in all citizens to ensure wildlife conservation continues now and for those yet to come.

10/27/2023
10/20/2023
10/17/2023

Fall trout stocking is underway!

We are stocking approximately 117,500 adult Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout in 119 stream sections and lakes in October, November and December.

Check the schedule for information on stockings near you, but please note the schedule is subject to change: https://ow.ly/4R6m50PWbna

📷 Volunteers float stock the Quittapahilla Creek, Lebanon County.

10/17/2023

Give this post a “like” if you’re a Pennsylvania hunter.

Hunters are among the largest and most dedicated group of wildlife conservationists.

Not only do our hunters largely fund wildlife conservation efforts in our state, through license sales, but when it comes to managing game populations, hunters are on the front lines in Pennsylvania's woods and fields.

Some of Pennsylvania’s most popular hunting seasons are well underway and there are a few more starting TOMORROW, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

Here’s a list of seasons that begin on Saturday:

🔸Black bear archery: Oct. 14-Nov. 4. (For select wildlife management units).

🔸Black bear muzzleloader: Oct. 14-21.

🔸Deer muzzleloader (antlerless only): Oct. 14-21.

🔸Ruffed grouse: Oct. 14-Nov. 24 and Dec. 11-23.

🔸Rabbit: Oct. 14-Nov. 24, Dec. 11-23 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29, 2024.

Please note, only one bear may be taken during the license year with a valid bear license, and it must be checked by the Game Commission within 24 hours of harvest.

A complete list of seasons and bag limits, and bear check information, can be found in the 2023-24 Hunting and Trapping Digest or online at: https://bit.ly/3PsT6lH.

Have a question? Call 1-833-PGC- HUNT.

Share your hunting photos and stories with us! Email us at [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our page.

Good luck. Have fun. Hunt safely. THANK YOU FOR HUNTING.

10/10/2023

Dauphin County (WHTM) Here at the Boyd Big Tree Preserve in Dauphin County, a very special harvest is underway. Biologists Stephen Hoy of the American Chestnut Foundation and Noah Vincent of Penn S…

Joined the  Pennsylvania Game Commission tonight at  PA State Rep. Joe Kerwin’s Chronic Wasting Disease seminar in Halif...
10/05/2023

Joined the Pennsylvania Game Commission tonight at PA State Rep. Joe Kerwin’s Chronic Wasting Disease seminar in Halifax.

10/05/2023
Check out this message from our Fish and Boat Commission!
10/04/2023

Check out this message from our Fish and Boat Commission!

​HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 4) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is alerting anglers that two species of fish that are non-native to the lower Delaware River basin, Freshwater Drum and Blue Catfish, are being detected in increasing numbers within those waters. 

09/29/2023
Here is a recording of today’s hearing on license sales and the antler less deer license rollout.
09/20/2023

Here is a recording of today’s hearing on license sales and the antler less deer license rollout.

Senate Game & Fisheries Committee (https://game.pasenategop.com) public hearing on online licensing rollout of antlerless deer tags the Game Commission had earlier…

09/20/2023

Counties, municipalities and nonprofits have until Dec. 30 to apply for Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Boating Facility Grants to help communities capitalize on the popularity of boating and access to local waterways. https://bit.ly/3rfGl5T

09/20/2023

🍂🦌🏹Pennsylvania’s archery season is already underway (in select wildlife management units), and the statewide archery deer opener is right around the corner, on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

We want EVERY hunter to come home safely this fall. HUNT SAFELY. WEAR A HARNESS.

Unfortunately, hundreds of Pennsylvania hunters have been seriously injured in tree stand-related accidents. But 100% of severe falls could be prevented if every hunter properly used a full-body safety harness during their hunts.

Hunters should also:
🔸Select healthy trees that will support their weight.

🔸Check their stands for missing or broken parts before use and read manufacturer’s warnings.

🔸Have an emergency plan and tell someone where they’ll be hunting.

Learn more➡ https://bit.ly/3RlcaFc.

Thank you for being a Pennsylvania hunter. Good luck. Have fun. Hunt safely. Wear a harness.

Purchase your 2023-24 hunting license at www.huntfish.pa.gov.

09/14/2023

🦌🍂Pennsylvania’s deer hunting seasons are right around the corner, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is sharing some timely updates for the 2023-24 seasons related to its effort to battle the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) across the state.

Read our news release for all details➡ https://bit.ly/3PjnfDJ

ℹ️Changes were made to the state’s CWD Disease Management Areas (DMAs), including the creation of a new DMA, the expansion of an existing DMA, and reduction of an existing DMA.

📍View the updated DMA map: https://bit.ly/44lz1mM

🔸The new DMA 8 was created in response to two recent CWD detections in road-killed deer in Dauphin County. It spans 660 square miles and includes portions of Dauphin, Lebanon, Northumberland, and Schuylkill counties. Because this is a new DMA, there will be additional opportunities to harvest deer using Deer Management Assistance (DMAP) permits. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3PjnfDJ

🔸DMA 3, located in western Pennsylvania, expanded after the detection of CWD in a road-killed deer in Indiana County.

🔸The size of DMA 4 in Lancaster County was reduced after going 5 consecutive years without any additional CWD detections.

As a reminder, it is unlawful to do the following within all DMAs and the CWD Established Area (EA):

🚫Remove or export any deer or elk high-risk parts (e.g., head, spinal column, and spleen) from a DMA or EA, unless going to a Game Commission-approved cooperating processor or taxidermist.

🚫Deposit high-risk parts on the landscape away from harvest location.

🚫Use or possess deer or elk urine-based attractants.

🚫Directly or indirectly feed wild, free-ranging deer. It is already illegal to feed elk regardless of DMA location.

🚫Rehabilitate wild, free-ranging deer or elk.

☎️📧Contact the Game Commission’s CWD Hotline at 1-833-INFOCWD, email [email protected] or visit www.arcg.is/1G4TLr for more information.

09/01/2023

Archery hunters across Pennsylvania are gearing up for the start of the season, as early as Sept. 16 in select WMUs, and Sept. 30 statewide.

Bows are being sighted in, gear is being prepped, and tree stands are being placed.

Being a responsible hunter also means being a safe hunter and tree stand safety is surely at the top of that list! By remembering these STEPS to tree stand safety, you can greatly reduce the risk of falls and be prepared in case of a fall.

S- Safety harness or belt: ALWAYS wear a full-body safety harness whenever your feet leave the ground.
T- Tree stand maintenance: Check your stand for missing or broken parts before every use.
E- Evaluate your stand site: Select trees that are alive and will support your weight.
P- Partners & Plans: Hunt with a partner when possible and have a plan in case of an emergency.
S- Signals: Carry a whistle or other signaling device should you need assistance.

After you are secured in the stand, be sure to use a haul line to bring your gear up to you. Fi****ms should be UNLOADED with an open action.

For additional information and other safe hunting tips, visit https://bit.ly/3VjM98k.

To purchase your 2023-24 Pennsylvania hunting and trapping licenses, visit www.huntfish.pa.gov.

Good luck. Have fun. Hunt safely.

08/30/2023

Here is a moment of zen from last week.

Enjoy 🌳🌲

08/28/2023

Dove season opens in a little over a week, on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023! 🌻The Pennsylvania Game Commission has worked all summer to create Managed Dove Fields, ideal dove habitat areas on state game lands.

📍 Find a Managed Dove Field on a state game lands near you: https://bit.ly/3KYfnpX.

Doves are attracted to agricultural areas due to the abundance of food and available bare ground.

When fields are managed specifically for doves, they will come from MILES to take advantage of the food, grit, and loafing areas these fields provide.

Are you planning to dove hunt this year? Remember, dove hunters must obtain a Migratory Game Bird License in addition to a hunting license.

Buy your license online at www.huntfish.pa.gov or in-store at a Licensing Issuing Agent MAP: https://bit.ly/43lds64.

Good luck. Have fun. Hunt safely.

08/28/2023
Last week we got to join Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as they did Flathead Catfish collections on the Susquehan...
08/21/2023

Last week we got to join Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as they did Flathead Catfish collections on the Susquehanna River just north of Harrisburg.

They set baited nets and use the fish caught to research ecological habits and affects of this non native but naturalized species.

Penn State Hazleton participates in these surveys to study the ecological impact of these fish.

08/18/2023
Any guesses on this Avain predator?Found in Pennsylvania Game Commission - Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area*this fe...
08/16/2023

Any guesses on this Avain predator?

Found in Pennsylvania Game Commission - Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

*this feather returned to the ground promptly after being taken

Today the PA Senate Game & Fisheries Committee joined Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at F...
08/16/2023

Today the PA Senate Game & Fisheries Committee joined Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at Fort Halifax to discuss the colonial fort buried on the grounds and way this historic area can be protected.

08/02/2023
07/25/2023

Spotted Lantern Flies have hatched and they're in their adult stage! Keep an eye out for these pesky, invasive critters and smash 'em when you see 'em.

Each spotted lantern fly stomped helps prevents 30-60 from hatching next year, which helps protect our local trees and flora.

Report sightings of Spotted Lantern Flies at the link below, or call 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359).
https://services.agriculture.pa.gov/SLFReport/

07/24/2023

Introduce your kids to fly fishing, boating safety, aquatic habits and more with our Activities & Education Portal.

You'll find activity sheets, coloring pages and newsletters to help them learn about and appreciate Pennsylvania's outdoors.
https://ow.ly/FsxU50Pgkgw

Quick animal fact for the week!
07/24/2023

Quick animal fact for the week!

07/24/2023

The largest turkey research in our state’s history continues with this year’s brood surveys. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is tracking hens that were outfitted with GPS transmitters over the past couple of winters to look at nesting success and survival of poults (young turkeys).

Recently, Northcentral Wildlife Technician Tony and Biologist Aide Anya completed a brood survey in Centre County using thermal imagery, a tool that detects heat and turns it into a visible image. They tracked the pictured hen to determine how many poults the hen has four weeks after hatching.

How do they know when she has laid eggs and they have hatched? Through an acceleration sensor on the transmitter that takes readings every two minutes. They can easily tell when she is incubating without needing to physically see the hen or visit the nest. Any disturbance would likely result in the hen abandoning the nest or lead a predator to it, so the Game Commission does not physically go near the nests until they have hatched and moved on.

Typically, after 28 days of incubation, the poults hatch and the hen and poults begin moving around and feeding. They will then visit the nest to see how many poults hatched (looking at the eggshells). Then the hen and poult tracking begins!

Hens are tracked year-round up to twice a week. Poults that make it to four weeks have a 90% chance of survival. This hen initially had eight poults and now has four (at four weeks “post- hatch”).

This research project began in the winter of 2021-22 and includes placing a minimum of 100 GPS transmitters on female turkeys a year, for four years.

This research will allow the agency to learn about factors that influence wild turkey populations, such as nesting success, habitat use, movement within habitats, survival, and the impact of diseases and for more informed hunting season-setting. Transmitters are also placed on 100 male turkeys a year, for two years.

Pictures: Thermal imagery from this survey, a graph that shows hen acceleration level, and two-week old poults from another survey.

07/19/2023

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has awarded $187,625 in grant funding to support 15 education projects in 11 counties that foster interest in fishing and boating in Pennsylvania through the R3 (recruitment, retention and reactivation) Education Grant Program. Two statewide projects were also awarded. The R3 grants are awarded to recipients to help increase the number of anglers and boaters in Pennsylvania. Efforts include recruiting new participants, retaining existing participants and reactivating former participants in fishing and boating recreation.

"Providing the people of Pennsylvania with education and outreach opportunities for fishing and boating is paramount to the work of the Fish and Boat Commission. Having trusted partners who carry out and believe in the work, too, means more people will experience all Pennsylvania's waterways have to offer," said Kim Garris, PFBC Director of Outreach, Education and Marketing. "This grant program supports our partners' work to get and keep people involved in fishing and boating, promoting healthier lifestyles and a love and appreciation of the natural world."

Recipients of the PFBC R3 Education Grant successfully applied for and demonstrated ways in which their new or expanded projects progress R3 initiatives and connect Pennsylvanians with Commonwealth waterways. Funds awarded through the grant program will be used to purchase equipment and educational resources, provide transportation, and cover other costs associated with the development and delivery of R3 education programs.

Read more: https://ow.ly/ssZX50Pg6sE

07/19/2023

Calling all outdoorswomen!

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently kicked off a new initiative to support and promote female participation in outdoor recreation, especially hunting, trapping, and shooting sports with the all-new PA Wild Women Facebook group.

Whether you are an experienced outdoorswoman or just getting started, the PA Wild Women Facebook Group is meant for you!

PA Wild Women members will have access to online workshops, receive weekly tips and tactics, receive notifications of in -person events, and more importantly, can connect with other outdoorswomen.

While PA Wild Women Facebook Group is open to all, most of the content provided will be created by women for women.

Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pawildwomen.

This When in Nature was captured in Cambria County. While it appears to putting on a healthy set of antlers, he does app...
07/17/2023

This When in Nature was captured in Cambria County. While it appears to putting on a healthy set of antlers, he does appear not to be in good health. Has anyone seen anything similar to this?

Submit your pictures here!

https://game.pasenategop.com/when-in-nature/

07/13/2023

On Saturday, a crowd armed with binoculars and cameras gathered on the edge of a road in Clay Township. Their goal: To spot a rare, feathered visitor to the area,

07/11/2023

Watch out when hiking trails in Pennsylvania — these aren’t rocks!

Woodland Box Turtles are often seen in PA. This time of year, the females have just laid their eggs and are now foraging in the morning for food. They like berries, plant seeds, earthworms, caterpillars, insects and spiders. They’ll burrow down in a shady area to keep cool when it becomes warm in the late morning and afternoon.

If you see any reptiles or amphibians on your adventures, please report your sighting at paherpsurvey.org to help us determine their distribution and status throughout Pennsylvania.

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