Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania Game Commission MISSION: To manage Pennsylvania's wild birds and mammals and their habitat for current and future generations. For more than 100 years, the Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth's wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians.
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With the help of more than 700 full-time employees and thousands of part-timers and volunteers, the agency provides a host of benefits to wildlife, state residents and visitors.

Mission: Managing wild birds and wild mammals and their habitats for current and future generations.

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Thank you to Ken Duren, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Bird Section Supervisor, for sharing this delicious BRAISED VE...
12/02/2020

Thank you to Ken Duren, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Bird Section Supervisor, for sharing this delicious BRAISED VENISON SHANK recipe for WILD Game Wednesday!

Braising venison shanks is a great way to use deer meat that is often discarded or ground into burger. Cooking the venison shank low and slow, allows the connective tissue to melt into the meat resulting in a deliciously moist and tender meal. See the full recipe, originally posted on Honest-Foods.net, here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3qkHSCf.

Share your favorite game recipes with us by using the tag #WILDGameWednesday or in the comments below!

Congratulations to the Brundage family, who harvested these bucks on opening day of rifle season, Saturday, November 28,...
12/01/2020

Congratulations to the Brundage family, who harvested these bucks on opening day of rifle season, Saturday, November 28, 2020!

Lauren Brundage (age 11), Ryan Brundage (age 20) and their grandmother, Susan Brundage (age 76) are shown with their harvest in the photo below. This was the first time Susan and Lauren ever hunted. All three deer were harvested on the Brundage family farm in Columbus, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s 2020 deer rifle season runs through Saturday, December 12, 2020. We wish all Pennsylvania hunters a safe and successful hunting season! Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2HXltd5.

To help reduce fatalities due to cold-water immersion this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsyl...
12/01/2020

To help reduce fatalities due to cold-water immersion this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Game Commission would like to remind all boaters including waterfowl hunters, to wear a life jacket while boating from November 1, 2020 to April, 30 2021.

An inadvertent fall into the water, especially during cold-water months, can hurt or even kill you. Protect yourself while afloat by ALWAYS wearing a life jacket when you are on, in, or near the water. For more boating safety tips visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website at www.fishandboat.com.

For more information on waterfowl hunting check pages 43-47 of your 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest: https://bit.ly/2HXltd5.

Looking for a new place to hunt? Check out the Game Commission’s Deer Hunter Focus Areas. To enhance hunter experience o...
11/30/2020

Looking for a new place to hunt? Check out the Game Commission’s Deer Hunter Focus Areas.

To enhance hunter experience on Pennsylvania’s 1.5 million acres of State Game Lands, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is helping hunters locate Deer Hunter Focus Areas throughout the state. These are areas on State Game Lands where habitat improvement projects have created new growth forests and have increased hunter access by creating or opening roads.

Hunters can now search, create and print customized maps of Hunter Access properties, Wildlife Management Units, aerial photographs, topographic base maps, and more by using the Game Commission’s mapping center here: https://bit.ly/3nGw0bJ.

Maps of Deer Hunter Focus Areas: https://bit.ly/2KrVb3u.

The Game Commission mobile app is a one-stop shop that provides hunters and trappers with the information they need most...
11/27/2020

The Game Commission mobile app is a one-stop shop that provides hunters and trappers with the information they need most. Through the app hunters can check seasons and bag limits, locate bear or elk check stations, find CWD head collection bins or report their deer or turkey harvest while afield.

The app also provides instant access to the Hunting & Trapping Digest and the agency’s Mapping Center, which charts hunting opportunities including pheasant releases on state game lands and other hunting properties.

The Game Commission mobile app is free to download on iTunes and Google Play stores.

It’s almost here, the day many Pennsylvania hunters wait for all year: The Opening Day of Firearms Deer Season! From all...
11/27/2020

It’s almost here, the day many Pennsylvania hunters wait for all year: The Opening Day of Firearms Deer Season! From all of us here at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, good luck, have fun and hunt safely!

PA’s regular firearms deer season opens TOMORROW, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020, and this year, includes a day of Sunday deer hunting on Nov. 29, 2020, then runs through Dec. 12, 2020.

[Hunters in WMUs 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C and 5D will have a concurrent antlered and antlerless firearms deer season. In all other WMUs, a seven-day antlered deer season will be followed by a seven-day concurrent season.]

A few quick reminders: All hunters are required to report their harvest within 10 days. Hunters who harvest deer in a Disease Management Area are asked to submit their deer’s head for CWD testing. [Click here for details ➡️ https://bit.ly/33aJvZp.]

Click here for other information related to the 2020 deer firearms season ➡️ https://bit.ly/3nOZBzF.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission would like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s Than...
11/26/2020

The Pennsylvania Game Commission would like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s Thanksgiving turkey season is open TODAY, November 26, 2020 and TOMORROW, November 27, 2020 in the following WMUs: 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, and 4C.

Learn more about fall turkey hunting on page 32 of your 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest ➡️ https://bit.ly/38ZdZ4b.

EPISODE 13: Making Hunting History in Pennsylvania is now available. LISTEN HERE 🎧➡️ https://bit.ly/375P2l9.It’s been an...
11/25/2020

EPISODE 13: Making Hunting History in Pennsylvania is now available. LISTEN HERE 🎧➡️ https://bit.ly/375P2l9.

It’s been an exciting fall, with plenty of expanded hunting seasons. To celebrate the hunt, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans joined Marketing Director Matt Morrett to wish hunters a happy Thanksgiving and remind everyone about the important role our hunters share in conserving our wildlife.

As the first day of rifle deer season in Pennsylvania is quickly approaching, Bryan shares his memories from his first-ever buck harvest, his personal sentiments on being a Pennsylvania hunter and his thoughts on all the hunting opportunities we’ve had so far this fall – from doves to squirrels to pheasants, turkey, deer, bear and more!

Call of the Outdoors podcast is available now! ➡️ Episodes are available on www.calloftheoutdoorspgc.com, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Store, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so it only makes sense that this week’s WILD Game Wednesday would feature a wild turkey recipe...
11/25/2020

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so it only makes sense that this week’s WILD Game Wednesday would feature a wild turkey recipe! This recipe—roasted wild turkey and mulberry sauce—was provided by Noble Anderson from Palmyra and is featured in the Game Commission’s Game Cookbook. Purchase online at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com.

INGREDIENTS:
1 wild turkey breast filet, 1 egg, 1 cup whole milk, seasoned breadcrumbs, vegetable oil, 1-quart fresh mulberries, 1 cup water, 1 cup honey

INSTRUCTIONS:
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. In one bowl whisk together egg and milk and place breadcrumbs in another. Pound turkey breast until it is uniformly 1” thick. Dip turkey breast into the egg/milk mixture then cover with breadcrumbs by dipping into breadcrumbs. Brown both sides of turkey breast in a lightly oiled cast iron pan then place pan in oven for 20 minutes.

To make the mulberry sauce, start by rinsing the mulberries. Combine mulberries, water, and honey and lightly boil. Simmer and reduce heat until reaching desired consistency. Once done, mulberry sauce can be spread over thinly sliced turkey breasts.

11/25/2020
Happy Thanksgiving and Good Luck PA Deer Hunters

Here in Pennsylvania, we continue to be leaders in conservation and we have so much to be thankful for when it comes to our wildlife, hunting opportunities, public lands and more! From all of us at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.

GOOD LUCK to those hunting this weekend. The statewide firearms deer season opener takes place on SATURDAY, Nov. 28, then the third big game SUNDAY hunting opportunity takes place on Nov. 29. [Details➡️ https://bit.ly/3lqtci8]. THANK YOU for being a Pennsylvania hunter. Have fun, good luck and hunt safely!

Important Reminder for Bear Hunters: Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season ends TODAY, Nov. 24. The extended bear season ...
11/24/2020

Important Reminder for Bear Hunters: Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season ends TODAY, Nov. 24. The extended bear season opens on MONDAY, Nov. 30, in certain WMUs. [See which ones here: https://bit.ly/2ZOnbDc]. Only one bear may be taken during the license year. Details➡️ www.pgc.pa.gov.

🦌 Pennsylvania deer hunters will make history in the woods THIS WEEKEND as the statewide firearms deer season opener tak...
11/24/2020

🦌 Pennsylvania deer hunters will make history in the woods THIS WEEKEND as the statewide firearms deer season opener takes place on SATURDAY, Nov. 28, then the third big game SUNDAY hunting opportunity takes place on Nov. 29. [Details➡️ https://bit.ly/3lqtci8].

Pennsylvania's age-old passion for the opening day of rifle deer season is alive and continues this year with expanded opportunities. Thanks for being a Pennsylvania hunter and enjoy every minute of your time spent in the woods. Good luck, have fun and hunt safely!

📸 Document your adventures and TAG US in your hunting photos on Sunday using #iHuntedSundayinPA. Visit www.pgc.pa.gov for more information about the 2020-21 seasons and bag limits.

With the recent closing of the early deer archery season and the opening of general firearms deer season this SATURDAY, ...
11/23/2020

With the recent closing of the early deer archery season and the opening of general firearms deer season this SATURDAY, November 28, 2020, the Pennsylvania Game Commission would like to remind deer hunters to report your harvest.

It’s legally your responsibility as a Pennsylvania hunter to report your big game harvests within 10 days. By reporting your harvest, you're providing information that will aid in our biologist's decision-making process and tag allocations for not only next year, but for years to come. You can report your harvest online, by phone or send via mail.

Report your harvest online here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2IHWytT.

Hunters harvesting bears during the statewide regular firearms bear season must, within 24 hours, take their harvest along with his or her hunting license and bear license to a Game Commission bear check station for examination. Check stations are open on each day of the regular firearms bear season, and on select days during the extended firearms season. Information about and locations of bear check station can be found on pages 37-38 of your 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest ➡️ https://bit.ly/3e94Pmg.

Pennsylvania’s Thanksgiving Turkey Season is open this year in select WMUs, from Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Friday, Nov. 27,...
11/23/2020

Pennsylvania’s Thanksgiving Turkey Season is open this year in select WMUs, from Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Friday, Nov. 27, 2020! Good luck, have fun and hunt safely! [Click here for WMU info ➡️ https://bit.ly/2ZOnbDc].

Hunters are reminded to report all wild turkey harvests within 10 days to help wildlife biologists make the best management decisions for years to come. Report harvests by phone, send via mail, or online here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2IHWytT.

Turkey hunters are no longer required to wear fluorescent orange, however, the Game Commission strongly recommends it.

Find out why fall turkey seasons vary by WMUs ➡️ https://bit.ly/2HieqLw.

Read the full news release on Pennsylvania’s fall turkey season ➡️ https://bit.ly/3fjaerJ.

In April the Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season in 10 WMUs, which include: 2...
11/22/2020

In April the Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season in 10 WMUs, which include: 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C, and 5D. Within these WMUs, the concurrent season will open Saturday, November 28, include a day of Sunday deer hunting on November 29, and run until December 12.

The remaining WMUs (1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E, and 5B) will continue to have a split firearm deer season with a seven-day antlered deer season the first week, followed by a seven day concurrent season the second week. Read more about the changes to the 2020-21 hunting and trapping seasons à https://bit.ly/2MSfLbf.

The Game Commission is seeking information related to a Game Warden being assaulted near the town of Distant, in Armstro...
11/20/2020

The Game Commission is seeking information related to a Game Warden being assaulted near the town of Distant, in Armstrong County, this past Saturday, November 14th.

The warden was struck by a dark colored UTV, possibly a Polaris Razor, with a red or orange metal front bumper. The UTV was being driven by a male occupant with a female passenger.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region at 724-238-9523. Information will be kept confidential.

Pennsylvania’s regular firearms bear season opens tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, includes SUNDAY, November 22, and run...
11/20/2020

Pennsylvania’s regular firearms bear season opens tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, includes SUNDAY, November 22, and runs until Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Good luck, hunt safely!

All successful bear hunters are legally required to tag the harvested animal and bring it to a Game Commission check station within 24 hours of harvest. Successful hunters should also bring their general hunting license to the check station. Failure to tag or check a harvested bear is considered an unlawful possession of game. Information collected at bear check stations provides valuable information about population size and health that helps the Pennsylvania Game Commission better manage bears across the state.

Three check stations, including two in the Southcentral Region and one in the Northcentral Region, have changed venue and will be held at different locations than what is published in the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. The 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest is available online here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3n5xtrO.

To comply with the Governor’s social-distancing requirements and to keep Game Commission employees and members of the public safe, access to bear-checking areas will be limited. While some check stations may have areas that are open to the general public, at all check stations, only the successful hunter, and in some cases members of his or her hunting party, will be permitted to enter the checking area. Social-distancing of at least 6 feet and face coverings are required at all check stations. Further restrictions may apply at some facilities. Read full news release here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3n0WFj4.

Thank you, in advance, for checking your harvested bear at a Game Commission bear check station. Those interested can check bear check station harvest data online here ➡️ https://www.pgcapps.pa.gov/Harvest/Bear.

Specific information pertaining to bear check stations in the Southwest Region ➡️ https://bit.ly/3pJ1orU.

Pennsylvania’s early archery season was extended to Nov. 20, 2020 to provide more opportunities to hunt the rut. During ...
11/20/2020

Pennsylvania’s early archery season was extended to Nov. 20, 2020 to provide more opportunities to hunt the rut. During rut or mating season, bucks create “signposts”—rubs and scrapes—to make their presence known and mark territory. Knowing how to identify these signposts can increase your chances of harvesting a buck during rut.

Probably the most complex signpost bucks use during rut is a scrape. A scrape is created when a buck rubs his forehead, releasing gland secretions, on a low hanging branch. To finish the scrape, the buck will paw the ground clear of twigs and leaves then urinate over their tarsal glands and onto the cleared ground.

During rut bucks also become more vocal to make their presence known, claim territory, chase does, or to intimidate other bucks. With rut in full swing amping up your deer vocalization efforts, like grunts or rattling, might attract a nearby buck hoping to find a receptive doe. There are a variety of grunts that deer make, but a short soft blow into a grunt tube—available at most hunting stores—is a common grunt to mimic. Remember practice makes perfect!

Learn more about rut in Pennsylvania here: https://bit.ly/3nw4Ynk.

Since 1991, hunters have donated more than 1.3 million pounds of venison to the state’s hungry through Hunters Sharing t...
11/19/2020

Since 1991, hunters have donated more than 1.3 million pounds of venison to the state’s hungry through Hunters Sharing the Harvest. Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a program that works through a network of meat processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families. Last year, Pennsylvania hunters donated 160,000 pounds of venison to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, which produced over 822,000 meals for the hungry.

This year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission donated $55,000 to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, which enables Hunters Sharing the Harvest to accept venison donations without charging hunters.

Hunters interested can learn more about donating deer here ➡️ https://sharedeer.org/donate/.

Hunters who harvest deer in one of Pennsylvania’s Disease Management Areas are asked to work with their local processor, get their deer tested, save the boned-out meat, and wait to receive results before donating.

Whether you are fishing, hiking, or birding on state game lands this fall, make sure you are seen by wearing orange!  Ea...
11/19/2020

Whether you are fishing, hiking, or birding on state game lands this fall, make sure you are seen by wearing orange!

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Board of Commissioners adopted new regulations to require nonhunters to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing, collectively on the head, chest, and back, visible from 360 degrees, when visiting state game lands. According to regulation, State Game Land’s visitors must meet the fluorescent orange requirements from November 15 to December 15, 2020 but is recommended anytime during open hunting seasons.

This includes Sunday, Nov. 22 which is open for bear hunting during the statewide general bear season, and Sunday, Nov. 29 which is open for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2IO2WQd.

Are you tired of the same old wild game recipes? Ready to try something new? This week for WILD Game Wednesday, we featu...
11/18/2020

Are you tired of the same old wild game recipes? Ready to try something new?

This week for WILD Game Wednesday, we feature a delicious spicy venison heart recipe. This venison heart recipe mimics a common Filipino street-dish known as “sigsig.” Read the full recipe and instructions here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2HdeCfb. Thank you to Sons of the Hunt for sharing this recipe with us.

Share your delicious wild game recipes with us by using the tags #WILDGameWednesday and #PaGameComm.

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2001 Elmerton Ave
Harrisburg, PA
17110-9797

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NORTHWEST Region Office: Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango & Warren counties 814-432-3187, 814-432-3188, 814-432-3189 SOUTHWEST Region Office: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington & Westmoreland counties 724-238-9523, 724-238-9524, 724-238-5639 NORTHCENTRAL Region Office: Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga & Union counties – 570-398-4744, 570-398-4745, 570-398-3423; [email protected] SOUTHCENTRAL Region Office: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder & York counties – 814-643-1831, 814-643-9635 NORTHEAST Region Office: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne & Wyoming – 570-675-1143, 570-675-1144 SOUTHEAST Region Office: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia & Schuylkill counties – 610-926-3136, 610-926-3137, 610-926-1966

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Why is Lakemont park in Altoona allowed to drain their lake and let thousands of fish lay to die? https://www.facebook.com/1846492013/posts/10214032088836726/
Can anyone tell me when they are releasing pheasant in game lands 219? Thanks
I’m a little confused as to why yinz eliminated the thanksgiving turkey hunt in 2A. If that ain’t the definition of fall turkey huntin I don’t know what is. If needed please shorten the regular fall season but keep the thanksgiving season pilgrim!!!
Your stupidity never ceases to amaze me. You had all summer to perform the construction you are doing at the SGL 242 shooting range. Now you close the range 1 month before deer season. Amazing!!!
What kinds of guns are permitted for deer hunting in Bucks County PA
What the heck did you guys do to SGL 153. I have not been there in a couple of years but I see that a big part of it (the area where quite a few bow hunters put up tree stands) is gone. and it looks like a lot more tree are being cut down further into the game lands. Pretty shabby place to hunt now! Looks like it was strip mined (looks like a few settling ponds). Great Job!!
My grandson Calob shooting out a raccoon his 1st yr as a licensed hunter :)
Hey PGC, what’s up with the October issue of Game News?? Can’t find it anywhere.
Is this allowed ?
What could cause this????
Wondering. I have a fur taker. Wanted to take grandson out for racoon. Can you hunt them on sundays?