Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania Game Commission MISSION: To manage and protect wildlife and their habitats while promoting hunting and trapping for current and future generations. For more than 125 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.

Operating as usual

06/05/2021
Game Wardens Saves Ducklings

Recently, State Game Warden Matt Kramer, successfully rescued several ducklings stuck in a pond pipe in Beaver County. After the rescue, the ducklings were reunited with their mother.

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the detection of a new CWD-positive deer on a Warren Coun...
06/04/2021

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the detection of a new CWD-positive deer on a Warren County hunting preserve. Read full news release here ➡ https://bit.ly/3fO7BQq.

The detection of this CWD-positive deer has led to the establishment of a new Disease Management Area – DMA5 – and new regulations to reduce the risk of the disease spreading in Warren County. Click here for a map of DMA 5 ➡ https://bit.ly/2SPv0Yt.

Please note, within a DMA it is unlawful to remove or export high-risk deer parts, use or to possess cervid (deer, elk, moose, caribou) urine-based attractants, to feed wild free-ranging deer or elk, and to rehabilitate wild, free-ranging cervids.

Read more ➡ https://bit.ly/3iiZPje.

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the detection of a new CWD-positive deer on a Warren County hunting preserve. Read full news release here ➡ https://bit.ly/3fO7BQq.

The detection of this CWD-positive deer has led to the establishment of a new Disease Management Area – DMA5 – and new regulations to reduce the risk of the disease spreading in Warren County. Click here for a map of DMA 5 ➡ https://bit.ly/2SPv0Yt.

Please note, within a DMA it is unlawful to remove or export high-risk deer parts, use or to possess cervid (deer, elk, moose, caribou) urine-based attractants, to feed wild free-ranging deer or elk, and to rehabilitate wild, free-ranging cervids.

Read more ➡ https://bit.ly/3iiZPje.

Join us Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM for PGC LIVE with Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans to recap l...
06/04/2021

Join us Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM for PGC LIVE with Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans to recap last year, discuss the upcoming 2021-22 hunting season, learn about Pennsylvania’s new licensing system and ask questions.

Join us Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM for PGC LIVE with Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans to recap last year, discuss the upcoming 2021-22 hunting season, learn about Pennsylvania’s new licensing system and ask questions.

We know many of you are wondering when you can put that pink envelope in the mail. So here is Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 hun...
06/03/2021

We know many of you are wondering when you can put that pink envelope in the mail. So here is Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 hunting season antlerless deer license application schedule:

🔸July 12, 2021 –Residents
🔸July 19, 2021 –Nonresidents
🔸August 2, 2021 –Unsold, 1st Round
🔸August 16, 2021—Unsold, 2nd Round

Please note, hunters must purchase a 2021-22 general hunting license BEFORE applying for an antlerless license. All antlerless deer license applications must be mailed in the official pink envelopes to a county treasurer; applications are accepted by mail only until over-the-counter sales begin.

Tired of the pink envelopes? Contact your state representative or senator to support senate bill 431, which if passed, would allow for the sale of antlerless deer licenses at any issuing agent in the state, as well as online. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3vr5R57.

We know many of you are wondering when you can put that pink envelope in the mail. So here is Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 hunting season antlerless deer license application schedule:

🔸July 12, 2021 –Residents
🔸July 19, 2021 –Nonresidents
🔸August 2, 2021 –Unsold, 1st Round
🔸August 16, 2021—Unsold, 2nd Round

Please note, hunters must purchase a 2021-22 general hunting license BEFORE applying for an antlerless license. All antlerless deer license applications must be mailed in the official pink envelopes to a county treasurer; applications are accepted by mail only until over-the-counter sales begin.

Tired of the pink envelopes? Contact your state representative or senator to support senate bill 431, which if passed, would allow for the sale of antlerless deer licenses at any issuing agent in the state, as well as online. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3vr5R57.

06/02/2021
Hunting Licenses Go On Sale June 14, 2021!

Pennsylvania's 2021-22 hunting licenses go on sale on Monday, June 14!

With a 14-day statewide concurrent antler and antlerless fi****ms season, expanded Sunday hunting opportunities and 187 elk licenses allotted across three seasons, Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 hunting seasons provide many opportunities for hunters to get afield. Read more: https://bit.ly/3yVJKG4.

Starting June 14 hunters will be able to purchase their 2021-22 hunting licenses at local issuing agents or online on Pennsylvania’s new licensing system, huntfish.pa.gov. Click here for a map of issuing agents: https://bit.ly/3icKuk2.

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 2021 Turkey Hunt Photo Contest! Today, June 1, 2021 is the last day to submit photos...
06/01/2021

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 2021 Turkey Hunt Photo Contest! Today, June 1, 2021 is the last day to submit photos.

To enter, send ONE turkey hunting related photo, taken in 2021, to [email protected], with the subject line: “Turkey” by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Photos submitted must be related to turkey hunting and can include hunting blind photos, turkey calling photos, harvest photos and more!

Participants could win a custom Pennsylvania made turkey call and an assortment of Game Commission merchandise! Let friends and family know your competing and encourage them to vote for your photo by posting it on your page with the hashtag #PGCTurkeyHuntContest.

For contest details, click here ➡ https://bit.ly/3nw5gvA.

Photo: Billy Marks from Tioga County, 2020.

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 2021 Turkey Hunt Photo Contest! Today, June 1, 2021 is the last day to submit photos.

To enter, send ONE turkey hunting related photo, taken in 2021, to [email protected], with the subject line: “Turkey” by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Photos submitted must be related to turkey hunting and can include hunting blind photos, turkey calling photos, harvest photos and more!

Participants could win a custom Pennsylvania made turkey call and an assortment of Game Commission merchandise! Let friends and family know your competing and encourage them to vote for your photo by posting it on your page with the hashtag #PGCTurkeyHuntContest.

For contest details, click here ➡ https://bit.ly/3nw5gvA.

Photo: Billy Marks from Tioga County, 2020.

Please join us in remembering and honoring the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.
05/31/2021

Please join us in remembering and honoring the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.

Please join us in remembering and honoring the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.

On May 26, 2021 Deputy State Game Warden George Millison, Delaware County, responded to a call reporting a deer trapped ...
05/30/2021

On May 26, 2021 Deputy State Game Warden George Millison, Delaware County, responded to a call reporting a deer trapped in a deep 11-foot shaft housing the air conditioning units for Bryn Mawr hospital. The shaft was surrounded by a six-foot fence, suggesting the deer jumped the fence and fell approximately 17 feet. Surprisingly the deer only suffered minor injuries.

In order to safely lift the deer out of the shaft, DSGW Millison contacted State Game Warden Matthew Johnson and DSGW William Cosenza for assistance in tranquilizing the deer and contacted the Lower Merion Fire Department for equipment to help lift the deer.

Once tranquillized, the deer was able to be lifted out of the shaft using a Stokes basket. The deer was successfully transported and released in a nearby woodlot. Game Wardens ensured the deer was up and walking around before leaving.

The Erie County Habitat crew has been busy lately improving habitat on seasonally flooded impoundments. Using the marsh ...
05/29/2021

The Erie County Habitat crew has been busy lately improving habitat on seasonally flooded impoundments. Using the marsh master, the crew was able to drawdown several impoundments on State Game Lands 218.

While it may not look very picturesque, drawing down these impoundments in the spring exposes mudflats that are valuable habitat for wading birds such as Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, and Solitary Sandpipers.

Using a set of disks on the marsh master, helps to activates seedbeds and promote a variety of seed producing vegetation to grow which will provide food to migrating waterfowl when the area is once again flooded this fall.

The Erie County Habitat crew has been busy lately improving habitat on seasonally flooded impoundments. Using the marsh master, the crew was able to drawdown several impoundments on State Game Lands 218.

While it may not look very picturesque, drawing down these impoundments in the spring exposes mudflats that are valuable habitat for wading birds such as Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, and Solitary Sandpipers.

Using a set of disks on the marsh master, helps to activates seedbeds and promote a variety of seed producing vegetation to grow which will provide food to migrating waterfowl when the area is once again flooded this fall.

Poachers take note: You can run, but you can’t hide.A former Pennsylvania resident who fled to Kentucky to avoid facing ...
05/28/2021

Poachers take note: You can run, but you can’t hide.

A former Pennsylvania resident who fled to Kentucky to avoid facing a host of game-law charges was brought back Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by state police and turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Zachary L. Scheffel, 41, formerly of Milroy, Mifflin County, touched down Wednesday at Capitol City Airport in New Cumberland and immediately was taken by game wardens to Mifflin County Prison, where he is jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail on 72 counts – including two felonies – of violating various game laws, as well as a charge of making, repairing or selling offensive weapons. Scheffel was charged in September by State Game Warden Amanda Isett after the ex*****on of a search warrant uncovered a multitude of game-law violations, including two felony charges for the unlawful killing or taking of deer.

Presently Scheffel faces two felony counts of unlawfully killing or taking of big game, two counts of unlawful acts concerning licenses, 33 counts of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, two counts of unlawful devices and methods, 18 counts of exercising the privileges granted by a permit without first securing the required permit, 15 counts of unlawful acts concerning the taking of furbearers, and a misdemeanor count of making, repairing or selling offensive weapons.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3oYyKTH.

Poachers take note: You can run, but you can’t hide.

A former Pennsylvania resident who fled to Kentucky to avoid facing a host of game-law charges was brought back Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by state police and turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Zachary L. Scheffel, 41, formerly of Milroy, Mifflin County, touched down Wednesday at Capitol City Airport in New Cumberland and immediately was taken by game wardens to Mifflin County Prison, where he is jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail on 72 counts – including two felonies – of violating various game laws, as well as a charge of making, repairing or selling offensive weapons. Scheffel was charged in September by State Game Warden Amanda Isett after the ex*****on of a search warrant uncovered a multitude of game-law violations, including two felony charges for the unlawful killing or taking of deer.

Presently Scheffel faces two felony counts of unlawfully killing or taking of big game, two counts of unlawful acts concerning licenses, 33 counts of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, two counts of unlawful devices and methods, 18 counts of exercising the privileges granted by a permit without first securing the required permit, 15 counts of unlawful acts concerning the taking of furbearers, and a misdemeanor count of making, repairing or selling offensive weapons.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3oYyKTH.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently was awarded a grant that will h...
05/28/2021

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently was awarded a grant that will help us improve quail habitat and benefit multiple species, including bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, and monarch butterflies. Through this grant 1,800 acres of habitat in the Bobwhite Quail Focus Area in Letterkenny Army Depot will be improved or restored by prescribed fire, invasive species removal, tree harvesting and native flower/grass plantings.

Letterkenny Army Depot, located in Franklin County near Chambersburg, is the first Bobwhite Quail Focus Area, which is an area designated for bobwhite quail habitat restoration work and transfer of wild bobwhite quail. Since 2017 the Game Commission has completed 1,971 acres of prescribed fires, 1,609 acres of tree harvesting, and 663 acres of invasive species control to improve bobwhite habitat.

Thanks to our partners—NWTF and the Letterkenny Army Depot—the Game Commission plans to release 800-1,000 wild bobwhite quail into this area, over a three-year period, starting in 2023!

Learn more about bobwhite quail management here: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/Pages/Northern-Bobwhite-Quail.aspx.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently was awarded a grant that will help us improve quail habitat and benefit multiple species, including bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, and monarch butterflies. Through this grant 1,800 acres of habitat in the Bobwhite Quail Focus Area in Letterkenny Army Depot will be improved or restored by prescribed fire, invasive species removal, tree harvesting and native flower/grass plantings.

Letterkenny Army Depot, located in Franklin County near Chambersburg, is the first Bobwhite Quail Focus Area, which is an area designated for bobwhite quail habitat restoration work and transfer of wild bobwhite quail. Since 2017 the Game Commission has completed 1,971 acres of prescribed fires, 1,609 acres of tree harvesting, and 663 acres of invasive species control to improve bobwhite habitat.

Thanks to our partners—NWTF and the Letterkenny Army Depot—the Game Commission plans to release 800-1,000 wild bobwhite quail into this area, over a three-year period, starting in 2023!

Learn more about bobwhite quail management here: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/Pages/Northern-Bobwhite-Quail.aspx.

Don’t forget to report your turkey harvest! Successful hunters are required within 10 days to report their turkey harves...
05/28/2021

Don’t forget to report your turkey harvest! Successful hunters are required within 10 days to report their turkey harvests to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Mentored hunters must report turkey harvests within five days. Report your harvest online at www.huntfish.pa.gov or at 1-800-838-4431.

Don’t forget to report your turkey harvest! Successful hunters are required within 10 days to report their turkey harvests to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Mentored hunters must report turkey harvests within five days. Report your harvest online at www.huntfish.pa.gov or at 1-800-838-4431.

In an effort to simplify and modernize how Pennsylvania hunters apply for their antlerless deer licenses, the Senate Gam...
05/27/2021

In an effort to simplify and modernize how Pennsylvania hunters apply for their antlerless deer licenses, the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee passed Senate Bill 431, which would allow for the sale of the licenses at any issuing agent in the state, as well as online.

This bill would eliminate the current process, which includes mailing a pink antlerless deer application envelope to a county treasurer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission updated the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System in early 2021 which provides hunters with more convenient and efficient ways to apply for and receive hunting licenses.

Hunters who support modernizing the antlerless deer license application process in Pennsylvania should contact their state Senator and/or state Representative and ask them to support Senate Bill 431.

Find Your Legislator ➡ https://bit.ly/3oS4CcE.
Senate Bill 431 ➡ https://bit.ly/3vr5R57.

In an effort to simplify and modernize how Pennsylvania hunters apply for their antlerless deer licenses, the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee passed Senate Bill 431, which would allow for the sale of the licenses at any issuing agent in the state, as well as online.

This bill would eliminate the current process, which includes mailing a pink antlerless deer application envelope to a county treasurer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission updated the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System in early 2021 which provides hunters with more convenient and efficient ways to apply for and receive hunting licenses.

Hunters who support modernizing the antlerless deer license application process in Pennsylvania should contact their state Senator and/or state Representative and ask them to support Senate Bill 431.

Find Your Legislator ➡ https://bit.ly/3oS4CcE.
Senate Bill 431 ➡ https://bit.ly/3vr5R57.

Recently, the 33rd class of cadets spent a day with the Pennsylvania Trapping Association, Dan Lynch  Game Commission Wi...
05/27/2021

Recently, the 33rd class of cadets spent a day with the Pennsylvania Trapping Association, Dan Lynch Game Commission Wildlife Education Specialist and Dustin Stoner Game Commission Information and Education Supervisor to learn proper trapping techniques.

This training serves to familiarize cadets—many of which are inexperienced trappers—with trapping methods and equipment so they can help trappers and enforce trapping regulations in the field. State Game Wardens also commonly help teach trapping techniques to new trappers in the Game Commission’s Hunter Trapper Education Courses.

On May 22, 2021, State Game Warden Hannah Robinson, Bucks County, responded to call of a red fox kit stuck in a fence. S...
05/26/2021

On May 22, 2021, State Game Warden Hannah Robinson, Bucks County, responded to call of a red fox kit stuck in a fence. SGW Robinson, was able to free the fox kit by snipping a link in the fence. The fox kit quickly returned to the woods and was reunited with its mother.

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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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Pretty guy perched on a pole in Mountain Top . What is he? Juvenile eagle? Osprey? He (or she) is a stunning red tail hawk. Never seen one sit still for long.
Spotted a mountain lion 31 May 2021 during my train ride to Altoona. Seen it dash across the tracks between Horningford & Mattawana, PA; near mile marker 176 on the ol' Pittsburgh (Altoona) Line. It appeared to be a younger cat, maybe 6 months to a year old; it was an exciting couple of seconds - a treasured, rare sighting, indeed!
Hello, I'm trying to purchase 2 WTFW patches. Elk 2012. The site that PA game news says to contact keeps sending me to purchase a fishing license. I clicked on purchase merchandise.....??????
Hello where can we find where the dmap areas will be this year for 2021? I can't seem to find the map on the site this year. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
We saw this snake at Alan Seeger NA yesterday May 31. My friends say corn snake but Central PA seems out of their range and we've not seen one here before. Thought this might be of interest!
There is a dead Yellow-Crowned Night Heron in the 100 block of Woodbinee Street in Harrisburg. It is at the base of the pole at the corner of the driveway behind the Christian Science Church, I know we've been wondering what happened to them.
When do the 2021-2022 Hunting Licenses go on sale?
05.25.21 At 6 pm near Hellam, PA while watching the Bald Eagles this beautiful coyote came into view at the nest tree...He stopped and watched me as I shot him with my Canon 7 Mark II...my first one...
I saw an animal on my farm in southern Erie county that I couldn't identify. It was brown with a bushy tail. It was about the same size and had an arched back like a raccoon. But it loped through the tall grass instead of waddling like a raccoon. I've seen lots of raccoons, and I don't think it was a raccoon. A fisher?
I have 3 bears living in or near my wooded back yard in Dalton who have been coming out a lot lately looking for trash. They appear to possibly be a mother and 2 cubs. Should I contact someone about them?
What date will the 2021-2022 hunting lisense go on sale ?