Changes Coming to Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons?

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold a public working group meeting April 1 in advance of its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on April 14-15.

The working group meeting will be webcast through the agency’s website beginning at 8 a.m. Agenda items include seasons and bag limits for the 2013-14 seasons that will be the subject of the Board’s meeting April 14.

“The working group meeting offers the Board a chance to discuss with Game Commission staff agenda items, initiatives and ideas, as well as receive staff reports and presentations,” said Commission president Robert W. Schlemmer. “Held in an informal setting, our meeting provides the public an excellent chance to become more familiar with the Game Commission and the deliberations that help shape its wildlife management programs.”

No votes on agenda items are taken during working group meetings, nor does the Board schedule time to receive public comments.

“I encourage the public to use the time between the working group meeting on April 1 and the official Board meeting on April 15 to inform Game Commissioners of their viewpoints on seasons and bag limits and other issues before the Board,” Schlemmer said. “Public comments will be received at our quarterly meeting on Sunday, April 14 and Monday, April 15. The Board also accepts public comments through e-mail and letters.”

The working group meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the auditorium of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.