Game Commission to Appear at Senate Appropriations Committee

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Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are scheduled to appear before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, March 3, at 9 a.m. in Senate Majority Caucus Room (Room 156) in the Main Capitol, Harrisburg. The hearing will be broadcast live on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). (Please check local listings for the PCN channel in your area.)

As an independent agency since 1895, the Game Commission does not receive any state general fund taxpayer dollars. The agency is funded by the sale of hunting and furtaking licenses; the sale of timber, coal, mineral, oil and gas rights on State Game Lands; a portion of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition; and the sale of subscriptions to the agency's PA Game News monthly magazine and other educational and information materials.

The Game Commission is responsible for the conservation of all wild birds and mammals, the preservation of their habitats and the promotion of the state's rich hunting and trapping heritage. In addition, the agency manages the 1.4 million acre State Game Lands system, which was purchased by sportsmen and women's dollars.