Pennsylvania Board of Game Meeting April 17 and 18

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The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17-18, at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. The meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days.

On Tuesday, April 17, the Board will hear public comments on the proposed 2007-08 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits that were given preliminary approval in January. The Board also will receive agency staff reports and updates.

On Wednesday, April 18, the Board is scheduled to take official action to finalize the 2007-08 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits, and to set antlerless deer license allocations for the upcoming seasons. The Board also is scheduled to consider for final approval a regulation to extend the legal hunting hours to one-half hour after sunset.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the agency's website www.pgc.state.pa.us prior to the meeting. Minutes from the January meeting are available in the "Reports/Minutes" section of the homepage.

Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations and sportsmen's clubs.

The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals derived from State Game Lands.