This year’s symposium to be held at Game Commission’s Northwest Region office.
Harrisburg, PA -(AmmoLand.com)- Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, Aug. 7, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Northwest Pennsylvania Duck Hunters Association, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2015-16 waterfowl hunting seasons.
The briefing will begin at 1 p.m., at the Game Commission’s Northwest Region office, 1509 Pittsburgh Road, Franklin.
In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, Game Commission staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results.
Public comments will be accepted at the meeting; or by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797; or via e-mail through [email protected]
Based on public comments, Game Commission staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval.
All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks.
Meanwhile, early migratory bird hunting seasons – including September Canada goose, mourning dove, American woodcock and webless species – will be announced soon. By mid-August, when the final selections are made, the Game Commission will issue a news release on the remaining hunting seasons for migratory birds.
The agency also will post the annual brochure outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
About Pennsylvania Game Commission
For more than 100 years, the Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians. 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.
For more information, visit: www.pgc.state.pa.us.