Pennsylvania Game Commission to Host Annual Waterfowl Briefing on Friday, March 18

This year’s symposium to be held at Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

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Harrisburg, PA -( Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 18, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting seasons.

The briefing will begin at 2 p.m., at the Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor Center, 100 Museum Road in Stevens, Pa.

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.

The timing for selecting seasons has changed this year. There no longer are separately timed selections and announcements for “early” and “late” seasons. All selections will be made and announced at the same time, and likely announced in early April.

When the final selections are made, the Game Commission will issue a news release on the hunting seasons for migratory birds, and those seasons either will be listed in the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest or made available in a brochure posted on the agency’s website.

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.

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‘Came on your website to read about migratory waterfowl season and bag limits. ‘Was more than a bit surprised to see that–based on all advertising on the page–exclusively hand guns and tactical firearms are apparently now recommended for taking waterfowl! What’s with that?