From Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- The agenda for the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting, which is slated for Jan. 27-29, is posted on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and can be viewed by clicking the "Next Commissioners' Meeting" box in the center of the homepage and then on the agenda link.
The Board meeting will be held in the auditorium of the agency's Harrisburg headquarters to collect additional recommendations on the 2008-09 seasons and bag limits, and to conduct a workshop and formal meeting. The headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, beginning at 1 p.m., the Board will hear public recommendations for 2008-09 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony - limited to five minutes - may begin to register at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis.
On Monday, Jan. 28, the Board will gather any additional public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony - limited to five minutes - also will begin at that time.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Game Commission will take up its prepared agenda to, among other things, give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2008-09. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2008-09 seasons will be presented for the Board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2007-08 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.
Dates for the Board's April, June and October 2008 meetings, and for the January 2009 meeting, will be set by the Board on Jan. 29.
"In the past, we printed and mailed copies of the agenda to more than 100 sportsmen's club representatives, outdoor writers and legislators," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "However, in our ongoing efforts to cut operational costs, we have decided that it would be better to post this information on our website providing a wider and more uniform distribution, while saving money for important conservation work."
A limited number of copies of the agenda will be made available to those who attend the meeting.
Once the January meeting ends, Roe also noted that a copy of the January meeting minutes will be posted on the website as soon as they are transcribed, which generally takes between two to three weeks. Previous meeting minutes are posted on the website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the "Reports/Minutes" section of the homepage.
"Posting the minutes on the website allows us to cut the costs of printing and mailing copies of this document and reach a wider audience," Roe said. "It's a cost-savings move that makes Game Commission actions and decisions more accessible to the public."