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The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first meeting of 2021 on Saturday, Jan. 23.

The meeting will include discussion and preliminary approval of hunting and trapping seasons for the 2021-22 license year.

In compliance with state guidelines to minimize the effects of COVID-19, the meeting will be held only online, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The board will hear reports from staff before picking up its prepared agenda.

Those wishing to submit comments for the board to consider can do so in one of two ways. Comments can be sent by email to [email protected]. Those who, in recent months, already have emailed comments about policy matters do not need to do so again; those comments have been forwarded to the board.

People also may submit recorded comments by phone by pre-registering online to receive a call from the Game Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 20, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Their comments, up to five minutes in length, will be recorded during the call. The pre-registration form needed to submit comments by phone can be found directly at Public Comment Registration for Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Meeting, or through the “Upcoming Events” link under the “Information and Resources” tab at www.pgc.pa.gov. Calls will be placed on a first-to-register, first-to-be-called basis until 11 a.m. If you pre-register and do not get a call from the Game Commission during this three-hour window, please email your comments to [email protected].

All submitted public comments will be sent to the board to be read and heard before the Jan. 23 meeting.

To watch the virtual meeting live, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/679579959715434256?source=news+release. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The agenda for the January meeting is available at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov. Under “Quick Clicks,” on the left side of the homepage, select “Board Meetings & Events,” then click the link provided in the description of the Saturday, Jan. 23 meeting.

Those unable to watch the meeting live can view it later on the agency’s YouTube Channel.
 

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Lots of good stuff on the agenda.

The Commission currently issues various hunting and furtaking license products to customers in physical form only on the familiar durable yellow stock. New features in the PALS (HuntFishPA) system are expected to go live for the 2021/2022 license year will have the capacity to provide hunters and trappers with a digital versions of its license products by email and through the PALS system. However, current licensing regulations will need to be amended to authorize and define their use. The Commission is proposing to amend § 143.1 and create § 143.5 (relating to definitions; and digital licenses) to define and authorize the use of hunting and furtaking eLicenses. This authorization will also extend to certain permits also sold through the PALS system, such as mentored permits, bobcat permits, range permits, etc. An eLicense is generally defined as a digital (electronic) copy of a hunting or furtaking license or permit provided to customers in the form of a PDF document. An eLicense will be issued to the hunter or trapper at the time of purchase and will be authorized for use in the same manner and as an alternative to traditional physical license documents. When used, the eLicense will be stored and displayed by the customer on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. The customer will also have the option of printing a copy of eLicense products on their own printer using appropriate paper stock. Carcass harvest tags will continue to be provided to customers in physical form only on the familiar durable stock. No digital versions of these documents will be issued to customers or authorized for use. Customers that elect to purchase license products online will be provided with digital copies of their license products and thereafter mailed physical carcass harvest tags by first class mail. Customers that elect to purchase license products at an agent location will be issued physical carcass harvest tags at the time of purchase and will also have the opportunity to have digital licenses provided to them electronically when a valid email address is provided. There will be no additional fee for customers to retrieve eLicense products from the Commission's PALS system. However, replacement license fees will still apply where replacement carcass harvest tags are requested or where the customer opts for a physical reprint of license products.
 

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Does this mean that they are voting on a statewide concurrent deer season or does it mean it has already passed and its just a foregone conclusion. God i hope it doesnt happen!
 

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Does this mean that they are voting on a statewide concurrent deer season or does it mean it has already passed and its just a foregone conclusion. God i hope it doesnt happen!
Its preliminary approval. Send the commissioners your thoughts. I kind of prefer the current split season where I hunt over the full concurrent season elsewhere.
 

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With wild turkey population trends declining in many wildlife management units, closure of the fall season in WMU 5A and reductions in season length for 14 other WMUs are recommended in accordance with Wild Turkey Management Plan guidelines to increase hen survival.
Reduction in season lengths only in the fall correct? Still going to be able to get 2 gobbler tags?
 

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Can someone better explain the anger less license proposal? So I can purchase a 2F tag, two 2A tags, then a 2B tag but only over the counter for the last tag?
 
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