Tag: Game Commission

2016-17 Hunting and Furtaker Licenses On Sale

Buy your 2016-17 hunting or furtaker license online or at an issuing agent today!    

Cavity Nesting Birds are Losing Habitat

About half of Pennsylvania is forested, and slightly more than half of that forestland is dominated by large trees. Only a small percentage of these large trees are dead, deteriorating or harboring cavities that birds and mammals use for dens or nest sites. To…

FERAL SWINE HUNTING TEMPORARILY CLOSED IN BUTLER COUNTY

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough has announced a temporary closure to feral swine hunting in Butler County. Feral swine are not native to Pennsylvania, but sometimes are found roaming freely on public and private lands. Because of the damage feral swine…

Operation Game Thief

  If you see poaching activity, you can now report the details through an online system called Operation Game Thief. The program will collect important information and send it to the appropriate region office. Upon dispatcher review, the report will be forwarded to an…

How Homeowners Can Reduce Conflicts with Bears

If you live in one of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania that has black bears, chances are you’ve seen a black bear or know someone who has seen one. The Pennsylvania black bear population has grown considerably in the past 40 years. In the…

What’s wrong with that deer?

We get LOTS of photos of deer with wart-like, hairless tumors on their brown coats.  These unsightly masses are more often than not cutaneous fibromas.  They can develop anywhere on the body (see attached photos).  Fibromas are caused by a virus.  The virus is…

Banded Doves

What a decade of data has shown This month, dove hunters will be partaking in one of the most active wing-shooting seasons of the year. At about the same time, dove biologists will be closing out the busiest dove monitoring project in the United…

Controlled Burns and Wildlife

Find a Burn, Bag a Buck …or a bear, potentially a turkey, maybe even a grouse. Controlled burning improves wildlife habitat, and hunters should consider a new twist in their scouting this fall; find a burned area! Fire has shaped Pennsylvania’s wildlife habitats for thousands…

We want to hear from you!

Seeking Input ‘The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) are seeking public input through Sept. 11 on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The draft plan and comment forms can be found at: http://fishandboat.com/swap2015.htm. Questions can be directed to the…

Tree Stand Safety

August is tree stand safety month. Watch this Hunter-ed video for some tips on how to be safe when in the stand this season. Tree Stand Safety Month