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PGC to discuss preliminary seasons, bag limits

Preliminary seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 seasons head the agenda of the first quarterly meeting of the year by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of commissioners beginning today and continuing Monday and Tuesday at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, located off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. Today, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2019-20 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon, and individuals interested in offering public testimony — limited to five minutes — may register on a first-come, first-to-speak basis. Monday, the board will gather any additional public comments and hear PGC staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and registration for those interested in offering public testimony — limited to five minutes — will begin at that time. Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda to among other initiatives give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2019-20. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2019-20 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its spring meeting. Harvest results from the 2018-19 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March. The agenda for the meeting is available at the PGC website at www.pgc.pa.gov. Under “Quick Clicks,” on the left side of the homepage, select “Meetings of the Board & Upcoming Events,” then click the link provided in the description of the Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting. Those unable to attend the meeting can watch much of it live streamed beginning Monday immediately following the conclusion of public comments. The live stream can be accessed through the agency’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, though viewers may need to log in to a free account to access the stream Monday and Tuesday.

GAOS representative is ETO guest

Great American Outdoor Show media relations manager Christina Paladeau is the guest of News-Item outdoors writer Doyle Dietz on today’s edition of “Experience The Outdoors,” winner of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association award for best outdoors radio program, 7-7:30 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, and 9:30-10 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM.; and downloaded on wmgh.com.

Banquets

Reading Ridge Runners NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet, Saturday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 1741 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing; for reservations call Steven Nelson at (610) 763-4964 or email sanelson@ptd.net. Col-Mont Gobblers NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet, Saturday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Pine Barn Inn, 1 Pine Barn Place, Danville; for reservations call Matthew Swartz at (570) 490-2784 or email mashunts@gmail.com. Valentine’s dinner and dance, Saturday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove; call (570) 617-0492 for information.

Today’s events

Early Bird Sports Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg; for information and tickets, call (570) 594-0252 or access the website at www.earlybirdsportsexpo.com.

This week’s events

Thursday: Thursday: Trap, youth 5-6 p.m.; adult, 6-9 p.m.; Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg; email grsmmyminch@gmail.com for information. Friday: Trap practice, 6:30 p.m., Keystone Fish and Game, Irish Valley Road, Shamokin; call (570) 274-5834 or (570) 648-0084 for information. Friday and Saturday: 18th Century Artisan’s Show, Country Cupboard Restaurant and Best Western Inn, Lewisburg; for information, call (570) 541-1655 or access the website at www.18thcenturyartisanshow.com. Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Squirrel hunt, Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove; call (570) 617-0492 for information. Saturday and Sunday: Lancaster Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Gun Show, Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster; for information call (717) 368-4653. Show hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 10: Great American Outdoor Show, Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg; for information and tickets, access the website at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.com. Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3: Sporting clays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove; call (570) 617-0492 for information. Schuylkill County TU free fly-tying class, 1-4 p.m., Schuylkill Haven Recreation Center, Schuylkill Haven; contact Bruce Herb at (570) 573-7076 or wetflyguy@comcast.net and Tony Mione at (717) 979-0235 or tonymione@outlook.com for information. — Compiled by Doyle Dietz

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