2017 Joint Picnic & Fundraiser

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Brown Trout Pattern Chosen for 2017 Trout Button

Voters Choose Brown Trout Pattern for 2017 Fishing License Button

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 17) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) popular fishing license button will continue the trout theme in the upcoming year, with anglers selecting the Brown Trout pattern for the 2017 fishing season.

As it’s done each fall, the PFBC turned to anglers and asked them to cast their vote online for their favorite button. When the votes were counted, 30 percent picked the Brown Trout pattern. The Rainbow Trout pattern was close behind with 23 percent of votes, followed by pink camo with 18 percent of the votes. In all, more than 2,100 votes were cast.

“The online survey continues to be a fun way for anglers to stay engaged,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Last year we introduced the Brook Trout pattern as a selection and anglers clearly liked it, with about 70 percent voting for it. This year we added two more trout patterns and the pink camo option. As the votes showed, it was a pretty tight race between the three.”

Buttons go on sale December 1 and are available for $5 each. They can be purchased through the PFBC’s online store (The Outdoor Shop), PFBC regional offices, and through the network of more than 900 license issuing agents.

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PFBC 150th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Set for Oct. 30 at Reynoldsdale Hatchery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 19) — Continuing the year-long celebration in honor of its 150th Anniversary, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is hosting a special Open House on October 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Reynoldsdale State Fish Hatchery, located at 162 Fish Hatchery Rd, New Paris, PA 15554.

The event is free and open to the public.

The afternoon will begin with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark major infrastructure upgrades recently completed at the hatchery. Bedford County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kellie Goodman Shaffer will open the event. Speakers will include Executive Director John Arway, PFBC Commissioner Lenny Lichvar, state Senators John Wozniak (D-Johnstown) and John Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Duncansville), and state Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford).

The Open House will include amphibian and reptile displays, “Touch-A-Truck” opportunities, hands-on activities, light refreshments, and tours of the hatchery and Visitor’s Center. More information about the PFBC’s 150th anniversary is available on our website.

The new PFBC history book – “To Protect, Conserve and Enhance: The History of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission” – will also be available for purchase. This 400-page history book not only chronicles PFBC’s path and accomplishments, it also serves as a history of the emergence of Pennsylvania fishing and boating as we know it today.

Written by esteemed Pennsylvania historian Kenneth C. Wolensky, Ed.D., this 6-inch by 9-inch book is rich with documented history and a visual archive that equates to approximately half of the book’s content. The inclusion of vintage photographs and stunning artwork from PFBC’s archives provides a wonderfully entertaining complement to the text.

The book can also be purchased online through the Outdoor Shop.

 

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Action Alert: SB 1166 & SB 1168 on the Calendar

SB 1166 & SB 1168 will be caucused in the House today.  

Time’s Running Out….Calls/Emails Needed Today & Tomorrow to Bring the Bills to the Floor for Final Vote!

Please contact your House of Representative member and urge them to vote favorably for Senate Bills 1166 and 1168.   

Use the “Find My Legislator” tool on the left column at:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

These bills will ensure the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, our resource agencies, are properly funded for many years to come.

It has been too many years that these agencies have had to struggle through while losing resources every year.  This loss of revenue trickles down and results in cuts to all of the programs we expect.  The bills allow the agencies to set their own fees…but still maintains plenty of oversight by the legislature.

Please contact your Representative today and ask them to Vote YES for SB 1166 and SB 1168 without any additional amendments!

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SB 737 (Semi Auto use) is also on the move.   

SB 737 Amends Title 34 (Game), in hunting and furtaking, further providing for unlawful devices and methods adding that semiautomatic rifle may be used to hunt game in accordance with regulations promulgated by the commission. (The PGC would have to implement regulations specifying when and where they can be used.)

This bill has support for final passage, however it is being bogged down by numerous amendments, most of which are not good for sportsmen.  So when emailing/calling your Representative for support on SB 1166 and SB 1168, ask that they also support passage of SB 737 without amendments.

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HB 2083 Hearing

Public Hearing Scheduled on HB 2083
TUESDAY – 9/20/16
House State Government
8:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
Public hearing on: HB 2083 Maloney, David Amends Title 34 re management & accountability
HB 2083   By Maloney. Amends Title 34 (Game), in preliminary provisions, for defs., in PA Game Commission, for powers & duties of commission & accountability; hunting & furtaking, senior hunting licenses; &, special licenses & permits; authority to issue permits.
– Jun 22, 2016 – Referred to House State Government
Note:  PFSC and the majority of the state’s sportsmen’s groups all oppose this dangerous precedent setting legislation.  

Action Alert!

Please contact your state representative and the members of the State Government Committee, and ask them to oppose this and any other similar legislation that would take wildlife management out of the hands of professionals and place it under the control of political and personal agendas.
State Government Committee Members:

DEER IN THE HEADLINES

NDA OPPOSES PA HOUSE BILL 2083 AND 1720

Via National Deer Alliance

The National Deer Alliance (NDA) supports the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which mandates that wildlife be managed within the public trust and that wildlife policy be created through a public process where all…(Read More)

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2nd Anual Great Outdoor Picnic

2nd Annual Great Outdoor Picnic Huge Success!

Thanks to all those who purchased tickets, to our sponsors and to our volunteers!

Mark your calendar for next year’s event:  June 17, 2017

Click Here for photos, winners list and sponsors from this year’s event!

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2016 Fall Session, Resolution & Proxy Forms

PFSC Fall General Session

September 17, 2016

Mechanicsburg Sportsmen’s Club

Mechanicsburg, PA

Fall Session Details, Resolution & Proxy Forms

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Wildlife Tourist Survey

4-11-2016 11-57-44 AM

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2nd Amendment Rally

2nd Amendment Rally

May 24, 2016

Harrisburg State Capitol Rotunda

10am – 3pm

More Details…..

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2016 Poster Contest Winners

2016 Poster Contest Winners

 

2017 Poster Contest Theme:  Pennsylvania’s “Early Successional Habitat”

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