Qualifying for the National Archery in the Schools Program state championships is happening now.

A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers.
The 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 10 in State College. Qualifying for the state event is currently open across the state. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the program, commonly referred to as NASP, to take part.
Teams hoping to make the state tournament must first shoot at one of the many state qualifiers being held across the state. Qualifying opened on Oct. 1 and closes on Feb. 5. The top 12 teams in each age division, as well as the top 30 individuals in each age class, will earn a ticket to the state championships.

Landowners can help wildlife by planting trees and shrubs.

While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.
The 2017 seedling order form is available online, and sales are set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 a.m.
Most seedlings are sold in units of 25, but 100-seedling bundles also are available in mixes to benefit deer and birds, as well as to improve riparian and winter-thermal habitats.
The 2017 order form contains a wide selection of evergreens, shrubs and fruit- and nut-bearing trees, most of which are native to Pennsylvania and collected from Pennsylvania sources.

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.

With license-fee increase stalled, agency faces $8M budget shortfall.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced plans to close two pheasant farms – the Western Game Farm in Crawford County and the Northcentral Game Farm in Lycoming County.
As a result of the closures, 14 employees were notified their positions are being eliminated, effective Jan. 27.
The decision to close the farms strictly is a financial one.
Revenue from the sale of hunting and furtaker licenses makes up the majority of the Game Commission’s budget. Legislation that would have provided a much-needed increase in license-fee revenue was not approved in the General Assembly’s 2016 session. The Game Commission now is preparing to enter a third decade without an increase in the cost of a hunting or furtaker license, and the agency faces an $8 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

An official state historical marker was placed at the PFBC headquarters on Oct. 12 commemorating the beginning of the agency with its establishment in 1866 and its national leadership in environmental protection and enforcement.

The special ceremony was held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and was part of the PFBC’s year-long celebration of its 150th Anniversary. 


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