PGC: hunting season ‘NOT’ canceled

With anything and everything getting postponed and canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has clarified that the 2020 hunting seasons have not been canceled despite a false social media post.

“There is a social media post currently circulating, featuring our agency’s name and logo, stating the Pennsylvania Game Commission cancelled 2020 hunting seasons. This is NOT true,” according to a Facebook post on the real Pennsylvania Game Commission page.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, its page has a blue ‘verified’ checkmark by its name, indicating PGC has been approved and verified by Facebook as an official government agency.

“The Pennsylvania Game Commission has not suspended, altered or changed any hunting regulations, seasons or bag limits in response to the COVID-19 outbreak,” according to its post on Monday. “Help us spread the word by correcting posts out there stating false information. For information related to fishing seasons and information in our state, contact the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission… You’ll need to check with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission about trout stocking schedules. That’s not our agency.”

For official seasons and bag limits, visit www.pgc.pa.gov.

The Game Commission has temporarily closed its buildings to the public and postponed in-person hunter-trapper education classes, though there are some online classes offered. All statewide shooting ranges on gamelands are also closed to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania’s 1.6-million acres of state game lands still are open for public access, at this time. All seasons and bag limits still are in effect. The Game Commission’s state game wardens and dispatchers are considered essential employees and are still working and responding to wildlife emergencies and more. Calls can still be placed to the region offices; visit this page for a list of phone numbers at http://bit.ly/2IRr6q8.


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