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Game Commission’s 2019 ‘Cabin Fever Sundays’ Dates Set

Rail fence and rustic cabin in winter, Brown County State Park, Indiana

Looking for something outdoor-related and educational to do this winter? Mark your calendars for our 2019 Cabin Fever Sundays series! Three Sundays throughout the colder, wintry months, we will host a seminar for those itching to get some fresh air and learn more about an issue in which the Game Commission is involved.

Each of these events will take place at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Headquarters, located at 2001 Elmerton Ave. in Harrisburg, PA 17110. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and the presentations will begin at 1 p.m. and will each run about two hours in length.

Sunday, Feb. 10 – Woodland Survival

Pennsylvania State Game Wardens will discuss basic survival methods, materials and equipment that will help you stay dry, warm and safe on an unexpected overnight in the Pennsylvania woods. We’ll review how to create a minimalist everyday carry (EDC) survival kit that is always ready. The class will include outdoor demonstrations, so please dress appropriately.

Sunday, March 10 – Basic Winter Tree Identification

Pennsylvania State Game Wardens will provide basic instruction on how to identify common trees, shrubs and vines using a variety of field identification techniques that are utilized by wardens.  The class will include outdoor demonstrations, please dress appropriately.

Sunday, April 14 – Case Study of PGC Documentary, “Return of the Piping Plover”

Come to preview a documentary in progress and discover how Game Commission filmmakers do their work. We will focus on the Game Commission’s documentary film and do a case study of the “Return of the Piping Plover.” From idea conception, to shooting, script writing, program editing and equipment they use—come prepared to ask questions as well as discuss other films in our body of work.


2018 Buck Harvest Photo Contest Winners

Buck Harvest Photo Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to RaeAnne Isaacs and Teja Hageter for being voted the winners of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s 2018 Buck Harvest Photo Contest!

We’d like to extend a special thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Whether you submitted your photo to one of the categories – rifle or archery – or helped by voting for your favorites, we appreciate your participation.
As a prize, the winners of each of the categories will be receiving a trail camera. Congratulations to RaeAnne and Teja, and to everyone who sent in their photos this year – there were SO many great ones in which to choose. We wish you all the best in your future hunts! 


Contest Winner Firearm RaeAnne Isaacs
RaeAnne is a 10-year-old from Renovo, PA. She harvested this 10-point buck, with a 20-inch spread this year in the Kettle Creek area of Clinton County on the second day of the 2018 firearms deer season. This was RaeAnne’s FIRST buck and her first year in the woods!
She went out during archery season with her dad and didn’t have much luck, but that didn’t stop her once the firearms season opened. The first day wasn’t easy with all the rain, but she got back out with her dad on the second day to try again. At 8:30 a.m. she dropped this buck with one shot from her new .243 Mossberg rifle. The smile on her face really says it all.


Contest Winner Bow Teja Hageter
Teja is a 15-year-old from Rimersburg, PA. She’s pictured here with her 14-point buck, which was harvested in Clarion County on Sept. 29, 2018. 
This is Teja’s third buck with a bow in three years! We wish her continued luck in upcoming archery seasons.