This year's first quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners will be Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 24-26, at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81, Harrisburg.
Sunday, Jan. 24, beginning at 1 p.m., the board will hear public recommendations for the 2010-11 hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon, and individuals interested in offering public testimony, which is limited to five minutes, may begin to register at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis.
Monday, Jan. 25, 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 also will begin at that time.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda, including giving approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2010-11. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2010-11 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2009-10 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.
Scholarships are available from the Missoula, Montana-based Outdoor Writers Association of America for those interested in outdoors communication. "Bodie McDowell Scholarship Awards" range from $1,000 to $5,000 and applicants must be students of outdoors communications fields including print, photography, film, art or broadcasting.
McDowell scholarships are open to all college students, undergraduate and graduate, from all disciplines and all schools. Undergraduate applicants must be entering junior or senior years of study; graduate student applicants must have at least one remaining year of study.
Applicants should have career goals in outdoors communication, provide samples of work and letters of recommendation. Academic achievement is considered, but is not among the top three selection criteria.
OWAA's Education Committee judges and ranks applicants and typically announces winners by June 1. Checks will be issued to successful recipients by August 10, before commencement of fall semester.
Applications must be received by March 1, and complete details and the application form can be downloaded at http://owaa.org/scholarships.
Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association president Denise Donmoyer is today's guest on "Experience the Outdoors" with Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on Oldies 1410-AM, from 7:30-8 a.m. will be the program second annual Christmas program. There will be a rebroadcast of the program Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on Magic, WMGH, 105.5-FM.
Wild pheasant-flushing surveys in the Susquehanna Valley will be conducted by Pheasants Forever and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Sunday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 31, and volunteers, with or without dogs, are needed for the project.
A survey will be conducted in the Greenwood Valley area of Columbia County, Jan. 17, from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers will be at Deihl's Vault and Pre-cast Company, located along Route 254 between Millville and Rohrsburg, at 1 p.m.
A survey will be conducted in Montour County, Jan. 31, from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Great Value Food Store, Route 54, Turbotville, at 1 p.m.
Here is the schedule of upcoming sports and outdoors shows:
Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show: Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 14-17, New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Raritan Center, Edison, N.J. For information, call 732-417-1400 or access the website at www.gsoss.com.
Early Bird Sports Expo: Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 28-31, Bloomsburg Fair Ground, Bloomsburg. Show hours: Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call the show office at 570-594-0250 or access the Web site at www.earlybirdexpo.com.
Wild Sheep Foundation Eastern Chapter Hunting and Fishing Show: Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 28-30, Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, Lancaster. Show hours: Thursday, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call the chapter office at 717-336-3743 or access the website at www.ecfnaws.org.
Leesport Sportsman's Show and Flea Market: Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leesport Farmers Market. For information, call Ralph Reber at 610-944-9376.
Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show: Saturday, Feb. 6-Sunday, Feb. 14, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Show hours: Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday-Saturday, Feb. 8-13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, access the show Web site at www.easternsportshow.com
Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sport Show: Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 25-28, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. Show hours: Thursday and Friday, 12:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 610-431-4315 or access on the Web at www.sportshows.com.
"Wildlife Art Expo," Saturday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Environmental Education Center, Montour Preserve, Washingtonville. For information, call Jon Beam at 570-437-3131.