Pennsylvania hunters are reminded a change in regulations by the Pennsylvania Game Commission allows for the immediate purchase of a second spring gobbler tag until the season begins, Saturday, May 1.

In the past, hunters had to wait until January 1 before submitting a license application for the second spring gobbler tag and then wait for the PGC to mail the license back to them. This was necessary to spread out the administrative workload of processing and handling licenses for the fall hunting seasons, however, because of Point of License Sales going statewide, hunters can purchase the second spring gobbler tag at any issuing agent and walk out with the license in hand.

Hunters are able to take one spring gobbler as part of their general hunting privileges, and the second spring gobbler tag license affords those hunters interested in this additional opportunity to take a second spring gobbler. Hunters may only purchase one second spring gobbler license during a license year, as the season limit remains two spring gobblers, but they may only harvest one bird per day.

Fees set by state law for the special license are $21.70 for residents and $41.70 for nonresidents.

**********

Qualified candidates are being sought by the Governor's Advisory Council on Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to fill the seat of Rich Czop, whose terms expires the end of June, on the board of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for District Eight, which is comprised of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.

Commissioners serve an eight-year term and are not compensated, but do receive a travel reimbursement. In order to qualify as a commissioner, an applicant must be a resident of the district and be well informed on the subjects of conservation, restoration, fish and fishing, and boats and boating.

Those wishing to apply should send a resume with a detailed cover letter by Monday, March 1, explaining why they are interested in the post to: Dan Surra, 7th Floor – Rachel Carson State Office Building, Box 8767, Harrisburg PA 17106-8767.

**********

Chris O'Hara, manager of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, 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., and Sunday, on Magic, WMGH, 105.5-FM, from 9:30-10 a.m. Rebroadcasts are on the Web at www.wmgh.com [1] by clicking on the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

**********

This year's first quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners will be held Sunday-Tuesday at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81, Harrisburg.

Sunday, 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, 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, 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.

*********

This year's "Big Dog Statewide Coyote Hunt" will be held, Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 28-31, by Tubmill Trout Club, New Florence. For registration information, access the Web site at www.tubmilltroutclub.org [2] or call Lin Gamble at 724-235-9798.

**********

Wild pheasant-flushing surveys in the Susquehanna Valley will be conducted by Pheasants Forever and the Pennsylvania Game Commission Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m., and volunteers, with or without dogs, are needed for the project.

Volunteers will meet at the Great Value Food Store, Route 54, Turbotville, at 1 p.m.

**********

An indoor.22-caliber block shoot will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, beginning at noon, by American Hose Company, No. 1, Pine and Mauch Chunk Sts. For information, call Dave Pucklavage at 570-668-2475 or e-mail hosinews@ptd.net [3].

**********

A coyote hunting seminar will be held, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m., at Port Clinton Fish and Game, 16 Clinton St., Port Clinton. This year's annual coyote hunt by the club will be held, Tuesday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 28. For information and registration on both events, call the club at 610-562-4310 or e-mail portclintonfg@wmconnect.com [4].

***********

Here is the schedule of upcoming sports and outdoors shows:

\

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 [5].

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 [6] .

Lancaster Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Antique Gun Show: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, off Route 72, Manheim Pike, Lancaster. Show hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call Jim Kleppinger at 717-293-1802.

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 [7].

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 [8].

"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.