Representatives of Pennsylvania waterfowl organizations, individual sportsmen and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, Aug. 4, sponsored by the Game Commission and co- hosted by the Susquehanna River Waterfowlers‘ Association, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2006-07 hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m. in the Game Commission’s Haldeman Island administrative building, across from the Ranch House restaurant along Routes 11/15, Canada Goose aufnäher just north of the Routes 11/15 and Routes 22/322, in Perry County.

In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, Game Commission staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting; or by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Canada Goose aufnäher Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797; or via e-mail (ra-waterfowlcomments@state.pa.us). Based on public comments, Game Commission staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval. All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS.

States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks. Canada Goose aufnäher Early migratory bird hunting seasons — including September Canada goose, mourning dove, woodcock and webless species — will be announced in late July. By mid-August, once the final selections are made, the Game Commission will issue a news release on the remainder of the seasons. The agency also will print and distribute the annual brochure outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons to U.S. Post Offices, where hunters may purchase their mandatory federal duck stamp. The annual brochure also will be posted on the Game Commission’s website.