The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 10, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points column: So what's open?


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---- — "In wilderness is the preservation of Earth."

--Thoreau

All of this talk about the federal shutdown might have some folks confused about what's open and what's not.

First, our Pennsylvania Game Lands are owned and operated by the state, so they're not affected at all by the shutdown.

While there have been many reports about federal lands and national parks being shuttered, I personally witnessed over the weekend that the Gettysburg Battlefield was, for the most part, open. However, the National Park Service has advised that hunting and some other activities are prohibited on park service property while the shutdown is ongoing, and other federal lands also might be considered off limits.

The Game Commission is urging hunters to find out the rules that apply to the specific federally-owned tracts that they intend to hunt, before venturing onto this property. Further, a Game Commission news release states, "If a federal property is closed because of the shutdown, hunters should find a different property that they know they can access legally."

n Trout Unlimited event

Dirk Remensnyder is an outdoorsman who happens to be great speaker and storyteller and he will be the special guest at next Wednesday's meeting of the R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Lewisburg Hotel.

If you're coming for the meal, it will be served at 6 p.m. Some brief business will be conducted at 7, and then the stories and updates will really begin to flow soon after that when Remensnyder, one of our local Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers, speaks.

n Wanna be the boss?

Carl G. Roe has done a very respectable job as the Executive Director of the Pa. Game Commission.

However, he plans to step aside with his retirement in January. So now the PGC is looking for a candidate for this soon-vacant position.

If this sounds interesting to you, please note that you only have until the end of the month to get your application package completed and submitted.

Questions about the position should be directed to the Game Commission's human resources department at (717) 787-7836.