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VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE
Your Help is Needed To Support the PGC Audit
On Tuesday, February 20, the Auditor General is holding a press conference at the Capitol to announce the beginning of the official audit of the Game Commission. Our Legislative friends have asked if we could round up a good showing of sportsmen to attend the press conference and support the audit. The Auditor General usually takes questions after the announcement, so it's hoped that sportsmen could be at the ready with fast-hitting and pertinent questions. Also, the news media might want to interview some people afterwards.
The announcement will be made at 1:30 PM from the Media Center which is on the same floor as the cafeteria in the main Capitol building and right down the hallway toward Rep. Dave Maloney's office. It is not being held in the Main Rotunda. According to our Harrisburg partners, any sportsmen and sportswomen who could be present would be greatly appreciated and needed. We're hoping for a good showing of sportsmen to support the in-depth audit. Let us know if you can attend or round up others for Tuesday (firstname.lastname@example.org), or just show up at the press conference.
I would like to state that we have been working for a long time toward this audit and toward holding the PGC accountable for its actions. The audit will work hand-in-hand with HB 1483 in correcting the great mistakes that have been made by PGC for going on two decades, with little regard for the future of hunting and wildlife resources. We are working on moving HB 1483 through both the House and Senate. Let's keep the pressure on the Commission and see this thing through by supporting the audit of the Game Commission on Tuesday in the Capitol. Next up will be HB 1483.
John Tarbay, USP Secretary
Blaine M. Toy Web Editor
Why Sportsmen should support HB 1483
It is very important that PA sportsmen support HB 1483. It is designed to solve PGC's greatest conservation mistake in the agency's over-one-hundred-year history. Click here to visit USP’s HB 1483 page listing several articles of interest to sportsmen. Please take time to read them and use them in helping returning wildlife to PA.
Update on HB 1483
Unfortunately, House Bill 1483 has been stalled in the House of Representatives. Leadership has not yet referred the bill to the House State Government Committee, which would permit the bill to be introduced for a committee vote and, hopefully, proceed to the floor of the House for passage. This same circumstance had prevented passage of HB 2083 (the predecessor of HB 1483) during the previous 2015-16 legislative session that ended in December 2016.
While HB 1483 sets stalled in the House, PGC's failed deer, wildlife, and habitat policies continue with great biological and social impacts to wildlife resources and sport hunting, and unprecedented economic impacts continue, especially to family businesses and rural communities throughout the state. Until HB 1483 is passed, PGC's mismanagement of forest and wildlife resources will continue to impact the Commonwealth's economy at the rate of $1.16 billion per year, with lost government tax revenues of $92.5 million per year. Many consider those who support PGC and oppose the bill to be complicit with these outrageous impacts to the Commonwealth, our natural resources, and citizens.
Considering the intense budget negotiations that legislators recently endured in trying to save pennies, it is mind boggling that the legislature does not embrace this bill that will generate about a hundred million dollars per year in government tax revenues and over a billion dollars for the state's economy, especially for rural communities. If for no other reason, those who wish to gain the votes of a million hunters and their families as well as the votes of millions of other citizens who recreate in Pennsylvania's great outdoors and who enjoy abundant wildlife and healthy forests (as would be provided by passage of HB 1483), should support this most important piece of legislation. It would seem unwise to be perceived as facilitating over a billion dollars of economic impacts to the state's economy.
This 2017-18 legislative session is now entering its second and final year. While it has remained static in the House during 2017, let's hope that a demonstrated concern for forest and wildlife resources, sportsmen and outdoor loving citizens, and the economic well-being of thousands of family businesses and rural communities will prevail, and that HB 1483 will soon be referred to the State Government Committee.
How was your 2017 deer hunting season?
By Blaine Toy
From all information I have heard so far 2017 was a very poor hunting season for most PA deer hunters thanks to our great PGC. It is a shame that PA when from being one of the best hunting states to the nation to the laughing stock of the nation now.
Several individuals that I have talked to use to be very active in deer hunting, but now have given up hunting due to the lack of deer to hunt. The normal answer is “Why waste my time in the woods hunting when there are no deer to be seen”.
One hunting group I talked to spent the first full week hunting seen very few deer and only harvested one deer, however the same group hunting the bear season harvested 4 bears. That 4 days hunting bear and six days hunting deer, shows the poor deer population, again thanks to our great PGC.
Attempting to teach youth the sport of hunting is a waste of time, many I have talked to stated they take their children/grandchildren deer hunting but after not seeing any deer the youth lose interest and no longer want to waste their time.
Please read an article from a frustrated deer hunter that I was sent.
8 Worst States to Bowhunt (Even with a Crossbow)
If PA is ever to get hunting back we must contact you representatives to support and pass HB 1483. This bill is designed to address "deer management and wildlife habitat, rural economies, and Game Commission accountability". Rep. Maloney distributed the memo under the title "Wildlife Habitat". It is important that sportsmen ask their legislators to cosponsor this vital piece of legislation
For the past 16 years, the Game Commission has continued to reduce the statewide deer herd to nearly un-huntable numbers in some regions in an attempt to improve forest seedling regeneration and to promote native wildflowers. Independent studies as well as state and federal investigations have indicated that virtually no scientific benefits have resulted from PGC's action, while the impacts to sportsmen, family businesses, rural communities, and the Commonwealth's economy have been outrageous and unacceptable.
The decline in tourism and recreation has now impacted rural economies and the State by over $7 billion in the past dozen years. Collapsing the state deer herd has been called the greatest conservation mistake in the over 100 year history of the Game Commission. HB 1483 will rebuild Pennsylvania's deer herd, improve the populations of grouse and other wildlife, return over 200,000 sportsman who have quit hunting because of the lack of deer, re-invigorate rural economies by over $500 million per year, and generate $40 million of annual tax revenues for local and state governments. Under PGC's current plan, it would take the Game Commission 100 to 200 years to achieve the same degree of habitat improvements as Rep. Maloney's bill will accomplish in 10 to 15 years
Please contact your legislator either by phone or email and request that he or she immediately cosponsors Representative Dave Maloney's "Wildlife Habitat" bill (HB 1483).
ATTENTION PA HUNTERS VERY IMPORTANT
PLEASE TAKE ACTION
find your Representative or Senator.
Handgun Concealed Carry Reciprocity
in the various States
By Ron Benjamin
As Chairman of the USP FIREARMS Committee, Read more
Why the Game Commission and DCNR Nearly Collapsed
Pennsylvania’s Deer Herd, and the Impacts to Sport Hunting,
Wildlife Populations, and the Commonwealth’s Economy
The Need to Pass HB for Deer Management, Wildlife Habitat,
and Game Commission Accountability.
In 1998, DCNR entered into an agreement with the Forest Stewardship Council – a German-based environmental organization . Read more
"WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS GENERATION TO DIE"
By Ralph Saggiomo
This or something to that effect is what Dr. Alt of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) stated some years ago, when his program was adopted by the PGC and went into effect to reduce the Whitetail Deer herd, much to the dismay of many of the sportsmen/women of PA.
Well go to HADES Dr. Alt! Some of us are still here to testify how you and the powers to be at that time tried, and in some cases destroyed, the traditional aspect of hunting here in PA.
I have been hunting and trapping in this great state since 1946. Myself and many others of my generation are still here to testify that the PGC was founded in 1895 under title 54 to propagate for the Hunters and Trappers of PA. Hopefully the sitting Commissioners have not lost sight of that Oath they have taken!!!
Hopefully they will not give in to those that come to the table disguised as pro-hunting advocates, but have anti-hunting or other political agendas that will negatively impact our Hunting Fraternity. Many of us believe these hidden agendas have caused the demise of license buying Sportsmen/women.
Hunters and Trappers created the PGC over 120 years ago, and many that followed had the foresight to protect the vision of the founding fathers of this Commission. The PGC mission was to propagate game for the sportsmen/women of PA. Only a clear focus of this mandate should be accepted by those that elect the future leadership of the PGC. We may not be here much longer, but we know from whence we have come and where we are now.
"Save the Babe, Throw out the wash water".
Attention gun owners, could this deer reduction program just be another assault on our 2nd amendment rights?
Eliminate hunting then why own guns?
Forester, Wildlife Biologist, and Ecologist
John Eveland is
by education and profession a forester, wildlife biologist,
and ecologist. Of the three big game mammals in Pennsylvania
(white-tailed deer, black bear, and elk), he conducted the
original statewide research, wrote the original state management
plans, and was directly involved in the successful recovery
of two of these species -- black bears and elk.
John Eveland can
be reached at (412)601-0077, or at email@example.com.
Commission’s response to a hunters comment on our website:
The old proverb
you can’t beat city hall is proved more and more by the Pennsylvania
Game Commission. They seem to have many liberal Judges in
their pockets. The most recent action involves Sunday hunting.
Their power should be criminal as it seems the PGC will never
be beaten in a major challenge. Read
indicates coyote predation
deer in East manageable
USP president Randy
Santucci was invited and presented research on the coyote
problem four years ago to the PGC board of commissioners.
Dr. Rosenberry refuted the research and they did not take
any action. Dr. Rosenberry is acknowledged as a contributor
in the current coyote predation article attached. Another
time USP was right and the PGC wrong.
here to read the article.
the Hunting Field for Coyotes
Dr. Dennis Wydra
use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting in Pennsylvania has
been illegal for decades... Read
Rifles in the Hunting Woods
accurate, they're customizable and they're fun to shoot. Why
you're about to see more AR-style rifles in the woods.
By Blaine Toy
Recently USP President
Randy Santucci was interviewed about an idea he had by John
Hayes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding the overpopulation
of urban deer. Read more
THEIR BANG FOR THE BUCK
As documented in
the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources'
(DCNR's) Deer Management Plan, concurrent seasons, antler
restrictions, and hunters, themselves, have been used to reduce
the deer population and maintain the herd at exceedingly low
numbers. Read more
Costs and Benefits of FSC Certification of DCNR Forests
Impact of the DCNR/PGC
Marcellus Mess on Elmerton Avenue
For quite a few
years now, it is no secret that The Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
has had a rocky relationship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission,
primarily over deer management. Read
Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
Supports responsible Drilling.
visit our new gas page.
information for our visitors with
regarding the deer situation in their
find your Representative
USP is here for the sportsmen.
purpose of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania is to bring
attention to important issues relating to hunting, fishing,
trapping and shooting. We publish and distribute
a quarterly news letter (Woods & Waters) for our members.
Does That Mean Forever?
Wayne Haas, USP Vice President
The big sign below
is self-explanatory, simple, and to the point. No Doe Hunting!
But, does that mean
forever, absolutely not. There is nobody that wants to harvest
antlerless deer more than USP. But, at the present time in
history because of the needless reduction of the deer herd
since 2001, we believe there needs to be an increase in the
number of deer. We would like to see the day when hunters
harvest over 200,000 buck and 200,000 doe and if regulations
were changed to only one deer per hunter everywhere except
special regulation areas, with 750,000 total hunters, over
half of all hunters would take home a deer to enjoy at the
table. License sales would be sure to increase and back to
the good old days we would go.
Therefore, for a
private landowner to have the ability to control their land
to make this happen (if wanted), USP has printed and has available
the No Doe Hunting signs below. Most PGC Game Lands and DCNR
State Forests need these signs too!
that regular deer hunting season is over, we hope everyone
had a safe hunting season. However, from feedback and complaint’s
we have been getting at USP; the season was another failure
with hunters seeing very few deer. Thanks to the PGC's failed
deer management plan with very few deer remaining, we can
no longer call it hunting, just time enjoying the outdoors.
second archery and primitive flintlock hunting season open;
we ask all hunters to be extremely careful and insure and
identify your target. At this time hunters will be wearing
camouflage while hunting, and not wearing the
florescent orange, and can very
easily blend into the background .
are asking the hunter’s to not shoot a doe and help the deer
doe hunting signs are available from USP. To cover our printing
cost the signs; we sell them at $.60 each plus shipping.
To purchase signs contact Treasurer Pete Kingsley at 717-471-5820,
340 Hilltop Road, Strasburg, PA 17579.
sportsmen are well aware there are locations with-in Pennsylvania
that are over populated with deer, but the majority of the
state has had the herd decimated. This sport of hunting must
be preserved for our future generations of children and
grandchildren, change to PGC's self destruction of siding
with the anti-hunters. We sportsmen must band together and
attempt to end the fraud of the PGC.
supports returning to the traditional two week buck season
followed by a two day doe season. We believe the PGC should
go back to doe allocations by county instead of Wildlife Management
Units. If a county has a deer shortage; close that county
and give the herd a chance to build back up. Where there are
an abundance of deer extend the doe season if necessary.
- To promote and
maintain high standards in conservation of our natural resources.
- To cooperate with
State and Federal agencies and all sportsmen organizations
to protect and achieve the needs of both wildlife and sportsmen.
- To defend our heritage
right to hunt, fish, trap, and to protect our constitutional
right to keep and bear arms.
- To promote programs to educate the public
about hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting for all future
the largest independent statewide sportsmen organization in
Pennsylvania, we can accomplish a lot with just a small amount
of money. All of the USP officers are highly motivated, interested,
knowledgeable sportsmen and all are non salaried, and even
our professional full time representative in Harrisburg is
a non salaried officer. In spite of all this we cannot perform
miracles, and we cannot exist without you as a member.