Actions of the
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Blaine M. Toy
PGC continuously snubs their noses at Pennsylvania's sportsmen,
and the politicians do nothing about it. In fact the PGC has
even thumbed their noses at the politicians just to prove
how powerful they are.
USP has fought for sportsmen's rights
for decades. Twice we have attempted to sue the Game Commission
for the mismanagement of our deer herd and failed, proving
how difficult it is to beat a government agency. With the
last case we had three judges agree that we had a legitimate
case and a court case was set. However, the PGC convinced
a retired judge sympathetic to their cause to dismiss the
case in the 11th hour. While USP appealed the action, it went
back to the same liberal judge who denied the appeal. The
old cliche you can't beat city hall seems to ring true….
Below is an example
of the emails sent by our sportsmen, I have only used their
Now that the
budget is in the books for another year, hopefully you folks
have some breathing room to consider other - long overdue
issues. Please see attached.....
Thank you, G. L.
It needs to
be understood that the Game Commission's state-law mission
as directed in Title 34, Section 322(c)(13) is "to
serve the interest of sportsmen for recreational hunting."
It is not within the job description of PGC employees
to arbitrarily ignore state law and to change the chartered
mission of the agency at their discretion in order to
advance their personal agenda. As such, the deer-reduction
programs remains scientifically unfounded and a violation
of state law.
Thanks Greg. It brings me close to tears at times when I
remember the wonderful times hunting deer with my father
and friends to see the state of deer hunting today. I live
in Alba, between Troy and Canton in Western Bradford County.
The first day of rifle buck season in 2013 I heard 4 shots
all day. The first day of doe season that Saturday, I heard
2 shots. From where we live, one can hear rifle fire for
about one mile in all four directions. It is really pathetic.
When I first starting deer hunting in l967 after a stint
in the Navy, my dad told me to count all the shots that
I heard after legal shooting time in the morning and look
at my watch when the count reached 100; no counting of course
if a buck appeared. Many times it was near 0800 when I checked
my watch. I doubt if I would hear 100 shots the whole season
now. Most of the land within one mile of our house is privately
owned and only some is posted; so I think an accurate picture
of deer hunting is being presented. At age 68, I would sooner
hunt rabbits than deer; even with access to almost anywhere
that I want to hunt. We just do not have the deer, period.
PS You can feel
free to share this with anyone you wish.
It’s really sad that today's young hunters will never experience
how hunting whitetail's in "Pens Woods" (the northern
tier of Pennsylvania) once was and not too long ago. I remember
my heart pounding out of my chest when a group of four or
five deer would come running by my stand and even before
I could check them out another group would come running
by me. It is one of my fondest memories as a youth hunter.
Today, only my dad makes the trip to McKean County each
year for archery and rifle seasons, we saw four deer between
us during four trips to our camp. It’s really sad; we are
losing our heritage right before our eyes. We really need
our state legislators to correct this before it’s too late...we
need to go back to the Maximum Sustained Yield of managing
our deer herd.
Thanx for your comments Pete.....
I have had people
ask me and I continue to ask myself why our legislators
continue to ignore the pleas of sportsmen? It has been well
documented that the deer reduction plan has no scientific
basis, it has cost Pennsylvania millions of dollars, and
at its core is only the promotion of a political agenda
by a handful of people.......yet nothing is done about it.
What more must
contact your legislators and express your displeasure of the
PGC not following title 34 and managing our wildlife to benefit
the timber industry and ignoring the sportsmen.
This action is could
be another way of infringing on our 2nd amendment rights.
Do away with the sportsmen and go after our guns.
We have a deer management
series of articles written by John Eveland, if you have not
read his articles please visit Greg Levengood's page and read