TO OUR WEB SITE
few reasons from Randy Santucci, USP Board Chairman
we do not support a hunting license increase”
Regarding the PGC License increase
request. Under Carl Roe in 2012 the PGC donated $250,000.00
(1/4 million) to The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary...
PGC deserve a license Increase?
Blaine M. Toy
Not only "NO",
but "HELL NO". Under title 34 The Pennsylvania Game
Commission's mission is "To manage all wild birds, mammals
and their habitats for current and future generations".
to read more
PGC is crying for
a license increase yet for years they openly stated in "PA
Game News" they were receiving gas royalty money. I believe
that revenue plus what they receive from coal and timber should
have been going into the game fund. Where is all that billions
of dollars? My opinion is the PGC should be audited by an
independent agency and not one government controlled to end
up giving a potentially if not obviously biased determination.
Why if Marcellus
revenue has declined, did we not invest or save more for the
rainy day situation. Did we need to spend millions on more
game land with hunting license sales stagnant, and severely
declined over the last 15 year? Was there justifiable need
for PGC search dog and trainers, AR platform rifles for every
WCO and the like? Highly questionable expenditures seem to
exist. The Trump card with no pun intended is the question
“is our game situation better than it was 20 years ago? I
believe most public land hunters would tell you not just NO
but Hell No!.
Those PA State Game
lands were purchased by us hunters from our license fees and
the excise tax on our sporting goods by the Pittman–Robertson
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. They were not purchased
by tax dollars or the bird watchers, hikers, horseback riders,
ATV riders, bike riders, etc...
For years Pennsylvania
was a top rated hunting state, now we are the laughing stock
of the nation thanks to the PGC deer reduction plan. They
need to start listening to us hunters; it's our money that
Please visit this
website and take the survey.
Forest Regeneration Myth
By John Eveland
years PGC had used three goals toward justifying their unprecedented
deer reduction program and near collapse of the herd in some
northern and eastern tier regions -- Read
EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
PGC's Deer Team is Conducting a Masterful Campaign of Deception
April 20, 2015
Sportsmen and many
legislators have become accustomed to the deceptive antics
of the Pennsylvania Game Commission – Read
Management (?) Deception
agency that once was trusted by sportsmen and lawmakers alike
to honorably perform its legislated mission with the utmost
of integrity has now stooped to an agenda-driven arm of the
forest industry and fringe environmentalists.
Again Defiant to Sportsmen Pleas for More Deer
biologist, ecologist and forester John Eveland has done a
masterful job breaking down and analyzing what the Board of
Commissioners did – or should I say didn’t do at the recent
Game Commission Meeting with regard to deer management. In
spite of the worst winter in recent memory, ever-increasing
predation, and deer having no apparent impact on forest regeneration
the Board once again ignored the pleas of sportsmen to increase
deer numbers. Oh, the Board claimed to have provided some
relief to the deer herd by reducing doe permits by 33,000,
but as John’s analysis indicates it amounted to a lot of smoke
and mirrors with much ado about nothing.
Last year the Board
was granted a reprieve to do something about this never-ending
deer issue and again they came up small. Now it’s time for
the Legislature to step up to the plate….. Read
Deer Management presentation
followed by a Q & A. with biologist John Eveland
By Greg Levengood
There was a presentation
by John Eveland about PA Deer Management on Thursday March
25, 2015 7:00 at Berean Bible Church in Sanatoga.
which included comments from Representative David Maloney,
along with questions and comments from the audience lasted
about 2 hours. John gave us a history of the deer reduction
plan which was initiated way back in the 1990's, right up
to and including what transpired yesterday. He included the
events, the people and organizations who were responsible,
and the ultimate outcome of which we are all too familiar
John and Rep. Maloney also talked about the importance of
sportsmen getting more actively involved in getting this thing
turned around. We are a huge voting block that should command
the respect of the legislature. But unless we flex our muscles
by voicing our opinions to our elected officials, they will
gravitate toward those organizations who do make their voices
heard. We all need to get involved!
INDEPENDENT, SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF THE
PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION'S
ESTIMATED 2014 DEER HARVEST
For the past five
years (2010-14), the author has scientifically assessed the
Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual deer harvest estimates
in order to determine their validity. Read
USP supports Conoy Township
NOT A GUN FREE ZONE
By Blaine Toy
Unified Sportsmen of PA is in full support of Conoy Townships
“This is not a gun free zone”. We are donating the money to
the township to pay for the signs they have posted.
Townships “This is not a gun free zone” sign gained more national
attention at the 3rd largest Friends of the NRA banquet
Attorney takes on Anti-Gun Group Head.
PA's Preemption Law changes (HB 80/Act 192).
February 15, 2015 Josh Prince took on a nitwit of CeaseFire
This past Sunday
we sent out a message about a Preemption show on a Philadelphia
TV station (NBC 10) between Pro-Gun Attorney Josh Prince and
CeaseFire PA flack Shira Goodman. Unfortunately many of you
probably missed the show due to the failure of the station
website to provide live coverage.
Mr. Prince has provided
us with a link
to the show:
This episode is
only 12 minutes long but shows the anti-gun representative
(Goodman) getting taught a lesson by Mr. Prince in regard
to the law and the facts even though the show host (the wife
of anti-gun Congressman Fattah) clearly has a bias in favor
of the anti-gunners. In fact, at one point Mr. Prince has
Shira Goodman stumbling and babbling until the host steps
This episode should
be an example of the kind of truth avoidance exhibited by
these anti-gun people who care nothing for those among us
victimized by gun laws or the 'Rule of Law' at all!!
Our thanks to Josh
Prince for his time and advocacy on the behalf of our Freedoms
and the Law!
Yours in Freedom!
Kim Stolfer, President
Preemption Bill HB80
USP President received
an invitation to attend Governors Corbett's signing of the
preemption bill HB80. Randy is seen here with our Governor
Tom Corbett and Kim Stolfer Chairman of FOAC (Firearm Owners
Against Crime) who did extensive work for several years to
achieve this win for gun owners.
USP President Randy Santucci,
Governor Tom Corbett and FOAC Chairmen Kim Stolfer
is NRA's news alert
Governor Tom Corbett
Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law
28, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill
80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country,
at a public signing ceremony. This critical pro-gun legislation
strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further
ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout
Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against
localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.
A much-needed protection for gun owners in the Keystone State,
HB 80 will provide a way for responsible gun owners to hold
municipalities accountable and responsible for infringing
on our Second Amendment rights. HB 80 takes effect in sixty
After four years
of hard work, your NRA thanks you for your active involvement
and support on this issue. Without your years of phone calls
and e-mails to your state legislators, this legislation might
never have become a reality.
Please thank Governor
Corbett for being a steadfast advocate of your Second Amendment
rights and for signing HB 80 into law.
Phone: (717) 787-2500
Assessment of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's
By John Eveland
Forester, Wildlife Biologist, and Ecologist
In 2000-01, John
Eveland was asked by the senate majority leader to assess
PGC's deer-reduction program, and again was requested by the
Office of the Governor and the majority leader of the House
Game and Fisheries Committee in 2007. Read/print
each article individually or read/print
the complete series.
State Representative David Maloney requested that I prepare
a summary of my investigation of the Game Commission's deer
management program. Therefore, at his request I prepared an
abbreviated version of the 25-article Deer Management Series.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perfect Storm: Grim Scenario
Decimates State's Deer Herd"
By Blaine M. Toy
John Eveland’s commentary
entitled, "A Perfect Storm: Grim Scenario Decimates State's
Deer Herd" Read
Actions of the
Pennsylvania Game Commission
by Blaine M. Toy
The 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.
If the Game Commission calls me a stakeholder one more time
I'm going to be sick.
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.
Amendment Action Day
April 29, 2014
Second Amendment Action Day was held on Tuesday, April 29,
2014. Considering poor weather there was a good showing of
second Amendment supporters that attended the rally to show
their support of our Second Amendment rights. USP was represented
by Treasurer Pete Kingsley, Secretary Blaine Toy and Director
At Large Fred Bratchie. For those unable to attend please
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
GAME AND FISHERIES
COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING
Game and Fisheries Committee held a public deer management
hearing on Wednesday March 19, 2014. For those unable to attend
here to watch the video of the meeting.
Deer Hunters we have never been closer to some meaningful
legislative change to our beleaguered deer management plan.
If you have never contacted your legislator to voice your
concern, now would be a great time time!!
The vote on HB 1576
has been tabled temporary. However,
please ask you legislators to support HB 1576.
The Unified Sportsmen
of Pennsylvania Sportsmen representing 70,000 members and
the Pennsylvania State Camp Lessee’s Association representing
50,000 members strongly support the immediate passage of HB
Federation (PFSC) asks for Vote No on HB 1576. But, we ask
you, what do they stand for? There spokes-lady is not even
a resident of PA, She has residence in Alabama.
In addition to HB
1576 the PFSC and several other groups are the same ones that
are against the 5 deer bills discussed Wednesday March 19,
2014 at the Game and Fisheries meeting. For those
unable to attend please click
here to view the complete video of the meeting see the
support given Randy Santucci's presentation and the questioning
of PGC and PFSC views.
The groups below are largest Coalition of Pennsylvania Sportsmen
ever seen in Harrisburg speaking at the deer hearing:
- Allegheny County Sportsmen League, the voice of 200,000
- Eastern Pennsylvania Firearms Coalition representing 150,000
– 175,000 members.
- Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania representing 70,000
- Firearm Owners against Crime representing 28,000 members
and 76,000 total associates.
- Pennsylvania State Camp Lessee’s Association representing
Our Endangered Species
Dr. Charles Bolgiano and
the past 100 years, acid rain has been killing our forests,
streams, wildlife, and endangered species, and the Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR),....
many endangered species are devastated and killed with each
and every acid rain we get? By the time heavy acid rain reaches
the headwaters, streams, and rivers, the native trout and
other ES are already being decimated. Limestone treatments
on streams are too little and much too late. If you want to
know what famous fish is harmed the most by acid rain…
Take a look at Penn
State’s Dr. Sarma Pisupati’s EGEE 102 online class on acid
rain the effects of Acid Rain on Forests and Aquatic Life.
here and scroll down to this interactive graphic and test
your knowledge of the effects of acid rain on fish and aquatic
insects and guess which ones die first?
The Pennsylvania State Camp Association is the largest camp
association in Pennsylvania representing well over 50,000
members and associates. Read more
1576 and SB 1047 Resolution
SPECIES COORDINATION ACT
IRRC Review of T&E Specie
Bill Miller, Steve Mohr, Dennis Wydra
Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
debate over two companion bills in the Pennsylvania General
Assembly that would modify the way the commonwealth adds to
its list of threatened and endangered (T&E) species has,
at times, been educated and rational. Read
Time to Pass the 5 Deer Bills
Wayne Haas, USP Vice. President
In 2013, USP went
to Harrisburg many times and worked with multiple legislators
in both parties and in both the House and Senate chambers.
I sent the following email to my state senator and state representative.
The response that I got from one of them was a little disconcerting.
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
now on Facebook.
image below to view
There has been so
much new lately regarding the attempts of the anti-gun politicians
and media USP web site has had to generate separate pages
for your reading.
have the perfect poster that should be on a billboard on every
leading into Washington DC, Chicago, New York and Hollywood!!!!!
administration shows disrespect for our
and embassy personnel
By Dr N. Charles Bolgiano
We want to congratulate
you on becoming the Attorney General of Pennsylvania… Read
Management: hunters or environmentalist?
by Don Mallicoat and published by The Asheville Tribune, Asheville,
NC. Read more
N. Charles Bolgiano, PhD
The Unified Sportsmen
of Pennsylvania (USP) has a mandate “to protect and preserve
the environment, our wildlife, and our privileges of hunting,
fishing and trapping.” Read
Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
Supports responsible Drilling.
visit our new gas page.
Beck interview of Ted Nugent!
By Randy Santucci President USP
This video is about
12 minutes long, but extremely worth watching, please watch
the complete video.
Ted Nugent an unknowing
victim of an obscure unprecedented game law in Alaska, explains
the circumstances for Glen Beck in this interview. Once again
the media and it’s partial truths, attempts to discredit one
of the premiere 2nd amendment supporters and promoters of
hunting that exists today. Watch
the interview on this link.
have added a new page to
site. Hot Topics
President Randy Santucci was appointed to Governor Tom Corbett's
Advisory Council in a news release issued February 27,
information for our visitors with
regarding the deer situation in their
find your Representative
USP is here for the sportsmen.
Hunter feedback about disappointing deer season
Another disappointing deer hunting season, thanks to the PGC's
deer eradication program. We have been getting considerable
feedback from our viewers at
talk back and I have generated a page for our readers
to read that feedback. I have removed their names and
email address for the writer’s privacy. Now that the
holidays are over and the year 2011 closed we can look back
hopefully that is was the year our PA deer mismanagement started
to change. We as hunters can only hope 2012 brings
an end to the devastation of our number one sport hunting
animal, the white tail deer. Read
our disappointed hunters stories.
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.
PGC/DCNR Bullshit Lies!!
picture was taken in either Southern Elk Conuty or Northern
Arden Road showing a deer fenced area area. Looking
at the area I seen no difference
or outside the fence. What
a waste of our taxpayer money by PGC and DCNR.