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Vote on License Increase Canceled
By John Eveland
The House Game and Fisheries Committee recently planned to vote for passage of two bills -- a fishing license fee increase (SB 30) and a hunting license fee increase (SB 192). USP members were asked to rally with emails requesting committee members to refrain from voting on the bills until after a pending financial audit of the Game Commission is completed. Subsequently, Rep. Keith Gillespie, Chairman of the Committee, announced that the voting meeting was canceled. Thanks are in order for all USP members who responded with emails..
VERY IMPORTANT SPORTSMENS INFORMATION
TO ALL SPORTSMEN, this is the most important time in the history for Pennsylvania hunters to get something done. It is now or never on getting things changed in Harrisburg. The USP and Eastern Firearms Coalition and a few personal individuals have spent considerable time and money on radio ads, and the upcoming Pennsylvania Outdoor News ad, as well as a lot of time for our upcoming Rally in Lock Haven, October 15, 2017, held at Castanea Social Hall Picnic Grounds, T375, Lock Haven, PA 17745. (Click here for a copy of the flyer)
USP's Fall 2017 meeting included in this rally
Your part is to make copies of the (Return Abundant Wildlife to Pennsylvania) and the (printable version of the petition). Post copies of this poster in as many places as you can, and take this petition and get it signed by all the people you know or even individuals you do not know, as well as to gun clubs, hunting clubs, businesses, etc… get as many signatures as possible, please be neat and legible. Bring and turn in at the rally in Lock Haven.
VERY IMPORTANT PETITION
To Pass House Bill 1483 and Return Abundant Wildlife to Pennsylvania
Today, closed tree-tops in Pennsylvania's old and aging forests are blocking sunlight from reaching the forest floor -- preventing the regeneration of plant-life as food and cover for wildlife. As a result, many wildlife populations are rapidly declining.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has failed to address this serious problem, and, instead, mistakenly blamed white-tailed deer (our State Mammal) for deteriorating habitat. Over a 5-year period, the Game Commission directed the slaughter of 2,500,000 deer - mostly pregnant does and fawns.
In so doing, they turned a problem into a crisis. Not only have they collapsed the deer herd in many regions of the state, but they still fail to address aging forests, deteriorating habitat, and declining wildlife populations. Legislative studies have determined that these failed policies have cost thousands of family businesses, rural communities, and the Commonwealth's economy over $7 billion, which is increasing at the rate of $501.6 million each year. The state is also losing $40 million in annual tax revenue.
To resolve the crisis, the Pennsylvania Legislature, sportsmen and conservation organizations, independent scientists, and concerned citizens have joined in creating House Bill 1483. HB 1483 is designed to correct Game Commission policies, to create critically needed early successional wildlife habitat over the 6,000-square-mile system of Pennsylvania's public forestlands, and return abundant wildlife to Penn's Woods.
From deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, snowshoe hares, and our magnificent elk herd, to songbirds, bats, and at-risk pollinators such as honeybees and Monarch butterflies, Pennsylvania wildlife will again flourish and our forests will return to their former reputation as one-of-the-world's healthiest and most productive hardwood forest ecosystems.
Please join with us in becoming a Friend of Pennsylvania Wildlife by adding your name to this petition supporting House Bill 1483.
Please Sign this petition
CROSS FORK RAFFLE WINNERS
June 25, 2017 Click here
ATTENTION PA HUNTERS VERY IMPORTANT
Please contact your legislator either by phone or email and request that he or she immediately co-sponsors Representative Dave Maloney's "Wildlife Habitat" bill. It will soon be introduced as House Bill 1483.Recently Rep. Maloney sent the bill's memorandum to all House members. HB 1483 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 co-sponsor 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
IMPORTANT PLEASE TAKE ACTION
find your Representative or Senator.
Pennsylvania’s Old-Growth Forest System
As Designated by DCNR and The Nature Conservancy
By John Eveland
Rep. Dave Maloney’s wildlife habitat bill represents a solution to this enormous and growing crisis. It is vital that Legislators pass this bill. Read more
Major Statewide Sporting Group not mentioned in the PGC News Release
By Wayne Haas President Unified Sportsmen of Pa
The PGC put out a news release #90-16 on Dec 14th saying that because of not getting a license fee increase, they are letting employees go. Read more
PGC lack of funding lies
By Ron Benjamin
The PGC lies about "Lack of Funding" Read more
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
AN INDEPENDENT, SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT
OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION'S
ESTIMATED 2016 DEER HARVEST
By John Eveland
April 9, 2017
Abstract. This report represents the seventh in a series of independent, scientific assessments of PGC's
annual deer harvest estimates. 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".
Are you happy with PA Deer hunting?
By Blaine Toy
The Pennsylvania’s Hunter Rally Sunday October 16, 2016 was very successful with over 200 hunters attending showing support of HB 2083. Read more
Attention gun owners, could this deer reduction program just be another assault on our 2nd amendment rights?
Eliminate hunting then why own guns?
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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
Management: hunters or environmentalist?
by Don Mallicoat and published by The Asheville Tribune, Asheville,
NC. Read more
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.
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.
PGC/DCNR Bullshit Lies!!
picture was taken in either Southern Elk County 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.