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MIFFLINBURG SENIOR WINS PA
B.A.S.S. HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMIONSHIP
By Phil Wagner
The Unified Sportsman of Pennsylvania would like to congratulate Josh Mook, a senior from Mifflinburg, Union County on winning the B.A.S.S. High School State Championship held on August 27, 2016 at Presque Bay in Erie Pennsylvania. Josh and his partner, Andrew Henry, competed against 17 other teams. They weighed in five large month bass weighing 11.90 pounds and Josh had the lunker at 2.97 pounds. Mook will now compete in June in the B.A.S.S. High School National Championship at Paris, Tennessee on Kentucky Lake. This will be the fourth year for this high school event. The first year there were 60 teams completing and this year the competition grew to 173 teams.
Josh has been a member of the Susquehanna Valley High School Fishing Team for three years. The club consists of youth from age 10 to seniors in high school. They compete in local qualifying events to get to the state championship.
Unified Sportsman of Pennsylvania have joined in supporting and sponsoring Mook with a raffle to help defray some of the cost incurred to go to the Nationals.
USP would like to wish Josh the best of luck on this great opportunity, and keep your line tight, Josh.
Status of HB 2083 and Our Efforts to Resolve the Deer Crisis
By John Eveland
October 23, 2016
Although we were successful at moving HB 2083 out of committee in the House of Representatives on September 26, unfortunately there was not enough time left in this two-year legislative session to advance the bill out of the House and on to the Senate. Read more
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?
PROTECT YOUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
Vote in the upcoming Elections
YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT
Your vote counts
so be sure to vote. Read
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
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
AN INDEPENDENT, SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT
OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION'S
ESTIMATED 2015 DEER HARVEST
By John Eveland
March 17, 2016
Abstract. This report represents the sixth in a series of independent, scientific assessments of PGC's annual deer harvest estimates. PGC has estimated that 315,813 deer were harvested in Pennsylvania during the 2015-16 hunting season... Read more
DEER HARVEST ASSESSMENT
A Testimony for Deer Management Change and Accountability
By John Eveland
March 20, 2016
Introduction. The Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC's) estimated deer harvest for the 2013-14 hunting season was assessed on eight Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) State Forest Districts... Read more
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
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.
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.