HUNTERS are DISCRACED

by the Pa Game Commission AGAIN

By Wayne Haas

Not since Ex Commissioner Roxanne Palone took a verbal swing at the hunters of Pa has there been a blatant attempt by the PGC to label Pa Deer Hunters as a bunch of “temper tantrum” children throwing fits because of the declining deer herd. It was truly a shameful article. It’s no wonder that nearly 200,000 adult resident hunters have quit hunting since this mess started.

In the August Pa Game News there was an article titled ‘History of the Whitetail Deer – Enough’. The Enough article was used by the PGC to slam and embarrass Pa Deer Hunters. The same Pa Deer Hunters that are trying to grow the sport for the masses. In the Enough article the PGC uses the analogy of “that child in Target who wants the blue ball from the display of colorful consumerism. The accompanying adult vetoes this request. The child promptly begins the characteristic behavior known as the temper tantrum”. The Game Commission is comparing this ball wanting to deer wanting. The Game Commission now had two options. Give the kids some deer or say no and lose them as hunters for the rest of their lives. This was an easy decision for the Game Commission as they decimated the deer herd and now kids play on the computer rather than hunt. Again, it’s no wonder that nearly 200,000 adult resident hunters have quit hunting since this mess started.

I am a ball player, have been all my life and still am. When my girls stood in front of the colorful ball display and asked if they could have a ball, I said how many do you want. My girls turned into ballplayers. If my girls did not go down the aisle that had the colorful ball display, I led them to it. My girls turned into ballplayers. My wife and I got them a baseball every Easter. We got them balls for their birthdays. My girls turned into ballplayers. We now have a grandson and a granddaughter. Guess how many balls we have on our back porch. Hey Game Commission, No blue balls – No Ballplayers. Hey Game Commission, when you started this mess of concurrent seasons with 800,000 doe tags and whacked the deer herd in half in two years, what did you think would happen. The answer is that you knew what would happen. Again, it’s no wonder that nearly 200,000 adult resident hunters have quit hunting since this mess started.

In contrast to the facts, the Enough article states “At the turn of this century Pennsylvania’s deer population was likely the highest it has ever been” and “In response to this ballooning deer population, which was nearly twice as many as recommended by forest-based management objectives, the Game Commission again began to raise antlerless allocations”. The fact is that in the 1980’s the Game Commission started reducing deer numbers by offering bonus tags. The Maximum Sustained Yield (MSY) management system was started. In the beginning the deer numbers where at 100% of over-wintering habitat capacity. Some 10 years into MSY deer numbers were reduced by 50%. Then at the turn of the century this mess of concurrent seasons with 800,000 doe tags whacked the deer herd in half in two years. Let’s get this straight. Everyone knows deer populations are low. Some are happy and again, it’s no wonder that nearly 200,000 adult resident hunters have quit hunting since this mess started.

At the end of the Enough article the Game Commission talks about or should I say makes fun of hunters about not wanting change. A change that USP would like to see is an increase of 200,000 hunters. We would like to see deer numbers at MSY levels. We do not want a deer behind every tree. We would like to see smaller management units to ensure deer populations do not get to high.

We would like to see the kids get a blue ball.

 

 

 

 

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