WELCOME TO OUR WEB SITE

_______________

Pennsylvania 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.

John's presentation 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 with today.


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!

_______________

AN INDEPENDENT, SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF THE
PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION'S
ESTIMATED 2014 DEER HARVEST

By John Eveland

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 more

_______________

UTAH MULTI-STATE CONCEALED FIREARMS PERMIT
Taught by Certified Utah and NRA Firearms Instructor

“Legally Carry a Concealed Handgun”
(Coverage in 30 plus states)

EAGLE ARMS SPLIT ROCK GUN SHOW

SPLIT ROCK LODGE

April 11 and 12, 2015, Lake Harmony, PA


CALL: 1-443-463-5912 or email art@secureourschools.net to REGISTER NOW

This course expands carry opportunity and shows a more credible position by obtaining this training which the Pa. permit does not require.

_______________

USP has received word that Jim Daley has been appointed to the North West Commissioner position!     We hopefully feel he is going to be with us on the deer issue.

_______________

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.    Read more

Conoy Townships “This is not a gun free zone” sign gained more national attention at the 3rd largest Friends of the NRA banquet    Read more

_______________

2015 Second Amendment Action Day

Tuesday,  May 12, 2015

On behalf of State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, please join other Second Amendment supporters from across the Commonwealth, to attend the 10th Annual Pennsylvania Second Amendment Action Day on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on the front steps of the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.    Please attend and show your support of our Second Amendment rights.

Unified Sportsmen of PA is a very strong support of your Second Amendment rights, further information will be posted as it becomes available.

_______________

Pro-Gun Attorney takes on Anti-Gun Group Head.

Issue:  PA's Preemption Law changes (HB 80/Act 192).

Sunday February 15, 2015 Josh Prince took on a nitwit of CeaseFire PA.

Friends,

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 in!

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

_______________

Governor Tom Corbett

Signs 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

 

Below is NRA's news alert

Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Corbett

Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law

October 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 days.

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.

Governor Tom Corbett
Phone: (717) 787-2500
E-mail: Governor@pa.gov

_______________

DEER MANAGEMENT SERIES

An Assessment of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's
Deer-Reduction Program

By John Eveland
Forester, Wildlife Biologist, and Ecologist
November 2014

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.

February 14, 2015

Recently, 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.    Read more

_______________

About John Eveland
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.     Read More

John Eveland can be reached at (412)601-0077, or at jfeveland@acsl-pa.org.

_______________

 

"A 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 more

_______________

Lawless Actions of the
Pennsylvania Game Commission

July 23, 2014
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.  Read more

_______________

I'm a Hunter

By Nelson Haas


If the Game Commission calls me a stakeholder one more time I'm going to be sick.

_______________

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania Game Commission’s response to a hunters comment on our website:    Read more

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 more

_______________

Research indicates coyote predation

on 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.     Click here to read the article.

Leveling the Hunting Field for Coyotes

By Dr. Dennis Wydra

The use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting in Pennsylvania has been illegal for decades...   Read more

AR Rifles in the Hunting Woods

Modern Sporting Rifle?

They're accurate, they're customizable and they're fun to shoot. Why you're about to see more AR-style rifles in the woods.    Read more

_______________

Second  Amendment Action Day

Tuesday,  April 29, 2014

The 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 view the video

_______________

Urban Deer
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

The Game and Fisheries Committee held a public deer management hearing on Wednesday March 19, 2014. For those unable to attend click here to watch the video of the meeting.

Fellow 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!!

_______________

Vote on HB1576

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 1576.

The Pennsylvania 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 sportsmen.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Firearms Coalition representing 150,000 – 175,000 members.
  • Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania representing 70,000 members.
  • Firearm Owners against Crime representing 28,000 members and 76,000 total associates.
  • Pennsylvania State Camp Lessee’s Association representing 50,000 members.

 

Protecting Our Endangered Species

By Dr. Charles Bolgiano and

Dr. Dennis Wydra

For 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),....     Read more

How 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. Click 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?

 

Pennsylvania State Representatives:


The Pennsylvania State Camp Association is the largest camp association in Pennsylvania representing well over 50,000 members and associates.  Read more

Unified Sportsmen of PA

Supports HB 1576 and SB 1047 Resolution

ENDANGERED SPECIES COORDINATION ACT

Read more

Conservationists and Sportsmen

Support IRRC Review of T&E Specie

By
Bill Miller, Steve Mohr, Dennis Wydra
Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania

The legislative 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 more

_______________

It’s Time to Pass the 5 Deer Bills

By 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.     Read more

Deer Letter

By Wayne Bush


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.      Read more

GETTING THEIR BANG FOR THE BUCK

By John Eveland

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

The Costs and Benefits of FSC Certification of DCNR Forests

Read more

SocioEconomic Impact of the DCNR/PGC
Forest-Certification/Deer-Reduction Program
Read more

_______________

The Marcellus Mess on Elmerton Avenue

Marcellus Is Booming

_______________

Bearly Believable........

By Randy Santucci

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 more

_______________

Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania

is now on Facebook.

Click the image below to view

_______________

Second amendment rights

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.

We have the perfect poster that should be on a billboard on every road
leading into Washington DC, Chicago, New York and Hollywood!!!!!

_______________

Obama administration shows disrespect for our

military and embassy personnel

_______________

_______________

Dear General Kane
By Dr N. Charles Bolgiano

We want to congratulate you on becoming the Attorney General of Pennsylvania… Read more

_______________

_______________

Wildlife Management: hunters or environmentalist?

Article written by Don Mallicoat and published by The Asheville Tribune, Asheville, NC. Read more

_______________

Letter to Governor Corbett

By 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 More

_______________

 

_______________

Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania  
Supports responsible Drilling.

Please visit our new gas page.

_______________

 

Glen 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.

_______________

We have added a new page to

our web site.    Hot Topics

_______________

 

USP President Randy Santucci was appointed to Governor Tom Corbett's Sports Advisory Council in a news release issued February 27, 2012.

_______________

 

Important information for our visitors with

complains regarding the deer situation in their

area, find your Representative or Senator.

_______________

 

The 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.

________________

 

One 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.

________________

No Doe Hunting
Does That Mean Forever?

By 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!

 

Pennsylvania's hunting tradition

Now 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.

The 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 .

We are asking the hunter’s to not shoot a doe and help the deer herd recover.

No 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.

 

 

We 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.

USP 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.

Our missions are:

  • 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 generations.

Being 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. Join Now!

PGC/DCNR Bullshit Lies!!

This picture was taken in either Southern Elk Conuty or Northern Clearfield County

along Arden Road showing a deer fenced area area.   Looking at the area I seen no difference

inside or outside the fence. What a waste of our taxpayer money by PGC and DCNR.

 

 

 

 

©2011 • Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania