Pete Kingsley, Treasurer
To Our USP Membership
By: Pete Kingsley, Treasurer
I have been the USP Treasurer for close to three years and
I can not say enough about how proud I am of our Membership
on how well they financially support us with dollars as well
as renewal memberships and with new memberships.
I have been a USP Board Member since
1991. I have seen the USP grow over those years, I have seen
many of the battles and I have seen the USP be told one thing
in the PGC Headquarters from the top officials which include
Past. Exec. Directors, some PG Commissioners, Wildlife Biologists
on how they were going to work with us. One week later or
soon the PGC was stabbing the USP in the back with the opposite
response. This has been going on for years. This is why we
decided to sue. The law suit was thrown out of court approx.
1 1/2 years ago by an appointed, liberal retired judge on
a Tues. night in the middle of the HSP Sports show.
This case had been going on for approx.
2 yrs. with three appointed judges who kept the court case
going every time the PGC tried to throw the law suite out.
The liberal Judge threw
the suit out 14 days before our Commonwealth Court date.
How did we (USP) find out? On Wed.
morning at 10:00 am. opening time for the HSP Sports Show,
Charles Bolgiano and myself were standing in the booth and
Joe Neville, PGC employee went by and smacked our law suit
sign with his hand and said " you might as well take
that sign down, you lost last night".!
This is the first news we heard of
the decision, our attorney did not know about the dismissal
until he Had time to call us back late that afternoon. We,
the USP, spent $70,000.00 of our
membership monies, but the membership is still there and supporting
us while we keep fighting for respectable deer hunting on
The PGC is a Gestapo outfit out of
control. We will not stop fighting for whatever we an d the
Membership believe. That was the reason for the recent survey!
Our memberships come from serious
hunters and fishermen, the believers in property rights and
the constitution. Our membership consists of (for example)
Ministers, Physicians, Business owners, Teachers, Amish and
of course working people like myself. Our membership is strong
and growing both as individual members and Club memberships.
Our membership gave very generously
when we asked for $5.00 for 7 tickets, many give more and
some a lot more. I do not like to mention any members name
as I may miss or
hurt someone's feelings, but I do have to mention one name,
Frank Beimel of St. Mary's sent in 5 paid new members.
Again, a big thank you to all members,
no matter what you have been able to do for the USP in this
survey, the Cross Forks ticket drawing, and membership drive.
You are all USP and the Board says ":Thank You".
Thank you, Pete
Kingsley, USP Treasurer
sent out - 1635 - Surveys returned 706
SURVEY of DEER ISSUES and the PA GAME COMMISSION
report is from the mailing only
- Do you believe that State Game Lands should be managed
for more deer? Yes 540,
- Do you believe that State Game Lands can support more
healthy deer without damage to a healthy forest or conflicts
with people? Yes 516,
- Do you believe the PGC premise that deer are unhealthy?
Yes 20, No
- Do you believe that the purpose of State Game Lands should
be more equally proportioned to benefit hunters rather than
resource extraction? Yes 512,
- Does the PA Game Commission place high importance and
encourage hunter retention and hunter recruitment by the
way they manage State Game Lands? Yes 25,
- Do you believe that State Game Lands are managed to encourage
hunting? Yes 26,
- Does the PA Game Commission have a moral commitment to
provide more food plots for deer in areas where better nutrition
is needed? Yes 469,
- Do you believe the PGC premise that forests are unhealthy
because of deer? Yes 25,
- Do you believe that deer hunting will not get better unless
new and/or responsible management is demanded by the State
Legislature beginning with House and Senate hearings? Yes
515, No 9