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$72 Million Surplus in PGC Game fund?
The PGC hold $72 million surplus in the game fund, and another $6.5 million in 7 escrow accounts according to an audit report released by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
During the audit is was brought out that some of the royalty check were not cashed till as many as 63 days after being received. Are they trying to decide where to hide that money?
With this amount of money, why is PGC crying for a license increase?
Read Pennlive.com news release!
Read York Daily Record news release!
Read the full 136-page Performance Audit Report!
Review of PGC Audit
By Ron Benjamin
The Summary taking up the first dozen pages, or so, really is all one needs to understand how far out of compliance PGC has drifted. The report was well written in my opinion, as far as it went? The analysis of game lands gas monies was too brief in my opinion since only about 25% of the gas companies with SGL leases or royalty payments were audited! Only 18 of the 66 gas companies were analyzed.
The seven escrows accounts were not considered in PGC budget preparation, were not in the Game Fund or the State Treasury. The escrow accounts were found by the auditors to be controlled solely by the PGC’s Chief Counsel!
I was stunned to read there were over 100 EXCESS vehicles in the PGC fleet. How many doe tags or resident hunting licenses does it take to pay for 100+ IDLE Vehicles! I think the auditors should have question why so many PGC employees NEED a PGC funded vehicle as a perk for their job?
WE AT USP HAVE MANY QUESTIONS?
First: When the PA Auditors discovered “PGC had 100+ EXCESS Vehicles", Did the auditors determine WHO Requested the Excess Vehicles and Did the auditors FIX RESPONSIBILITY ONTO the person who APPROVED the Acquisition of the Excess Vehicles at $400 or $500 per month, per Lease???? WHO APPROVED the Expenditure? IF THIS EXCESS Vehicle Cost had not been CONTRACTED, would a Hunting License Fee INCREASE be NEEDED?? Why is a PGC paid-for Vehicle a perk for upper level PGC management?
Second: WHY is the PGC Chief Counsel the ONLY person in control of the MILLIONS of gas Money??? What did the auditors FIND in the way of such SGL Money JUSTIFICATION??? WHO authorized and APPROVED this? I did not see where the PA Auditors Named the wrongdoers in this financial LACK of Control of Hunters" Game Land Money. WHY did the PA Auditors conducting a PGC Audit NOT FIX RESPONSIBILITY onto the persons who were so FAR out of Compliance?
Finally, I think the State Auditor General had MUCH new information to justify a FAR DEEPER Inquiry INTO PGC Operations. Only he can say why he quit before the Job Was Done!
Contact your Legislator TODAY!!!
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Alert from USP Regarding audit
Please read this First alert!
Please read this Second alert!
Very important bill SB 531
This bill will make cities and municipalities financially liable for assaulting the Rights and Liberties of Law-Abiding Citizens. Mayors and City Councils that violate State Preemption Laws and disregard the Constitutions of PA and the United States HATE THIS BILL! We need to hold accountable the Elected Officials who feel they are above the law and who take their direction from anti-Liberty forces and gun grabbing special interests.
Many Politicians are attempting to take our guns away so they can control the citizens by socialism or dictatorship. For further information on SB531 visit Firearm Owners Against Crime. Click Here
Please contact your senator and ask them to support the proposed Preemption Legislation SB 531. Find your Senator.
Stop the city of Pittsburgh, Pelosi, Gov.. Wolfe, etc... Stand up for your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms in your defense. Gun laws only harm the legal citizens, the criminals will always find a way through illegal ways to get and keep weapons.
Chronic Waste Disease
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE!
USP is asking all Sportsmen & Sportswomen to join to find a cure for CWD. PGC & DCNR are hiring sharpshooters, eliminating the deer herd by culling is not the answer, finding a cure is. Join USP in the fight to save the deer herd. Read more
Printable Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania's CWD Sponsored research Partnership Form CLICK HERE
To join or donate on-line click here
PLEASE GET INVOLVED WITH THIS
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE
BEFORE IT TOO LATE TO
SAVE OUR DEER AND ELK HERD
VERY IMPORTANT CWD
meeting was held March 9, 2019
Unified Sportsmen of PA and Sportsmen of the Future held a very important CWD meeting.
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Votes against its paying customers
Well it’s official, our Game Commission showed their arrogance again by going against their customers. On April 9, 2019 they voted 5 for and 3 against changing the traditional Monday to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. All polls showed the hunters were anywhere from 65% to 95% against the changing opening day. Those 5 commissioners should be removed from the commission for voting what they want not their customers.
Please write or contact the game and Fisheries commission Here are the links to the Pennsylvania Game and Fisheries commission for both the State Senate and House of Representatives.
PGC Leadership Decides by Personal Opinion
By Randy Santucci
PGC kicked sand in the sportsmen’s faces again
By Blaine Toy
Changing Deer opener from
Monday to Saturday
I have received several letters regarding this issue, so far all against Saturday opener and none in support of it. Below are copies of those letters: Read more
HIGH and WIDE OUTDOORS
Randy Santucci Saturday opener Interview
Randy Santucci was interviewed by Tay Waltenbaugh and Jack Brown, hosts of High and Wide Outdoors, regarding the Saturday deer opener. The one-hour show was broadcast on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from their radio studio in Latrobe, PA (1480 AM / 97.3 FM). You can listen to that broadcast by clicking here.
PGC HARVEST REPORT
By Blaine M. Toy
It is my opinion we received more fake news from our Pennsylvania Game Commission in the form of their 2018-19 hunting season harvest report released March 19, 2019. Read More
WHAT the PGC finally listens to the public?
Well not really!
By - Pete Kingsley
If USP could get a Christmas present from the good old white haired round guy with a beard, (that drives a sleigh pulled by deer), it would be to get lots of new members this New Year. Seriously, to get a good jump on increasing our membership, we would like to ask each USP member to give a present this Christmas of a USP membership. A $20.00 gift to someone you know will go a long way to helping our hunting and fishing stay strong and would be a gift worth giving. Thanks in advance for helping USP stay large and healthy.
Failed PGC Deer Policy Costing Taxpayers $92 Million Per Year
By Phil Wagner
On February 20th in the state capitol, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced in the presence of a room of sportsmen that the official financial audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission was underway, and overdue. Read more
Increasing Rifle Purchase Age is Baseless
By Randy Santucci
Dicks Sporting Goods, a Pittsburgh based corporation, has recently decided to increase the age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21. As a (58-year-old) life resident of the Commonwealth, I would like to bring forth some facts of rifle sales and use as it relates to Pennsylvania. Read more
Handgun Concealed Carry Reciprocity
in the various States
By Ron Benjamin
As Chairman of the USP FIREARMS Committee, Read more
Concealed Carry Weapons Permit Travel
By Ron Benjamin
Recently, a USP member sent me an email suggesting Maryland State Police are using their vehicle on-board computers connected to automatic license plate readers to flag out-of-state vehicles with owners who have concealed carry weapons permits (CCWs). 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?
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.
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.
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
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attention to important issues relating to hunting, fishing,
trapping and shooting. We publish and distribute
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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.