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Saturday opener failures
By Randy Santucci
Many reasons have been identified why the new Saturday opener has not significantly increased interest, or license sales and has done economic damage to rural small businesses. Don't sell tradition short either as a valid reason for hunters not liking it. Scientific analysis reveals tradition is an important human stability factor. Read the following articles.
Read the PA Outdoor News December 4, 2020 advertisement.
Read the Field and Stream article about hunter tradition.
Be sure to write or contact the PGC, your Legislator, PA House Game and fisheries Committee, and the PA Senate Game and Fisheries committee with your complaints. Find your Representative or Senator.
The Pennsylvania Deer Wars
For your reading pleasure 2 essays showing PGC's disregard for the PA hunters.
Essay by the late Dr. N. Charles Bolgiano written in 2007!
Essay By Woody written in 2020!
Anti-gun Ammunition bill introduced
Do not let Pennsylvania become another Virginia with the politicians attempting to take away our right to bear arms and protect ourselves. Read more
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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!!!
Find your Representative or Senator.
Alert from USP Regarding audit
Please read this Second alert!
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.
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
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
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
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
SocioEconomic Impact of the DCNR/PGC
Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
Supports responsible Drilling.
Please visit our new gas page.
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.
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.
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!
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