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VERY IMPORTANT CWD
meeting was held March 9, 2019
Unified Sportsmen of PA and Sportsmen of the Future held a very important CWD meeting.
CWD Donation Form:
Printable Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania's CWD Sponsored research Partnership Form CLICK HERE
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We (I) agree to join Unified in this Sponsored Research Partnership. Along with this agreement form, we (I) have included grant funding toward continuation of Dr. Bastian’s research at LSU. Funding should be made payable to “Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania”, and will be deposited in a CWD account for transfer to LSU and Dr. Bastian. It is understood that neither Dr. Bastian, LSU, or Unified can guarantee the successful outcome of the research nor the ability to successfully field-test associated diagnostic tests and/or vaccines. Unified will acknowledge all funding entities as being partners in this historic endeavor.
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Make grants payable to “Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania”. Please send this and funding to: Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, c/o Pete Kingsley (Treasurer), 340 Hilltop Road, Strasburg, PA 17579. If questions: (717)-682-3999.
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Chronic Waste Disease
Very 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
Proposed Changing Deer opener
to Saturday & Sunday hunting
PA hunters are currently divided regarding the Sunday hunting issue and Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wanting to change our traditional Monday after Thanksgiving deer opener to Saturday after Thanksgiving. Officially Unified Sportsmen of PA does not support or oppose changing the deer opener at this time. A recent poll by PON of hunters to vote on the Saturday opener. Results of the online poll about changing the deer opener to Saturday, 68% - No and 32% - Yes for it. Read more
Regarding Sunday hunting, at the fall USP Board of Directors meeting, officially Unified Sportsmen of PA voted it would support Sunday hunting, but not until the PGC makes changes to the deer management program.
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
Accurate PGC Audit?
By Blaine Toy
The PA sportsmen need to question the early procedures surrounding the current audit of the PGC. AG DePasquale announced he was going to audit the PGC on February 20, 2018. He recently held a couple closed-door meetings with only selected sportsmen and groups that historically support the interests of PGC which many times contrast the views of PA sportsmen. My understanding is the media was not permitted to cover these meetings, which always raises suspicion as to the transparency of the meeting and input for the audit.
The AG stated at the original presser he is going to look at PEG's actions since 2014. I understand the last audit of PGC was sometime in 2004. This audit should cover from the last audit till now and not leave a 10-year void, a period in which many questionable financial actions were exposed by USP and others.
The Auditor General needs to hear from honest Sportsmen of PA to request a thorough audit of PGC not one potentially biasing opinions of a political cover-up. If you feel you have information to assist the AG with this investigation CLICK HERE and submit the information or contact them at Department of the Auditor General Finance Building, 613 North Street, Room 23, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0018 (717-787-1381). Your help is needed to insure an accurate and transparent audit of the PGC is done.
Please contact you representative and ask them to support an honest audit. This will hopefully correct any corruption and poor decision making with-in the PGC, and bring Pennsylvania back to the top rated hunting state it once was.
Find your Representative
Alert from USP Regarding audit
Please read this alert!
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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Does That Mean Forever?
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!
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.
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 .
are asking the hunter’s to not shoot a doe and help the deer
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.