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Another black eye for PA Hunters
Senate G & F Committee
Sells out the Hunters


The Senate game and Fish committee sold out the hunters of Pennsylvania on May 7, 2019 when they passed SB 552 by a vote of 9 - 0. If passed by the Senate then it is one more step toward the corrupt PGC setting its own fees for hunting licenses. Contact your senator and ask him/her to not support this bill.


Find your Representative or Senator.




Gun Legislation
Very important bill SB 53


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

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









meeting was held March 9, 2019


 Unified Sportsmen of PA and Sportsmen of the Future held a very important CWD meeting.    Read more




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
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PGC kicked sand in the sportsmen’s faces again
By Blaine Toy
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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



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 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!
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Membership Request

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 or Senator.





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?



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.


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



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
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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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