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KEEP TRADITIONAL MONDAY DEER SEASON OPENER
By Blaine Toy
Saturday deer season opener would be another nail in coffin for hunting for Pennsylvania. The Monday opener has been a hunting tradition as long as I can remember. Here in Armstrong County the first day of deer/buck season is considered a holiday with many business and schools closed for the opening day. Changing deer opener from Monday to Saturday should not be done
Other that my 20 years in the U.S. Army I have hunted deer in PA since 1950, I do not hunt as much now as I did prior to the corrupt PGC kill the deer program. Deer hunting has continually lost PA hunters since a few forestry and anti-hunters recruited Gary Alt to push his scam on the PA hunters with the concurrent doe and antler restrictions. Prior to the Gary Alt Scam, we had a group of hunters that would spend the first week of buck season in the mountains as camp hunting and enjoying the outdoors and just seeing deer.
Please write your Senators, House Representative, and PGC to keep the traditional Monday opener for deer season.
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Very important issue!
Chronic Waste Disease
USP is asking all Sportsmen & Sportswomen to join to find a cure for CWD. PGC & DCNR”s hiring sharpshooters and eliminating the deer herd is not the answer, finding a cure is. Join USP in the fight to save the deer herd.
Spiroplasma bacterium, not prions, causes CWD. USP & LSU scientist signed an agreement to combat CWD. Read more
CWD Press Conference
Monday February 4, 2019
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Harrisburg State Capitol
United Sportsmen of PA has reserved the main rotunda at the Harrisburg State Capitol for Monday, February 4, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM as per John Eveland’s request for the CWD Research press conference. We are asking everyone possible to make a special effort to attend the event and bring a car full with you or even your wife. We needed to tell them how many people I expected to attend and I told them 100. DON’T LET PA SPORTSMEN DOWN!
Make some phone calls and tell your hunting buddies and friends to go also. If you are planning on coming, you might call your local House Rep. and ask if they can give you a visitors parking pass.
This is the week of the NRA Great American Outdoor Show at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg PA. You will be able to leave the capital after the event and go to the show if you so desire.
CWD Message from John Eveland
On Monday, February 4, 2019 from 10:30-11:30, Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP or Unified) will host a Rally inside the Capitol on the Rotunda steps just inside the main entrance. Read more
Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania's
CWD Sponsored Research Partnership
National Demonstration Project
Printable form to join LSU & USP and help find a cure. CLICK HERE
Printable Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania's CWD Sponsored research Partnership Form CLICK HERE
Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania's Sponsored Research Partnership
Toward funding the research of Dr. Frank Bastian and eradicating CWD
There is a growing list of those visionary individuals and organizations who have joined the fight to stop Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and save our great deer and elk herds in Pennsylvania and throughout America.
To view that list please (updated December 31, 2018) CLICK HERE
Alert from USP regarding CWD
Please read this alert
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
By Blaine Toy
Recently USP President
Randy Santucci was interviewed about an idea he had by John
Hayes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding the overpopulation
of urban deer. Read more
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
Marcellus Mess on Elmerton Avenue
For quite a few
years now, it is no secret that The Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
has had a rocky relationship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission,
primarily over deer management. Read
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USP is here for the sportsmen.
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.
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.