Update on HB 1483


Unfortunately, House Bill 1483 has been stalled in the House of Representatives. Leadership has not yet referred the bill to the House State Government Committee, which would permit the bill to be introduced for a committee vote and, hopefully, proceed to the floor of the House for passage. This same circumstance had prevented passage of HB 2083 (the predecessor of HB 1483) during the previous 2015-16 legislative session that ended in December 2016.

While HB 1483 sets stalled in the House, PGC's failed deer, wildlife, and habitat policies continue with great biological and social impacts to wildlife resources and sport hunting, and unprecedented economic impacts continue, especially to family businesses and rural communities throughout the state. Until HB 1483 is passed, PGC's mismanagement of forest and wildlife resources will continue to impact the Commonwealth's economy at the rate of $1.16 billion per year, with lost government tax revenues of $92.5 million per year. Many consider those who support PGC and oppose the bill to be complicit with these outrageous impacts to the Commonwealth, our natural resources, and citizens.

Considering the intense budget negotiations that legislators recently endured in trying to save pennies, it is mind boggling that the legislature does not embrace this bill that will generate about a hundred million dollars per year in government tax revenues and over a billion dollars for the state's economy, especially for rural communities. If for no other reason, those who wish to gain the votes of a million hunters and their families as well as the votes of millions of other citizens who recreate in Pennsylvania's great outdoors and who enjoy abundant wildlife and healthy forests (as would be provided by passage of HB 1483), should support this most important piece of legislation. It would seem unwise to be perceived as facilitating over a billion dollars of economic impacts to the state's economy.

This 2017-18 legislative session is now entering its second and final year. While it has remained static in the House during 2017, let's hope that a demonstrated concern for forest and wildlife resources, sportsmen and outdoor loving citizens, and the economic well-being of thousands of family businesses and rural communities will prevail, and that HB 1483 will soon be referred to the State Government Committee.






HB 1483 will directly benefit the populations of 153 species of Pennsylvania wildlife: 41 mammals, 86 birds, 18 reptiles, and 8 amphibians.   Read full article





Please contact your legislator either by phone or email and request that he or she immediately co-sponsors Representative Dave Maloney's "Wildlife Habitat" bill. It will soon be introduced as House Bill 1483.Recently Rep. Maloney sent the bill's memorandum to all House members. HB 1483 is designed to address "deer management and wildlife habitat, rural economies, and Game Commission accountability". Rep. Maloney distributed the memo under the title "Wildlife Habitat". It is important that sportsmen ask their legislators to co-sponsor this vital piece of legislation

For the past 16 years, the Game Commission has continued to reduce the statewide deer herd to nearly un-huntable numbers in some regions in an attempt to improve forest seedling regeneration and to promote native wildflowers. Independent studies as well as state and federal investigations have indicated that virtually no scientific benefits have resulted from PGC's action, while the impacts to sportsmen, family businesses, rural communities, and the Commonwealth's economy have been outrageous and unacceptable.

The decline in tourism and recreation has now impacted rural economies and the State by over $7 billion in the past dozen years. Collapsing the state deer herd has been called the greatest conservation mistake in the over 100 year history of the Game Commission. HB 1483 will rebuild Pennsylvania's deer herd, improve the populations of grouse and other wildlife, return over 200,000 sportsman who have quit hunting because of the lack of deer, re-invigorate rural economies by over $500 million per year, and generate $40 million of annual tax revenues for local and state governments. Under PGC's current plan, it would take the Game Commission 100 to 200 years to achieve the same degree of habitat improvements as Rep. Maloney's bill will accomplish in 10 to 15 years




find your Representative or Senator.




PGC lack of funding lies
By Ron Benjamin


The PGC lies about "Lack of Funding"    Read more




Does PGC deserve a license Increase?

By Blaine M. Toy

Not only "NO", but "HELL NO". Under title 34 The Pennsylvania Game Commission's mission is "To manage all wild birds, mammals and their habitats for current and future generations".     Click here to read more

PGC is crying for a license increase yet for years they openly stated in "PA Game News" they were receiving gas royalty money. I believe that revenue plus what they receive from coal and timber should have been going into the game fund. Where is all that billions of dollars? My opinion is the PGC should be audited by an independent agency and not one government controlled to end up giving a potentially if not obviously biased determination.

Why if Marcellus revenue has declined, did we not invest or save more for the rainy day situation. Did we need to spend millions on more game land with hunting license sales stagnant, and severely declined over the last 15 year? Was there justifiable need for PGC search dog and trainers, AR platform rifles for every WCO and the like? Highly questionable expenditures seem to exist. The Trump card with no pun intended is the question “is our game situation better than it was 20 years ago? I believe most public land hunters would tell you not just NO but Hell No!.

Those PA State Game lands were purchased by us hunters from our license fees and the excise tax on our sporting goods by the Pittman–Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. They were not purchased by tax dollars or the bird watchers, hikers, horseback riders, ATV riders, bike riders, etc...

For years Pennsylvania was a top rated hunting state, now we are the laughing stock of the nation thanks to the PGC deer reduction plan. They need to start listening to us hunters; it's our money that supports them.




Why the Game Commission and DCNR Nearly Collapsed

Pennsylvania’s Deer Herd, and the Impacts to Sport Hunting,

Wildlife Populations, and the Commonwealth’s Economy

The Need to Pass HB for Deer Management, Wildlife Habitat,
and Game Commission Accountability.

In 1998, DCNR entered into an agreement with the Forest Stewardship Council – a German-based environmental organization .   Read more



By Ralph Saggiomo


This or something to that effect is what Dr. Alt of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) stated some years ago, when his program was adopted by the PGC and went into effect to reduce the Whitetail Deer herd, much to the dismay of many of the sportsmen/women of PA.

Well go to HADES Dr. Alt! Some of us are still here to testify how you and the powers to be at that time tried, and in some cases destroyed, the traditional aspect of hunting here in PA.

I have been hunting and trapping in this great state since 1946. Myself and many others of my generation are still here to testify that the PGC was founded in 1895 under title 54 to propagate for the Hunters and Trappers of PA. Hopefully the sitting Commissioners have not lost sight of that Oath they have taken!!!

Hopefully they will not give in to those that come to the table disguised as pro-hunting advocates, but have anti-hunting or other political agendas that will negatively impact our Hunting Fraternity. Many of us believe these hidden agendas have caused the demise of license buying Sportsmen/women.

Hunters and Trappers created the PGC over 120 years ago, and many that followed had the foresight to protect the vision of the founding fathers of this Commission. The PGC mission was to propagate game for the sportsmen/women of PA. Only a clear focus of this mandate should be accepted by those that elect the future leadership of the PGC. We may not be here much longer, but we know from whence we have come and where we are now.

"Save the Babe, Throw out the wash water".







Attention gun owners, could this deer reduction program just be another assault on our 2nd amendment rights?


Eliminate hunting then why own guns?



PGC's Forest Regeneration Myth
By John Eveland

"For several years PGC had used three goals toward justifying their unprecedented deer reduction program and near collapse of the herd in some northern and eastern tier regions -- Read More


PGC's Deer Team is Conducting a Masterful Campaign of Deception

By John Eveland
April 20, 2015

Sportsmen and many legislators have become accustomed to the deceptive antics of the Pennsylvania Game Commission –    Read more

DEER Management (?) Deception

By Greg Levengood

The agency that once was trusted by sportsmen and lawmakers alike to honorably perform its legislated mission with the utmost of integrity has now stooped to an agenda-driven arm of the forest industry and fringe environmentalists.


PGC Again Defiant to Sportsmen Pleas for More Deer

By Greg Levengood

Independent wildlife biologist, ecologist and forester John Eveland has done a masterful job breaking down and analyzing what the Board of Commissioners did – or should I say didn't do at the recent Game Commission Meeting with regard to deer management. In spite of the worst winter in recent memory, ever-increasing predation, and deer having no apparent impact on forest regeneration the Board once again ignored the pleas of sportsmen to increase deer numbers. Oh, the Board claimed to have provided some relief to the deer herd by reducing doe permits by 33,000, but as John’s analysis indicates it amounted to a lot of smoke and mirrors with much ado about nothing.

Last year the Board was granted a reprieve to do something about this never-ending deer issue and again they came up small. Now it’s time for the Legislature to step up to the plate…..  Read John's Article



An Assessment of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's
Deer-Reduction Program

By John Eveland
Forester, Wildlife Biologist, and Ecologist
November 2014

In 2000-01, John Eveland was asked by the senate majority leader to assess PGC's deer-reduction program, and again was requested by the Office of the Governor and the majority leader of the House Game and Fisheries Committee in 2007.    Read/print each article individually or read/print the complete series.

February 14, 2015

Recently, State Representative David Maloney requested that I prepare a summary of my investigation of the Game Commission's deer management program. Therefore, at his request I prepared an abbreviated version of the 25-article Deer Management Series.    Read more


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.



"A Perfect Storm: Grim Scenario
Decimates State's Deer Herd"

By Blaine M. Toy

John Eveland's commentary entitled, "A Perfect Storm: Grim Scenario Decimates State's Deer Herd"    Read more


Lawless Actions of the
Pennsylvania Game Commission

July 23, 2014
by Blaine M. Toy

The PGC continuously snubs their noses at Pennsylvania's sportsmen, and the politicians do nothing about it. In fact the PGC has even thumbed their noses at the politicians just to prove how powerful they are.  Read more


I'm a Hunter

By Nelson Haas

If the Game Commission calls me a stakeholder one more time I'm going to be sick.


Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania Game Commission’s response to a hunters comment on our website:    Read more

The old proverb you can’t beat city hall is proved more and more by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. They seem to have many liberal Judges in their pockets. The most recent action involves Sunday hunting. Their power should be criminal as it seems the PGC will never be beaten in a major challenge.     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


Urban Deer
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


Deer Letter

By Wayne Bush

I sent the following email to my state senator and state representative. The response that I got from one of them was a little disconcerting.      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
Read more


The Marcellus Mess on Elmerton Avenue

Marcellus Is Booming


Bearly Believable........

By Randy Santucci

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 more


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Wildlife Management: hunters or environmentalist?

Article written by Don Mallicoat and published by The Asheville Tribune, Asheville, NC. Read more




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Glen Beck interview of Ted Nugent!
By Randy Santucci President USP

This video is about 12 minutes long, but extremely worth watching, please watch the complete video.

Ted Nugent an unknowing victim of an obscure unprecedented game law in Alaska, explains the circumstances for Glen Beck in this interview. Once again the media and it’s partial truths, attempts to discredit one of the premiere 2nd amendment supporters and promoters of hunting that exists today. Watch the interview on this link.


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.


No Doe Hunting
Does That Mean Forever?

By 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!


Pennsylvania's hunting tradition

Now 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.

The 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 .

We are asking the hunter’s to not shoot a doe and help the deer herd recover.

No 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.



We 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.

USP 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.

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!

PGC/DCNR Bullshit Lies!!

This picture was taken in either Southern Elk County or Northern Clearfield County

along Arden Road showing a deer fenced area area.   Looking at the area I seen no difference

inside or outside the fence. What a waste of our taxpayer money by PGC and DCNR.





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