MANAGEMENT SERIES, NO. 18:
Prior to his release from the Pennsylvania Game Commission,
former Executive Director, Carl Roe, stated, "Hunters
are not a consideration in deer management." PGC's
disrespectful attitude toward hunters is diametrically opposed
to the chartered mission of the agency and to state law as
directed by the state legislature in Title 34: The Game Code.
Section 322(c)(13) specifically indicates that it is the
duty of the PGC to serve the interest of sportsmen for recreational
hunting. Following are a few quotations from frustrated
sportsmen whom PGC is, by state law, directed to serve—but,
instead, chooses to ignore.
brings me close to tears at times when I remember the wonderful
times hunting deer with my father and friends to see the state
of deer hunting today. The first day of rifle buck season
in 2013 I heard 4 shots all day. The first day of doe that
Saturday, I heard 2 shots. If the legislators cared about
us deer hunters, changes would have been made years ago. Do
not expect any help. Tom Boop tried for 8 long years and he
could not move the needle. Want a hunting cabin in Bradford,
Tioga or Potter counties? We have lots of them for sale."
really sad that today's young hunters will never experience
how hunting whitetails in Penns Woods once was, and not too
long ago. We saw four deer between us during four trips to
our camp. It's really sad, we are losing our heritage right
before our eyes. We really need our state legislators to correct
this before it's too late ---we need to go back to the Maximum
Sustained Yield of managing our deer herd."
think the game commission has ruined public land deer hunting
and that hunters my age (65) will never see good public land
hunting again in our lifetimes, even if a miracle happens
and the commission reverses course."
question, when asked, most deer hunters 30 and older will
insist that the Game Commission deer program has to stop.
The deer season and deer management in general needs to go
back to the way it was 15 years ago. The mountain counties
have very few deer. The hunting camps that once were full
15 to 20 years ago now sit empty. This needs to change now
before we lose our hunting heritage in Pennsylvania."
"I live in a rural area in northern Cambria County where the deer numbers
have dramatically declined. Case in point, in the 2009 season
I discovered that the nearby small town which had three deer
processors each of the prior seasons was now down to one operating
processor. And that processor said he had fewer deer to process
than the previous season! He had even fewer deer in 2010."
Pennsylvania Firearms Coalition is a coalition of 63 clubs
in eight of the State's Eastern counties (and many more to
reach out to). Our aggregate membership is estimated at approximately
150-175,000. This is in our memberships view a tragedy for
Pennsylvania should it continue for a moment longer. We encourage
the legislature to pass the following pieces of legislation:
HB 870 -- Exclude public land from the DMAP program; HB 1370
– Restricting the length of and start date of antlerless season;
HB 1724 – Redesigning WMUs and issuing antlerless tags on
a county basis; HB 1146/SB 547 – Remove antler restrictions;
HB 1726/SB 1086 – Direct deer program to be based on maximum
sustained yield and enhancement of habitat."
firmly believe they don't have a clue as to what they are
doing when it comes to managing the deer herd."