PGC deserve a license Increase?
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". However they have
ignored the voices of the hunters and joined with the environmentalist
for political reasons destroying Pennsylvania's hunting heritage.
USP has continually
tried to correct PGC's destruction of our deer herd resulting
in USP being an outcast for the past several years because
of PGC's failed deer management program. We filed two lawsuits
against PGC only to be proved you cannot beat crooked politics.
The last law suit we had a three judges agree there were several
illegal actions by PGC. We had a court date set, only
to have PGC uses illegal sneaky political midnight actions
and get a liberal retired judge to dismiss the case. USP's
appealed, however, it was assigned to the same corrupt judge
only to have him uphold his crooked actions.
In 2014 USP strongly
supported the five deer bills in an attempt to correct PGC's
failed deer management program. (HB 1726)(SB 1086) - Maximum
Sustain Yield, (HB 1724) - County based management units,
(HB 1370) - Doe season to follow Buck season, (HB 870) - No
DMAP on Public Land, and (SB 547) - Exempt Seniors from Antler
restrictions. These bills had strong support; however PGC
convinced our representatives they would correct the problems
themselves. At their April meeting no changes were made, instead
they joined with DCNR to side again with the environments.
We hunters know
there are areas where the deer are over populated, but those
areas are off limits to us hunters. Private posted land mostly
has good hunting, but public lands where hunting is available
the public has very poor hunting and is void of deer.
Recently USP President
Randy Santucci emailed our politicians information regarding
PGC's license increase.
Contents of that
HGF & SGF
the attached letter (5 minutes at best) to support the USP
position of NO license increase to the PGC until things change.
- In the past decade is your deer hunting, (and hunter
outcry and numbers) particularity on public land improved?
- Has there been any significant increase to restore
- Has their overzealous law enforcement changed from
the incidents like the Mattrick finch confiscation near
Lancaster? (Goggle and read if you are not familiar)
- Has the agency pushed for nationally accepted hunting
beneficial issues like Sunday hunting, semi auto use,
repealing a failed deer program?
- Has their biologist laden staff and game land acquisition
mindset overridden habitat improvement on existing game
lands, many that have poor habitat and game numbers?
- Elimination of brow tine requirement, like done
in the SW which reduced or eliminated accidentally shot
deer left afield, improve success especially seniors,
bring back moving or running shot opportunities, bring
back deer drives....ever see many deer from a drive not
running eliminating brow tine identification and shot
opportunities when you do find a few deer to drive.
- There are a hundred negative nuances from agency
management in the past 15 years like a few mentioned here.
Contents of the
REVIEW: PGC IS NOT MEETING FORESTRY GOALS........Again and
Again and Again over the last 15 years we continue to hear
that deer reduction has had little, to arguably no effect
on forest regeneration, spotty at best, so is everyone wrong
that has identified this circumstance including Dr. Diefenbach
in his 2012 comment in Penn State News? It certainly has
not been beneficial when contrasted to the negative impact
on the state’s rural economy and our hunting industry...
youth to senior. The only individuals that attest to any
marginal improvement of anything are biologists crawling
around on their hands and knees looking for Trillium and
Indian Cucumber.......in my opinion they are trying to validate
their existence and that of too many biologists currently
employed by the agency, that operate with little to no daily
supervision scrutiny or oversight.... Commissioners need
to reset the seasons back to the 2 week buck, 3 day doe
eliminate brow tine requirements, severely reduce doe allocations
to restore the herd, and put hunters atop most decisions
made financially and otherwise.....30 caliber AR's with
PGC logos, 50 Caliber sniper rifles for WCO's, cartridge
sniffing canine team? I suggest you as legislators investigate
these issues. These are tools used by public law enforcement,
paid for by the general public. A commissioner recently
told me that WCO's work with police as police work with
WCO's, justifying the need for AR platform rifles, sniper
rifles, 6 dogs and dog teams and the such. Their dovetailing
at times is understood, but tax dollars rightfully pay for
extensive and sophisticated law enforcement equipment to
protect the general public. Should sportsmen dollars be
used for expensive firearms and tools outside of what common
sense should dictate needed by WCO's to protect themselves
and carry out their primary job of game law enforcement?
They use the murder of Officer Grove as an argument. All
the AR's, rifles or dogs would not have helped Officer Grove,
so using his death as justification is insensitive and unprofessional.
We can disagree until the cows come home, but antler restrictions
helped CWD start in Pa and continue to enhance its spread.
There is no logic in denying harvesting more 1- 1/2 year
old bucks off the landscape, which most test negative of
CWD because if incubation time frames mitigate their spreading
of the disease unlike when they are allowed to age. Every
time a buck deer, the strongest spreader of body fluids
by either sex, from multiple breeding contacts, attempts
to breed, leaving multiple licking branches, defecating
and urinating leaving CWD hot spots...... Of course doe
cannot be age sight identified like buck, but controlling
half the herd, the more proficient disease spreader is not
beneficial? If hunters could identify doe age, and were
encouraged to harvest them at 1 1/2 creating a younger herd
age structure across the state, it would reduce or stymie
CWD spread. It is accepted science that increased age on
deer promotes spread of CWD. PERIOD. I see the attitude
not eliminating antler regulations by the agency more about
appeasing vanity hunter perception and opinion, and not
wanting to admit guilt of this failed deer plan of which
antler regulations were a part. Yet year after year, like
again this year, we incrementally are working back to pre-2001
deer seasons and guidelines.
Pre-2001, under the old season structure, many counties
sold out doe allocations within days of availability. Many
guys drove their application to their respective courthouses
in fear of not receiving a doe tag. So don't tell me we
needed a 2 week concurrent season to allow more harvest
time to reduce deer numbers, or now to increase youth involvement
in some areas of the state. This pre 2001 circumstance,
proves the PGC under issued doe allocations in these counties
for decades. We have lost far more youth interest from current
minimal game (deer) sightings than we gained by adding time
afield. License sales since 2001 and sportsman observation
align with this statement. Small towns lost the draw of
the second opener following the buck season. If under the
previous 2 week buck / 3 day doe we did not exhaust doe
tag allotments in each county, you might have an argument.
And if there were an area or two that warranted a 2 week
concurrent season it should have been long eliminated.
If any discussion
is wanted in detail regarding the content of this letter
please contact me.
President Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
I ask you as a concerned
hunter/gun owner contact your representatives and show support
of our stand against the PGC and corrupt political system.
This may just be another way the anti gun liberals have of
taking control and attacking our 2nd amendment rights.
For you legislators
here) and for 2nd Amendment rights in the United States
Blaine M. Toy
Sportsmen of PA