2021 raffle drawing

USP held its annual raffle drawing at Flaming Foliage on October 9, 2021. We apologize for not posting our winners earlier, but thanks to Windstream Internet problems we have not been able to log onto our editing site. Listed below are the lucky winners:

1st Prize Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine H012CR .45 Colt with Elk carved in the stock
Ticket # 12412 – Betty J Eyler – Mifflinburg

2nd Prize Island Exotic Hunt
Ticket # 02474 – Charles Mort – Uniontown

3rd Prize Fly Fishing Outfit from Kettle Creek Tackle Shop
Ticket # 05905 – Ron Sherbondy – Greenville

4th Prize Buck Model 119 Fixed Blade Knife with leather sheath
Ticket # 02602 – John Signorino – Erie

We congratulate all the winners and thank all those that purchased our raffle tickets.

No Doe Hunting Signs


USP had some good NO DOE HUNTING signs printed and sold them to individuals, clubs, landowners, etc., that wanted to limit the number of does harvest on their property USP did Not Post any land. But we may have had inquiries as to how to save our deer herd? That answer is obvious, Protect the females.

If you find one of these signs posted illegally posted on your property, USP did not put it there, and we have no idea how did post it. USP does not condone individuals posting property they do not own or have permission to post

CWD overview

By John Eveland

Researchers at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that there are genetic markers that identify the susceptibility of white-tailed deer to chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Quoting from the article: “Such a program would allow deer farmers, wildlife managers, and regulatory agencies to selectively breed the least susceptible deer, thereby building healthier, more CWD-resistant populations.” Read the full article


Keystone Elk County Alliance (KECO) Visitor Center in Benezette, PA hosted the 21st annual Elk Expo the weekend of August 21 – 22, 2021. Attendance was very good and the weather was excellent with the exception of a couple of showers.

Saturday at 1 PM the drawing for the lucky hunters winning elk licenses for the 2021/2022 season. There were 53,751 individuals that applied hoping to win 1 of the 187 licenses issued for the three seasons with 86% from Pennsylvania and 14% non-residence. There was at least 1 application from all 50 states and Washington DC. Applications were also received from Canada Australia and New Zealand

The seasons were Archery September 11 – 25, 2021 C/O 14 bulls, and 15 cows, general November 1 – 6, 2021 C/O 32 bulls and 77 cows, and late January 1 – 8, 2022 C/O 10 bulls and 39 cows.

For a complete list of the winners click here!

Sunday at 1 PM the winner of the special KECO raffle tag was drawn. This year a record 15,571 tickets were sold with an income of $260,958.00 for the elk habitat. The lucky winner was Mr. Landman from Wilmington, Del.

Is Deer Bologna Safe to eat?

With all the diseases (CWD, Covid etc…) in the deer herd how safe is deer bologna?

Bologna made by deer processors is a potential hazard. Most all processors make the bologna from several deer at a time. This presents a potential problem, how safe is other deer brought to the processor? Did the hunter dress it properly or did it just lay there for several hours while the hunter waited to harvest more deer?

To prevent the possibility of cross-contamination by the butcher using multiple deer for a batch of bologna Jon Else from Elysburg, PA makes his own deer bologna. He smokes it to at 150 degrees for 6 – 8 hours, then he puts it in an oven at 275 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 180-200 degrees followed by a water bath to stop the cooking process.

Resource Revenue must be used for Habitat Renewal

Our corrupt PA Governor and state legislators have been high jacking revenue to be used for habitat and transferring it into the general Funds for more than a decade reporting on page 8 in the August 13, 2021 issue of PA Outdoor News.

The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state officials to use this revenue.

Read a related article by Associated Press dated June 23, 2017.