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Preserving, Promoting & Protecting Bowhunting in Pennsylvania October 2017 This newsletter is sent monthly as a supplement to the quarterly magazine

LEGISLATIVE REPORT Wes Waldron, Chairman, UBP Legislative Committee At the September quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners, the Board gave final approval to a measure that makes four additional electronic devices lawful to use while hunting. It will take approximately six to eight weeks for the changes to become official. But once they do, hunters will be able to use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys used solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes. Electronic devices generally are prohibited for hunting use in Pennsylvania, but the Game Commission over the years has received requests to review several specific electronic devices, and has approved some of them for hunting use. As part of the review process, the Game Commission evaluates to what degree a given device might negatively impact the principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety. In reviewing the devices that today were approved for hunting use, the Game Commission identified no negative impacts that would result from their use.

Other electronic devices that are permitted for use while hunting or trapping in Pennsylvania are:  Firearms that use an electronic impulse to initiate discharge of their ammunition  Electronic sound-amplification devices incorporated into hearing protection devices and completely contained within a hunter’s ear  Electronic devices used for locating dogs while training and hunting  Electronic illuminating devices affixed to the aft end of a bolt or arrow and used solely for locating or tracking a bolt or arrow after it is launched  Electronic crow decoys used solely for hunting crows  Electronic rangefinders, including handheld devices and those contained within a scope or archery sight, so long that it does not emit a beam Legislatively, the House of Representatives Game & Fisheries Committee has yet to give approval to either Senate Bill 192, or Senate Bill 30, that would allow, respectively, the PA Game Commission and the PA Fish & Boat Commission to set their own fees for licenses and permits. Both bills passed the Senate by a near majority but have since languished in the HG&FC due to the refusal of a block of committee members to approve either bill.


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Both agencies are now almost into a second decade without license increases and have cut both services and manpower in order to meet the financial constraints created by a lack of revenue. No matter how any of you might feel about an increase to hunting and fishing licenses, you must recognize that the Pennsylvania’s hunting license is the best bargain around. Our state ranks second from the bottom in the cost of a license, with only the State of Hawaii charging less, and most assuredly does not offer the hunting opportunities that Pennsylvania offers. While Representative Keith Gillespie, Chairman of the HG&FC, along with a few other committee members are supportive of SB 192, due to the efforts of Representative Maloney and most of the minority committee members, all attempts to entertain a successful vote have been thwarted. With reasoning based primarily on misinformation and personal animosity toward the Agency, this block of committee members seem intent on bankrupting our game and fish agencies just to satisfy personal grudges. Recently, and adding insult to injury, Representatives Bryan Barbin announced he will be introducing legislation to merge the administration offices and law enforcement bureaus of the PGC and PF&BC. Additionally, Representative Martin Causer has announced he will be introducing legislation to merge both agencies into one purportedly independent agency. In response to dwindling revenue both agencies have reduced expenses by eliminating services and not replacing retired employees. But rather than acknowledge the PGC and PF&BC’s attempts at fiscal responsibility, something the Legislature would be well to emulate, their response have been to refuse revenue increases and threaten both agencies with threats of

merger. Although the Legislature claims merger would result in a $5-million a savings, no one seems willing to reveal much completing a merger would cost, or will foot the bill.

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We ask that every member, and especially those living in their district, to contact their Representative and tell them that you support Senate Bill 192, and to get it passed! And to tell them that you oppose a merger of the PGC and PF&BC. Please do it as soon as possible.

2018 UBP PATCH SUBMISSIONS It’s that time of the year for all artists to create a design for the 2018 annual patch. Starting this year we have a template for you to use. Please download two versions from the UBP website. In the template you can put our logo on the bottom left or right side and work your design around it. The writing in the outer circle must remain the same. You will receive this issue of the Fall magazine in October. The deadline to submit your design will be November 20, 2017. The BOD will pick the winning design and get it into the manufacturer in time for the Harrisburg show. Send your design to me at If you submitted a design in the past and it was not picked, don’t let that discourage you from submitting again. The artist who wins will receive 10 patches to sell for yourself. Looking forward to seeing your designs. Thank you, Dick Koch, BOD UBP


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MAKIN’ A LIST AND CHECKIN’ IT TWICE I’m a fanatical list maker. Maybe I’m organized, maybe I just have this irrational fear of forgetting something. And even worse, discovering I forgot a crucial piece of gear just after I completed a 3hour drive to hunting camp for a November rut hunt. How do I make certain my list includes everything I could possibly need on a hunt…..easy, I turn to those Cabela’s and Bass Pro catalogs that have EVERYTHING. When I created my first list, I went through an outdoor “master” catalog page by page and wrote down everything I needed to make certain was on MY hunting list. That method has served me well for many years now and I occasionally browse the catalogs for new items that MUST (in my mind anyway) be added to my list. My list has several dozen items on it categorized under clothing, bow gear, miscellaneous gear, and out-of-town hunting supplies. A few of the less obvious items on my list I never leave home without: reciprocating saw (for butchering), tracking ribbon, heavy duty large plastic bags, digital scale, camo handkerchiefs, and suspenders. Try making your own list and arrive at hunting camp fully equipped.


JOIN THE UBP FOCUS GROUP We want to know what you think! UBP has a survey tool and we periodically send a survey to members (e.g. Sunday hunting and license increases) who have volunteered to participate and tell us how the feel about various issues. This enables the Officers and Directors to correctly represent the opinions of our members – at least some of them. Please send your email address to Steve Koch - and ask to participate in the UBP Focus Group. The more members who participate the better we can represent you!

STATE SENATE/HOUSE REPS Having trouble locating your state Senator and Representative? See these links for all the contact information you need. When writing or calling your Senator or Representative, be polite and be professional. Let them know the Senate or House Bill number you are contacting them about and clearly let them know why you are for or opposed to the bill or issue. Conclude with your name and contact information. Click HERE for a letter template ….

Our new Office Manager is long time UBP member Patrick Schild of Mechanicsburg. The office 800 phone number and e-mail address will remain the same: 1-800-279-2024 and The new mailing address will be as follows: United Bowhunters of PA 907 Derbyshire Avenue Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


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