Preserving, Promoting & Protecting Bowhunting in Pennsylvania March 2018
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LEGISLATIVE REPORT Wes Waldron, Chairman, UBP Legislative Committee Not much to report other than what isn’t happening with legislation that concerns hunters. No movement, or any even expected, on the bills to grant the PGC a license increase. Despite the fact that an obvious number of legislators have been blocking any bill or proposal that would alleviate the financial crunch of the Agency, most claim that it is their stance on “no new taxes” that govern their stance. A weak and feeble excuse at best. Perhaps the results of the Auditor Generals recently announced intent to audit the PGC’s revenue sources, expenditures, and deer management efforts will clear up any doubts as to the dire need for an increase. There has also been no movement on legislation and proposed legislation to legalize the use of electronic deer calls, Sunday hunting, or allowing the sale of antlerless deer licenses via the PALS system. There has been movement on Senator Mario Scavello’s SB 135 that would allow the use of tracking dogs to locate wounded and lost deer, elk, and bear. Having passed through the Senate last year and sent to the House Game & Fisheries Committee, the bill finally moved out of HG&F and is now in the hands of Appropriations waiting for a final vote.
Lands. The Commissioners tabled the proposal at their January meeting in order to seek data on the instances of hunters falling from tree stands. The question of support or opposition to the proposal was discussed in a thread on the PA Bowsite and the response was clearly in support of mandatory use on the Game Lands. We encourage our members to weigh-in on this, as well as on the issues of Sunday hunting, electronic deer calls, and a second buck tag. Although the second buck tag never reached the proposal stage from the PGC Commissioners, for at least one of them the intent is still there, and in speaking with that Commissioner he was interested in why bow hunters would be opposed to it. By the time you read this report a meeting on Sunday hunting will have taken place at the PGC headquarters in Harrisburg. The meeting was organized by Harold Daub of Dauphin County who invited anyone who supports Sunday hunting to attend. Daub has indicated that some legislators were invited and although the PGC does support Sunday hunting, they will not be taking part in the meeting other than to provide opening comments. The purpose of the meeting is primarily to formulate some type of strategy to try and get additional Sunday hunting opportunity.
Two issues that have arisen are the PGC Board of Commissioners proposal to make the use of fall restraints mandatory on all State Game 1
The UBP supports the efforts to expand Sunday hunting beyond that of what is currently allowed. Although fox, coyotes and crows can be hunted on Sunday, many hunters want to see small game and big game added to that list. Despite our organizations support of expanded Sunday hunting opportunity, we still prefer that the Game Commission biologists be the ones to set the recommendations of when, where, and for what. In performing my due diligence I have discovered that many hunters who oppose hunting on Sunday are basing that opposition on deer. I have talked to a number of hunters (bow and firearms) recently who have indicated that they could support Sunday hunting if it did not included deer. Hmmm. Not what I expected to hear, and certainly not from a bow hunter, but I am hearing that from more than just a few.
DISABLED HUNTERS PROGRAM BANQUET April 7, 2018 at C.J. Hummels Restaurant 28 Willow Street Lenhartsville, PA For tickets and more information, please contact Joe Filaseta at (610) 504-2889 or firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.ubpdhp.org for updates
JOIN THE UBP FOCUS GROUP Do you support the concept of a second buck tag to be used after all other seasons have closed? (After late flintlock season) The cost of the tag would be $100 to $150 and would be issued via a lottery system similar to the way elk tags are allocated? Yes_____ No______ Do you support the proposal to make the use of fall restraints mandatory on all State Game Lands when hunting from any elevated position? To include tree stands, tripods, ladder stands, or while hunting from a tree. Yes_____ No_______ Do you support allowing Sunday hunting opportunities for big game on a partial or limited basis? Yes_____ No______ Please email Steve Koch at this address email@example.com and include ‘Focus Group’ in the subject line or visit our website here to join the Focus Group so you can provide your feedback to questions like this. THANKS.
SEE YOU AT THE WINTER BANQUET ! It will be another wonderful evening Saturday, March 17 at the UBP Winter Banquet at the Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg. Come prepared for fun, games, raffles, and MORE….but especially to catch up with some old (and new) friends!
YHEC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The UBP YHEC (Youth Hunter Education Challenge) Committee is already making plans for this year’s PAYHEC competition at the PA Game Commissions Scotia Range located outside of State College. For many years the UBP has set up and operated the archery range and scored that part of the competition. The 2018 event will be held on Saturday June 16th with competition beginning at 8:00 A.M., and we need a dedicated number of volunteers for that event. Volunteers need to be at Scotia Range no later than 7:30 A.M. in order to sign the registration and be assured of the lunch and drinks provided by PAYHEC. Volunteers should contact Wes Waldron at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 570-995-9208 before May 15, 2018. Volunteers may commit to all day (7:30 A.M. to around 4:00 P.M.) or half a day either 7:30 A.M. to Noon, or Noon to 4:00 P.M.
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STATE SENATE/HOUSE REPS Having trouble locating your state Senator and Representative? See these links for all the contact information you need. http://www.pasen.gov/index.cfm http://www.house.state.pa.us/ 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.