Dale... I know you do not want to hear this, and you will probably not even read this information, but it is the reasons why... long overdue here in Pennsylvania... LONG OVERDUE!!
Pennsylvania Chapter NWTF Spring Turkey Hunting License Position Statement:
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation requests legislation to establish a spring turkey hunting license which will identify the number of turkey hunters in order to support communications and safety initiatives at the lowest possible cost to hunters.
PA Chapter NWTF Spring Turkey Hunting License Benefits Statement:
Spring Turkey Hunting License Benefits
By Don Heckman, Wild Turkey Management Committee
January 9, 2011
PA Chapter NWTF supports the need for a spring turkey hunting license. We continue to inform our members and all turkey hunters of the benefits of supporting a spring turkey hunting license.
How Will a Spring Turkey Hunting License Help?
. Turkey hunter safety material can be provided directly to turkey hunters.
. Determine how many turkey hunters there are in Pennsylvania, allowing biologists to make wild turkey management decision recommendations based on actual turkey hunter density numbers.
. Turkey hunter opinions and satisfaction levels can be acquired more efficiently because the Game Commission will be able to contact turkey hunters directly.
. As state-wide wild turkey populations increase better research data will provide additional information biologists need to make future management decisions.
. Improved and more detailed information on wild turkey harvest densities will be available.
. Better law enforcement aimed specifically at wild turkey violations.
How Will the Turkey Hunter Benefit?
. Will provide turkey hunters with specific turkey hunting and wild turkey biology information, turkey hunting safety and ethics material.
. Turkey hunter surveys will give you the ability to express your concerns and opinions about wild turkey management in Pennsylvania.
. Better research data and hunting information about our wild turkey populations could result in expanded hunting opportunities in the future.
Why Should Turkey Hunters Support a Spring Turkey Hunting License?
. Wild turkey populations peaked above 400,000 in 2001; spring 2010 population is 360,000, above the previous 6 year average of 318,000.
. With more than 258,000 estimated turkey hunter's additional state-wide wild turkey research needs to be completed, obtaining better data on state-wide population and harvest densities, hunter densities, and improved turkey hunter safety education and informational material needs to be developed.
Our wild turkey resource is a valuable asset to Pennsylvania. During the past 20 years Pennsylvania Game Commission has completed wild turkey restoration throughout the Commonwealth. Wild turkey management is now shifting focus to acquiring additional wild turkey population and turkey hunter management data while helping Pennsylvania remain a leading wild turkey research and resource management state.
Spring turkey hunting license will identify the number of turkey hunters in order to support communications and safety initiatives, improve methods to provide better wild turkey management data, support increased habitat management programs, and support the future for the wild turkeys in Pennsylvania.
For further PA Chapter NWTF information on wild turkey management look on:
PGC web site links wild turkey management plan:
With a turkey hunting license these ideas can be used to educate and promote turkey hunters to “Think Safety Hunt Safely” during turkey hunting seasons.
PA Chapter would like PGC to add a new panel to the hunting license tags for anybody that purchases a spring turkey hunting license that would say “Positively Identity Your Target”, “Look For The Beard”, “Think Safety Hunt Safely”.
Could be also used for the existing special second spring gobbler tag when that is purchased also.
When PGC gets the names of spring turkey hunters off PALS, work with PANWTF to create a mailing that PGC would do to turkey hunters prior to season, with PANWTF helping to create and help fund the mailing material, to get more safety information directly into turkey hunters hands.
Could also be done for a fall turkey hunting license.
Use the NWTF Turkey Hunting Success and Safety tri-fold brochure as a handout in all hunter trapper education classes. Revive the NWTF turkey hunting safety video in all hunter trapper education classes. This video was created especially for state’s hunter trapper education classes.
Working with HTE Safety coordinators identify methods to get the new PGC Turkey Hunting Safety voluntary course into the hunters communities. Keith Snyder is getting this program ready to roll out this year. Need more volunteers to be instructors.
Create a 1” green sticker “HUNT SAFELY” to be put on the stock of turkey hunting firearms right behind magazine. Missouri does that today and is mailed to all turkey hunters buying a turkey hunting license.
Develop eye catching, information reminders through seasonal turkey hunter safety news release, one additional page in PGC Hunting and Trapping Digest dedicated to turkey hunter safety message, with additional turkey hunter safety information reminders for the PGC Web Site, Spring and Fall Game News issues, and materials that could be mailed to outdoor writers, sportsmen's clubs, and hunting license buyers.
Working together with PGC, PA Chapter NWTF is willing to step forward and help identify additional turkey hunter safety information and help get this information into turkey hunters hands.