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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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From today's Public Opinion



Outdoors with Mark Sturtevant

Another deer season is just a month and a half away and many hunters are wondering if it is worth buying a license and heading into the woods. Pennsylvania Game Commission continues on its mission to reduce the state's deer herd and, sadly, they seem to be doing a great job.

Many of us have spent a lot of days afield these past few seasons and had very few encounters with the whitetail that was once quite prolific here. I remember stories of hundreds of deer seen in fields all over Pennsylvania, stories that made me hope one day to have the chance to hunt here. After 17 seasons I have witnessed the precipitous decline in the quality of deer hunting in south central Pennsylvania.

Recently I have read some interesting information published by John Eveland, who has made his own scientific investigation of PGC's deer management plan. Eveland asserts that the agency is violating state law in its efforts to radically reduce the deer herd to improve things for the timber industry and "improve biodiversity." He makes a good case, citing Title 34 Section 322 (c) (13) which states, "It is the duty of the Commission to serve the interest of sportsmen for recreational hunting."

That is pretty clear language and I find it hard to believe that the agency and the legislators who empower them can twist that meaning to serve the interests of the timber industry, DCNR, snowmobilers or any other user group or body that has interests contrary to those of Pennsylvania's hunters. Hunters fund
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PGC and they are supposed to work for the folks who pay them. Clearly that is not what they are doing.

If you want to read about the work Mr. Eveland has done, and I recommend that you do if you hunt in Pennsylvania, visit the Allegheny County Sportsman's League website at http://www.acsl-pa.org. There you will find the documents, Mr. Eveland's distinguished biography and a wealth of evidence offering proof that the decline in our deer hunting is not accident, or folly, but a planned attack on our hunting heritage.

I expect to hunt a week in Ohio this fall, and though I look forward to that trip all year long, I am sad to admit that that week may be all the deer hunting I do this season. The past several years have proven that the public lands I frequent no longer have decent deer populations.

The debate about PGC's deer management has raged on for a long time, and the situation continues to worsen. It is time for our lawmakers to act, to replace those who work contrary to their legal mandate to "serve the interest of sportsmen for recreational hunting."

It is up to us to remind them of that fact, over and over again, until they do something to return Pennsylvania to the kind of deer hunting state they tell stories about.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 06:14 PM
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This guy must be hunting in a mine shaft..Chambersburg and south central PA has some of the best deer hunting in the state now..Sure there are areas where the deer have been reduced in numbers but alot of areas are retaining their deer numbers..The Michaux which is 15 minutes from him are seeing increased numbers of deer..An hours drive away to Huntingdon county and you would have to be blind to not see deer there.This is a lopsided article from a reporter who is not doing his scouting..Also to the west Fulton county has alot of public ground and good deer numbers.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 06:25 PM
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Perhaps he's Eveland's nephew?

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 06:27 PM
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Just another hit piece using using A biologist who is a legend in his own mind. Eveland for crying out loud! Same old same old. Don't know which is the biggest joke, Eveland or the writer.




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<span style="font-style: italic">Another deer season is just a month and a half away and many hunters are wondering if it is worth buying a license and heading into the woods</span>

Nobody that I hunt with is asking this question.

Let that dude go to Ohio......PA doesn't need him....

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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 08:20 PM
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Eveland, old news & a bunch of bunk.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 10:26 PM
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This guy must be hunting in a mine shaft..Chambersburg and south central PA has some of the best deer hunting in the state now..Sure there are areas where the deer have been reduced in numbers but alot of areas are retaining their deer numbers..The Michaux which is 15 minutes from him are seeing increased numbers of deer..An hours drive away to Huntingdon county and you would have to be blind to not see deer there.This is a lopsided article from a reporter who is not doing his scouting..Also to the west Fulton county has alot of public ground and good deer numbers.
Hey Burk,there are no deer left in Franklin Co.....
well, cept a few in Liesurekenny...








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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 10:42 PM
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Rather profound, but ordinary in that hunters have chosen to retire from hunting, in every decade.
I had friends that ended their careers in deer hunting after only some ten years, and some who had twenty and thirty year deer hunting careers.
Most fade away quietly into retirement. And the hunters do what they did; hunt. And move on.
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 10:55 PM
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Another example of proof positive that no knowledge of the subject is required to be a Writer. Just the gift of gab.. sort of reminds me of another famous person who has the gift of gab that is full of it, but will reserve my comments for the politico forum..



But, it is sort of sad that someone so ignorant of the situation has a forum like a newspaper to influence impressionable readers.

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I don't believe any actual "hunters" are wondering if it's worth it to buy a hunting license and head into the woods.

I do believe that persons who used to buy hunting licenses and put a total of 20-30 hours into it, including their pre-season preparation while listening to Luke Bryan songs might be wondering. Since deer aren't standing in every field and opening near the parking lots and you actually might have to hunt one, it's not as much fun.

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