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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: milford pa-pike county
BOC Meeting 10-3-11
October 3, 2011
Good morning President Weaner, Commissioners, Executive Director Roe, staff and guests. My name is Chuck Lombaerde and I am the President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmenís Clubs (PFSC).
PFSC-would-like to thank the Game Commission for participating in our-Marcellus Shale and The Outdoors Forum we held recently-in conjunction with-our fall convention in Camp-Hill.- Many excellent presentations were made by several state agencies and industry representatives, focused on the effects of gas drilling, as they-concern-wildlife, their-habitats and the environment. The presentation-made by Bill Capouillez on State Game Land drilling and remediation efforts, was-among the best presentations-at the symposium.-Our thanks to Bill for his presentation, and to Deputy Director Matt Hough, Joe Neville, Coren Jagnow and Commissioners Isabella, Schreffler, and Putnam for taking the time to attend our convention.
PFSC would-like to clarify, that although our delegates have some concerns with the current-wording in HB 1760, our-position on-the transfer of regulatory authority for-Sunday hunting, from the Legislature to the PGC, is still one of support for that transfer. We believe the PGC is the appropriate regulatory authority who should be deciding if, when and where Sunday hunting should be allowed, based on a wildlife management decision like all other seasons and bag limits.
We are also concerned about, and would be willing to work with the Legislature and the PGC on another bill, HB 1066,-that would require additional efforts from our-WCOs regarding trespass-enforcement. PFSC realizes that such a requirement would seriously-hamper an already thinly-stretched WCO compliment, from-effectively-enforcing existing-Wildlife Code responsibilities.-We would be happy to be a-part of any discussions on a resolution of this apparent issue for PGC law enforcement.
Thank you for the additional hunting opportunities for Pennsylvania's hunters and for-making sure our Youth Hunters will have an opportunity for-pheasant hunts this year, despite problems with the Game Farms, resulting from the recent flooding in the Loyalsock valley.- Our youth are our future, and their needs should come first.
Thank you for your time and the opportunity to present our testimony here today. As always, the PFSC looks forward to a continued working relationship with the agency and commissioners.
I hope GTF took notes because I didn't. Only 7 speakers today.