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My testimony from today:


PGC Testimony
January 27, 2013

Good afternoon President Martone, Commissioners, Executive Director Roe, PGC staff, and guests. My name is Chuck Lombaerde, and I am the President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (PFSC).

The PFSC would like to thank the Pennsylvania Game Commission for their commitment to protecting our wild deer herd by quickly implementing safeguards after the discovery of CWD in a farmed deer. The decision for establishment of a large Deer Management Area, testing and enforcement is commendable. Further, we wish to thank the PGC for their outreach efforts and sharing of information in a timely manner with concerned citizens and sportsmen.

While there are a few items on your proposed agenda that we will be taking back to our membership for feedback on, there are a couple issues we’d like to address today.

The PFSC would like to request consideration for making small game legal to hunt on Christmas Day. Many youth hunters receive hunting supplies as Christmas gifts. Many are spending the day with relatives. What a prime opportunity to provide parent/youth/grandparent hunting experiences immediately after the celebration on Christmas morning. Grouse and pheasant hunters would be able to enjoy the quiet holiday in pursuit of their favorite quarry. In fact, the last of the pheasant stocking is usually just prior to Christmas.

We realize there’s concern that a WCO may get called out to work, but the reality is this could potentially happen whether small game hunting is allowed on Christmas Day or not. The PFSC has contacted our neighboring states, all of whom allow hunting on Christmas day, and all feedback has been positive, without any public or employee concerns expressed. Many have allowed Christmas Day hunting for many years. The PFSC believes that small game hunting on Christmas Day can result in a quality hunting experience for those hunters that will choose to take advantage of the opportunity.

There has been some talk amongst commission members regarding changes to the Mentored Youth Hunting program. The PFSC supports efforts to increase opportunities by adding species and methods, like transfer of DMAP tags; but we oppose any efforts to set a minimum age limit on Mentored Youth Hunters.

The parent and mentor should be the one to make those decisions based on each individual’s abilities. We feel the majority of Mentored Youth Hunting is accomplished within the regulations and without problems or violations. The few (if any) violations within this program should be handled like any other game law violation, and not penalize an entire program for worries of a few bad apples. The positive results from the program and the gains in youth hunters outweigh any perceived negative issues.

The PFSC supports the agency’s proposal to ban feral swine in Pennsylvania. Many other states who failed to react to illegal and accidental introductions into the wild are now paying the price of having expanding populations causing devastating damage to wildlife habitat and wildlife. We support all efforts to prohibit and eradicate them from Pennsylvania.




In closing, the Federation would like to reiterate our adamant opposition to any legislative action placing the Pennsylvania Game Commission or the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission under the purview of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). Doing so would only add an unnecessary and inappropriate level of bureaucracy on wildlife management, not to mention the additional constraints on accomplishing anything in a timely manner, like being able to approve season and bag limits using real-time data in time for the next hunting season. This would be a great injustice to wildlife and the sportsmen and women of Pennsylvania, and the Federation will not support such attempts to try to control sound, scientific wildlife management policies and programs via politics, emotions and personal agendas.

Thank you for your time and consideration of our opinions.
 

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Why not take off Christmas as it is, and add Sundays like our neighbors? Many times family are home for just Christmas day and it may be the only day family members see each other. Sundays would add many more days for youth to be in the field. My kids have other sports on a Saturday.
 

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Sunday hunting is a legislative issue. Without the legislature changing the law, the GC can take NO action.
 

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Lets start the feed watch..

8:20 am not yet.
 

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Today the BOC will hear reports from the various staff sections. The reports and data will be discussed and questions asked. highly informative.


The agenda items will be voted on tomorrow.
 

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wish you wouldn't have reminded me..........they make me sick. Blame the hunter for EVERYTHING, don't take any credit for too many tags, overharvest etc... Same crap, different meeting.
 

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Your obviously see things different.

Regardless, to make any oppose or contrast any position, you have to understand the issue(s) and what has been, and is being said.

No one needs to agree or disagree, but having accurate information to support or oppose things has to be based on what is actually happening.
 

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What is playing on the live feed now is the recording from the working meeting.

The live feed today will have all eight commissioners on stage with the ED facing the camera directly. Staff will be on the floor in front of stage or at the podium presenting their reports.
 

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I think it is streaming now. Pheasant program being discussed.
 

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GC Veterinarian Dr. Walt Contrell (sp) is going over CWD and other wildlife issues
 

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NOW - Deer and Elk Section Report.
 

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Looks like preliminary antlered harvest is down? Antlerless is same as last year.
 

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Bear section report now
 

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dpms said:
Looks like preliminary antlered harvest is down? Antlerless is same as last year.
If I read the chart correctly, both adult and juevenile antlered harvest was down. that parallels the many field reports from hunters this year. A sign of a decreasing population.
 

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dpms said:
dpms said:
Looks like preliminary antlered harvest is down? Antlerless is same as last year.
If I read the chart correctly, both adult and juevenile antlered harvest was down. that parallels the many field reports from hunters this year. A sign of a decreasing population.
That can’t be determined yet.

The data Chris presented was only based on percentage of the marked and monitored deer that were harvested within the study areas. Some would argue, and perhaps correctly so, that the harvest rates within the study areas can’t really be extrapolated to the statewide harvest results.

Dick Bodenhorn
 
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