Hunting Changes Coming
Executive Director Vernon Ross was there and answered questions and explained the path the PGC is traveling.
The hightlights include:
1. The number of hunters in PA is up 2%; most claim that number is declining, Ross claims the opposite.
2. PA is the only state with a rise in youth hunters.
3. The PGC budget has not been changed in 3 years. As aside, there were several claims the PC does not depend on taxpayor funds. Yet the pie chart showed a significant amount of money coming from the federal government. Wonder where those monies come from? Taxpayeors? Or does the government just print money for such programs?
4. Expect a license fee increase this year, and every year thereafter based on some COLA formula.
5. Ross claims the PGC is cutting back on doe license allocations.
6. Mandatory kill (harvest) reports, whether successful or not (like the DMAP program). If no report, then no license will issue the following year.
7. No more back tags. Hunters will buy one license (much like a driver’s license) and just renew it every year.
8. Ross raised a concerned about the aging of PA hunters. We are apparently getting older. That is why they are so focused on youth programs.
9. When asked, the PGC admitted the Sunday hunting laws have never been challenged in court. There was no defense or justification offered as to how such laws are constitutional.
The discussion on RULWA (Recreational Use of Land and Water Act) was great. We need to educate landowners on this Act’s ability to limit their liability when they open their lands to public hunting.
Read some other comments here.