In January 2016, the PGC, at a legislative hearing in Harrisburg, refused to corporate with a new conservation and multiple-use natural resource management bill. The commission stated that it refused to accept the precepts of the reformed legislation, that their program was second to none in the country, that most sportsmen agreed with the deer program, and that the agency will not change the program.
An intensive 72 hour survey of sportsmen’s organizations and outdoor industry businesses to determine which side they favored - deer management reform or PGC status quo. The results were shocking. Of 110 contacts, 109 were in favor of deer management reform. The 72-hour survey identified organizations representing about 700,000 members who wish for reform, and the report represents only a microcosm of the thousands of businesses and hundreds-of-thousands of sportsmen who hope and pray for deer management reform.
HB2083 is now in the Harrisburg legislature and we, the hunters of Pennsylvania, need to show them that we demand change now and not let this opportunity slip away. Over all these years, hunters have been complaining about this deer management plan, but we have never had a rally of Pennsylvania hunters to show our opposition. Now is your chance to step forward and join what we hope to be an “ARMY” of hunters to come out on Sunday, October 16th and show your support. Is it too much to ask for you to drive maybe 2 hours to get our deer hunting back again? Call your hunting buddies, friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow workers, fill your vehicles, form a caravan and travel to Lock Haven. Lets show the PGC and the State Legislature that we have had enough.
Let’s get Pennsylvania really back to being one of the best states for hunting whitetail deer. Let’s all do our part and we can “MAKE HUNTING IN PENNSYLVANIA GREAT AGAIN”.