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Pennsylvania Hunters – Contact Your Rep And Oppose HB 1483

Nov 02, 2017

Hunters in Pennsylvania -- your help is needed to defeat House Bill 1483. Introduced by Representative David Maloney (R-130) on Oct. 16, 2017, HB 1483 would jeopardize approximately $25 million in conservation funding generated by Pennsylvania’s sportsmen and women and will significantly curtail the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s ability to manage the wildlife resources of the Commonwealth.

Use SCI’s Action Center to contact your Representative and urge him/her to oppose HB 1483.

Beyond the potentially disastrous loss of $25 million in critical conservation dollars, this bill raises numerous other concerns:

  • Adding an unnecessary level of bureaucracy by creating the “Forest and Wildlife Advisory Council,” which inappropriately limits representation for the hunting and angling community and does not require education, training or experience in wildlife management for appointees;
  • Eliminating the Game Commission’s ability to adaptively manage wildlife resources through the regulatory process and subjecting management practices to the slow-moving legislative process;
  • Setting permit limits by county based on recommendations of the Advisory Council rather than through professional management standards;
  • Mandating Advisory Council oversight of wildlife management on state-managed lands;
  • Setting three-day antlerless deer hunting seasons;
  • Creating deer hunting regulations that target senior hunting license holders;
  • Eliminating Deer Management Programs on public lands; and
  • Mandating the adoption of a widely controversial and currently unproven “Maximum Sustainable Yield” management concept.

In 2016, Representative Malone introduced the same bill.  Eleven sportsmen’s organizations, including SCI and two of its Pennsylvania Chapters, sent a letter of opposition explaining how that proposal would have disastrous consequences.

The Game Commission’s mission is, “to manage Pennsylvania's wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations.” HB 1483 will negatively impact the ability of the Game Commission to properly carry out its stated mission.  It also undermines scientifically-based, professional wildlife management in general.

SCI urges all hunters to contact their Representative and ask him/her to oppose HB 1483.

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