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Pa. Game Commission Proposal Attacks Mentored Hunting

Pa. Game Commission Proposal Attacks Mentored Hunting
Pa. Game Commission Proposal Attacks Mentored Hunting

A proposal before the Pennsylvania Game Commission would make the state the first in the nation to eliminate opportunities for young people to hunt. In 2006, Pennsylvania became the first state to adopt a mentored hunting season, which allows an experienced mentor to take a newcomer hunting under close supervision.

The program has since swept the nation, with 34 additional states joining and more than 1.2 million mentored hunting licenses sold. Now, due to concerns about a few law breakers, commissioners will hear a proposal at their meeting scheduled for Jan. 25-27 that would eliminate hunting for deer and turkey for mentored hunters under age 9.

In 2012, nearly 10,000 youths under age 9 experienced hunting for the first time under this program, the vast majority of which hunted deer and turkey. In total, more than 30,000 new hunters took part in the mentored hunting program in 2012. This proposal would eliminate one-third of those youth hunters.

There simply has not been a demonstrated need or evidence provided to make such draconian changes to the mentored youth hunting program. In fact, data shows that mentored hunters are significantly safer than the regularly licensed hunting public.


“This proposal treats mentored hunting with the same broad brush that anti-hunting groups view all hunting,” said Evan Heusinkveld, vice president of government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, which champions mentored hunting across the country. “We don’t ban all hunting due to a few trespassers or poachers. Instead, law enforcement should be able to deal with problem individuals without dismantling part of the most successful hunting recruitment program in the United States.”


Sportsmen and women expect members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to be pro-hunting, and to make decisions based on solid research and data, and not unconfirmed allegations or the occasional bad actor.

Pennsylvania sportsmen and women do not deserve to be blindsided by last-minute proposals that drastically restrict hunting rights with no justification. This proposal should not be approved, especially since there has been no public discussion of evidence and facts to support such a restriction. Calls and emails opposing this proposal should immediately be sent to members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Here is contact information for Commissioners:

Jay Delaney Jr
District 7 – Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties
Phone: 570-592-1073
E-mail: PGCDistrict7@aol.com




Charles E. Fox
District 5 – Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties
Phone: 570-266-0921
E-mail: pgc5@frontier.com

Brian H. Hoover
District 8 – Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Delaware counties
Phone: 610-212-8817
E-mail: dist8pgc@gmail.com

Timothy S. Layton
District 4 – Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties
Phone: 814-691-3192
E-mail: district4pgc@gmail.com

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Ralph A. Martone
District 1 – Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Butler, Warren, Forest and Clarion counties
Phone: 724-674-8450
E-mail: nwcommissioner@comcast.net

David J. Putnam
District 3 – Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties
Phone: 717-480-2283
E-mail: nccommissioner@gmail.com

Robert W. Schlemmer
District 2 – Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties
Phone: 724-610-8575
E-Mail: RWSPGC@aol.com

Ronald A. Weaner
District 6 – Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder and York counties
Phone: 717-357-7874
E-mail: pgcweaner@gmail.com

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