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April 2018 Newsletter

Dave Raulfs reports that all the preseason trout stocking has been completed. He also announced that the mentored youth day will be April 7 th and regular opening of trout season is April 14 th . The mentor must have a license and be 16 years of age or older and the mentored youth must be 12 or under. The remaining stocking dates can be found on the PFBC website.

Dan Sitler reported that the state-wide buck harvest increased by 10% and the overall deer harvest was also up by 10%. The buck harvest in 2A was 6100, which is down by 900 compared to last year. In 2B the buck harvest was 4500, which is down by 1300. Dan also talked about the CWD situation. A new DMA has been formed, #4, and old #1 has been removed. There is now a ban on the importation of any high risk deer parts from a state which has CWD. That means the meat must be boned and the skull plate must be completely cleaned. Any club wishing to have Dan speak at their meeting should schedule it with the regional staff at 724-238-9523 or 9524.

The PA Game Commission deer management plan recently was rated one of North America's best by Simon Fraser University in a recently published study that measured the scientific soundness and transparency of state and provincial wildlife management plans. Pennsylvania's deer plan earned the highest score out of 667 species management plans among 62 wildlife management agencies in the United States and Canada. Contributing to the study were researchers from Simon Fraser University, University of Wisconsin, University of Victoria, Hakai Institute, and the Raincoat Conservation Foundation. The USP members and all members of the PA General Assembly should be made aware of this.

Ron Books lead a long discussion on the emergence of gun control legislation and a pro-gun rally planned to support Rostraver police officer Martin Palla. He is the guy who had the AR 15 at the anti-gun rally in March. The pro-gun rally will be held at the same place the March for Our Lives rally was held, in front of the Westmoreland County courthouse in Greensburg. The permit calls for the rally to be held from 3 to 7 pm on April 22nd . A facebook event titled, "Rally to Support Officer Palla and Our 1st and 2nd Amendment" has been created. More than 900 people have responded that they were interested in the rally.

A large number of bills concerning gun control have been introduced or are being worked on in Harrisburg. Dozens have been introduced that concern school safety. Two gun-control bills – one that would raise the minimum age to purchase firearms, one that would ban the sale or possession of new assault-style rifles – will be the subject of PA House Judiciary Committee meetings next month.

The annual 2nd Amendment Rally in Harrisburg will be held on April 30th . If your club is not attending you can get a bus ride by calling Edgar Stephan of the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club at 724-289-8209 or email at: edstephan@stephan.net. They will have two 52 passenger buses for the trip.

It is urgent that we get as many to Harrisburg this year as we can.

The next meeting will be Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30PM at the Canonsburg Sportsmen's Club.