Washington County Sportsmen and Conservation League
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Member Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
Affiliated with The National Rifle Association of America
January 2019 Newsletter
Our WCO Dave Raulfs has been transferred to Wyoming County. We will miss him here in Washington County. In the meantime WCO Eric Davis from Greene Co. will be covering Washington. Many of you have met Eric as he has been representing the Fish Commission at our annual sport shows for a number of years. He will be here again this year.
Dan Sitler reported that 27 cadets will graduate from the Ross Leffler School of Conservation on Feb.3rd. Dan anticipates getting at least one warden out of this graduating class. The State Civil Service Commission on or about Jan. 28 will post a job announcement for and begin accepting applications from prospective cadets, under the official application title of “wildlife conservation officer” through www.employment.pa.gov. The application period will remain open until Feb. 23, 2019, or until 1,000 applications are received, whichever occurs first. The class will report for training in March 2020 and graduate in 2021. The Game Commission is seeking up to 35 qualified candidates who have genuine interest in becoming State Game Wardens. For more information about the position and how to apply to become a State Game Warden Cadet, visit www.pgc.pa.gov and click on Information & Resources, then Careers and Volunteers (or click here). Applications will be accepted only online.
A proposal to start the deer season on Saturday will be discussed at the next Commissioners meeting Jan. 27-29. Dan reports that he has been working on poaching issues; he gets reports of poaching, but without details, license number, etc. he can’t do much.
Keith Gillespie will be chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee. This is good for us as he will again try to get a license fee increase for both the Fish and Game commissions passed, He has been quoted as “I’m planning to take another swing at this because of my strong feeling that the PGC and the PFBC both need and deserve the ability to set their own fees for the benefit of outdoor enthusiasts for whom they provide much needed services.” These bills passed the Senate with a unanimous vote last year. We hope he is successful in getting them through the House this year. The remaining members of the legislative committees have not yet been announced.
Congress was unable to act to reauthorize and fully fund the widely popular Land and Water Conservation Fund program - a program which has seen overwhelming support from the public, as well as strong support from both political parties. I talked about this bill in my Dec. newsletter. While we lament the fact that Congress was unable to complete efforts to reinstate the fund, we remain hopeful that the next Congress will get the job done early on in 2019. Our new Representative, Connor Lamb, tells me he supports this bill.
The Farm Bill passed and was signed by Pres. Trump. There are several conservation provisions that are good for us. $50 million was allocated to the VPA/HIP program (Voluntary Public Access/Habitat Improvement Program), I know the PGC will be applying for funding from this program also the CRP acreage was increase by several million acres.
The PGC seedling sale has started. If your club has land that could be planted with trees, pollinators, or shrubs, you can get bundles of 100 for $30. For more details click here
For those of you who would just like to plant a tree or two, 84 Agway is taking orders for trees that are 5’ tall in 3 gallon pots. I am told they are very good for attracting deer. Click here for details.
Don’t forget to promote our annual sport show coming up Feb.8-10 at the Crown Center Mall. The main event Saturday on stage in front of the Bon-Ton store will be the presentation of the George Block Youth Conservation Scholarship at 1:00 pm. A sporting dog show will be held immediately thereafter. There will be free face painting and Pheasants Forever will have their free BB gun range for the youngsters all 3 days. Antler measuring will be held at 1:00 on Saturday and 12:00 Sunday. A signup sheet will be at the County League table. Let Lou Brandenburg know if you can volunteer some help, his number is 724-350-2658.
Our representatives on the Fish and Boat Commission and the Game Commission, Rocco Ali and Dennis Fredericks will be at the show on Saturday. If you have any comments or questions look them up. They are both good guys and would enjoy talking with you. Our state Senator, Camera Bartolotta, and our newest representative, Joshua Kail have been invited to attend also.
The next meeting will be held at the Crown Center Mall as we will be setting up for the show on the Thursday before the show. It will be held in one of the empty stores, just ask anyone you see. We will be selling raffle tickets for another $500 meat gift certificate or $500 cash.
We will have the tickets available at the meeting in the mall. Bob Tohey sold the winning ticket on our Thanksgiving raffle to Butch Rowles. Butch is from Canonsburg and a member of the Polish National Club.
We hope you enjoy the show
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. ~~ Thomas Jefferson