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IN 2001 the Game Commission began to also use P-R Funds for hunter education and, in 2009, hunter recruitment and retention. This has allowed the agency to greatly modernize hunter education here.

There was great concern among sportsmen and state and federal governments, as well as sporting arms and ammunition manufacturers, that something had to be done to rein in this vast exploitation before much of our wildlife resource was gone forever. Senator Key Pittman of Nevada and Representative A. Willis Robertson of Virginia were the principal sponsors of what has come to be known as the Pittman-Robertson Act. This Act, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, established an 11 percent excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition, to be collected by the IRS and appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior, and then apportioned to the states. Over the years the Act was amended to include a 10 percent excise tax on pistols and revolvers and an 11 percent excise tax on bows, arrows and accessories. The formula used to apportion P-R taxes to the states is based on the state’s size and number of licensed hunters. Programs eligible for funding include almost anything wildlife related, except for law enforcement and public relations. Management and restoration of wildlife, habitat improvements, land acquisition, wildlife research, public access, hunter education, shooting ranges and certain building construction projects are just some of the program areas Pennsylvania has received P-R funding for over the years. To receiving P-R funding a state must pass its own “assent legislation.” Essentially this legislation guarantees that the provisions of the Federal Act will not be circumvented, that the states will use
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P-R funds for, and only for, their intended purposes. Further, a state will become ineligible to receive P-R funds if it tries to use hunting license revenues for purposes other than those related to wildlife and hunting. In other words, they may not divert funds for other uses. The Pennsylvania Game Commission receives no state legislative funding. It must generate its own operating revenues from hunting license sales, federal grants such as P-R, from timber sales and other resources from State Game Lands, and other sources. No other state entity, including the legislature or the governor’s office, can touch our funding sources for any purposes other than wildlife and hunting related programs or PGC administration, or it would create a “diversion,” a situation that would freeze P-R funding, as well as lay the groundwork for civil actions in federal and state courts. Such a degree of protection from political interference is unheard of these days. An interesting fact about the P-R Programs is that the Game Commission consistently receives more P-R funds than any other state except Texas and Alaska because we have so many hunters. The Game Commission manages more than 1.5 million acres of State Game Lands for wildlife habitat im19



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 36
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 38
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover4
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