Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 10

What is Public Access? – The PGC’s Best Kept Secret T WON’T SURPRISE most hunters that Pennsylvania has led the nation in a hunting related statistic for more than 30 years. It isn’t license sales, number of deer harvested or Pitman-Robertson funding, though the commonwealth is among the leaders in those categories. The statistic that Pennsylvania has led for decades is the number of private landowners enrolled in voluntary cooperative access programs and, for most of those decades, Pennsylvania led the nation in the number of acres enrolled in public access. We have the foresight of our predecessors to thank for this lofty status. Long before most states began seeing the destructive spiral of hunting leases, Game Commission officials predicted Pennsylvania’s fate by studying our neighbors to the east. As land became more developed, and huntable land diminished, increased pressure was placed upon the remaining lands by a few hunters with the misguided intent to protect good hunting lands for themselves. Not by buying and preserving the land, but by leasing it from existing landowners, and at the expense of the rest of the hunting population. Over time, this created overly abundant, unmanageable wildlife I By Mike Pruss PGC Private Lands Section Chief 10 populations, similar to the situation we face in urbanizing suburbs in parts of Pennsylvania today. But, instead of capitulating to the inevitable, the PGC used its long-term working relationships with both farmers and forest landowners to create programs that would preserve hunter access to private lands. It is important to provide public access for reasons rooted in the American model of wildlife management. In a reaction to the feudal estates’ of Europe, where tenant laborers starved while wild game ran abundantly on the large properties owned by the privileged few, the American model established that wildlife belonged to the people of the state, not the landowners. This model also rests on our rights to own and use firearms, the non-commercialization of wildlife, the protection of sensitive species, and the most important derivative, an army of sportsmen who keep populations in balance with their habitats. To counter hunting access concerns, the PGC has always strived to acquire State Game Lands to provide permanent hunting opportunities. Pennsylvania has nearly 29 million acres, with an impressive 1.4 million in State Game Lands and another 3 million in other public ownerships, yet 85 percent of the state remains privately owned. Fortunately, many landowners are still close enough to the land to appreciate the miracle that is the American model of wildlife management, and have voluntarily enrolled more than 3 million acres in PGC public access programs. In the past GAME NEWS

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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