PGC Financial Report Released
Inside the Outdoors, December 30
, 2011

Recently, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial report was released via their publication, the Pennsylvania Game News. The pertinent facts covered all of 2010 ending its fiscal year at June 30, 2011.

The report was very lengthy with discussions covering every aspect of the organization.

There were a number of facts that I thought in which the public would be interested, particular the revenue intake on license sales. The following are just some of what was disclosed.

During the period disclosed, 647, 242 resident adult licenses were sold netting $12, 313, 930. Sold were 36, 259 resident junior licenses that brought in $190,284.

Categorically, the most popular licenses sold were resident 775, 826 antlerless deer licenses, bringing in $3, 925, 295, second, 277, 607 resident archery licenses netting

$4,159,185 and 174,058 resident muzzleloader licenses sold amounting to $3, 925, 295.

Overall, the total of the amount of licenses, fees, fines and penalties brought in

$33,890,941. The total incoming revenue including fines and penalties, miscellaneous income, non-taxable revenue, restricted receipts and revenue augmentations amounted to $82, 987, 369.

Without going into detail, the expenditures and commitments amounted to $78, 853, 648.

Of interest was a displayed chart showing the breakdown of the expenditures. This included: 4% for automated technology services, 42% wildlife habitat management, 18% wildlife protection, 14% administration, 5% information and education, 12% wildlife management and 5% executive office output.

The goals of the PGC are to improve the public’s appreciation of wildlife, and their awareness and understanding of wildlife resource management, enhance the public’s understanding of PGC’s mission and its responsibilities, and develop and enforce laws and regulations to protect wildlife populations and habitat.

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Recently, I had a nice talk with Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Singer, who informed me that Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers have to pay for all their own equipment. According to the PGC, this could add up to as much as $850 the first year. It was always my impression that the state would cover incurred expenses, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Not knowing much about this position, I decided to look into it.

“A Deputy is very different than a WCO,” it was stated on www.portal.state.pa.us website. “Deputies are part-time volunteers, whereas WCOs are full-time, career-oriented positions. Serving as a volunteer Deputy does not lead to promotion into a WCO position. WCOs are Civil Service employees who undergo an extensive testing, selection and training process. If selected, the WCO candidate must complete a 50-week, extensive, in-house training program at the Game Commission training school. Deputies, like any other qualified applicant, may apply for WCO positions through Civil Service and may be selected, but many are not.”

Information provided by Jerry Feaser, publicist for the PGC, went on to state that “Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers should be prepared to function in all phases of the Game Commission’s activity and assume the powers as authorized by the Game and Wildlife Code, subject to limitations as established by the Commission Policy or Administrative Directives.”

If one wishes to be a Deputy WCO, contact the PGC at 724-238-9523.

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Scott Minster, vice president of Forbes Trail Chapter Trout Unlimited informed me recently that the organization is seeking new members for its youth group. Boys and girls ages 12 to 16 are eligible. There will be a $20 cost to cover the materials needed to tie flies. Sessions start in late January at the LWA office. If interested, one may contact Drew Banas, 724-238-3290 or visit www.forbestrailtu.org to download an application.

Make note, FTTU’s Annual Banquet and Raffle will take place, once again, at the American Legion, Mar. 3, 2012. There will be details in this column in the months to come.

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Did you get a deer during muzzleloader season. Fill me in via email. In the mean time, keep warm. Looking forward to sharing the outdoors with you next week.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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