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Interview Q&A

Bill Chessman

President of rod and gun club

chess202@comcast.net

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QUESTIONS

1. What do you think the best way to hunt and preserve the animal populations would be?

2. Are animals affected that greatly by hunting or are we just another predator to them?

3. Should the game commission do anything different to protect the animal population?  If so, how?

4. Have the changes the game commission made in the past for the better, or has it made it worse and how?

5. In what ways does hunting help the economy?

6. In what ways does it hurt the economy?

7. What area of hunting is most profitable to stores?

8. Does hunting help boost our environments condition? if so, how?

9. Does hunting hurt our environment? if so, how?

10. Some people have said hunters have an unfair advantage over the animals, what would you say to people who think this way?

ANSWERS

1.Around the turn of the last century some forward thinking sportsmen noted the demise of our natural spaces and wildlife.  Men like Gilford Pincho, Teddy Rosevelt and others saw the potential loss of this precious resource due to the industrial revolution and farming changes.  Unrestricted timbering, mining and market hunting practices were destroying our country. Sportsmen developed fish and game commissions.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission was established in 1895.  It was not funded by the State's general fund but through hunting and fishing license revenues paid by hunters and fisherman. These commissions established limitations on game harvesting, as well as began purchasing lands for the preservation of open public spaces for all to enjoy. Animals such as the American Bison, Antelope, Whitetailed Deer, were brought back from the edge of extinction. The establishment by sportsmen of these agencies has preserved and in many cases increase wildlife populations and hunting opportunities.

 

2.  We have seen where many resources if left to unrestricted harvest will eventually run out.  The American Passenger Pigeon once darkened our skys with billions but vanished by the changes in the environment through industrialization, farming techinques, population shifts and market hunting.  We are the apex preditor that wised up to regulated hunting and environmental changes to preserve our wildlife resources.  Research, adjustments to regulations, wildlife limits and continued vigilance to environmental factors will help assure our wildlife will thrive.

 

3.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission is constantly researching ways to protect wildlife populations.  Example of this are:  Whitenose Bat Fungal Research;  Whitetail Deer Management Program;  Elk Environmental Study; to mention a few. 

 

4.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission is primarily funded by hunting license dollars.  There has not been a license increase in many years and funds are are tight.  Pitman Robinson and natural resources from game lands are the only other funds availablle.  Obviously, limitations on personell, research, and the ability to protect our wildlife resources is affected.

 

5.  Hunting is a multi-million dollar generator to the economy of Pennsylvania. Many businesses rely on the revenues from hunters.  Food, transportation costs, sporting goods, lodging, are but a few of the  areas hunters affect through their dollars. Hunting is Big Business!

 

6.Negative affects of hunting on the economy are not easy to think of other than possibly the Sunday, before Buck Season opener.  Possibly Church collection plates are a bit lighter due to attendance!

 

7.Each hunting season probably generate increases relative to the season.  For example, Spring Gobbler Season, the weeks coming up to it probably generate increases in turkey calls, decoys, ammunition.  Same for each particular season with Archery being one of the leaders for sales.  Obviously, automotive, and food service see increases.

 

8.  Hunting has helped environmental awareness.  Excise taxes on sporting equipment through the Pittman Robinson Act help in acquiring wildlife lands available to all to use for recreation.  As mentioned in question #1, conservationist hunters were in the leading ranks to set lands aside for all of us and future generations.

 

9.  As to hurting the environment, hunting has had only a positive impact on preserving 'wild' areas.  Lawless despoilers and greedy individuals like poachers are not hunters but criminals and their negative impact must be checked.

 

10.  Intereting question because through the ages humans have hunted.  Our evolution to what we are today has happened due to our ability to adapt and invent.  Modern hunting continues to change as does our population. We have many items to help us in our lives.  Those who hunt have tools our fathers would have never invisioned.  GPS, cell phones, modern clothing textiles, hunting tools but in  that final moment  as you squeeze that trigger you are the desider and your quarry is partly your goal just as that neolithic caveman used his mind as the ultimate tool many centuries ago. You use what you have, is it fair?  That's a decison each hunter makes.  It is the human in all of us.

 

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