Resolution & Proxy Voting Form

Resolution & Proxy Voting Form

ATV Helmet Exemption for Sportsmen/women Proposal

To be voted on September 16, 2017

Due to the timing of this proposal, it will be presented as an “Unpublished Resolution” from the floor by the Member at Large. As per the bylaws, a resolution from the floor requires a 2/3rds vote from the delegates to allow it to be brought to the floor for consideration. So the first vote will be as to whether it will be allowed to be presented. The second vote will be on the resolution itself. 

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Details of Resolution:


“No helmet to be required while hunting”


Helmet use, without exception, is mandatory while operating or riding as a passenger in or on an ATV as specified in PA Code 77 ~ 7726 (5.). In Pennsylvania ATVs are classified as Class I or Class II by weight. Most side-by-side UTVs fall into the Class II ATV category. A new federal class of vehicles, Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs), are also emerging. LSVs have more passenger safety features than ATVs.

ATV/UTV/LSV use while hunting is becoming more common, especially on private land and where permitted by disabled hunters, trappers and fishermen. Their use is now permitted in gun dog Hunt Tests and Field Trials by judges, bird wranglers and disabled handlers.

Although the use of a helmet is required; PGC WCO’s and PF&BC Fish Warden’s do not enforce this statute. However, it would be in everyone’s best interest to exempt mandatory helmet use by sportsmen and make it optional, rather than leave enforcement on a discretionary basis. State Police, local police, PA DCNR Rangers, and USFS Rangers may not be so forgiving. Many other states have already done this. The proposed amendments are modeled after other state amendments such as in Michigan.

Hunting while wearing a helmet is cumbersome, costly, unnecessary and may be unsafe:

– While handling a gun dog, alighting from the vehicle, it is impossible to shoulder and aim a shotgun with current civilian helmets worn. One would need to either take the time to remove the helmet and don the required orange hunting cap or purchase a military style helmet. This extra time may cause loss of control of the gun dog, loss of point by the gun dog and lead to hurried and unsafe gun handling. Note that in this situation a disabled hunter is already required to turn OFF the vehicle ignition, place the vehicle in PARK, un-rack the shotgun, dismount the vehicle and load the shot gun.

– An orange military style helmet would need to be purchased to comply with PGC requirements. The only one available is used by the US Coast Guard. These cost more than $1,000.00.

– When the vehicle is operated under 10 M.P.H and in a safe manner, as required by PGC and PF&BC regulations, helmet use is unnecessary. Note that the PA Code already exempts on-road motorcycle operators and passengers from helmet use on vehicles that operate up to 70 M.P.H. on PA interstates.

– Enacting the helmet exemption would allow sportsmen to be confidently legal in the pursuit of their sport.

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Clubs: Use the Proxy Form, send it with your club delegate or county delegate to cast your proxy vote.

Individual Members: Contact Member at Large to express your opinions on how she should cast her proxy vote.

State Orgs: Let your delegate know how they should cast their proxy vote.

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Fall Board Meeting & General Session

PFSC’s Fall Board  Meeting & General Session
                 September 16, 2017                                                                       Mechanicsburg Sportsmen’s Club

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2017 50/50 Raffle Winners

2017 50/50 Cash Raffle Winners List

1 st Montgomery County Fed of SM: $2200

2 nd Dwight Weaver – Johnstown: $1650

3 rd Heather Potter – Kintnersville: $880

4 th Roger Kain – W Conshohocken: $440

5 th Lester Nace – Duncannon: $330

Congratulation & Thank You to all who purchased tickets and those who helped promote the fundraiser and helped sell tickets!

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2017 2nd Amendment Rally

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2017 2nd Amendment Rally at the State Capitol

May 22nd, 2017

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PFSC Resolution

DRSA Resolution to be voted on during the March 26th General Session

Comments from the PA Fish & Boat Commission regarding the resolution

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PFSC Spring Convention

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2017 Joint Picnic & Fundraiser


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Brown Trout Pattern Chosen for 2017 Trout Button

Voters Choose Brown Trout Pattern for 2017 Fishing License Button

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 17) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) popular fishing license button will continue the trout theme in the upcoming year, with anglers selecting the Brown Trout pattern for the 2017 fishing season.

As it’s done each fall, the PFBC turned to anglers and asked them to cast their vote online for their favorite button. When the votes were counted, 30 percent picked the Brown Trout pattern. The Rainbow Trout pattern was close behind with 23 percent of votes, followed by pink camo with 18 percent of the votes. In all, more than 2,100 votes were cast.

“The online survey continues to be a fun way for anglers to stay engaged,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Last year we introduced the Brook Trout pattern as a selection and anglers clearly liked it, with about 70 percent voting for it. This year we added two more trout patterns and the pink camo option. As the votes showed, it was a pretty tight race between the three.”

Buttons go on sale December 1 and are available for $5 each. They can be purchased through the PFBC’s online store (The Outdoor Shop), PFBC regional offices, and through the network of more than 900 license issuing agents.

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PFBC 150th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Set for Oct. 30 at Reynoldsdale Hatchery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 19) — Continuing the year-long celebration in honor of its 150th Anniversary, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is hosting a special Open House on October 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Reynoldsdale State Fish Hatchery, located at 162 Fish Hatchery Rd, New Paris, PA 15554.

The event is free and open to the public.

The afternoon will begin with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark major infrastructure upgrades recently completed at the hatchery. Bedford County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kellie Goodman Shaffer will open the event. Speakers will include Executive Director John Arway, PFBC Commissioner Lenny Lichvar, state Senators John Wozniak (D-Johnstown) and John Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Duncansville), and state Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford).

The Open House will include amphibian and reptile displays, “Touch-A-Truck” opportunities, hands-on activities, light refreshments, and tours of the hatchery and Visitor’s Center. More information about the PFBC’s 150th anniversary is available on our website.

The new PFBC history book – “To Protect, Conserve and Enhance: The History of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission” – will also be available for purchase. This 400-page history book not only chronicles PFBC’s path and accomplishments, it also serves as a history of the emergence of Pennsylvania fishing and boating as we know it today.

Written by esteemed Pennsylvania historian Kenneth C. Wolensky, Ed.D., this 6-inch by 9-inch book is rich with documented history and a visual archive that equates to approximately half of the book’s content. The inclusion of vintage photographs and stunning artwork from PFBC’s archives provides a wonderfully entertaining complement to the text.

The book can also be purchased online through the Outdoor Shop.


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