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    Pa Game Commission consideing $30.00 hikers permits

    So why not Detectorsts Permits ?

    I'd pay $30.00 a year to detect PA Game land

    Non-hunters to pay fee?
    Non-hunters who use state game lands across Pennsylvania could be forced to pay
    fee


    under a proposal being considered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which owns and takes care of some 1.5 million acres of game lands across the state, non-hunters who use those properties would be required to pay up — possibly $30 a year. That means non-hunters who frequent the game lands to ride bikes and horses, to hike, run the trails or even walk the dog all would have to pay to play.

    Non-hunters who use state game lands across Pennsylvania could be forced to pay fee - LancasterOnline: Local News


    I tried to add this comment : But I refuse to use facebook or other sources they list

    I know a whole group of PA Residents who would be happy even to pay $100.00 a year for a Permit for PA State game lands. Metal Detector Users
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Aug 06, 2014 at 12:31 PM.
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    Good grief!! Pay to hike?? They gotta be nuts!! As for folks who'd pay $100 to metal detect, god bless 'em, but I'd poach before shelling out that kind of money. Hiking uses up no resources like hunting does and should be free to all. What's next, a fee to walk to the store for a newspaper??
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    We already pay to use the land because we (the taxpayer) owns it. I'm writing to my state legislator today. This is insane!
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    The hunters are taxpayers too. Yet they have to pay to hunt there. It's called a license fee.
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    `hunters take from the land though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gusser View Post
    The hunters are taxpayers too. Yet they have to pay to hunt there. It's called a license fee.
    They pay to take the game, i.e. doe license, deer license, etc. That's not for the use of the land. They can hunt other ground that isn't part of the game commission, but they still have to have a license to take the game.
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    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
    Nationwide, the average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

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    One word says it all GREED, They want it all, they think they own the land. They are above the law and thats what happens when there heads get to big. Even if you did get a Detecting Permit and you found something , They take it all. We were offered a bond to work on state land and that was just to pound 16" copper rods in the ground for our GPL. The bond was for $15,000 and if we did anything wrong ( cut grass, dig, remove dead trees, ) we would lose most of it . To dig on state land is another bond and you have many permits, holding ponds, hire many experts to make sure everything is done right. Then after you pay all the cost and find something , they take it all and you have to clean up the area and restore it or loose the bigger bond. Its not worth it. Just go out and do your thing and have fun.
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    So can you legally hunt on PA game land now? Just curious because I'm like 10 minutes from PA and I hope I'm not missing out like I am down here in MD.

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    The Pennsylvania State Game Lands (SGL) are lands managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for hunting, trapping, and fishing. These lands, often not usable for farming or development, are donated to the PGC or purchased by the PGC with hunting license monies.

    Source: Wikipedia

    They aren't taxpayer owned. The PGC also pays very low property tax by the sale of hunting licenses. I've heard it's under $2 an acre.
    Last edited by swatty; Aug 08, 2014 at 08:53 PM.
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    yes you can legally hunt on pa game lands, thats what they are for. monies from license fees are used to purchase these lands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unfound View Post
    yes you can legally hunt on pa game lands, thats what they are for. monies from license fees are used to purchase these lands.
    I think toddsumm1 was talking about metal detecting in which the answer is no you may not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamey View Post
    `hunters take from the land though...
    A bit off topic, but hunters play an important role in population control. Without hunting there would be animals starving, diseased animals and ALOT more car vs. deer collisions. I don't know about you, but I'd rather harvest and eat a healthy deer than watch whole herds of them starve to death in the wintertime.

    Just as an example, here in New York State I pay $ 100 every year for all my hunting/fishing privileges(gun hunting, bow hunting, muzzleloader hunting, fishing and trapping). IMO $30 is not bad at all compared to what sportsmen/women spend annually.

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    Yes I was talking about detecting. I have done some research and it seems you can in parks if you follow some regulations. Mainly the ones that pertain to digging holes. Can only use screwdrivers or picks. Then you are not allowed to dig up anything over a hundred years old and if you do you have to turn it in to the commision.

    I do understand a lot of the regulations and it doesnt seem fair to honorable detectorists. Although we have to protect the rights of many people and some ruin it for everyone these regulations make it fair for others as well who do not want to see big honking holes in the earth...this goes for me too.

    I do on the other hand think it would be beneficial for some regulatory commision to allow a training program for some of us and license those of us who pass these programs to purchase permits. These permits would allow us to hunt in these areas. Furthermore stiff penalties would be enforced for those who do not follow the rules. Pretty much like obtaining a hunting license and only hunting in designated areas and at certain times.

    I mean come on now....most European countries allow hunting and only ask that antiquities be turned over for the benefit of preserving history. Most of the time if the items are rare or historic they will be purchased by a museum and if not the finder is allowed to keep them, but they are not allowed to sell it!

    Furthermore who cares other than the people on here that I dug a 200 year old large cent. Most are torn up and really bad shape. I dont care what it looks like but it was a high I still look forward to when I see that big coin in the hole. What would a state government want with that coin. Hell in another 200 years it would be a copper cud/slug.

    Im done ranting. I have plenty of places to dig. I dont need no stinking public land to dig. Lol

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    Dec 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddsumm1 View Post
    So can you legally hunt on PA game land now? Just curious because I'm like 10 minutes from PA and I hope I'm not missing out like I am down here in MD.
    No you cannot legally detect on PA game land

    Most will tell you flat out no

    you may find a few rangers who don't know better and say go for it.

    or will go the route of saying Yes,
    But anything you dig must stay where you found it.

    as per their signs nothing can be removed from sgl except
    in season legal game with a license.

    and sgl is privately owned . it is not the states property.

    You can hunt PA State Parks. with a permit.
    They are public & owned by the state

    But Not PA State Game Lands. Too different animals
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Aug 09, 2014 at 03:10 AM.

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    I don't mind paying fees to support and preserve our resources that we get to enjoy while outdoors.
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