Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s League
July 3, 2008
Westmoreland County Courthouse
1. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance and Conservation Pledge completed
2. Roll Call of Officers and Board of Directors completed. See attached. Board meeting minutes
No guests were present.
4. Financial Report
Accepted as read by Archie Bossart.
5. Game Commission Report
6. Fish Commission
Ron Evancho and Jim Vater
NATIVE EASTERN BROOK TROUT ADDED TO PA WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN The
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has formally added naturally reproducing
eastern brook trout to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan, the document that prescribes
conservation measures for species and their critical habitats before they become more costly
to protect and restore.
FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION TO EVALUATE WALLEYE STOCKINGS IN
SUSQUEHANNA, LEHIGH AND ALLEGHENY RIVERS The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission (PFBC) has announced that it has stopped walleye fry stockings in the
Susquehanna, Lehigh and Allegheny rivers on an experimental basis. Fry are young fish in
their early stage of life, from one to three weeks old. . . . PFBC biologists will determine if the
stocked walleye have been making a significant contribution to the total population in the rivers
by conducting fall electrofishing surveys. Biologists have been routinely counting yearling
walleye during fall electrofishing surveys. They will continue to count yearling walleye at the
same locations during the years when no walleye are stocked. This will provide a measure of
stocking success. Also, because not all sections of the rivers have been stocked with walleye,
biologists will compare the number of walleye collected in stocked and non-stocked sections
as an additional measurement. The PFBC expects that it will require at least three years of not
stocking to determine if natural walleye reproduction in these rivers is adequate.
COMMISSION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR BOATING FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM The
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is now encouraging county and municipal
governments interested in the planning, acquisition, development, expansion, or rehabilitation
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of public boating facilities to apply for funding through the Boating Facility Grant program. The
program is designed to help local governments provide or improve recreational boat access
facilities in their communities that are open to the public. Private businesses, non-profit or not-
for-profit organizations, and service clubs are not eligible for direct funding, but are encouraged
to partner with their local government for funding. Please see Ron if you are interested in
Green Lick Lake Fayette County Survey Results (Jacob’s Creek):
Table 1. 2008 Survey Gear: 12 Trap Net Sets
Fish Species Number Size Range (inches) Comments
Walleye 53 7-26 73% greater than 15 inches
Largemouth Bass 3 3-6
Channel Catfish 22 21-27 All quality fish
Bluegill 491 3-10
Pumpkinseed 13 3-5
Green Sunfish 1 Not measured
Black Crappie 447 3-11
White Crappie 59 5-12
Yellow Perch 1,325 4-7
White Sucker 25 Not measured All quality fish
Common Carp 22 Not measured All quality fish
Muskellunge 2 19-21
Bluntnose minnow 2 Not measured
Spotfin Shiner 1 Not measured
7. Reports of standing Committees
We need a committee chair for Fairs. Please see Doug. Schedule sign-up will be
available at next meeting.
Set up for the fair will be the August 13 starting at 1PM. The board meeting will be held
at the fair tent for final touches.
The PGC trailer will be there. Walt has also confirmed at least one taxidermist.
PFSC has a ticket, a $5 ticket that goes off 3 nights based upon PA lottery.
Westmoreland County has to sell 200 of the tickets.
The 1187 cash and gun ticket will be sold at the fair. The gun will be available to
We will also hold a progressive (week-long) 50/50 raffle at the fair.
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7.3 Conservation School – Archie Bossart
Applications are available. There are still slots for students. If you have students not
sponsored by clubs but still want to attend, please see Archie. There may be additional
School is July 26 – August 1.
7.4 Banquet – Nick
2008 Banquet set for September 13, 2008.
Tickets and ad pads will be distributed to each club.
7.5 Game – Walt Poole and Fish – Ed Patterson
Good turn-out at the last fishing derby and a good day at Special Day for Special Kids.
The weather has made a good year for berries, but likely a bad year for pheasant and
The windmill debate has erupted and many are concerned about the impact on the
environment and wildlife, e.g. the flight patterns of the brown bats.
7.6 Membership Committee
No new updates.
7.7 Political Committee – Debbie Wirth
Doug contacted Representative Casorio’s office concerning the dog kennel bill.
8. New Business
Motion to do the 50/50 as the PFSC raffle tickets by Walt Poole, second by Bill Volkar. Motion
9. Unfinished Business/Dates to Remember
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Doug Wilson Rostraver
Dave Wilson Rostraver
Al Barnett Youngwood
Michael Bilik Sportsman’s Association of Greensburg
Frank Chavara Hecla Sportsmen
Archie Bossart Trauger & Little Sewickley
Tom Satryan Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club
Walter C. Poole Kingston Vets and Latrobe Sportsmen
Jim Vater PFBC
Claude Dranzik Old Crabtree
Bill Volkar Penn Rod and Gun
Russ Mason Trout Unlimited & Lloydsville Sportsmen
Heidi Kozubal Trauger
Debbie Wirth Irwin Sportsmen Club
Doug Dreistadt Penn Rod and Gun Club
Nick Fecko Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club
Ron Evancho PFBC
As always, any updates, corrections, suggestions can be sent to me at:
email@example.com or telephone 724-527-3715 or at 18 Landis Avenue, Jeannette, PA
15644. Also, any time-sensitive updates that cannot wait until the next meeting can be distributed to
all members with e-mail on the e-mail distribution list. I can send postings and other information as
needed. Just let me know if you have anything you would like distributed.
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Paul Foster Memorial Award
This award is open to anyone from the community and the recipient does not have
to be a member of the Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s League.
1. Someone who has worked to improve the environment and promote
2. Someone who has been involved with youth; and
3. Someone with strong community involvement.
Potential names must be submitted by the July general meeting of the
Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s League. At least two of the following –
President, Vice President and 2nd Vice President will determine the recipient.
The award will be given on the night of the Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s
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Paul Foster Memorial Award
Name of Nominee:
Why this Nominee Deserves the Award: __________________
(use back of form if necessary)
Contact Phone Number:
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Club of the Year Application
Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s League
ALL ENTRIES SHALL SUBMIT:
MAILING ADDRESS OF
NUMBER OF ACTIVE CLUB
Judging being done by a representative from Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s League, Fish
Commission, Game Commission and the Westmoreland County Conservation District.
Deadline for 2008 Entries is the August 7 WCSL General Assembly Meeting.
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Write an essay of what your club has done this year. Some of the guidelines are:
What did you do for the benefit of your members?
What conservation efforts have you undertaken?
Improvement of hunting grounds and area to hunt.
Shooting facilities-new improvements within the past year.
Conservation school sponsor.
Stocking of wildlife and fish.
Participation in WCSL activities.
NRA club membership.
Junior membership programs (youth education programs).
Hunter Safety education and safe boating programs.
If you need more space you may write on the back of this paper stating what number or numbers you are
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