HARRISBURG - A Commonwealth Court judge has dismissed a sportsmen's group's challenge to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's deer-management program.
Senior Judge Barry Feudale's summary judgment against The Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania was made public Wednesday.
In his opinion, Feudale said the group offered no evidence that the commission's management of the state's deer herd is based on fraud or any abuse of its discretion. He said its arguments reflect "merely a disagreement" with the commission's philosophy.
The group, a longtime critic of the game commission, claimed commission policies are based on inadequate data and allow overhunting of does that will hurt deer-hunting opportunities in the long run.
Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser says the ruling supports the commission's view that its policies are statistically valid and scientifically sound.