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Game Fund Revenues and Expenditures

Revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 were $117,147,608. This represents an increase of $10,274,273 (9.6%) over the prior year’s revenues of $106,873,335. The majority of the increase can be attributed to ground rentals and royalties from oil and gas leases, which rose sharply, increasing $8,232,403, or 41.6% from the prior year. The increase was market-driven, with an increase in demand resulting in new leases on game lands. Additionally, because gas royalties are tied to base price on volume and price increases, the increase in the overall price of natural gas likewise produced the rise in royalties. An additional $1,074,335 was generated this year over last from the sale of adult pheasant hunting permits, which were introduced for the first time this year. Revenue from adult resident hunting licenses continued its downward trend this year, falling $470,660 from the prior year’s total. Adult nonresident hunting licenses saw a slight increase — $42,560 over the prior year. Sales from the Federal Duck Stamp (eDuck), which allows residents and nonresidents to hunt migratory birds within Pennsylvania and any other state, increased this year to $644,296, a 10.8% uptick from the prior year.

Total expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 were $100,422,583. This represents an increase of $3,909,835 (4.1%) over the prior year’s expenditures of $96,512,748. Because of the projected increase in revenue as described in the previous paragraphs, the previously-delayed replacement of high-maintenance equipment and high-mileage vehicles was able to occur this year. Purchases of equipment and machinery were $1,392,098 higher this year than the last, while motor vehicles purchases increased by $1,660,205.

Game Fund Revenues and Expenditures

The Game Fund’s Restricted Fund Balance was $72,776,502 at the fiscal year end on June 30, 2018. This represents an increase of $16,725,025, or 29.8 percent from the June 30, 2017 balance of $56,051,477. The increase is attributable to revenues exceeding expenditures during the period by the same $16,725,025.

Third Party Obligations of which the Game Commission is a Beneficiary

The Game Commission is the beneficiary of several third-party obligations to mitigate damages or otherwise provide funds for projects or research. In the majority of these instances, the obligation is for land. The obligation listed below as “White Nose” was an account set up by and between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Consol Coal Company to provide funds for research into White Nose Syndrome. All funds remain under the control of US Fish and Wildlife Service. The obligation listed as “Duck Marsh” was to complete a specific project on Duck Marsh, State Game Lands 25, which was completed and the draw down of the funds actually took place in FY 2018. Finally, three obligations, PSU, IBAT and White Nose, are specifically subject to USFWS control and approval. Nothing can be spent by the Game Commission without prior approval from US Fish and Wildlife Service.