Pennsylvania Deer News

Three 4-year-olds reported killing deer in 2013 January 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online 
... When the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday proposed setting 7 as the minimum age for kids ... "How many kids that young are actually killing deer and turkeys?" ... [Hunting stats show three 4-year olds] ...

Mt. Lebanon awaits Pennsylvania Game Commission approval to corral, kill deer January 27, 2015 Pensylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... to lure deer into 8-foot-tall, 30-foot-diameter corrals of fencing covered in fabric.
Once remotely monitored cameras confirm a deer or two has wandered into the corrals to feed on fermented corn bait, Wildlife Specialists staff will send a text message to shut an electric gate, then arrive to shoot the deer with rifles equipped with silencers...

Work being done to slow down chronic wasting disease January 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Standard Speaker 
... To control the spread of the disease, the commission bans hunters from transporting infected parts out of deer management areas or into Pennsylvania from other states that have the disease.  Hunters cannot feed deer or use deer urine in deer management areas. That keeps deer from congregating and slows the transmission, which can occur through bodily fluids, feces and carcasses. The prion that causes CWD can remain alive in soil...

Split Firearms Deer Seasons Up for April Approval January 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Board of Game Commissioners adopted a slate of deer seasons for 2015-16, proposing a split, five-day antlered deer season (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) and seven-day concurrent season (Dec. 5-12) in 18 Wildlife Management Units. The list includes (WMUs) 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3D 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E. The package also retains the two-week (Nov. 30-Dec. 12) concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer season in WMUs 2B, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D....

No Minimum Age Placed on Mentored Youth Hunters January 27, 2015 Pennsylvia, PGC News
     There still is no minimum age to participate in Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Hunting Program.  And there is no minimum age for Mentored Youth to hunt deer and turkey.  However, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that would require any antlered deer or turkey harvested by a Mentored Youth hunter younger than 7 to be taken with valid harvest tags provided by his or her adult mentor...

Game commission to consider longer buck, bear seasons January 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... biologists are recommending archers be allowed to shoot an antlered deer any time antlerless deer are in season in wildlife management units 2B, 5C and 5D. Unit 2B surrounds Pittsburgh, units 5C and 5D Philadelphia... it would allow hunters to remove more deer in urban areas...

Mt. Lebanon board awards contract to trap, euthanize deer January 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
   The Mt. Lebanon board of commissioners awarded a $75,000 contract for trapping and euthanizing deer starting Feb. 1, pending state approval. Wildlife Management Associates, run by biologist J. Merlin Benner, was the sole bidder ...

Pennsylvania Game Commission studies deer predator effects January 25, 2015 The Sentinel Cumberlink 
... Randy Santucci ... president of Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, said he was concerned about the state’s declining deer population five years ago and presented research to the Pennsylvania Game Commission explaining his reasoning.  “The point was very, very strong that there is this growing coyote population on the eastern seaboard that is affecting deer populations dramatically,” ...

Mt. Lebanon awaits formal letter nixing extended deer season January 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Public Works Director Tom Kelley said staff at the regional game commission office told him they had never extended the hunting season for a single municipality, and weren't going to start with Mt. Lebanon... Hunting on public property is one of the state's prerequisites for other deer-control methods such as trapping and surgical sterilization, both of which the municipality has applied to do ...

Whitetails built to weather the cold season January 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, York Daily Record/Sunday News
... Before the weather turns cold, whitetails begin to store fat under their hide and around internal organs, which will provide energy when temperatures drop and snow falls. The fat reserves will compensate for the lack of energy supplied by a winter diet that is lower in protein...

Commisioners to Discuss 2015-16 Hunting, Trapping Seasons January 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
      The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2015, from Jan. 25 to 27 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.  On Sunday, Jan. 25, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public comments on topics including the 2015-16 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – may register beginning at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis.
     On Monday, Jan. 26, the board will gather any additional public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time.  On Tuesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda to give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2015-16, and establish other meeting dates for the coming year, among other things.  Doors open at 7:45 a.m. 
       Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2015-16 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2014-15 deer seasons are expected be announced in mid-March.  The agenda for the January meeting is available at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. From the “Quick Clicks” box running down the right side of the homepage, select “Meetings of the Board & Other Special Events.” A link to the agenda is provided on the page that opens.

Pa. Game Commission meetings prepared for controversy January 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Morning Call 
... proposal seems simple enough on its face: limit the age for a youngster taking part in the various Mentored Youth Hunts to 9 years and older for the purpose of hunting turkeys and deer... Several years ago, current PGC commissioner Ron Weaner proposed this and was basically shouted down in open meetings...

Study to examine predators' effect on deer populations January 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, lehighvalleylive.com
... If the agency does find that predators are having a higher that desired impact on deer populations, there may or may not be much the agency can do depending on the predators that are the primarily culprits.  For example, population control efforts to manage coyote populations have by and large proven to be unsuccessful over the years...

National Deer Alliance pledges to be a a new 'voice for deer hunters' January 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
... The National Deer Alliance is a fledgling organization born out of a summit on deer and deer hunting organized last year by QDMA... Many threats to deer were identified at that summit — loss of habitat, disease, increased predation, to name a few...

Salem Township, Protesters Rally Against Community’s Plan to Kill Deer January 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, WNEP-TV 16  
... They are upset at the prospect of having 300 deer killed. A recent USDA study estimated there are around 600 deer in the Hideout.  The protesters said seeing the Pennsylvania state animal in their backyards is one of the best things about living in the development near Lake Ariel...

Taking a message to Harrisburg January 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... Sorber, who is the new president of the North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, will attend the Pennsylvania Game Commission board meeting and let them know it’s time to give the deer herd in northeastern Pennsylvania a break... considering reducing the antlerless license allocations for the entire northeast region... close doe season all together on State Game Lands 13, 57 and 66 ...

Game Commission to propose seasons and bag limits at meeting January 16, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
... After a rather dismal hunting season for deer – with reports coming in from almost every corner of the state from butcher shops stating they processed 50 percent fewer deer this year – the proposed agenda does nothing to elevate hunting pressure on whitetails...

... The agenda for the Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 26-27, meeting of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has triggered heated online opposition ... the commission's management of the state's deer population at a significantly reduced level than most middle-aged and older hunters remember from the 1970s through the early 1990s continues to stoke deep anger among some of those hunters...

Age restrictions for mentored youth get another shot January 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Gettysburg Times 
...  calls for youngsters under 9 years of age, to no longer be able to shoot deer or wild turkey. They could still shoot squirrels, groundhogs and coyotes. Rules for kids 9 and over would not change – they can shoot deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, groundhogs and coyotes...

Mt. Lebanon still hopes to thin deer population January 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac 
... Deer could still face trap-and-bolt euthanasia, or even a smaller scale archery program, should the Pennsylvania Game Commission grant Mt. Lebanon deer control permits in the coming weeks.  The municipality canceled its planned deer cull in late December when the Game Commission ran out of licenses...

Hunters urged to report deer harvests January 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribue-Review
... Chief deer biologist Chris Rosenberry added that biologists accept deer harvest reports whenever they come in — and would like to be getting many more — as they all add to the data set used to make decisions... 

Wildlife antics and oddities noted by Central Pennsylvania readers January 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Penn Live 
... We get a couple of pictures of him every year ... named him 'High Rack.' ... estimated the buck's most recent spike at nearly 20 inches.  The deer has an injured rear leg, which causes the asymmetrical antler growth...

Hunting an option for Mt. Lebanon deer control January 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  two landmark cases establishing that the state's right to regulate hunting practices overrides local ordinances regulating the discharge of firearms.  The most recent ruling struck down an ordinance in which hunting was permitted only with the approval of the local chief of police...

Chronic wasting disease vaccine offers hope January 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Thomas Wisniewski, the four-year study's senior investigator and a neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center ... in a news release, he said inoculating even 10 percent of the deer herd that way would “induce herd immunity.”  That might not equate to eliminating the disease, they said, but it could “inhibit the current rapid spread of CWD ...

Mt. Lebanon residents reportedly plan private deer hunt January 7, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Travis Lau, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said his agency wouldn't have to be notified about hunting on private land... Mt. Lebanon staff will draw up more specific plans for trapping and euthanasia, then get contractors to submit quotes ...

Lake Township, Controversial Plan to Manage Deer Population January 6, 2015 Pennsylvania, WNEP-TV 16 
... The Hideout is requesting 300 tags from the PA Game Commission along with a permit to cull the deer population, but not everyone agrees.  USDA Deer Assessment & other documents  ... For many people who choose to live at The Hideout, it’s a place to get away from the big city and live where wildlife is in their backyard...

Pa. Game Commission continues to study predation on deer herd January 5, 2015 Pennsylvania, Olean Times Herald
... The Game Commission studied the effects of fawn predation back in 2001. The study found about half of all fawns born each spring survived to see the fall hunting seasons. Predators including coyotes, bears, bobcats and fishers were responsible for killing about 22 percent of the fawns that died. ... large-scale predator control repeatedly has been found not to work ...

Mountain lions on their way back to Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the East January 5, 2015 PennLive.com (blog)
... scientists have tracked the animals moving out of South Dakota into Midwestern states. Cougars also are moving north into Manitoba, the Canadian province to the west of Ontario, which Morse considers their most likely route back to the Northeast...

PGC mulls permit specific to urban deer January 1, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
...  the creation of an urban deer tag ... “My thought is, why don’t we develop a tag that allows a second buck, an inferior buck, to be taken instead of allowing that deer to be hit by a vehicle and be wasted.” [typically urban deer management focuses on does as the most effective way to reduce the population]

Game Commission Reminds Hunters to Report Deer Harvests December 31, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Hunters who harvest big game in Pennsylvania are required to report their harvests to the Game Commission using one of three methods... The best way to report a deer harvest is online. Go to the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, and click on the blue box titled “Report a Harvest.” The box appears near the top of the home page ... The toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone harvest reporting system can be accessed by dialing 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681). Hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information with them when they call ...

Weather hurts deer hunting December 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Goerie
...  "I think the weather had a lot to do with the low number of deer taken. There was no snow, plenty of rain and fog... "It was a great archery season this year, better than usual," ...

Chronic wasting disease vaccine...  Outdoor Insider December 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, Penn Live
The first successful vaccination of deer against chronic wasting disease ... Four deer given the real vaccine took significantly longer to develop infection—and the fifth one continues to remain infection free...

... On December 3, 150 hunters will be allowed to hunt with only manual, semi-automatic, or muzzleloader shotguns ... The entire park will remain open to the public during the late season archery hunt...

Are Predators Hurting Our Deer Herds* December 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     If you want to start a lively discussion on Pennsylvania wildlife, just mention coyotes... The new study will measure the types of predators present in the study areas and their relative abundance, which will be useful for interpreting any differences in survival noted during the study.  Hough touted the strengths in scope of the new study and noted the changes in predator populations and wildlife habitat that have occurred more recently.  “The time has come for new research into predator impacts on deer ...

North Fayette man held for trial in shooting of buck in cemetery December 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, Observer-Reporter
... charges of illegally shooting game from a vehicle, shooting a weapon in a cemetery, unlawful killing of big game, having a loaded weapon in a vehicle, using food to entice game and possessing a tag that belongs to another person... driving around, feeding the deer in the cemetery ...

Doe caught on trailcam is thriving at 13 1⁄2 years December 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
    A doe tagged as an 8.6-pound fawn in 2001 in preparation for the launch of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new deer management plan surfaced in recent months, alive and well, in the Quehanna Wild Area... captured the old girl’s picture on a trail camera ...

Mt. Lebanon cancels deer archery cull December 22, 2014 Pennsyvlania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... suspended its deer culling program due to the lack of licenses available... all antlerless deer licenses have been sold for the wildlife management area that includes Allegheny County...

Mt. Lebanon, Suburb takes aim at deer problem December 21, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
...  Mt. Lebanon commissioners will launch the first part of a “comprehensive deer management plan” with an archery program Dec. 26 through Jan. 24... The hunt was planned with help from the state Game Commission. To qualify, about 20 archers must pass a proficiency test ...

Game Commission aims to settle controversy through study December 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... What predators are eating Pennsylvania fawns, how often are they doing it, and what's the impact of all that? ... The agency is launching a three-year fawn predation study next month. It will be conducted in two areas — Susquehannock and Bald Eagle-Rothrock state forests — at a cost of just more than $1.1 million... newborn deer will be outfitted with expandable radio collars ...

Demonstration this Saturday in park to protest deer kill December 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill Local
... Philadelphia Advocates for the Deer (PAD) will be holding a picket demonstration this Saturday, Dec, 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., west on Bells Mill Road from Germantown Avenue, down the hill about a third of a mile to the intersection with Forbidden Drive, a park entrance frequented by joggers and hikers. The purpose of the demonstration is to protest the unjustified, cruel annual slaughter of deer in Wissahickon Park...

Costs of CWD getting clearer December 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... When chronic wasting disease first showed up in the Keystone State, it appeared in captive deer on a small, but certified, herd in Adams and York counties ... In the Game Commission’s case, that surveillance cost about $517,000 in fiscal year 2013, said veterinarian Justin Brown...

Tyler Park, Stop Deer Mismanagement at Tyler State Park in Pennsylvania, Petition December 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Care2
... For nearly 30 years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been mismanaging urban deer. Every year in December and January, they turn the tranquil and historic Tyler State Park into a bloody killing field ..

...  eight deer stolen or freed from a pen on his property ... Buzzard posted fliers along Redwell Road and the surrounding area last week ...

Mt. Lebanon to harvest deer December 15, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Santa Claus and his reindeer might want to steer clear of Mt. Lebanon the day after Christmas.  The township will hold a controlled archery hunt of deer on municipal property, beginning Dec. 26. and continuing through Jan. 24...

... Chronic wasting disease has been found in captive deer at two game farms about 30 miles from the southern edge of the elk range, making officials nervous about it crossing over into free-ranging deer, who might carry it to the elk...

Presque Isle deer hunt wraps up with 9 taken December 14, 2014 Pennsylvania,  Goerie 
... The hunt was first started in 1989 to manage the size of the peninsula's deer herd, which had been estimated at more than 200...

Low harvest during the rainy rifle deer season may benefit late-season hunters December 14, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... in a miserable combination of rain, wind and cold, they're likely to bed down under cover and wait it out...  that was the state of deer hunting during much of the two-week firearm season ...  Successful hunters are required by state law to submit harvest reports, but reporting has dropped to 25 percent...

PGC keeping an eye out for CWD December 13, 2014 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... Chronic wasting disease hasn’t been found in the northeast yet ... The PGC’s Northeast Region Office has conducted CWD sampling since 2005 ... The disease has been detected in three locations in Pennsylvania ...

Shale drillers scarce, deer scarcer December 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era 
...  a spike in natural gas drilling ... Statewide, some sportsmen’s groups have raised concerns about stomping grounds rendered unrecognizable by Marcellus Shale development, and others about the potential for deer meat contaminated by animals consuming toxic fracking flowback. ...

Mt. Lebanon OKs deer archery cull December 11, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Tom Kelley, public works director, formulated a deer management archery program ... Mr. McDonough said archers will be selected from municipal employees in four departments, who will volunteer their time and must meet several criteria... some 20 employees have expressed interest...
    Mt. Lebanon deer culling effort gets OK December 10, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 ... hunting on public land was a prerequisite for state game commission approval of other deer control measures Mt. Lebanon wants to use. ... Cornell had about the same number of deer on campus, because clamping or cutting does' fallopian tubes didn't prevent heat. That brought more bucks to campus, Curtis said. [ovariectomy would prevent the does from going into heat, Cornell used tubal ligation]  “I'd settle for a safe, legal, less effective program so we can move forward,” Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Dave Brumfield said...

... the upcoming killing of the deer in the Wissahickon Valley for the 17th consecutive year.  To date, 2,736 deer have been reported killed in Fairmount Park... Philadelphia Advocates for the Deer  ... 

... eight deer, kept in a pen ... This deer, named Audrey was not up for sale. “She was almost 14 years old,” said Buzzard in tears as he shared a picture of her...
     1 shot, 2 returned, 5 deer still missing from Earl Township farm pen December 9, 2014 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
... someone cut the deadbolt lock on the pen, letting out three bucks and five does.
Buzzard reported the incident to the police, valuing the lost deer at around $25,000. ... one doe was shot about 400 yards from his property. The hunter who shot the deer called police after seeing its ear tag ...

Presque Isle, Deer hunt continues as 'management tool' at Presque Isle December 8, 2014 Pennsylvania, Goerie 
... the regulated firearm hunt was started at the park in 1989 ...  in the early 1900s with 50 deer imported from Canada and released on the peninsula by the Park and Harbor Commission ... By the mid-1980s, the estimated size of the herd was around 130 ... now estimated to be around 60...

Penn State study revealing how deer react to hunters December 6, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
...   researchers have put collars on deer ... in archery season, there's nothing to suggest these deer are being impacted by the hunting ... once the rifle season begins, we see some pretty dramatic differences. Some of these bucks will leave their home range and go places we've never seen them in the previous 10 months...

Ridley Creek, Hunters bag 69 deer at Ridley Creek State Park December 5, 2014 Pennsylvania, Delaware County Daily Times
... deer herd has been reduced by 69 as a result of Thursday’s hunt, which drew 199 men, women and children from among 250 hunters picked in a lottery ... Hunts in the state park started in 1983 ...

Deer herd way down, but Valley Forge continues culling December 4, 2014 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Daily News 
... federal sharpshooters are returning to Valley Forge National Historical Park for a fifth season ... the herd has been reduced by about 80 percent since the culling operation began, the park says - from 1,227 in 2009, or 241 deer per square mile, to about 250, 49 per square mile. [the state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in managing its deer herd] ...

Tyler State Park deer hunt plays out again December 3, 2014 Pennsylvania, Bucks County Courier Times
... As 150 hunters lined up for a chance to shoot deer with shotguns inside the park, a dozen protesters gathered ... "Thirty years of killing deer is not a solution to the problem, but a problem to the solution," said Barbara Pearl ... Hunters are given a safety orientation before entering the park ...

Centre County, Less deer in Centre County due to management program December 2, 2014 Pennsylvania, WJAC TV 
... Officials said they started this management program more than a decade ago because the deer population was damaging the forest ...  seeing the results of fewer deer, but officials said they’ve already put a plan in place to help bring more deer back to our forests...

PA Game Commission Weighs-In On "Hunting Rage" Crash December 2, 2014 Pennsylvania, PA home page
...  A hunter was badly injured in the two vehicle wreck on Upper Demunds Road.  Police say a reported case of deer baiting and trespassing in Wyoming County led to the dispute that resulted in a five mile chase and crash...

Deer Hunting Season Begins This Week December 1, 2014 Pennsylvania, NBC Philadelphia
... The two-week tradition will begin Monday ... they expect more than 300,000 deer to be taken...

Big Buck Contest Ready for its 34th Year November 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, Wayne Independent
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission has reported that, in the state’s 2013-14 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 352,920 deer... an increase of about 3 percent compared to the previous seasons’ harvest of 343,110...  134,280 antlered deer in the 2013-14 seasons ...

Yo, PA, happy hunting November 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Daily News 
... the most recent stats of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2013) shows only one state, Texas, has more hunting licenses than Pennsylvania. The service says Texas sold 1 million-plus licenses last year. PA sold 968,735....

Chronic wasting disease in deer may be game changer in Pa. November 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Chronic wasting disease is the deer version of mad cow disease, said Craig Shultz, veterinarian with the state Department of Agriculture. Discovered in Colorado in 1967, it has spread across the United States, arriving in Pennsylvania in 2012... There's no vaccine to prevent it, no treatment to cure it and no live animal test...

PA deer season, which opens Monday, is steeped in tradition November 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online 
... in 2013 1 in 16 Pennsylvania residents was a licensed hunter ... 1 in three deer hunters got a deer ... 

QDMA biologist talks PA deer November 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader 
... “Antler restrictions might not work well in all states, but they work extremely well for Pennsylvania. The hunter opinion surveys show a lot of support for it and antler restrictions really help the age structure of the deer herd. .. our regulations are designed to protect half to three-quarters of the 1 1/2-year-old bucks... Kip Adams

Hunters gear up for launch of deer season November 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, 
Public Opinion 
... "There's a pretty good acorn crop across the forest, so compared to last year people can expect the deer herd to be a bit more dispersed given the wide availability of food sources," ... The sale of licenses — $20.70 for adult residents and $101.70 for adult nonresidents — is trending slightly ahead last season ...

... Here is my forecast: we have no deer where we hunt in pike county. We had 6 hunter that put 150 hrs in the woods this bear season. And one hunter saw two doe finally on Tuesday nite. Our cabin went from 15 to 17 hunter on the first day of deer season n this Sunday we are hoping for 6. Someone has to do something...

Major change in deer regulations for hunters in WMU 4C November 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, Times News ·
...  For the first five days of the season from opening day through Friday, Dec. 5, only antlered deer are legal – as they have been in WMU 4E for several years – unless taking a doe with a required Deer Management Assistance Program permit.  WMU 4C is comprised of portions of Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties...

... Pennsylvania hunters spend an average of $1,260 on equipment and services for hunting season, amounting to a $1.6 billion industry statewide that employs about 15,000... "We can put somebody out in the field all set up, for a little over $300,"  ...

... As hunters go out this season, they should see a stable deer population, Lau said. He said the game commission does not keep an exact count of the deer population and estimates are done at the end of the hunting season... The game commission sold more than 950,000 deer hunting licenses last year. So far this year, Lau said, more than 800,000 have been sold ...

The life of an elk November 27, 2014 Pennsylania, The Middlesboro Daily News
... Elk were once native to the eastern United States, but over hunting and loss of habitat pushed them west and north. There is a reference to the last far eastern elk being killed in Pennsylvania in 1869 ... averaging a length of 6 to 8 feet and a height at shoulder of 4 to 5 feet. Males weigh in at 700-900 pounds and females 500-600...

Penn Hills, Game Commission enters battle between hunters, Penn Hills residents November 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Penn Hills' general offense code prohibits hunting in the municipality, though state law says hunters may hunt on private land with the landowner's permission.
State law supersedes local laws in this instance,  Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau said.

Panel offers ways to reduce deer population in North Park November 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
... Urban forester Brian Wolyniak of Penn State Extension Service explained that ticks are another concern for residents who have deer in their yards.  Deer aren’t susceptible to Lyme disease, but they do provide ticks with a place to mate. [most of the current research shows Lyme disease is not correlated to deer density]

Mt. Lebanon approves archery, trapping to cull deer population November 24, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 
... The plan, prepared by consultant J. Merlin Benner of Wildlife Specialists in Wellsboro, Tioga County, calls for culling as many as 200 deer per year at a cost of up to $80,000 until the vehicle collision goal has been reached, then move into a “stabilization and maintenance phase” of culling about 100 per year... with eight to 10 archers drawn from local police, firefighters and public works employees ...

There are plenty of problems with deer farms November 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Raising white-tailed deer ... regulation was transferred to the state Department of Agriculture in 2006... Wildlife biologists worry that captive herds could spread diseases such as chronic wasting disease to wild populations ... Farmers counter that captive herds are healthier than wild herds...

... established Disease Management Area 1 in 2012 to cover parts of York and Adams ... DMA 2, which covers parts of Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Cambria and Fulton counties, was established in 2013 ... DMA 3 was established earlier this year to cover parts of Clearfield and Jefferson counties ...

December marks deer hunters' most wonderful time of the year November 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, LehighValleyLive.com
... Over the past few years, the whitetail harvest in 5C, which includes most of the Lehigh Valley, has indeed been on the decline, with sportsmen taking fewer deer each year. During the 2011-12 season, 33,100 bucks and does were harvested. Two years ago, that number dropped to 31,400; and last year 29,800 were killed...


Light that is invisible to humans may make hunters 'glow' in the eyes of deer  November 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  in 2013, researchers at the University of Georgia focused on aspects of ultraviolet perception in white-tailed deer... deer cone cells absorb light from the lower blue spectrum, which humans cannot see, and pass those signals to the brain, which interprets the object in some form of blue...  UV light that humans can't see. But the deer can see it, and to them it probably glows blue ..

Deer hunting was certainly different in the old days November 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, Evening Sun ·
... Back then there were no antler restrictions, and the buck season was a full two weeks ... Few hunters complained about not seeing deer ... Now, the "deer wars" are in high gear — the herd significantly lowered, and the likelihood of seeing the numbers of deer I had seen in the past a distant memory. Yes, the antlers are increasing in size ...

Buck evades veterinarian's attempt to remove arrow November 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Herald 
... “He was born in that pasture. His mum and his sister left and he stayed.”
Bucky, sporting his first full set of antlers, has become a local fixture ...  the girls come to him. What’s the point of leaving?” ...

Deer season by the numbers, antler restrictions November 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, Cumberlink.com
... Since antler restrictions were enacted in Pennsylvania in 2002, yearling buck survival has increased from 15 to 52 percent, while harvest of adult bucks has increased from 20 to 50 percent... 

The heritage of the hunt in Pennsylvania, license sales November 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, Cumberlink
...  the last four years show a modest increase in the number of hunting license sold in Pennsylvania (sales are up three-quarters of a percent so far this year) ...“The larger trend has been a steady decline since peak license sales of 1.3 million in 1982,” ... Sales for the 2013-14 season were 952,989...

Dealing with chronic wasting disease concerns November 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... “What we know is that it tends to spread outward and slowly increase prevalence over time,” said Dr. Justin Brown, a Pennsylvania Game Commission veterinarian. “We use the analogy of a brush fire ...  it has been found in six wild deer in the Bedford and Blair regions ...  10 captive deer were found to have CWD on the farms in Adams County (DMA 1) and north in Jefferson County (DMA 3)...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners take steps toward deer management November 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Among the measures is a proposal for deer sterilization that, if approved by the game commission, would be the first permit of its kind to be issued in the state...  also is seeking approval to trap and euthanize animals.... culling by archers — does not require a permit...

2014 Deer Forecast November 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
    While deer populations are being tracked as stable or increasing in most of the state, many other factors influence deer hunting, said Chris Rosenberry, who supervises the Game Commission’s deer and elk section. The availability of food sources in an area plays a role in the deer harvest at a local level, he said.  This has been a banner year for mast crops in much of the state, said Dave Gustafson, the Game Commission’s chief forester. Production of soft mast crops, such as apples, berries and grapes, is very good this year, Gustafson said.  Meanwhile, he said, the availability of acorns statewide is good to great, with some areas –particularly in southcentral Pennsylvania – reporting bumper crops of red-oak acorns. Chestnut oaks and white oaks also are widely available, Gustafson said.  [See more here or at the link above]

... 1869 – A deer season of Sept. 1-Dec. 31 was set for the first time... 1906 – Deer were stocked in areas of Pennsylvania for the first time... 1907 – Antlerless deer were given complete protection... 1928 – The first "statewide" antlerless deer season was held. It included 51 of the state's 67 counties... 

Game Commission receives suggestions from field November 17, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... suggested the commission increase the price of elk licenses so they're comparable to similar tags in western states... an actual license should sell for $100 for Pennsylvania residents and $700 for nonresidents ... Elk licenses for nonresidents in western states go for $500 to $900 ...

Newton, State plans regulated deer hunts at Tyler State Park in Newtown, Northampton November 17, 2014 Pennsylvania, Bucks Local News 
... On December 3, 150 hunters will be allowed to hunt with only manual, semi-automatic, or muzzleloader shotguns with “00” buckshot ammunition for both antlered and antlerless deer... The hunt is held every year ...

Committee Hears Efforts to Control CWD in PA November 15, 2014 Pennsylvania
     Efforts to control the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania’s deer population was the subject of an informational meeting of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), on Thursday.  “Since it was first discovered on a captive deer farm two years ago in Adams County, additional cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been identified in both free-ranging deer and other captive deer farms in the state,” said Causer. “Given the potentially devastating impact the disease could have on the population of deer and other cervids in Pennsylvania, it is important for members and the public to know what is being done to help control the disease.”  [watch a vido of the meeting at the link above] ... 

Mt. Lebanon, Game Commission would prefer Mt. Lebanon hunt deer November 13, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Fujak said any deer management plan would require some kind of ongoing hunting program for approval. He insisted that it is a Pennsylvania regulation, and that hunting is viewed as the primary means of deer control in Pennsylvania...

Franklin Park mulls ban on feeding deer November 13, 2014 Pennsylvania,  Tribune-Review
... Council is considering a ban on feeding deer, with fines of $100 to $1,000... “People become attached to these animals, and they think they're their own, and they're not. Wildlife is a public resource, and it belongs to everyone in the commonwealth,” ... said Jeannine Fleegle, a deer biologist with the game commission...

The Pennsylvania Game Commission had to kill a deer after it became trapped inside a hotel in State College and couldn't be tranquilized.The Centre Daily Times said the deer entered the Days Inn Penn State around 4 a.m. Friday after the automatic doors opened... November 14, 2014



Elk Harvest Results Released November 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     More than 82 percent of the hunters participating Pennsylvania’s 2014 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced 88 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 8. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 93 percent.  The 2014 harvest included several large elk.  Sixteen bulls each were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with the heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt estimated at more than 872 pounds... Twenty-five of the 88 elk harvested were taken on the opening day ...

Mt. Lebanon moving forward with deer cull plan November 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
... Game Commission permits are required for trapping and euthanizing and sterilization. If sterilization is approved, it would mark the first such occurrence in Pennsylvania.  “Any discussion of sterilization, it will take longer to negotiate that. It’s not something they just pull off the shelf and issue a permit for,” Merlin Benner, president of Tioga County-based Wildlife Specialist ... 

Pleasant Hills Arboretum hunt yields 7 deer November 7, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... “All nine county parks have had controlled deer hunts since 1995,” ... “It seems like it's working,” Smith said. “There was a man walking his dog, and the dog was wearing a little orange vest...

Never-before-seen insights into deer movement offered on research website November 5, 2014 Pennsylvania, Penn State News
... researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are offering a window into their investigation, offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.  As part of the research, the study maintains 40 deer ... see the  Deer-Forest Study

Guilty Plea in Trophy Elk-Poaching Case October 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     A Bellefonte man has been sentenced to spend up to 18 months in jail and pay more than $20,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty Wednesday to poaching three bull elk, one of them among the largest on record in Pennsylvania.  Frank Gordo Buchanan Jr., 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of unlawful taking of big game, and one count each of unlawful taking of game, unlawful use of a vehicle to take game, and unlawful use of an artificial light to take game...

Drivers Use Caution:  Whitetails on Blacktop October 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Deer become more active in autumn with the lead up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel sometimes several dozen miles to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter... A driver who hits a deer with vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game   Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass ...

Mt. Lebanon, How to thin deer divides Mt. Lebanon October 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... methods such as trapping and euthanizing deer, tranquilizing and sterilizing does, and hunting them with sharpshooters or archers.  Mt. Lebanon is so densely developed, there's almost nowhere it would be legal to hunt deer under state laws for shooting near occupied structures,..

... “We'll have it every year if it's successful and no opposition crops up,” ... Residents whose homes abut the arboretum's grounds received letters asking for permission to enter their yards if a wounded animal falls there... pricing for an 8-foot fence was determined to be $105,000. If grant opportunities come about, Smith said, the arboretum board would be willing to consider that option...

Game Commission Appoints Southeast Region Director October 27, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Bruce Metz, who has spent many of his 32 years with the Game Commission working within the Southeast Region, has been named director of the region office... “Whether it be working on a game farm, or his tireless efforts to improve state game lands, Bruce has given his heart to the Game Commission for more than three decades, with most of that time spent within the Southeast Region,” ...

Fenced-in deer hunts spark debate October 25, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Pennsylvania has 1,127 deer farms — only Texas has more — but “it's very difficult to say” how many offer hunting because preserves need not be licensed ...  People tolerate hunting if the animal has a chance to escape, but “canned shoots” don't offer that (Keith Balfourd, spokesman for Boone & Crockett Club, America's oldest hunters group) ... 

Chronic wasting disease news and hunter trends October 25, 2014 Pennsylvania,  Tribune-Review
... chronic wasting disease has shown up in the Buckeye State for the first time... The agriculture department placed World Class Whitetails and 42 other deer farms under quarantine April 24 after it was determined that they had received “approximately 125 deer from operations in Pennsylvania that later tested positive for CWD.” It didn't announce that for six months ... 

Rose Valley deer hunt to be later and shorter this year October 25, 2014 Pennsylvania, Delaware County News Network 
... The deer issue has been an ongoing one, resulting in extreme forest degradation, wildlife habitat quality, vehicle accidents on Rose Valley Road and the possible spread of Lyme disease [deer cull generally not effective against Lyme]. The EAC plan recommended long-term actions to control the population and to date, the controlled hunts and cull in 2011 have resulted in the taking of 23 deer...

... The hunting preserve has been under quarantine since April 24 because the Pennsylvania captive deer farm where the male deer came from had another deer test positive for CWD earlier this year... the Ohio Division of Wildlife was quick to stress no wild Ohio deer has ever been documented with the disease...

Chronic wasting disease found in another captive deer in PA October 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, Live Trading News
...  the positive test for a deer kept on a farm in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County... It is the 10th captive deer in Pennsylvania to test positive for the always-fatal disease since CWD was first detected here in 2012...

Is the advance of CWD unstoppable? October 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Goerie 
... Pennsylvania became the 22nd state in October 2012 when a captive deer was found to have CWD at a farm in Adams County. That deer had been born and raised in captivity... The Game Commission wants hunters who see deer or elk that are believed to be sick to not kill, disturb or remove the animal. Accurately document the location and contact the Game Commission regional headquarters...

Green Tree looking at law to ban deer feeding October 16, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Dr. Brown said feeding is harmful because it upsets the deer’s digestive system, which changes with the seasons. Supplemental foods such as corn cause upset. [Information on feeding deer] ... Another option that could reduce the deer population is sterilization, which involves surgically removing does’ ovaries...

Another Western Pa. deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease October 14, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 ... an adult whitetail at a second deer farm in the Reynoldsville area of Jefferson County tested positive for the disease. Tests confirming the disease were received last week.  The farm, which Shultz would not identify, has 14 other deer ...

Rose Valley, Deer hunt pushed back in Rose Valley October 14, 2014 Pennsylvania, Delaware County Daily Times
... Selected individuals, primarily local law enforcement personnel, will be permitted to harvest in the municipal-owned Saul and Long Point wildlife sanctuaries and Todmorden Woods. No firearms will be allowed.  Bow hunting will be approved ...

Antlerless muzzleloader season has undergone changes October 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Republican And Herald
... While bowhunters may be looking for the buck of their dreams, the Pennsylvania Game Commission uses the early muzzleloader season as a tool in its deer management strategy to keep the antlerless herd in balance... 

Lebanon Daily News
... GoHuntPa.org, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has started a campaign to bring hunters back to the fields and woodlands, using streaming video and apps you can download. The concept is to bring back those hunters that have, for one reason or another, given up on hunting...

Trophy buck poached in Perry County, according to Game Commission October 7, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Patriot-News 
... rewards for information concerning the Sept. 29 illegal killing of a trophy-class whitetailed deer ... 229-pound buck lying in a field about 145 yards from Buck's Valley Road in Buffalo Township...  call the Southcentral Region of the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 814-643-1831 ...

Archery season begins today for Pa. hunters October 4, 2014 Pennsylvania, Citizens Voice
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission decreased antlerless license allocations in most parts of the state based on requests from hunters to see more deer ...  Pre-crossbow legalization, archers took 11 bucks per 1,000 days of hunting. With crossbows legal, they nabbed 12 bucks per 1,000 days. The success rate for firearms hunters has stayed at 30 bucks per 1,000 hunting days before and after the archery change...

... There is no arguing that we do not have as many deer as we did during the peak years for the deer population... Pennsylvania has the second-largest deer family industry in the U.S., with more than 1,000 deer family breeding farms, hobby farms and shooting preserves. Movement of deer and deer family members, which is done often in the captive deer industry, is a significant risk factor for the spread of CWD... 

Archery season reminder: baiting of deer is illegal October 3, 2014 Pennsylvania, Herald Standard 
... Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Director Pat Anderson wants to remind all sportsmen that the use of bait to entice white-tailed deer (or other wildlife) for hunting purposes is illegal...

Pennsylvania Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014 Pennsylvania, gameandfishmag.com
... “Most units are stable. Generally hunters can expect to see numbers similar to what they’ve seen in the past.” Of course, a large number of Pennsylvania deer hunters have been complaining about seeing too few deer over the past several years...

Fall Reminder:  Game Lands Are Hunting Grounds First October 1, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
      With the calendar now flipped to October, and the fall hunting seasons all to open soon, restrictions are back in place on all tracts comprising Pennsylvania’s 1.4 million-acre state game lands system.  Unlike state or county parks, or even state or national forests, the primary purpose of Pennsylvania’s state game lands is to provide habitat for wildlife, and hunting and trapping opportunities for Pennsylvanians.  While many secondary recreational uses of game lands unrelated to hunting or trapping traditionally have been permitted during summer months, such uses are tightly restricted beginning the last Saturday in September, which typically occurs just before the start of the statewide archery deer season.

Data: 2014 Deer Forecast.  The hard winter in 2013-14 reduced populations that had generally been stable to increasing into 2013.   In 2014, the Game Commission reduced antlerless deer permits in an effort to grow the herd.  In 2011 the deer population was estimated at between 1.3 and 1.5 million by the Pennsylvania Game Commission or about 1.37 million. The deer population was estimated at 1.2 million in 2010, 1.1 million in 2008,  1.4 million in 2002,  to 1.5 million in 2000.  Population estimates have been a matter of public controversy. The deer harvest rose 3 percent in 2013 to 352.900, 38% were antlered deer. Of the bucks taken, 47 percent were 1.5 years old.  To boost the population in WMU 4C (portions of Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties) PGC has restricted antlerless permits in 2014.
     According to the Nature Tourism project, the deer population grew from 1.2 million deer in 2006 to 1.6 million in 2011. After antler restrictions on hunters were introduced in 2002, the observed ratio of button bucks to adult bucks dropped from 15-to-1 in the winter of 2002 to 2-to-1 in 2004. Yearling buck survival has increased from 15 to 52 percent, harvest of adult bucks has increased from 20 to 50 percent. The observed ratio of adult doe to adult bucks fell from 14-to-1 to 2-to-1 over that period. 90 percent of all deer are conceived between mid-October and mid-December.  About 750,000 deer hunters.  Hunting license sales peaked in 1982 at 1.3 million, 952,989 sold in 2013.  Hunting sucess about 33 percent in 2013.
    Chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania was first discovered in the wild herd in 2013 in Bedford and Blair counties . First detected in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams county.  Pennsylvania has 1,127 deer farms.
     In the early 1900's. the Pennsylvania deer population was so low that the Game Commission began stocking deer in 1906.  Does were protected from 1907 until 1928 to boost the population.  In 1923 minimum 2 points to an antler or 6-inch spike was required for a buck.  in 1938 the buck season is closed, only antlerless deer are legal. 
     The elk population was eliminated in the late 1800s.  The last far eastern elk was killed in 1869.  Between 1913 and 1926 the Game Commission released 177 elk.  In 1998 a three year long trap and transfer program expanded the elk's range.  The elk herd has grown from roughly 65 in 1971 to about 800 in 2011.
     An estimated 18,000 bears in 2013, probably a little higher in 2014.

Report Poaching:   Call the Game Commission at 814-643-1831.  Callers can remain anonymous and there may be a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Other useful links:
Deer Chronicles - Pennsylvania Game Commission bi-annual publication.
Deer Management Plan: "Pennsylvania's Constitution and Game and Wildlife Code direct the Game Commission to protect, manage, and preserve wildlife and their habitat . . . for the benefit of all people, including generations yet to come."
- Philidelphis Advocates for Deer, deer management in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Game Commission News

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