Pennsylvania Deer News

PGC proposes few changes for 2016-17 seasons February 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lewistown Sentinel
... Other than changes to the calendar because of Leap Year, hunters who found the 2015-16 seasons, bag limits and regulations to their liking will have more to like for the 2016-17 license year ...

How to Deal with Damage from Deer February 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Farming
... Short of actually killing the deer, permanent fencing is the most effective control method... prefers a deer fence with 6-by-6-inch wire boxes at the top, 6-by-5 boxes in the middle and 6-by-4 boxes at the bottom.  An 8-foot-tall fence like that costs an average of $6.33 per foot. A crew can install about 3,000 feet of fence in an eight-hour day ...

Historic Pennsylvania Bull Elk on Display February 4, 2016 PGC News
     Giant bull poached in 2014 brought back to life by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  Killed unlawfully in a 2014 poaching spree, one of the largest bull elk in state history ... A mount of the bull known as the “Historic Pennsylvania Poaching Bull” is part of an all-new lineup in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Great Elk Tour, which will be in Harrisburg throughout the show, from Feb. 6 through Feb. 14...

Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon girding for second round of deer culling February 4, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... cull opponents gathered to draw attention to the ongoing deer-management initiative. “The purpose of ... the rally is to awaken and inform the general public about the sharpshooting phase of Mt. Lebanon’s plan to kill more deer,” ...

Board Announces support for Legislation Feburary 2, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... commissioners support legislation that would provide a license fee increase; permit the use of leashed tracking dogs to recover game; lift the general prohibition on Sunday hunting ...

More Support Shown for License Fee Increase February 2, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
...  of the 17 speakers to address the board during two public comment periods at the January meeting, six spoke about the proposal for a license fee increase – and all of them said they support it...  four of those six speakers represented organizations that formally have announced their support for a license-fee increase. They are the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative, the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Beagle Gundog Federation... License fees have not increased since 1999 and have not been adjusted to cover rising inflationary costs...

Antlerless Application Schedule Could Change February 2, 2016 Pennsylvansia, PGC News
     Traditionally, hunters who are Pennsylvania residents have been able to apply for antlerless deer licenses a full two weeks before nonresidents apply.  But the time between resident and nonresident application periods could shorten to one week, based on a measure approved preliminarily today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners...

WMU Boundary Could be Changing Again February 2, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     Commissioners preliminarily approve boundary shift between WMUs 5C and 5D.  The boundary between WMUs 5C and 5D was shifted last year to better divide the more-developed urban areas surrounding Philadelphia and the less-developed areas farther from the city...

Commissioners to Discuss 2016-17 Hunting, Trapping Seasons January 27, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2016-17 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2015-16 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March... On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 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 2016-17 ...Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2016-17 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2015-16 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March... An icon will be posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) on Monday and Tuesday to access the livestreams ...

Fines, probation for deer killings January 25, 2016 Pennsylvania, Daily Item 
... fines of nearly $5,000 each ...   two suspicious antlerless white-tailed deer carcasses near railroad tracks south of the Susquehanna River in Rush Township. Kelley found five white-tailed deer carcasses ...

PGC may consider ban on urine-based deer attractants January 24, 2016 Pennsylvania, Republican And Herald 
... “Because CWD prions are contained in urine, and there’s currently no practical and cost effective way to test urine for the presence of CWD, there is potential for urine-based attractants to be spreading CWD,” ... Lowe’s company offers a generic synthetic deer lure that is made without urine ...

Book on coyotes debunks myths about the adaptive predator January 24, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... “When Eastern wolves were being hunted to extinction, they crossbred with coyotes ... that just happened 100, 150 years ago. The Eastern coyote didn’t exist when Europeans first came here... the predator’s impact on deer populations can be significant...

Residents say rare deer illegally killed January 23, 2016 Pennsylvania, Centre Daily
...  The piebald doe ran off, but dropped moments later.  One of the people living along Birch Run Road heard the shots and saw “their” spotted deer struggling, and then expiring, within the safety zone of one of the houses. The hunter, traveling by all-terrain vehicle, arrived to tag and field dress his deer. He was confronted by one of the neighbors...

Deer hunters killing more mature bucks than yearlings January 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, Penn Live 
...Deer hunters across the U.S. are taking more mature bucks than yearling bucks – bucks aged about 18 months – for the first time in modern history, according to the Quality Deer Management Association's 2016 Whitetail Report [PDF] ...

Mt. Lebanon weighing nonlethal methods for deer population control September 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  does in Mt. Lebanon would be treated with surgical sterilization, immunocontraception or a combination of both ... Stephanie Boyles Griffin, director of the Humane Society’s Innovative Wildlife Management and Services division, told commissioners that Mt. Lebanon fits the parameters needed for the test site ...

Game agency pondering changes to seasons; not deer January 18, 2016 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
...  The change in seasons was made to satisfy the hunters who were complaining the loudest about deer populations being too low.  Board members at the same time cut the number of doe licenses available by 300,000 compared to what biologists recommended ...

GoPro footage inside the fences at the Muddy Run deer count January 18, 2016 Pennsylvania, LancasterOnline
... The annual deer count at Muddy Run Recreation Park in southern Lancaster County was held Sunday. More than 100 people volunteered to count deer...

Keeping wildlife off tarmac is big job at Pittsburgh International Airport January 17, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Just shooting them [deer] when we see them wouldn’t be an effective way to maintain passenger safety ...A single line of chain-link fencing topped with strands of barbed wire surrounds the entire airport...

A question of who's in charge January 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... In Pennsylvania ... 36 farms are under quarantine as a result of connections to CWD-positive animals. No deer can be moved on or off those properties.  But in each of the past five years, 200 or so deer have escaped captive facilities and not been recovered. And that's just counting those reported ...

Keeping wildlife off tarmac is big job at Pittsburgh International Airport January 17, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Just shooting them [deer] when we see them wouldn’t be an effective way to maintain passenger safety ...A single line of chain-link fencing topped with strands of barbed wire surrounds the entire airport....

Muddy Run deer count set for Sunday January 15, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
... you can have the chance to see lots of deer by helping with the annual deer count at Muddy Run Recreation Park in southern Lancaster County.  Park officials count the deer inside the park’s fenced 800 acres every year ...

Farmer loses deer, boar when hunting preserve fences are cut January 15, 2016 Pennsylvania, WRAL.com
... A Pennsylvania farmer who runs a guided hunting preserve said Friday someone cut his fences ... The escaped animals ... are being tracked down, euthanized and tested, said Clint Deniker, a law enforcement supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission...

Mt. Lebanon deer issue is pitting neighbors against neighbors January 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac 
... They would like the general public to believe it is for the sake of reducing deer-auto collisions. However, what is really going on is residents are grouping together and letting the municipality know they don’t want any deer in their yards...

Mt. Lebanon, Potential Mt. Lebanon deer sterilization project could be in jeopardy January 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... In order to move forward with a project that they would provide substantial funding for, the majority of funding [for the sterilization program] ... “Mt. Lebanon would have to agree to suspend the archery program and they would have to postpone moving forward with any sharpshooting program until the research project was completed.”

Ban on deer urine use still in doubt January 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... a work session here Jan. 4 about the burgeoning chronic wasting disease outbreak among Pennsylvania deer, and what can be done to slow its spread, game commissioners emerged with no apparent consensus about actions to take ...

Mt. Lebanon to use sharpshooters to cull deer January 13, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  commissioners approved the next stage ... by voting, 3-2 ... Humane Society wildlife biologist and senior director Stephanie Boyles-Griffin explained that a Pennsylvania nonprofit group, the Botstiber Foundation, remains interested in funding most of a surgical sterilization program. The Game Commission would have to approve the program ...


Impact of logging on deer activity January 12, 2016 Pennsylvania, Penn Live 
... impact on deer activity in the area of logging operations ...deer responded rapidly to the disturbance and "moved into adjacent areas away from the work... Normal habitat use patterns resumed within three to four weeks after the work stopped...

Scott totals its cost from Mt. Lebanon deer cull January 8, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... nearly $15,000 in legal fees ... from a suit Scott filed in October to prevent Mt. Lebanon from conducting a controlled archery hunt in Twin Hills Park ... Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Michael McCarthy agreed ... 

Whitehall wildlife committee appointed January 7, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Nowalk has said he broached the topic after hearing residents' concerns about deer invading their yards... With 12 members on the wildlife committee ...

Mt. Lebanon's controlled archery hunt netted 101 deer January 6, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
...  the hunt harvested eight antlered deer and 93 antlerless deer, of which 10 were male and 83 were female ... Deer control wasn’t on the agenda for the Mt. Lebanon commissioners meeting Monday, but all residents at the podium wanted to talk about was deer...
     Mt. Lebanon archery culling has so far killed at least 101 deer January 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribue-Review
... The three-month kill program cost $15,460 — or about $150 per deer based on the 101 kills reported ... Some opponents dispute that Mt. Lebanon has a deer overpopulation problem...
      Mt. Lebanon receives permit for February-March hunt, provides archery numbers January 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
...Among the documents posted on the municipal website early Tuesday afternoon is an amended Pennsylvania Game Commission permit allowing for the killing of up to 150 white-tailed deer in the municipality between Feb. 1 and March 31...

Chronic wasting disease vaccine fails to offer solution January 4, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Researchers in Wyoming began testing the drug on 35 female elk in 2013. So far, according to a story on WyoFile, an online reporting service, it has made them seven times more likely to get CWD than otherwise...

Renewing a fight against the deadly deer disease January 3, 2016, Times-Leader 
...While it is known that CWD, which infects cervids such as deer and elk and is always fatal, is spread from animal to animal by direct and indirect contact, there’s new evidence that suggests the disease can be passed from an infected female to her unborn offspring...

... The investigation was launched following a confidential tip ... "No one is permitted to sell the meat or other edible parts from harvested game...

Working Group Meeting Scheduled December 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Jan. 4 meeting to be streamed live online.  The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting to be held on Monday, Jan. 4 at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.                  The meeting is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and will be streamed live online.
The livestream can be accessed through a button on the agency’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, though viewers might need to follow a link or log into an account to access the stream.

Middletown couple try to help injured deer December 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, theintell.com
...  friendly deer   ...  there's not much a person can do for an adult deer that's injured... . "I've heard of deer with three broken legs that survived," ... 

Pennsylvania Game Commission cutting staff December 28, 2015 Tribune-Review
... Pennsylvania Game Commission officials warned late last summer without an increase in the cost of hunting licenses, there would be consequences... It is the agency's employees who are feeling them first...

Why do we hunt? The survey says … December 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, 3awww.post-gazette.com
... Hunters surveyed in 2013 cited “for the meat” ... 35 percent in the most recent interviews.  Other hunting motivations indicated by respondents included: “For recreation/sport,” (31 percent in 2013); “To be with family and friends,” (21 percent); “To be close to nature,” (9 percent); and “For a trophy,” (1 percent)...

Mt. Lebabon Blogger Seeks Emails Related to Deer Cull December 22, 2015 Pennsylvania, 
... Mt. Lebanon, PA Commissioners voted in favor of bow hunting in a densely-populated community.  Local blogger, Elaine Gillen, filed Right To Know request for all emails/documents related to the passing of this motion.  The MTL government denied the request.  Elaine appealed to the Pennsylvania Open Records Office and won.  On Dec. 18, MTL appealed this decision and will send it up to higher levels of the court system.  Elaine has decide to continue to fight, despite the legal expenses ahead of her.  You can contribute to her Gofundme campaign.

Valley Forge, Park service extends Valley Forge deer culling December 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Daily News
... the shootings started in 2010  ... The program does not have an end date. That would depend on coming up with a "nonlethal" means of controlling deer, such as a practical and acceptable contraceptive...
    Valley Forge Deer Hunting Extended Again December 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Patch.com
... The fall of 2015 represented the sixth year of deer culling in Valley Forge National Park, and even though deer numbers are presently at acceptable levels, the park service says the hunt will continue...

...Since 2012, CWD has been found in deer in three locations in the state: a captive deer farm in Adams County (fall 2012); free-ranging deer in Blair and Bedford counties (2012 – 2014 firearms season, along with three roadkilled deer this year); and a captive deer farm in Jefferson County (spring 2014)...

No deer taken in last day of Presque Isle hunt December 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, GoErie.com
... Four deer were taken on each of the first two days ... Thirty-two hunters participated in Thursday's hunt, 65 on Wednesday.  The special deer hunt was started in 1989 ...

Deer drive draws droves of volunteers to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve December 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Bucks County Courier Times
... During recent repairs to the preserve’s deer fence, some deer slipped into the property ... “What we’re doing is safely funneling the deer out of the preserve,” ... 

Citizen Scientists Build Online Mammal Atlas in Pennsylvania December 12, 2015  The Wildlife Society
...  You sign up on the website using your email address. Once you have taken a photo of a mammal, or otherwise observed one, you upload it and give data based on species ... 

Mt. Lebanon, Efforts to obtain emails about Mt. Lebanon deer hunt raise legal questions December 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  would appeal a decision by the state Office of Open Records requiring the municipality to release emails ...  Hunters and landowners were given assurances their identities would remain confidential to protect them from harassment, citing a community uproar during a previous deer management program...

Facebook photo of nun's deer kill draws backlash December 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Miami Herald 
... A Roman Catholic diocese has taken down the Facebook photo of a nun with a 10-point buck she bagged after the posting drew criticism ... “After I realized I got the deer, I thanked God,” ...

Deer hunters take to the woods December 3, 2015 Pennsylvania, State College
... Thirty years ago there were about 1.5 million deer hunters in the state. That number has since dropped by about 50 percent.  ... The restrictions allowed yearlings a 64 percent shot at survival compared to the less than 20 percent before the tightened limits. Last year, 57 percent of the bucks harvested were 2.5 years or older ...

Mt. Lebanon, Amy Castor has the ability to reduce the $1,100 fine to $200 if she agrees to remove pictures she took from her social media pages [related to the ongoing deer cull]- December 3, 2015


... At a private meeting Wednesday, commissioners agreed to challenge the decision to reveal the addresses of private landowners who volunteered their properties in a deer management program...

Licenses could cost more next year November 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, Standard Speaker
... The commission asked to raise prices of hunting licenses for the first time in 16 years to keep up with the costs of managing game land and hiring workers, but so far the lawmakers haven’t budged...

Deer season helps researchers take aim November 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, abc27
...  ...  through that harvest estimate we’re able to build a population estimate which serves as the basis of our allocation of antlerless licenses the next year.” ... 

Monday marks the official start of deer season in Pennsylvania - November 30, 2015


Expect bigger racks, smaller herds and a tougher hunt November 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... When acorns, beechnuts, apples, berries and grapes are hard to find, deer generally remain near available food sources, making it easier for hunters to find them... This year, the long winter and short spring cut ... In the state’s eastern and northern counties, the presence of hard and soft mast is spotty...

750,000 hunters expected as firearms deer season opens Monday November 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
... The deer population has been stable or increasing in each of the state’s 23 wildlife management units this year ... The 750,000 hunters taking part in deer season is equal to about 16 hunters for each of the state’s 46,000 square miles...

... The Pennsylvania Game Commission is giving hunters an assist this year, using bright yellow-and-green signs to steer them to sections of state game lands where it is working to restore the forest vegetation that attracts deer.  It's a reversal of past practice, when the commission spent hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to erect fences ... to keep deer out ... [survey says no]

Pa. deer hunt starts Monday November 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Public Opinion 
... Nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvania hunters hunt on private land, according to a Pennsylvania Game Commission survey last year of 3,352 hunters. The survey also found that most rifle hunters (75 percent) wanted to see more bucks... A majority also indicated that they supported antler restrictions, a rule that is credited with making larger bucks...

Mt. Lebanon, State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt November 26, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The request involves Mt. Lebanon’s contract to pay $15,460 to nonprofit wildlife management organization White Buffalo for a controlled archery hunt...  During a prior wildlife management program, participants said they were harassed and had equipment sabotaged by opponents of the Mt. Lebanon hunt ...

Mt. Lebanon, Game Commission to provide Mt. Lebanon with information on sterilization permit November 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
...  the Delaware County-based Dietrich W. Botsiber Foundation, which has proposed funding a sterilization project in Mt. Lebanon.... Brumfield ... questioned why the municipality should reject pursuing money from Botsiber.  “For the life of me, there is no benefit to this community to turn down the possibility of a fully-funded program because it might not work out,” ...

Game Commission sampling as many deer as possible within 11 townships in Bedford and Blair counties November 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... biologists will focus on collecting as many brain and lymph node samples as possible from adult deer harvested in 11 townships in Bedford and Blair counties.
Townships being targeted are: Bedford, Bloomfield, East St. Clair, Kimmel, King and South Woodbury in Bedford County, and Blair, Frankstown, Freedom, Greenfield, and Taylor in Blair County.  These townships are within the larger area designated as Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), and are at the center of the area within which some wild deer are currently infected with CWD. Three road-killed deer have tested positive for CWD in this area during the past few months...

Where hunters can find deer November 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, WJAC Johnstown
... The largest population is in the Allentown area, north of Philadelphia. Game Commission official said deer population is dropping across the state... 

Mt. Lebanon, Open records office orders Mt. Lebanon to release deer cull emails November 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Mt. Lebanon earlier denied a resident's request for emails tied to the program, citing the potential for the property owners to be harassed. The resident, Elaine Gillen, appealed to the state...

Deer feed on grass at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, November 24, 2015.


Charges: 7 deer killed illegally in Montour County November 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Daily Item
... killing seven deer illegally. Charges also include using a hand-held spotlight from a vehicle while possessing a firearm... Replacement costs for the deer total $4,000...

Deer by the numbers November 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, PennLive.com
...  top running speed of 25 (sustained) to 40 (short burst) miles per hour ... A buck loses 25-30 percent of its weight during breeding season ...

... Offering details on newly opened roads, timber harvesting activity, forestry office contact numbers and much more the state forest map can be viewed at http://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/bof/huntmap/index.html.

PGC relaxes CWD rules for deer taken in nearby states November 22, 2015 Pennsylvania, Republican And Herald
... hunters can now legally import deer carcasses from most areas of those states under amended rules governing chronic wasting disease by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In amending the rules relating to CWD, the PGC now only prohibits the importation only of cervid carcasses taken within the areas in those states where CWD has been detected...

... About 750,000 hunters will take to Pennsylvania's woods Nov. 30 for a chance to bag a whitetail.  Two or three other states — Texas, Wisconsin, perhaps New York — have more deer hunters, but no one puts more hunters in a smaller space. Opening day here likely will see 20.5 hunters per square mile ...

PGC deer section leader talks predators, antlers and more November 21, 2015, Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
...  “For fawns, about half of our fawns have survived to the hunting season (from both fawn studies to date) and about 2/3 of all mortalities were caused by predators. For deer older than six months of age, hunting accounts for about 70 percent of mortalities, vehicle collisions 10 percent, and predation 1 percent... bears and coyotes are the most important predators of fawns ... 

Local businesses suffer due to new online deer registration November 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, News 8000 
... The Stockyard has been a deer registration hot spot for years, but isn't anymore because of the new online process. The change caused Saturday's lunch to be nearly as quiet as the deer mounted on its walls are.  "Normally we would have about 50 deer to register at this point in the morning. I have seen one buck come in,"  ...

... 750,000 orange clad hunters head to state game lands ... the PGC says that deer populations are stable or increasing in each of the state’s 23 wildlife management units... 57 percent of bucks harvested in the 2014-15 season were 2 and one-half years old or older – the highest percentage recorded in decades ...

... there are 22 states and two Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania  ... None of the samples collected from deer or elk harvested by hunters anywhere in the state during the 2014-15 hunting seasons tested positive for CWD ... Here's a look at the struggle with CWD since it was first detected in Pennsylvania. ... 

Do you know the changes in deer hunting regulations this year?  November 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Penn Live
... commissioners cut the number of antlerless deer permits, which also are known as doe licenses, issued by 33,000 from last year.  Most of that reduction – 25,000 – came in WMU 5C in southeastern Pennsylvania, where hunters had previously complained of too many doe licenses issued for conditions there...

Shotgun deer hunt to be held at Tyler State Park Dec. 2 November 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, theintell.com
... The hunt has been held since 1987 ... The annual shotgun hunts have killed more than 2,700 deer at Tyler... Hunters applied for permits and were selected by a lottery system...

Hunt here, says Pennsylvania Game Commission November 17, 2015 PennLive.com
... Spots on state game lands that have recently seen timber harvests or other habitat modifications that tend to concentrate deer with an abundance of newly available food, have been posted with green-and-yellow, "Deer Hunter Focus Area" signs...

Valley Forge, Control deer population with natural predators November 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Philly.com
... The management plan instituted at Valley Forge resulted in the deaths of 1,433 deer over the first four winters of shooting - substantially more than the 1,277 initial population count. This number suggests that other deer fill the park's forcibly created vacuums, that park deer are reproducing with compensatory speed, or both. Last year, the park service announced that it would continue winter shooting at Valley Forge. For how long? ...


CWD Rules Amended November 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission is pulling back the ban that prohibited hunters from transporting into Pennsylvania the carcasses of deer, elk and other cervids harvested anywhere in the states of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.  The amended rules prohibit the importation only of cervid carcasses harvested within the areas in those states where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected.  In other states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, the importation ban applies to the entire state...

Whitehall, Interest strong to serve on Whitehall Wildlife Management Committee November 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Of the 223 people who answered the question “Is there a deer problem in Whitehall Borough?” 38 percent said there is an “urgent problem requiring immediate action,” while 25 percent said there is “not a problem at all.” ...

'Bucks go crazy trying to breed': It's peak time for deer on Pa. roads November 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Penn Live 
... The median date for the rut in Pennsylvania is Nov. 14, based on the dates that 3,507 road-killed does carrying fetuses checked by the Pennsylvania Game Commission from 1999-2006 were impregnated...

Elk Harvest Results Released November 9, 2015 Pennsylania, PGC News
     More than 73 percent of the hunters participating Pennsylvania’s 2015 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced 85 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 7. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 95 percent... To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 20,000 applicants...

Rockdale Township, Authorities searching for suspect who shot two deer, left them to waste November 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Meadville Tribune
... around Oct. 20 on the Simcheck farm near the intersection of Henry and Yankee Hill roads. A second deer was shot on the Simcheck property along Allen Road near the intersection of Yankee Hill Road on Oct. 30 at approximately 11:20 p.m...Operation Game Thief at (888) PGC-8001

PA Game Commission considers deer lure ban November 6, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
...According to Pennsylvania Game Commission press secretary Travis Lau, there has recently been a discussion about a possible prohibition on the use and possession of natural urine-based deer attractants as a result of the CWD [chronic wasting disease] scare in the state... Because CWD prions are contained in urine ...

CWD remains a threat in Pennsylvania November 4, 2015 York Daily Record/Sunday News
... Free-ranging deer in Blair and Bedford counties were found with the disease in 2012 and in 2014 captive deer on a Jefferson County farm were found with the disease.  CWD is a transmittable illness of the same family of Mad Cow disease in cattle ...

15 deer bagged in bow hunt at Abington's Lorimar Park November 3, 2015 Pennsylvania, theintell.com 
... The annual hunt, which began in 2002, averages 16 dead deer.  Forty-one hunters last November killed 18 deer ...

CWD Rules Expand November 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     High-risk deer parts no longer can be imported from Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia or West Virginia.  Pennsylvanians who hunt deer, elk or other cervids out-of-state might be affected by newly updated rules that prohibit the importation of specific high-risk cervid parts into Pennsylvania from states and provinces where chronic wasting disease has been detected.
     Ohio has been added to the list of states from which high-risk cervid parts – including the head and backbone – cannot be imported into Pennsylvania. The addition is in response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) being detected in Ohio for the first time in 2014.  Additionally, the import of high-risk cervid parts into Pennsylvania from the entire states of Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia is now prohibited.

... Deer have a pupil opening that is about three times wider than ours. This plus another part of deer eyes means their eyes gather more light. This is the reason deer can run through the forest at night, and we cannot... Deer even have a second sense of smell in addition to the nose, one on the roof of the mouth...

Bill to allow hunting with semi-autos advances October 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, guns.com
... would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to establish guidelines for the use of semi-auto rifles by the state’s 750,000 hunters... If adopted, it would be the first time since 1907 that the use of any but manually operated rifles would be legalized in the state...

Deer behavior about to make big changes October 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Goerie
... This is a time when bucks are ranging far and wide in search of does in estrous ... The peak of the rut, when the greatest share of does come into estrous, is still about three weeks away... 

Pennsylvania elk prove to be a draw, supporting tourism, hunting October 24, 2015 Tribune-Review
... Pennsylvania is home to 1,000 elk spread across 800 square ... “I've personally worked with at least a dozen startups and expansions that relate to elk tourism,” said Tataboline Enos, executive director of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast October 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Game & Fish
... “[Management practices] have been successful in improving both the size of the racks and the weight of the deer,” ... before the start of the 21st Century that heavy browsing prevented forest regeneration... In 2001, the average weight of bucks taken to KQDC check stations was 114 pounds. The average weight had risen to nearly 138 pounds by the 2013 hunting season...

Pa. committee votes to modernize doe license process October 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, abc27
... House Bill 231 ... the Pennsylvania Game Commission would distribute antlerless deer licenses and hunters could apply online...

... a cost-effective method of managing wildlife habitat that often attracts wildlife also immediately.  "We often see deer and turkeys coming into fresh burns, even before the smoke clears," ... 

A smelly situation October 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader 
... Cottrell, who was the PGC’s wildlife veterinarian at the time, gave a presentation to the commissioners during the October 2009 board meeting about chronic wasting disease... He recommended the commissioners vote to ban the use of deer urine... since infected deer shed CWD prions in their urine ... They didn’t, and now the disease is present in the state...

Mt. Lebanon to allow sharpshooting to cull deer October 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazett
... In a 3-2 vote, with commissioners David Brumfield and Kelly Fraasch opposing, the board awarded an $80,750 contract ...  calls for daily baiting at predetermined sites, use of sound-suppressed .223-caliber or .22-caliber rifles ... At an approximate cost of $451 per deer, the actual cull was estimated to cost $67,670....

Elk-loving tourists drawn to watch 'wapiti' October 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, York Dispatch Online
... Pennsylvania's free-ranging herd is the easternmost wild elk population in the United States. Driven to regional extinction in the mid-1800s ... In 2010, a modern 8,500-square-foot elk-watching and conservation visitor center was opened in Benezette, north of DuBois in Elk County. ..

Hunters need to give something up for more deer October 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
... During the PGC board meeting last month, commissioners said they were hit with complaints from hunters who weren’t necessarily demanding the doe license allocations be reduced again, but something quite the opposite. It appears that some hunters are now upset because they didn’t receive the same number of antlerless licenses that they’re used to getting every year...

The Life and Times of Buck 8917  October 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Penn State
... On March 29, 2013 we captured an adult buck (he had his first set of antlers in autumn 2012) on the Bald Eagle State Forest. We slapped a GPS collar and some ear tags on him and number 8917 was born. We followed him through 2 hunting seasons.   [see video]

Three more wild deer test positive for CWD October 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News 
... brings to 13 the number of CWD-positive deer to be found in disease management area 2, which takes in about 1,700 square miles in southcentral and southwestern Pennsylvania. All were wild, free-ranging animals... It was discovered in pen-raised deer in Adam and York counties in 2012 ...

... Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Michael McCarthy granted a preliminary injunction, ordering Mt. Lebanon to immediately put up posters or markers making it clear that hunting is prohibited in the park...

Increased antlerless allocations considered by Game Commission October 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... 14 years into the agency’s embrace of “quality deer management,” hunters in northcentral Pennsylvania continue to complain that the plan has removed too many deer from those mountainous deep-woods counties...  population trends increasing in just two WMUs (2D and 5D). But in the same period, allocation increases were recommended in 21 WMUs. ...

Keeping an eye out for Chronic Wasting Disease October 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel Cumberlink 
... Chronic Wasting Disease is not like a virus or bacteria, Einodshofer said. It is a non-living organism, such as prion (protein), that binds to the soil and is picked up through close contact with animals, or by eating infected vegetation where the prions may have shed from an infected animal... hunters keeping an eye out for signs of Chronic Wasting Disease ...

Game Commission to direct hunters to deer October 3, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Traditionally, when the commission has done a timber cut, it's been forced to surround it with deer-proof fencing ... The commission took the $220,000 it had planned to spend on fencing in fiscal 2015-16 and will put it into creating better access. The hope is it can use hunters to control deer ...One is to increase the size of timber cuts, to try and overwhelm deer by cutting more than they can eat...

Scott Township sues Mt. Lebanon over use of park in deer hunt October 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The park is subject to Scott zoning regulations ... and the township was not informed in advance about the hunt. Mr. McTiernan said Scott commissioners also were concerned about public safety...

Mt. Lebanon to continue seeking sharpshooting proposals to lower deer population October 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Most of those who stood and addressed the commission were opposed to using lethal methods to control deer, with some imploring commission members not to vote for sharpshooters... Elaine Gillen, said the commission’s decision to allow the cull makes it “Mt. Lebanon’s biggest public safety issue.” ...

Antlerless Allocations ... September 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, Report from recent PGC meeting
... The number of antlerless licenses statewide, and in many of the state’s 23 wildlife-management units, have been reduced significantly in recent years.  Commissioner Brian Hoover said the reductions came at the recommendation of hunters who wanted to see the deer population increase in the areas they hunt... 

Deer management long-standing in some South Hills communities September 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... The Peters Township program is in its ninth year ... Bethel Park started an archery hunt in the mid-1990s, and Upper St. Clair has contracted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services for sharpshooting since 2005... the program in Fox Chapel Borough, which launched in 1992...

Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon could add sharpshooting to deer management September 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... a request for proposals pertaining to a sharpshooting program as part of the municipality’s deer management efforts.  White Buffalo Inc., the nonprofit organization assisting with the current controlled archery hunt in Mt. Lebanon, submitted a proposal with a total cost of $80,750 ... to “safely remove 150 deer” ...

Gettysburg, Deer Culling Coming To Gettysburg National Military Park September 28, 2015 Pennsyvania, National Parks Traveler
... Deer culling will resume next month at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site in Pennsylvania as staff work to get the deer population under control.  Hunting is not permitted inside the two parks--only qualified federal employees will take part in the effort ... In 1995 ... The NPS decided to reduce the number of deer in the parks through shooting...

Is PA's hunting license really second-cheapest in the U.S.? September 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online 
... The agency compiled a state-by-state chart of resident adult hunting license fees which placed Pennsylvania at the No. 2 spot on the low end...  No doubt there are states where residents pay more than Pennsylvanians for similar hunting opportunities. But there’s clearly more than one where they pay less.... Even in Pennsylvania, it’s estimated that 80 percent of all hunting is done on private property ...

Appearance of chronic wasting disease in wild deer herd to impact hunters September 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Across parts of Southwestern Pennsylvania this year, hunters who shoot a deer will have to check road maps before knowing what deer parts they can move where.  Chronic wasting disease is to blame... Since being discovered in Colorado in the 1960s, wasting disease has spread to 23 states and three Canadian provinces. Only one, New York, has eradicated it, and it was “probably just extremely lucky,” ...

Hunters prepare for the Oct. 3 start of the statewide archery deer season September 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader 
... Last year the Pennsylvania Game Commission sold 319,850 resident archery licenses, and sales have increased yearly since 2008. Archery hunters harvested 46,020 bucks last season, and 53 percent were taken with crossbows ...

... Pennsylvania has a healthy elk population. At the beginning of this year, the population stood at about 900. These magnificent mammals can weigh from 400 (cows) to 1,000 (bulls) pounds.  Thanks to habitat destruction and unregulated hunting, the last native elk disappeared from Pennsylvania sometime in the 1870s...

Pittsburgh, 6 of the world's most bizarre airport activities September 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, USA Today
... Those free of furry affection may wish to kill an hour or two before an early morning flight hunting wild deer on the airport’s 906 acres of land...  As a former Keystone State resident, I would just like to say that recreational airport deer hunting is pretty much as Pennsylvania as it gets...

Mt. Lebanon deer cull spills into Scott September 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburg Post-Gazette
... A half-dozen Mt. Lebanon residents showed up at the Scott commissioners meeting Tuesday to protest the bow hunting of deer in Twin Hills Park that has been sanctioned by Mt. Lebanon...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer culling underway in Mt. Lebanon September 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Misinformation. Inaccuracies. Old wives’ tales.  That’s what the Mt. Lebanon Coalition for Coexistence believes the town’s commission used to legitimize a controversial deer cull in the community ... “You don’t use lethal weapons in open suburbia,” ...

Whitehall mayor forming committee to examine wildlife in borough September 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Of the 223 people who answered the question “Is there a deer problem in Whitehall Borough?” 38 percent said there is an “urgent problem requiring immediate action,” while 25 percent said there is “not a problem at all.” Another 16.6 percent said there is a “serious problem requiring study.” ...


Scott considers suing Mt. Lebanon over deer cull in Twin Hills Park September 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... considering legal action to block archery deer hunting in a park located in Scott but owned by Mt. Lebanon.  “They are trying to stick it to us. We consider this illegal hunting,” said David Jason, president of the Scott commissioners...
... Some homeowners are making it clear that their property is off limits. Signs have popped up in Mt. Lebanon as archers prepare to hunt.  Stephenson and her neighbor have put up “No hunting, no trespassing” tape around their yards...
    Mt. Lebanon deer hunt locations unspecified September 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Bow hunters, dressed in camouflage, will target deer on private tracts .. Some residents are miffed that officials refuse to specify the location or number of hunting sites.  “I think someone is going to get hurt once the archery starts,” said resident Jan Seybold ...
    Deer archery hunt set to open Saturday in Mt. Lebanon September 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... White Buffalo president Tony DeNicola said later he has been pleased with community cooperation.  “The support from the residents of Mt. Lebanon has been overwhelming ... Despite the unprosecuted acts of trespass, sabotage, destruction of property and attempts to disrupt the spring cull by anti-hunt activists, Mr. DeNicola said he was not aware of any plans to interfere with the hunt...
     [See updates about the hunt on the Lebo Citizens site]

Whitehall residents turn out to discuss possible solutions to growing problem September 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Of the 223 people who answered the question “Is there a deer problem in Whitehall Borough?” 38.1 percent said there is an “urgent problem requiring immediate action,” while 25.1 percent said there is “not a problem at all.” Another 16.6 percent said there is a “serious problem requiring study.” ...

... Pennsylvania has dropped to fourth nationally for likelihood of colliding with a deer while driving, down from second last year ... 1 in 70 ...

Thoughts on the PGC Proposed License Increase September 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times News 
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission last week unveiled a proposal to increase fees for hunting and fur taker licenses for the first time in 16 years. Any license-fee increase must be authorized by legislative action – with approval from the state General Assembly... Almost 40 percent of the Game Commission’s revenue comes from the sale of hunting and fur taker licenses...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners consider 3 proposals to reduce deer September 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... By a vote of 4 to 1, the board approved a controlled archery hunt organized by White Buffalo... The cost to the municipality will be about $15,000... Commissioners passed 3 to 2 an initiative to request proposals from wildlife sharpshooter groups... 
Mt. Lebanon approves archery, wants more data on sterilization, sharpshooters September 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
...  Commissioners rejected a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cull deer, but is inviting proposals from other sharpshooters... Of 75 archers who applied to participate, 11 were chosen ... Commissioners voted 3 to 2 in favor of accepting a Humane Society proposal for program, which would involved sterilization, immunocontraception or both...
    Mt. Lebanon turns to archers in controlling deer population September 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The USDA said it preferred the roving trucks to tree stands because a driver, a spotter and a shooter are involved, improving safety ... “We have a very effective, humane and innovative project to address and stabilize the deer population through a nonlethal method,” said Kristen Tullo, state director for the Humane Society... DeNicola said that with sufficient funding, reaching the entire female deer population would be feasible and could reach Mt. Lebanon's goal in five years...
     Mt. Lebanon to hear about sterilization to curb deer September 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Kristen Tullo, newly installed Pennsylvania director of the Humane Society of the United States, is looking for a place to test an untried, experimental five-year deer sterilization program...  “What we want to study — what we want to learn — is what happens in an open system with the movement of animals. Can [that procedure] still reduce the population?” ...

Elk Cam Goes Live September 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission has installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that is off limits to people, but that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season heats up. The camera was installed with help from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry. Video and sound from the camera are being live streamed on the Game Commission’s website, direct linkand some good-sized bull elk, not to mention turkeys, deer and other wildlife, already have made appearances...

Chesco archers set to enjoy unprecedented deer season September 7, 2015 Pennsylvania, Daily Local News 
... the total of antlerless permits allotted for those upstate WMUs is just 69,000 (also already sold out), a paltry two-thirds of our robust southeast quota. Those figures tell you a lot about the distribution of the modern deer herd here in the Keystone State and why the PGC continues to tweak the seasons here...

Paying more to keep the PGC in business September 5, 2015 Pennsylvania, Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
... Legislators can help the Game Commission cut costs by passing a bill introduced by state Rep. Gerald Mullery that would allow hunters to purchase their doe licenses online or from issuing agents, and not just county treasurers...

How is wildlife management funded? September 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
      State wildlife agencies like the Game Commission typically get most of their funding from license-buying hunters and trappers.  Today in Pennsylvania, almost 40 percent of the Game Commission’s revenue comes from the sale of hunting and furtaker licenses. Other primary sources of income include federal Pittman-Robertson funds collected from an excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition, and revenue derived from the sale of natural resources like timber, oil and gas on lands owned by the Game Commission.  With these revenues, largely generated by hunters and trappers, the Game Commission manages 480 species of wild birds and mammals, most of which aren’t hunted....

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area quietly celebrates 50 years September 1, 2015 Pennsylvania, New Jersey Herald
... The park now contains 186 miles of hiking trails, 160 miles of scenic touring roads and a natural setting which “makes it the perfect location for wildlife viewing, including black bear, deer and a wide variety of birds,” ...

Scott says no to Mt. Lebanon deer culling in Twin Hills Park August 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... The 25-acre park at Cochran and Greentree roads was purchased for $1 million in 1995 by neighboring Mt. Lebanon. Scott officials made it clear earlier this year that Mt. Lebanon has no right to cull deer there because the park is within Scott’s borders...

PGC mulls deer urine use ban August 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News 
... After hearing a presentation by Game Commission wildlife veterinarian Justin Brown on the role that deer urine use by hunters may play in the spread of chronic wasting disease, Commissioner Dave Putnam asked agency staff to prepare a regulation to ban deer urine use for the commissioners’ Sept. 28-29 meeting in DuBois...

Pa. Game Commission proposes increasing hunting license fees August 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Allentown Morning Call
... or the first time in 16 years... would boost an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years. The current $19 fee would increase by $10 in the first year and then by $5 in the third and fifth years, pushing the total cost to $39...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer reduction redux: Mt. Lebanon tries managed archery to remove deer August 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... In July Mt. Lebanon voted to pay $15,460 to White Buffalo to organize and execute a managed archery hunt that will start Sept. 19 ...  The state archery safety zone is 50 yards from an occupied building ...  Mt. Lebanon commissioner Coleen Vuono ... is urging fellow commissioners to hire federal sharpshooters...

When Mary Jo Mozurak moved into her Ross Township home two years ago she noticed that large groups of deer would gather in her yard every morning and evening. Mozurak, who is known in the neighborhood as "The Deer Lady", feeds and even names the deer who frequent her backyard. - August 22, 2015, Pennsylvania



Is deer season really conservative or back to average? August 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, messagemedia.co 
... the years of 2002 through 2007 when the firearms harvest was over 200,000 each of those years, reaching a record of 257,860 in 2003 and the success rate ranged from 32 to 42 percent...  most states around us have also had reduced harvests in recent years...

Elk Raffle Raises Record Amount for Conservation August 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Officials on Saturday conducted a random drawing for the 116 elk licenses – 21 for antlered elk, or bulls, and 95 for antlerless elk, or cows – that have been allocated for this season... The raffled license not only allows the winner to hunt during an extended season, but also provides a free guide service and lodging to be used during a one-week period, the opportunity to have the hunt filmed by a professional crew, and a free shoulder mount of the hunter’s bull, if one is harvested.   That raffle raised for KECA $157,150, all of which will stay in Pennsylvania to benefit Pennsylvania’s elk... [full story]

Bethel Park, Does Bethel Park have a deer plan? August 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Don Harrison reported the number of deer harvested by archers in Bethel Park for the last 19 years. This is only a numbers report.  ... There are no goals, quota, or guesstimates for the size of the herd...

Mt. Lebanon property owners preparing for possible deer archery hunt August 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... more than 60 Mt. Lebanon landowners want their properties included in a proposed managed archery hunt for deer. White Buffalo, the agency that will manage the hunt, wants more...

Buck's antlers won't be getting any larger August 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Beaver County Times 
... as far as antler growth goes, what you see is what you get. In fact antlers stopped growing back in mid-July... antler tissue is the fastest growing tissue known to man ... Antlers, like trees, grow from the tip (not the base) and it takes about 160 to 170 days to complete antler growth ...

Whitehall meeting to discuss deer issue August 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
...  A Whitehall woman nearly was in tears as she talked about the calamity in her yard: There were deer droppings everywhere, and the animals that settled on her property were eating her shrubbery and plants... a community conversation on deer in Whitehall at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Dr. Regis V. Shalley Performing Arts Center at Baldwin High School ...

Mt. Lebanon might add sharpshooting to deer efforts August 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... The USDA previously conducted sharpshooting in Mt. Lebanon during 2007-08, and Commissioner Dave Brumfield cast doubts on that program’s effectiveness.  “I don’t think you can begin to imagine that the USDA will take 200 deer,” ...
     Mt. Lebanon commissioners to consider deer management plan on Sept. 8 August 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Sept. 8 promises to be an eventful night for Mt. Lebanon and its deer population.
Commissioners will hear three proposals: one for a managed archery deer hunt, one for sharpshooters and one for non-lethal surgical sterilization or contraception... The previous sharpshooting was discontinued because of commissioners' and residents' safety concerns ... 
     Mt. Lebanon considering sharpshooters for deer management August 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... will consider contracting sharpshooters through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife service ... While the commission has said its goal is to reduce the number of deer versus vehicle collisions by 50 percent in five years, 10 residents ... spoke out against the culling program, saying that bows and bullets flying through the community presents an even more serious safety issue ...

Bethel Park deer problem being addressed August 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... The total number of deer harvested for the 19-year period is 1,147. The average number of deer harvested per year is 60.  The number of deer harvested per year is limited by the locations available for the hunters...

Questions prompted by Cecil's demise August 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era 
... Theodore Roosevelt, a founder of modern wildlife management, said this: “In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen... hunters understand and pay for the value of wildlife ... Deer ... thrive thanks to hunters ...

...  House Bill 366 ... Introduced in June by state Rep. Rick Saccone of Allegheny County, the bill would change current law so that semiautomatic, centerfire rifles would be legal for hunting, unless they hold more than six rounds, including the one in the chamber... Pennsylvania is one of only two states that doesn’t allow hunters to use semiautomatic rifles. Delaware is the other...

Fawn study is only what it is August 1, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... according to preliminary determinations, predators are believed to be behind two-thirds of fawn deaths. Black bears have accounted for the most, though coyotes and bobcats have taken some. In at least one case, dogs killed a fawn.  That's all similar to what biologists found more than a decade ago ...

Man guilty of endangerment in chase spawned by deer-baiting July 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, New Jersey Herald
...  A northeastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for driving up to 100 mph chasing a man accused of baiting deer, who died when he crashed...

Mt. Lebanon votes to cull deer with archers July 15, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... The measurement for success would be a 50 percent reduction in deer-related crashes over five years ...The contractors would have to find, vet and train local managers and archers, and find property owners willing to waive state-mandated archery setbacks within the municipality, which could take several weeks...

... Commissioner Kelly Fraasch, who cast the lone vote in opposition, is concerned that the archery program might not reach its goal of killing 100 deer, yet the commission would spend $15,460 for the work... Residents again spoke passionately for and against culling, pitting stories of stampedes and ticks against worries about guns near homes and wounded animals fleeing into yards and roads...

Mt. Lebanon approves archery hunt to control deer July 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a vetted archery program.  Mt. Lebanon will pay a conservation organization more than $15,000 to coordinate volunteer archers to kill deer in a hunting season that begins in September...
     Mt. Lebanon may use archers to control deer July 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Commissioners are expected to authorize a $15,460 contract with White Buffalo ... A municipal spokesperson said the agreement will authorize White Buffalo to organize and manage a vetted archery hunt in Mt. Lebanon in the fall...
     Deer culling back on table in Mt. Lebanon July 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... archery hunters and work with property owners to assemble areas where they would be permitted to hunt the community's deer herd ... Residents and animal welfare activists protested that cull, and a new organization called the Mt. Lebanon Coalition for Coexistence has issued statements opposing the planned archery cull...
     Resolving Mt. Lebo's deer management July 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
 ... Taking deer-killing off the table is the only way to keep our family-oriented parks and backyards peaceful, enjoyable and nonviolent, as they were intended... Use sterilization as the primary management method, supplemented by other approaches (promoting deer-resistant plans, enforcing the speed limit, public education) ...

... permission to shoot deer within the grounds of the facility's horse racing track... a permit that will allow for the killing of up to 15 deer.  Racing was canceled at the track as a precaution on June 29-30 after a deer ran in front of the horses ...

Number of Doe Licenses Down July 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Compared to the previous license year, 33,000 fewer antlerless licenses have been allocated statewide this year, and most wildlife-management units (WMUs) have fewer licenses available. That means submitting a timely application is as important as ever for hunters, said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.  “In wildlife-management units where the allocation is relatively small, it never takes long for licenses to sell out,” Hough said. “And while we’ve held steady the number of licenses to be allocated in some WMUs, and increased it in a handful of others, the fact remains there are fewer licenses available this year ...

Pennsylvania hunters still thinking about coyotes in the summer July 6, 2015 Outdoor News
... coyotes are here to stay. Numerous studies have shown that while heavy trapping may improve fawn recruitment the following spring, coyote numbers soon rebound because in their travels they cover large areas, which enables them to migrate to places where coyote numbers are lower ... this animal has a devious ability to increase litter size when its numbers decline...

Sick deer don't recognize state lines July 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... While the Pennsylvania agency can expand the zone to the west, it won’t expand it any further south than it already has because the zone touches the Maryland 
... Maryland’s CWD Management Zone, however, reaches only as far west as the Town Creek drainage...

Hunting changes made in Pennsylvania, but more tweaks expected June 30, 2015 Tribune-Review
... the commission's deer management assistance program, or DMAP... Under the proposal given preliminary approval, landowners would no longer be guaranteed a minimum number of permits nor could the maximum size of a DMAP unit exceed 15,000 acres...

PGC board discusses merits of 24-hour deer harvest reporting June 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... commissioners and staff discussed a bill in the state Senate ... that would reduce the amount of time hunters have to report their harvest from 10 days to 24 hours .. the shorter time frame could mean hunters will be less likely to forget to report...

Deer reporting failures spark debate for Pa. Game Commission June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... hunters who harvest a deer are required to report it within 10 days... a little more than 30 percent of successful hunters report their deer ... Biologists have said the system ... produces a statistically valid estimate... “The issue with that is, no one believes the returns,” ...

Presque Isle Asks State for Guidance on Deer June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Blood Horse
... The track just south of Erie canceled the last five races June 22 and the last four races June 28 because of deer on or near the racing surface...
     Oh, deer: Wildlife puts horse racing on hold June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Courier-Journal 
...  track officials aren't sure where the deer are coming from ...  "Can we just shoot them? We don't know ...

11 reasons hunters killed fewer deer last year June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Olean Times Herald
... For several years deer managers in many states were reducing deer populations and as they transition to a stable herd they’re now issuing fewer antlerless licenses... In the northernmost whitetail areas, severe winters have taken a toll on deer populations ...

Norristown man fined for trying to sell roadkill online June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Main Line Media News
... an undercover officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission who spotted Crawford’s not so carefully planned idea to auction online the rotting piece of animal flesh that he stored in the kitchen freezer of his New Hanover home...

... commissioners directed Mt. Lebanon staff to compare costs and next steps for using organized bowhunters, tranquilizing and sterilizing female deer and culling the animals with sharpshooters, municipal planner Keith McGill said.  “We'll be looking at all three methods independently ...

Mt. Lebanon's deer management meeting sparks no protests June 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... ”If you try to determine a number before you have a plan it will not work because your plan will be influenced by the number of deer you think you have, and the hard count won’t be reliable,“ [ Jeannine Fleegle, a deer biologist for the state Game Commission]  ”The first thing you have to define as a community is whether there is a problem ... [Many communities use a count to to evaluate program effectiveness]
     Mt. Lebanon Officials Meet To Discuss New Attempt At Deer Management June 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh 
...  “They haven’t said how many deer there are. They haven’t done a survey since 2014, which showed that the numbers went down since 2013 ... 
     Mt. Lebanon commissioners hone deer strategy June 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... A small group of protesters demonstrated outside the Mt. Lebanon High School fine arts theater, where roughly 50 people stayed for the 4 1/2-hour discussion...Municipal planner Keith McGill kicked off the four-person panel by saying the metric for success would be a 50 percent reduction in deer-related traffic accidents over five years. [see road management strategies for reducing collisions]

Mt. Lebanon to tackle deer problem again June 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Jeannine Fleegel, a state Game Commission deer biologist invited to participate in Monday’s panel, said ... “I am not opposed to fertility control as an option, but the fact is, it is not an effective tool to reduce the population now,” she said. “I wish we had that tool available, but study after study shows it’s not effective on open populations of deer.” [Not correct, see summaries of studies and community efforts]

Legislators taking aim at semi-automatic law June 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... A legislative effort originally intended to give game animals a sporting chance could soon be flipped on Second Amendment grounds...  legislators considered bills that would permit hunters to use the increasingly popular “military style” semi-automatic firearms ...

Birthing Season Sets Deer On Collision Course With Vehicles June 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Insurance News Net
... About 90 percent of adult female white-tailed deer -- those classified as older than 1 year -- will give birth by June 27. As the mothers care for their fawns, they'll urge their yearlings -- last year's fawns -- to move on.  "These yearlings are moving into new territories, and they're crossing unfamiliar roads, and unfortunately not all of them make it," ...

Study looks at deer response to moon, weather changes June 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... The Deer-Forest Study, currently funded through 2017, is a collaborative research project studying how deer, soils, and vegetation interact to affect Pennsylvania forests. ...  The Deer-Forest Blog, where researchers share their findings with the public, is online at ecosystems.psu.edu/deer...

Game Commission seeks input on its 2015-2020 strategic goals and objectives June 5, 2015 Pennsylvania, PBC News
     The 2015-2020 Pennsylvania Game Commission Strategic Plan is available for public review.... The draft strategic plan can be found on the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. Those wishing to read the plan can click the Strategic Plan icon on the home page to view it... The Strategic Plan identifies specific measureable goals to help guide the agency toward its core goals. The core goals for the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan include putting wildlife first, improving wildlife habitat, following sound business practices, serving Pennsylvanians and improving support for hunting and trapping....
     Those wishing to submit comments on the plan can do so in two ways. Comments can be sent electronically through e-mail to PGCStrategicPlanComments@pa.gov. Comments can also be sent through the mail to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Reviews of the plan can be mailed using the following address: Strategic Plan Comments, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Information and Education, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. The public comment period ends June 17.

Orphaned fawn cared for at Red Creek Wildlife Center June 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, Republican And Herald
... Red Creek Wildlife Center is caring for a fawn after its mother was hit by a car ...  the deer was born on impact... “The impact split the mother open,” ... The cost to care for each fawn is about $150, she said. Those who want to donate to the center can ... visit the website ...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer control expert to Mt. Lebanon says culling still a possibility May 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Tony DeNicola, president of Connecticut-based White Buffalo Inc., will address the Board of Commissioners ... would need to sterilize well over 90 percent of the females... You could need $250,000 to $300,000 to do that,” DeNicola said. “To capture 300 animals is a very substantial undertaking.” ...

A former Pennsylvania Game Commission veterinarian impacts CWD fight May 29, 2015 Outdoor News
... even though scientists suspect that urine from CWD-infected deer have played a role in spreading the disease from Colorado east to Pennsylvania and beyond over the last 50 years – hunters are free to  sprinkle and dump deer urine originating from who knows where, wherever they please...

Legislation would impact sportsmen May 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Rep. Mike Hanna is sponsoring House Bill 671, which would take authority for deciding how many antlerless deer licenses to issue in any given year away from the Game Commission. An “antlerless deer harvest committee” consisting of licensed hunters appointed by the board of commissioners ...

Taking aim at DMAP permits May 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... the use of DMAP in state forests, in particular, leads to “chronic” complaints from hunters convinced the goal is zero deer on the landscape, said commission president Dave Putnam of Centre County... Program guidelines say the commission “shall” award one permit for every 50 acres of forest on qualifying properties ..  a proposal to remove that word from the guidelines ... Will the bureau of forestry stand silently by? ...

Why is Ridge Avenue there? May 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News 
... Ridge Avenue, both the backbone and the aorta of Roxborough-Manayunk ... A deer walking through that forest would have been worried about big predators like wolves and mountain lions; as protection, in places with topography the deer would have walked along ridge lines ... why blaze a trail when deer have so conveniently made one for you? ...

Local counties say deer license change could cost them big bucks May 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era 
... Local county treasurers are taking aim at a proposal to expand and digitize some hunting license sales, saying the loss of antlerless deer permits could cost them big bucks or, more specifically, hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in annual revenue...

Mt. Lebanon plans June discussion on deer management May 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... The commission canceled its regular meeting June 22 to allow for a nonbusiness discussion that will start about 6 p.m ... Commissioners have set a goal of reducing the number of vehicle-deer collisions by 50 percent within five years...

Remain vigilant on CWD May 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, York Dispatch Online
... testing became mandatory in 2012 after two deer on an Adams County farm were discovered to have the disease, and one of those deer had spent some time on a farm in Washington Township, York County...

Winter mortality low for Pa. deer, not so elsewhere May 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The harsh winter’s impact on white-tailed deer has led wildlife management officials in several northern states to consider deep cuts in hunting permits...  One unnamed member of the Board of Game Commissioners recently told the Associated Press the harsh winter weather factored into his decision to vote for trimming doe tags...

Will Climate Change Change Deer? May 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Ecosystem Science and Management - Penn State University
... a report from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about how climate change will impact wildlife ... The report noted that winter severity is a challenge to overwinter survival, and research in neighboring Minnesota found that 50% of the variation in adult female mortality is explained by winter severity...

More land added to benefit wildlife in Elk State Forest May 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
... The state invested $7.2 million to purchase the land ... "This property will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities ... Does this mean more elk will seem to be "pinched" into small areas of our state? Most likely ...

... Thus far this year, 253 samples have been collected, including one that tested positive and is counted among the six new positives within DMA 2.  Since 1998, the commission has collected and submitted more than 52,000 wild deer and elk for CWD testing, with a total of 11 positive tests...

     Disease Management Area 2 again expanded due to new cases.  From the start of 2014 through the present, six additional cases of chronic wasting disease have been documented in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today.
All six deer to test positive were killed on highways within Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), the only area of the state where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in free-ranging deer.  None of the samples collected from deer or elk harvested by hunters anywhere in the state during the 2014-15 hunting seasons tested positive for CWD, and no road-killed deer or elk from outside DMA 2 tested positive...

Plumstead nursery using deer feeder to help battle Lyme disease, ticks April 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, theintell.com 
... As a deer bends its heads down to reach the corn in the feeder, its neck and ears are brushed with rollers coated with the pesticide permethrin, explained Hirst.
“It turns the deer into a tick-killing machine,” ... 

Mt. Lebanon, ‘Deer Doctor’ addresses Mt. Lebanon commissioners April 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Sandy Baker ...  said the municipality had attempted to implement a lethal deer management strategy based on incomplete information, adding that population reduction should be the final step in a comprehensive deer management plan, not the first...

Search for ‘magic’ deer number in Pennsylvania goes on April 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... commissioners again slightly reduced the number of doe tags available to hunters – which they say should result in deer numbers in most places increasing a little ... about a 4 percent reduction. It was the second consecutive year of very minor cuts in the number of available doe tags....

Game commission makes major adjustment to Mentored Youth Hunting Program April 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Live 
... a major adjustment to the program that looks to address concerns voiced by sportsmen that some of the harvests by the very youngest of hunters may actually have been made by their adult mentors... Starting this fall, however, participants will need to be at least 7 years old to obtain their own tags...

... cut the number of doe licenses to be issued this year by more than 30,000, from a total of 779,500 last year to 746,500 this year.  The number of doe licenses - also known as antlerless deer permits - issued is the commission's primary means of managing deer...

Guilty pleas in York County deer-poaching case April 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... Six Spring Grove individuals have been sentenced to more than $23,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to poaching 18 white-tailed deer ranging from yearlings to adult does and bucks, including a 9-point. ... A total of 20 unlawful deer were harvested by all parties involved ...

... commissioners reviewed the biologists' individual, tag-allocation recommendations for each of the state's 23 wildlife management units (WMU).  Only five were approved as requested.  In the 18 others, the commissioners unanimously voted to reduce the number of tags requested by the biologists...

Game Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags April 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall... The unit seeing the biggest change is 5C just northwest of Philadelphia. ... making it smaller, and decreased the number of available doe licenses from 95,000 to 70,000...

Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today set hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits April 10, 2015 PGC News
... The board voted to allocate 746,500 antlerless deer licenses statewide... The board also directed that 13,500 antlerless permits be made available to hunt and harvest deer within Disease Management Area 2, which in the 2015-16 license year will include parts of Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Cambria, Fulton and Somerset counties. This is the second year for the permit, which is meant to reduce antlerless deer numbers in the only area of the state where chronic wasting disease has been detected among free-ranging deer... The board on Friday also voted to issue 116 elk licenses (21 antlered, 95 antlerless) for the 2015 hunt.  The licenses again will be awarded by lottery, and the deadline to enter the drawing is July 31.  Elk applications cost $10.70 ...

Game Commission reduces doe licenses statewide and in NEPA April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... Citing concerns from hunters and the possible impact of a harsh winter, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board voted Friday to reduce antlerless license allocations in several areas of the state... 

All ages can continue to hunt deer and turkey April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Daily American
... The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Friday gave final approval to a measure that will 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 Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall... The 746,500 total is 33,000 fewer — about a 4 percent decline — than last year...

Rules Change for Deer Attractant Permits April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     Measure extends use to municipal property... The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that would expand an existing permit that authorizes permitted baiting for deer as a method of control in the southeastern Pennsylvania special regulations area.  For the purpose of enhancing the harvest rate in an area of the state where deer populations are high, this regulation provides an opportunity to private landowners within the southeastern special regulations area to apply for a permit that allows hunting sites to be baited at consistent intervals through the use of electronic feeders.  The change approved by the Board of Commissioners allows a permit to be issued for use on municipal or township property, as well...

Debate over deer numbers goes on April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, TribeLive.com
... Chris Rosenberry, the biologist who heads up the commission's deer and elk section, presented board members with his recommendations. That antlerless license allocation would allow the deer herd to increase in one unit (3A), bring it down in two others (3C and 4B), and maintain it at existing levels everywhere else, including all of Western Pennsylvania...

Union County deer meet draws crowd April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor New
... hunters complained about the use of the Deer Management Assistance Program on the state forest, the long deer seasons, poor habitat in the Bald Eagle State Forest, high numbers of predators and the Game Commission’s antlerless deer license allocations...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer cull called off in Mount Lebanon April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... In trying to explain why it took 11 shots to kill three deer, Benner said the bullets may have been faulty... “All options are on the table,” she said, noting that even sterilization might be considered ... A controlled archery hunt next fall is a definite possibility ... 

2015-16 Deer Population Report [PDF] April 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC
... Data presented in this report represent collaborative efforts between the U.S. Forest Service, Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, Responsive Management, and the Game Commission's bureaus of Information and Education, Wildlife Habitat Management, and Wildlife Management ...

Philadelphia lifts park winter curfew, deer cull ends April 7, 2015 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News 
... The deer management program removed a total of 165 deer, the majority coming from Pennypack Park in the Northeast (68) ...

Bethleham, Town tackles deer nuisance April 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Spotlight News
... Residents were not only worried about Lyme disease [most current research shows deer density is related to Lyme] , but the number of traffic accidents that have been caused in town by deer [road management can be more cost effective than a cull]. Others have been concerned that the larger numbers of deer are disturbing their gardens....

Mt. Lebanon, 'Deer-proofing' expert to offer lessons in Mt. Lebanon April 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Sandy Baker, whose website calls her “the deer doctor,” will present residents with deer-deterrent strategies and lessons on deer behavior at times to be determined from April 25 to April 27 ....

Changes on tap for PA hunters in 2015-16 April 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
...  the commissioners want to set 7 as the minimum age for kids to be able to tag deer and turkeys on their own mentored youth hunting permits... If you hang tree stands or set ground binds on State Game Lands, or on private land enrolled in public-access programs, you would have to put an identification tag on them ...

Data: About 1.4 million deer in 2015, up from about 1.3 million in 2014 (estimated using harvest data). The hard winter in 2013-14 reduced populations that had generally been stable to increasing into 2013, about 1.5 million deer.   In 2014 and 2015, the Game Commission reduced doe deer licenses 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.  2015 Deer Population Report from PGC  Peak of the rut is about November 14.
     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 success about 33 percent in 2013.  About 80 percent of hunting is on public land, 1.5 million acres of game land.
    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 about 1,127 deer farms.  No deer tested positive during the 2014-15 hunting season. 
     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.  In 1986, there were 1,000,000 deer hunters in Pennsylvania.  In 2013 are around 740,000 deer hunters.  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 Elk population was about 900 in the beginning of 2015, growing from about 65 in 1971 to 800 in 2011.  Over hunting and habitat loss resulted in the extermination of the species once native to Pennsylvania.  The last far eastern elk was killed in the state 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.  
     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.

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