Pennsylvania Deer Population:  An estimated 1.4 million deer in 2015, up from about 1.3 million in 2014.  A stable to increasing population in 2016.   In 2013, 1.5 million deer and 1.2 million in 2010.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Pennsylvania deer harvest data and news archive.
Pennsylvania Deer News

Deer hunting ingrained in Pennsylvania December 4, 2016 Sunbury Daily Item
... During the Depression, the illegal practice of “jacklighting” or hunting deer at night-time using a spotlight had become a problem. In 1935, this practice was made illegal. By 1938, deer populations were once again depleted and deer hunting was closed...

Edgmont, A bad day to be a deer at Ridley Creek State Park December 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, Daily Local News
...  the annual hunt of white-tailed deer shut down Ridley Creek State Park to anyone except for hunters armed with shotguns ...    “We love the hunt, we love the sport of it, but the meat is the main thing,” ... “We still want deer in the park, we’re just trying to manage it,” ...

Hunting for a way to curb illegal deer kills in Lancaster County December 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
... hunters reported 21 total mistaken deer kills — an “unprecedented” number ... In 2002, the Pennsylvania Game Commission changed its antler restrictions to minimize the number of young bucks being harvested. Bucks now have to have at least three points on one side of its twin set of antlers... pay a $25 “restitution fee.” ...

Firearm Deer Hunting Season Begins In Pennsylvania November 29, 2016 CBS PittsburghHunting 
... Last Week, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that expands the list of firearms permitted for hunting in Pennsylvania to include semi-automatic rifles and handguns.  The new law takes effect next year ...

Thousands gear up for deer season November 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, Standard Speaker
... Hunters  ... average age rose to 42 in 2001 compared with 35 two decades earlier.  The number of license-buyers last year was down about 350,000 from the peak 35 years ago... Archery licenses sales climbed to 340,474 last year from 269,752 a decade earlier...

... Deer populations are being tracked as stable or increasing in each of the state’s 23 wildlife management units, said Christopher Rosenberry, who supervises the Game Commission’s Deer and Elk Section...  the agency estimates hunter turnout to be around 550,000...  the agency’s estimate of 750,000 deer hunters was high over the last few years ...

Outdoor enthusiasts divided over Sunday hunting debate November 26, 2016 Pennsylvania, Citizen's Voice
... Providing an additional day for hunting would provide a means to recruit new hunters ... “I would argue it’s the one day out of the week that people who don’t hunt can enjoy the woods, enjoy nature, without being afraid of being shot or hearing gunfire,” ...

Check out this Pennsylvania white deer November 21, 2016 
Lancaster Online
... a white doe that he has been seeing regularly ... in Columbia County for the past six years...

Antler restrictions pay off November 20, 2016 Pennsylvania, Citizen's Voice
... Before 2002 when the antler restrictions began, only 20 percent of yearling bucks lived through their first hunting season.  Afterward, 64 percent of yearlings survived, and the percentage of adult bucks in the harvest rose to 36 from 20... By 2014, a survey found the percentage of hunters who favored antler restrictions where they hunt inched up to 62 percent ...

... For each of the last 10 years the No. 1 violation encountered by WCOs has been the unlawful taking of wildlife. Five years ago, when Operation Talon began, it resulted in 305 prosecutions. Last year, the figure tripled to 1,060... The PGC’s Facebook page has also been a benefit, allowing the agency to publicize ongoing cases ...

Tracking CWD, what hunters need to know November 17, 2016 Pennsyilvania, WTAJ
... Since 2012 cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been detected in three locations in Pennsylvania. Free-ranging deer in Blair and Bedford counties have tested positive ...

Changes Coming to Annual Presque Isle Deer Hunt November 10, 2016 Pennsylvania, erienewsnow.com
... hunt was started back in 1989 ...  estimated that there are between 30 to 60 antler and antler-less deer spread throughout the peninsula... 85 hunters are allowed to participate each day ...

Elk Harvest Results Released November 8, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     More than 78 percent of the hunters participating in Pennsylvania’s 2016 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced 97 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 5. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 96 percent...

Mt. Lebanon advised to rethink deer archery, sharpshooting cull November 7, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... the number of deer harvested is only about half of what it was last year at this time ... Through October of this year, the number of reported collisions with deer has risen from 49 in 2015 to 89 this year -- an increase of more than 80 percent... “I’m opposed to the [White Buffalo] contract proposal,” Ms. Schevtchuk said. “This commission has no objective, scientific data supporting it...

Whitetail rut activity about to hit its prime time October 29, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission collected fetuses from more than 6,000 road-killed does between 2000-07. Biologists aged them and figured out the date they were conceived...  the rut peaks each year in mid-November, regardless of things like weather and moon phase... Photoperiod — i.e. the number of hours of daylight — is what drives reproduction ...

Bill to allow semi-autos for hunting headed to Gov. Wolf October 29, 2016 Pennsylvania, Guns.com
... A House proposal lifting prohibitions on the use of semiautomatic and air or gas-powered rifles by Pennsylvania hunters has been approved by the legislature... Only one other state, Delaware, currently prohibits the use of all semi-automatic rifles to take game...

Should white deer be protected in the wild? October 23, 2016 Pennsylvania, LancasterOnline
... In his book The Deer of North America, noted whitetail researcher Leonard Lee Rue III calls all of these deer “genetically inferior.”  He said protecting them degrades the herd, because of the recessive genes they will continually pass on... There are states where white deer are given special protections, including Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee and Wisconsin...

Deer Poaching Ring Busted October 20, 2016 Pennsylvania, PA home page
...  30 mounted deer heads and deer antlers.  Rave is accused of baiting deer with a light and a firearm while hunting season was closed... ordered to pay more than $11,000 in fines ...

Pennsylvania Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... Deer populations, diversity and forest growth rates are being carefully monitored from 2013 through 2017, with current funding. This research should be even more effective if it can be extended longer. The study also looks at other factors that can influence deer populations, including invasive plants, outbreaks of insects, soil acidity and tree diseases...

Animal survives 40-foot fall from bridge into Homewood municipal garage October 10, 2016 Pennsylvania, Timesonline.com
... It had jumped off the Homewood Bridge, which carries the Pennsylvania Turnpike over Route 18... Besides a few drops of blood, the deer was perfectly fine...

... “If you have have trees that are 60 years old, they’re making too much shade for anything to grow. We like to see about 20 percent [of a game land] in the young age class that provides the best habitat for the largest number of animals.” ... Trees generally provide the most valuable habitat during their first 15 to 20 years when shoots are growing and leaves hang below the 5-foot browse line...

Upper Dublin, Speak out against deer hunting October 9, 2016 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News
... Where are the facts and studies to support claims of a too high deer density in Upper Dublin? Statements are not facts... The often used term “overabundant” is not a scientific term and does not mean that deer have exceeded their biological carrying capacity (BCC)... Philadelphia Advocates for the Deer (PAD) would like you to know that community-based deer killing programs are on the increase...

Bethel Park, Beloved Deer Killed By Poacher Posing As Contractor - October 6, 2016 Fish and Game are looking for the poacher.


Family protests PGC's management practices October 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, Sharonherald
... “The terrible mismanagement of the Pennsylvania Game Commission,” Tim Weyer, 73, said when asked why he was standing along Erie Street.  “They inflate the deer herd numbers in order to justify a large kill,” ... They didn’t tell us the truth about the coyote population, they didn’t tell us the truth when (chronic wasting disease) came into the state ...

Mt. Lebanon expands deer hunt to include disputed Twin Hills Park October 3, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The 25-acre park, which is located in Scott but legally operated by Mt. Lebanon, will be the site of a controlled archery hunt...  Twin Hills Park is within Scott, which opposed the hunt... Mt. Lebanon had purchased the park property ...

Archery deer season underway as first signs of Autumn show October 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, Centre Daily
... Antler restrictions are working. Although three-points-on-one-side makes a legal buck, most archery hunters hold out for something larger. Last year, a record 59 percent of all bucks harvested were two-and-a-half years old or older... Antler restrictions require at least three points on one side ...

Rose Valley deer bow hunt to start on Saturday September 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Delaware County Daily Times
... Approved bow hunting, primarily by local law enforcement personnel, will be permitted Oct. 1-Dec. 10 in the municipal-owned Long Point Wildlife Sanctuary and Todmorden Woods... Initiated in 2010, the original deer management plan estimated 27 white tails should be removed ... a paid cull have resulted in the taking of 26 animals. As the totals do not account for births, this year’s public hunt is considered maintenance...

Crews use hydraulic device to rescue deer from metal fence September 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, United Press International
...  Public Works employees attempted to cut through the fence with cable cutters, but the bars proved too strong for that method... a hydraulic "SWAT jack," a jaws-of-life-style device ... used it to separate the bars...

Emergency officials worked together to free a deer that had become trapped in a fence Tuesday morning in Fineview; KDKA's Heather Abraham reports.


House committee advances license fee legislation September 26, 2016 Pennsylvania, Scranton Times-Tribune
... Pennsylvania Game Commission would set future fee levels if the companion bills are enacted ... The last hunting license increase came in 1999 ... 

Upper Dublin, Deer of Upper Dublin again under siege September 25, 2016 Pennsylvania, Montgomery Newspapers
... The average deer killed annually for most of the last seven years is 27. Last year, hunters sat for 1,300 hours to kill 27 deer. In the meantime, our public lands cannot be used from Monday through Saturday ... The City of Philadelphia’s payments to the USDA for deer kills in Fairmount Park beginning in 2001 through 2016 total $408,566.90 with around 3,100 deer killed...

Deer, habitat bill debated September 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
...  a hearing on House Bill 2083 last week. It would create a forest and wildlife advisory council with authority to give the Pennsylvania Game Commission whatever marching orders it chose. Its goal would be to improve hunting by turning back the clock on deer management almost 20 years...

Lower Makefield, Managed deer hunt to run through January in Lower Makefield September 23, 2016 Pennsylvania, BucksLocalNews.com
... This is the eighth year that the non-profit group will be supervising the hunting on township-owned lands, as well as on some private parcels... 71 deer were killed in Lower Makefield during the 2015-2016 archery season, along with 48 in Upper Makefield Township...

... chronic wasting disease continues to spread in the region’s deer population ...  one deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Beaverdale last year, the boundary of that disease management area was expanded ... 

Mt. Lebanon,  Controversial deer cull starts again in Mt. Lebanon September 17, 2016 Pennsylvania, WPXI Pittsburgh
... goal of the deer cull is to reduce the deer population by about 50 percent in the next five years...

PGC's prescribed burns help state's deer habitat  September 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily NewsDave
... During its spring burning season, the commission treated a record 8,637 acres with prescribed fire to improve habitat on state game lands, and Hunter Access properties statewide... The key to having more abundant deer populations is by providing better deer habitat...

Man gets 60+ tickets for dead deer September 12, 2016 Pennsylvania, WTAJ
... A semi-retired farmer here says he has to shoot deer to stop them from eating his crops ... The Commission filed more than 60 tickets that could cost Boddorf about $16,000, and even put him in prison...

Gettysburg, Deer management planned for national parks September 12, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Evening Sun
... Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site... Only qualified federal employees can take part in the deer management program [hunt] ...

Record Number of Acres Treated with Prescribed Fire September 12, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission is burning its way toward 10,000 acres of better wildlife habitat... “The key to having more abundant deer populations is by providing better deer habitat,” said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough. “Our deer program is focused on keeping the deer herd to maintain a balance with what the habitat can support. As you improve the habitat for deer, the area can also support more deer.”   The agency’s prescribed burn program is one of the most effective means to improve deer hunting on game lands. In order to increase the deer density, the only responsible and sustainable option is to increase the habitat quality for deer....

... This is the eighth year that the non-profit group will be supervising the hunting on township-owned lands, as well as on some private parcels.  The main purpose of the hunt is to reduce the number of deer-car collisions in the area...

Elk Cam Goes Live September 2, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News 
     Hear a bull’s ear-splitting bugle without leaving home.  Each September, thousands of visitors make their way to Pennsylvania's elk country to experience for themselves the wonder of the bugling season.  And while there's nothing quite like seeing a giant bull up close, or feeling your rib cage resonate as it lets loose an ear-splitting bugle, the opportunity again has come to get a glimpse of Pennsylvania's prime time for elk - without ever having to leave home.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission has installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season heats up. Link to camera

Don't Get Cited for Baiting September 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Under Pennsylvania law, it generally is unlawful to hunt in or around any area where artificial or natural bait, hay, grain, fruit, nut, salt, chemical, mineral or other food – including their residues – are used or have been used within the past 30 days as an enticement to lure game or wildlife.  It doesn’t matter how much or how little of a product is being used or has been used in an area. If it’s been used there within the past 30 days, or if residue remains, hunting there is off limits...

... Around the start of the current millennium, hunters in some parts of the state began to notice that new conservation-based hunting regulations had resulted in fewer deer... advisory panels were never intended to have an actual vote in management plans. Their role is to present public perceptions ...

Trail cameras offer information, so long as they are used wisely August 20, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... it takes one camera for every 50 to 100 acres. It's critical to leave them there for a long time, too. “Run your cameras for 10 days, you have a 70 to 90 percent accuracy rate on determining the total number of deer in your area. Bucks, does and fawns,” Winand said. “Do it for two weeks and it's 90 to 95 percent.” ...

Mt. Lebanon, Court allows archery deer hunt in Scott's Twin Hills Park August 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Scott lost its attempt to prevent Mt. Lebanon from extending a deer-control program into Twin Hills Park, a 25-acre property fully located in Scott but purchased decades ago by Mt. Lebanon... The court order permits Mt. Lebanon to conduct archery deer control ... forbidding other forms of management, including rifle culls and sterilization programs...

PennLive.com
... An amendment, introduced by Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, onto a newly signed transportation law, is intended to make sure PennDOT, already responsible for clearing roadkill from state routes, gets it done promptly ...

Mt. Lebanon, Archers will cull deer again in Mt. Lebanoni August 10, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Mt. Lebanon commissioners Tuesday approved the continuation of a controversial deer culling program... Despite the cull, however, reported deer-vehicle collisions still are on the rise... I don’t think just going out and killing our problem is a civil thing to do, “ Marianne Keefer ...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners to take up deer issue once again August 8, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... In 2008, Mt. Lebanon abruptly ended a sharpshooting program ... [last year] a sharpshooting cull using rifles and baited target areas. White Buffalo received another $80,750 and took roughly another 100 deer... commissioners will vote on a proposal to pay $9,000 to retain White Buffalo for a reprise of the controlled archery hunt...

Teenager finds a new squad in some doughnut-lovin' deer -August 3, 2016 Pennsylvania, Mashable
... While most deer are afraid of humans, Money gladly eats from Kelvin's hand... After receiving criticism from fans for feeding Money processed food, Pena switched to a farm-to-table menu. Now, he serves the deer healthy fruits and vegetables, like strawberries....
    Man crosses up deer, feeds herd after playing 1-on-1 August 2, 2016 Fox Sports
... Kelvin is friendly with a group of local deer in his area, and when he’s not busy feeding his herd by hand, he’s clowning them on the court...

... revised regulations passed by the PGC Board of Commissioners will require municipalities and other subdivisions that request permits from the agency to manage deer populations need to consider managing deer through hunting before gaining approval to use another method... 

Can deer group find consensus? July 30, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission ... formed a “deer management working group” made up of sportsmen. Members will meet with staff and commissioners monthly from August through November, then quarterly thereafter, for an undetermined length of time...

Talking about deer is a yearlong activity July 29, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
...  While antler restrictions have brought forth rave reviews, the herd reduction program has not. Public lands, especially game lands, do not hold the number of deer they have in the past, and many hunters aren’t pleased with the lack of opportunities they have experienced... Plans also are underway for developing the next deer-management plan, slated to become effective in 2018...

Big Buck Trail Cam Contest July 26, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     As we close in on a new slate of deer seasons, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding a big-buck photo contest to showcase some of the huge whitetails caught on trail cameras this summer and fall in Penn’s Woods.
     Procedures:   Submissions should be sent to the PGCtrailcam@pa.gov. Photo submissions – limited to 5 megabytes in size – must be of wild Pennsylvania deer taken with trail cameras. Winners will be selected monthly. The contest runs from Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016 and photos must be taken during the month of submission.  All submissions must include the photographer’s first and last name, hometown, and the county where the deer image was recorded...
... at an Elizabethtown deer processor  ... hearing noises and finding deer parts strewn on the ground.  They went out to investigate, and when they opened the dumpster were shocked to find a woman inside gathering deer parts ...

Pennsylvania deer managers reach out to hunters July 25, 2016 Cumberland Times News Homepage
... The Deer Management Working Group brings together a collection of Pennsylvanians who value the quality of the state’s deer hunting, and gives them a voice in helping to shape the future of deer management and oversee the implementation of management practices....

...  a rules change that indicates municipalities and other political subdivisions have to try using recreational hunting to control whitetail populations before they can seek a permit allowing for other methods... Laroche said ... The number of deer with wasting disease may still be manageable now, he said. In five years, it may not...

Hunters Working to Improve Deer Hunting July 22, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission is bringing several hunting groups together to expand the agency’s goal to improve deer hunting in Pennsylvania.  The groups will work collaboratively as the “Deer Management Working Group” to discuss ideas and develop workable solutions to benefit Pennsylvania’s hunters.  “If you look at our more than 940,000 license buyers, nearly all of them are deer hunters, and many of them hunt only deer,” says Game Commissioner Tim Layton, of Windber, who is part of the working group. “Deer hunting is an important part of the lives of so many Pennsylvanians, and it’s important their voices be heard.”
     The Deer Management Working Group brings together a collection of Pennsylvanians who value the quality of the state’s deer hunting, and gives them a voice in helping to shape the future of deer management and oversee the implementation of management practices...

... The owners of a now-closed Chinese restaurant in Lancaster County are facing thousands of dollars in fines, and possible jail time, after the state Game Commission cited them Friday for using illegally-procured deer parts...

Game Commission addresses technology issues July 22, 2016 Pennsylvania,  Timesonline.com
... the number of cases increased where drones have caused concern for wildlife... The board voted unanimously to prohibit the operation, control, launching or retrieval of drones on commission-controlled property...  use of drones to aid in hunting is already unlawful ...

... allocated 748,000 antlerless licenses this year — an increase of 1,500 from last year...

...  Comparison of the deer-management programs and processes in eight states, including Pennsylvania, indicated that, while there were a few differences in procedures and techniques among the states, all eight addressed management of white-tailed deer "in a very similar manner," Feudale wrote in his ruling...

Commissioners Emphasize Deer Control Through Hunting July 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News    
     Provision requires deer-control permit holders to consider hunters first.  Municipalities and other political subdivisions that request permits to manage deer populations will need to more strongly consider managing deer through hunting before gaining approval to use another method...

Legislation aiming to reverse deer debate July 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... “In a nutshell, this bill [ House Bill 2083] would create an advisory council of political appointees to dictate policy to the Game Commission; dictate seasons, bag limits and hunting regulations; force the use of an unproven and highly controversial wildlife management concept referred to as “maximum sustained yield” [Kip Adams ... Quality Deer Management Association] ...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners to vote on deer management July 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
...  the goal stated by Mt. Lebanon commissioners was to decrease the number of deer vehicular collisions by half... removed a total of 219 deer from the densely populated confines of Mt. Lebanon.  Despite the elimination of deer, vehicular crashes with the animals have risen. In the six months tallied in 2016, with the exception of March, collisions have eclipsed each monthly amount of the past three years ...

Winter's impact on deer examined July 10, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
...  in wildlife management unit 3D in northeastern Pennsylvania ... The harvest dropped 23 percent last year over the one before...  the region saw rougher weather than other parts of the state ...

Chronic wasting disease a serious threat to deer herds July 6, 2016 Pennsylvania, Cumberland Times News Homepag
... Unlike the EHD and blue-tongue viruses transmitted by insects, the CWD blight is steadily growing with no breaks, no recovery periods, no survivors, and no resulting immunity. The known impact sites for CWD in wild deer or elk currently include 19 states and two Canadian provinces, a list that has been growing recently...

Worst sportsmen legislation ever proposed? July 3, 2016 Pennsylvania, GoErie.com
... HB 2083 ... would establish The Forest and Wildlife Advisory Council... aimed at increasing the deer population ... a return to a three-day antlerless deer season. It would mean returning to a county by county system of wildlife management and antlerless deer license allocations. The number of antlerless deer licenses allocated would be determined by the Forest and Wildlife Advisory Council ...

Data: About 1.4 million deer in 2015, up from about 1.3 million in 2014 (estimated using harvest data). A 13 percent increase in antlerless tags for 2016 is designed to reduce the deer herd in two management units and maintain the herd in the other 20 units.  The 2016 deer population is stable to increasing in regions of the state and about 550,000 deer hunters.
      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 about 4 percent in 2015 to 315,813, 43.4% were antlered deer. Of the bucks taken, 59 percent were 2.5 years old or older, a big increase from past years that the department attributes to antler restrictions.  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 were estimated, 16 per square mile of hunting land, but this number was later determined to be too high.  
     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.  In 2000 the PGC increased hunting in order to reduce the herd. Although the strategy changed to stabilizing the population in 2005, the herd continued to decline, especially in the north.
    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. 
     History:  The first deer season was established in 1869.  In 1897, the use of bait and dogs to hunt deer were both outlawed.  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 1923 to boost the population and for many of the years until 1957.  The first hunting licenses were established in 1913.  In 1923, aminimum 2 points to an antler or 6-inch spike was required for a buck.  During the depression the practice of hunting deer at night "jacklighting" became popular, made illegal in 1935.  The buck season was closed in 1938. 
       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.

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.
Report a dead deer for removal from state roads, call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

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