Pennsylvania Deer News

... 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 ...

Upper Dublin, Should sharpshooters cull the deer herds in Upper Dublin? June 29, 2016 Pennsylvania, 
     On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the commissioners voted to obtain permits needed so the USDA’s APHIS Wildlife Service can evaluate our township’s deer population ... USDA Wildlife Services run by Gino D’Angelo, Ph.D., is in its 16th year or so at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. D’Angelo took out over 3,100 deer from Fairmount Park. Regardless, the deer population in 3 out of 5 parks doubled last season...

Female deer disperse farther than males, present disease-control challenge June 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, EurekAlert (press release)
... "Dispersal of female deer is density dependent, meaning that higher deer densities lead to greater dispersal rates... Although not as many females disperse in Pennsylvania -- 8 to 24 percent of females versus 50 to 75 percent of males -- there end up being more of them, because they live longer than males and they disperse an average of 11 miles compared to 5 miles for males." ...



... Alleged members of a poaching ring, who the state Game Commission says is responsible for illegally harvesting nearly a dozen deer ...

... issued this statement Monday: “The Game Commission isn’t staffed to respond immediately 24 hours a day ... 

A deer was shot and killed Sunday morning after wandering into downtown Pittsburgh. - June 19, 2016


Upper Dublin, Deer management program in Upper Dublin may be altered June 17, 2016 Pennsylvania, GeosNews
... The township board of commissioners voted Tuesday night to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture survey the number of deer in the municipality and help formulate a plan — possibly involving sharp shooters — to reduce the herd...

Deer Stops By To Visit Her Favorite Cat Every Morning June 17, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Dodo‎
... They're a very unusual best friend pair ...

Mt. Lebanon challenges Scott for park ownership June 15, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Last year, when Mt. Lebanon considered including Twin Hills Park in a deer-reduction program, Scott officials opposing the program challenged the municipality’s ownership of the park... A Game Commission spokesman, however, said hunting laws established by the state Legislature pre-empt local ordinances banning hunting, and Scott police Chief Jim Secreet concurred...

CWD deer kills may be set for January June 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... Some states, like Wisconsin and West Virginia, now have the disease in up to 40 percent of the deer herd ... Laroche said the agency would like to hire sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal plant and health inspection service to kill deer within the disease area starting in January. ... 

Pa. Game Commission looks into targeted removal for diseased deer June 7, 2016 Pennsylvania, Citizens Voice
...  working group meeting ... chronic wasting disease ... targeted removal might be more effective than issuing permits to let hunters kill more deer in areas where the disease has been found... Another idea ... is to fence land to prevent diseased deer from migrating...

Don't Touch: Deer farmers see uptick in ‘lost’ fawn calls June 4, 2016 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era
.... . “Being weak, small and slow, they are a target for many predators as an easy meal. This is why the fawns are left to hide in safe spots; the mother returns periodically to nurse.” ...

A news crew from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 joined a PA State Trooper to rescue a baby deer trapped in floodwaters in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, on June 3.


Chronic wasting disease reaches Europe; live-animal test possible  May 22, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... sick adult female reindeer was detected as part of an effort by the Norwegian Institute ... Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ...   buck was tested using a tonsillar biopsy sample....

CWD doubles in Pa. DMA May 20, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... This is the one disease that has the potential to drastically change deer hunting as we know it,” ...said commission Wildlife Management Director Wayne Laroche said. “If we fail to develop and implement an effective control program, we risk the future of deer hunting ...

... the deer management program was started in 2009 ... “It’s dangerous, costly and is a failure,” Crosby Drive resident Melvin Driban said. “It provides sport hunting in view of residents’ backyards...

...  Game Commission Deputy Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans testified before the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee about the potential expansion of Sunday hunting. Then, Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough testified before the House Policy Committee on the importance of a license-fee increase and Senate Bill 1166, which would enable the Game Commission to set its own fees for licenses....

12 more cases of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania May 16, 2016 Fox43
... The latest cases bring to 22 the total number of free-ranging deer found with CWD within DMA 2 since 2012... the hunter in the case transported a buck that later tested positive for CWD from DMA 2 to a deer processor far outside of the DMA ...

Hunter spreads deer disease May 15, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Among the new cases [Chronic Wasting Disease] was a carcass illegally moved from DMA 2 to a distant deer processor. The animal’s high-risk parts were sent to a rendering plant, and the carcass later tested positive for CWD. The hunter was fined for illegal transport and failing to report the harvest...

... there are special rules affecting the hunting and transport of deer. Also, there is a ban on feeding deer in the management area.  One of the new cases was found in a deer that had been shot and illegally transported to a deer butcher outside the management area... 

... Directing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct a comprehensive study of deer population dynamics; Creating Best Management Practices for the deer farm industry; Conducting more frequent fence inspections; and Developing quicker test results for hunters... 193,000 deer have already been tested in Wisconsin, more than any other state...

... The commission outlined possible "active control measures" that could involve targeted removal of deer in locations where CWD-positive animals have been found... reducing overall deer numbers in an infected only seems to slow the spread of the disease...

... during 2015 found 12 additional white-tailed deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) – all in Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), located in southcentral Pennsylvania.  DMA 2 is the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in free-ranging deer. The latest cases bring to 22 the total number of free-ranging deer found with CWD within DMA 2 since 2012. This is the highest number of cases to be found in a single year, and more than doubles the total number of CWD-positive deer found in the wild in Pennsylvania...

Wildlife impact on crop fields reviewed May 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact wildlife ... Produce buyers can't or won't be able to buy vegetables in which a certain number of deer have defecated ... 

... For Pennsylvanians, the changing climate could strip away two of its state symbols: the eastern hemlock tree and the brook trout... Providing protection from erosion along stream banks, food for deer and wildlife, and shelter for deer in the winter, hemlock is also valued both as an ornamental tree and as an important source of lumber...

Mt. Lebanon, Culling of 219 deer a success, Mt. Lebanon official says April 30, 2016 Tribune-Review
... Sharpshooters and archers killed 219 deer during Mt. Lebanon's controversial effort to thin its deer herd ... Hunters killed 115 deer in a controlled sharpshooting hunt that began in February and ended in March... They killed 104 deer in an archery hunt ...

Mt. Lebanon has a thinking problem April 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... There used to be a buck that watched over two doe, and a doe I often saw scampering across Cedar Boulevard with her trio of fawns.  I have not seen any of these deer since last summer. It breaks my heart to know that they probably perished in the cull. More than 250 deer were killed in Mt. Lebanon this past year ... I am moving out – to a place where wildlife is celebrated, not exterminated...

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will spray for gypsy moths April 25, 2016 PGC News
... The spraying follows a 2015 statewide inventory of gypsy-moth impacts that detected defoliation on more than 90,000 acres... will spray for gypsy moths on more than 32,000 acres of state game lands this spring, the largest spraying effort to protect wildlife habitat since 2008... “Prior to gypsy-moth impacts, oak trees in Huntingdon County reportedly were producing 173 pounds of acorns per acre,” he explained. “After gypsy moths, the same areas were yielding only 67 pounds of acorns per acre... Deer reproduction and their survival over winter suffer when acorns are sparse. Neotropical birds, such as cerulean warblers, occupy habitats dominated by oaks. Wild turkey and ruffed grouse populations also depend on acorns.” ...

Types of Habitat Used by White-tail Deer - April 21, 2016 Pennsylvania


[The presentation starts 5 minutes and 50 seconds into the video]: Join Dr. Christopher Rosenberry for a look at the impact of predators on white-tailed deer fawns during their first year of life. Discussion will include the results of 15 years’ worth of field studies on predator impacts and the Game Commission’s plan to respond to detrimental levels of predation. - April 15, 2016


Drone ban, antlerless change on PGC agenda April 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lewistown Sentinel
...  a preliminary vote to enact a ban on the flying of unmanned aerial vehicles over lands or waters designated as state game lands... Commissioners also cut in half the advance time state residents have to apply for antlerless licenses ...

Wild game poacher fined $18,000 April 12, 2016 Pennsylvania, Chambersburg Public Opinion
...  ordered to pay $18,531 in fines plus replacement costs for two large antlered deer and will lose his hunting privileges for several years...  66 counts of unlawful taking and possession of game or wildlife ...

... Communities using deer-cull permits have been making headlines in recent years, perhaps most notably western Pennsylvania’s Mount Lebanon, that has controversially used contractors ... will change if a regulation ... approved ...

Couple Rescues Deer After It Falls into Their Pool April 11, 2016 Pennsylvania, WNEP-TV 16
... “I started tapping on the pool. He came right over to me like he knew and I just reached in, grabbed him, lift him up, put him on the ground,” ... His rear legs weren't working at all. They were just frozen...  put towels and blankets and I laid on top of him for a couple minutes to try to warm him up ...

...Pennsylvania resident hunters will have a week less of lead time over nonresident hunters in applying for antlerless deer hunting licenses, half of the two weeks they've traditionally enjoyed ...

Revenue discussion. Pa. State Rep. Dave Maloney inquires about deer management issues and a Game and Fisheries Commission meeting. Discusses burning habitat. - April 7, 2016


Antlerless deer allocations remain unchanged April 6, 2016 Pennsylvania, News Item
... Attempting to balance the recovery of the deer herd in the two local Wildlife Management Units of 4C and 4E while providing hunters the opportunity to take an antlerless deer in those WMUs, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners allocated the same number of doe licenses for the 2016-17 seasons as were issued for 2015-16...

Doe license allocation set for 2016-17 April 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Biologists had recommended issuing 858,000 ... Commissioners ... tweaked that proposal ... They pretty much mirror what was approved for the 2015-16 seasons ... they're seeing more deer, and we want to keep it that way for another year ...

Final 2016-17 Hunting/Trapping Seasons Approved April 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... The board voted to allocate 748,000 antlerless deer licenses statewide...  The board also voted to issue 124 elk licenses (25 antlered, 99 antlerless) for the 2016 hunt.  The licenses again will be awarded by lottery, and the deadline to enter the drawing is July 31...The Board of Game Commissioners adopted a slate of deer seasons for 2016-17, retaining a split, five-day antlered deer season (Nov. 28-Dec. 2) and seven-day concurrent season (Dec. 3-10) in 18 Wildlife Management Units... The board retained the same antler restrictions by which adult and senior license holders have abided since the 2011-12 seasons. It remains the “three-up” on one side, not counting a brow tine, provision for the western Wildlife Management Units of 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, and the three points on one side in all other WMUs. 

Commissioners Emphasize Deer Control Through Hunting April 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     Municipalities and other political subdivisions that request permits to manage deer populations soon might need to more strongly consider managing deer through hunting before gaining approval to use another method... The amendments will be brought back to the July meeting for a final vote...

Antlerless doe license recommendations proposed April 4, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Biologists want 858,000 doe tags, or 13 percent more than the 746,500 commissioners approved last season. That would reduce the deer herd in two wildlife management units (3C and 4B), increase it in one (3A) and maintain it at existing levels in the remaining 20 ...

... The state’s Special Elk Conservation Tag – a license created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and auctioned off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to benefit wildlife – commanded a stunning $85,000 at auction March 26.  Not only is that a record amount, it eclipses the previous high of $52,500 – set last year ...

Pennsylvania Herd Management March 26, 2016 Lebanon Daily News
... In 2000, PGC began what was to be a five-year, statewide, herd-reduction program ...  Although the stated intention was to stabilize the size of the state herd beginning in 2005 ... herd numbers were not stabilized, but continued to decline – especially in northern-tier counties...  the resulting negative economic impact had reached $285-415 million per year...

Adult buck harvests increase March 25, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... A staggering 59 percent of whitetail bucks killed by hunters in Pennsylvania in the recent deer seasons, were 2 1/2 years old or older.  Hunters have seen the quality of bucks improve since the advent of antler restrictions. Now they are reaping in the benefits of more mature whitetails ...

Bill Would Enable Game Commission to Set License Fees March 23, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     Legislation that would enable the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set fees for hunting and furtaker licenses today was moved forward in the state Senate.
Senate Bill 1166 was introduced March 18, and today the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee unanimously moved the bill out of committee. It would need to pass by majority votes in the Senate, then the House of Representatives, before it could be signed into law by the governor.  Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said Senate Bill 1166 would serve to ensure wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania is adequately funded, both now and in the future....

... 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.” ...

Game Commissioners considering changes to expired licenses, deer cull March 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... In January, board members heard complaints about a deer cull occurring in a gated community in the Poconos... Commissioners subsequently directed staff to draw up regulations saying before a community can get such a permit, it must give hunters a chance to control deer...

It's shed hunting time March 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... “Antlers serve as a mechanism for competing for mates ... During the post-rut, when antlers are no longer necessary, testosterone levels drop, causing the loss of a layer of cells at the base of the antlers. As those cells are depleted, it dissolves the bond linking the antler to the skull, and the antler is shed.” ...

Pa. deer harvest numbers are crucial March 18, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
... It’s true that many bucks being harvested are now carrying larger racks, on the whole, than they had in the past, and most hunters I’ve talked to agree with antler restrictions. Taking the time to be sure the buck you have before you is legal is a common complaint ...

Antler, rules allow older bucks March 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Evening Sun
... The report showed 59 percent of the whitetail bucks taken in the last season were 2 1/2 years old or older which is the highest percentage of adult bucks harvested in decades.  PGC officials believe this is the result of the antler restrictions put in place a number of years ago ...

...  33,000 fewer antlerless licenses were allocated statewide in 2015-16, compared to the previous year.  Reducing the allocation of doe licenses within a wildlife management unit allows deer numbers to grow there. Records show it takes an allocation of about four antlerless licenses to harvest one antlerless deer ...

Harvests increased statewide in 2015-16, report shows March 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
      The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported results from the 2015-16 deer seasons, which closed in January.  Hunters harvested an estimated 315,813 deer – an increase of about 4 percent compared to the 2014-15 harvest of 303,973.  Of those, 137,580 were antlered deer – an increase of about 15 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 119,260 bucks were taken. Hunters also harvested an estimated 178,233 antlerless deer in 2015-16, which represents an about 4 percent decrease compared to the 184,713 antlerless deer taken in 2014-15.
     The percentage of older bucks in the harvest might well be the most eye-popping number in the report.  A whopping 59 percent of whitetail bucks taken by Pennsylvania hunters during the 2015-16 deer seasons were 2½ years old or older, making for the highest percentage of adult bucks in the harvest in decades...

A White-tail's Antlers: Shed Hunting for Beginners March 13, 2016 Pennsylvania, GoErie.com Blogs
... Finding antlers shed from a white-tailed deer can be as exciting and challenging as hunting for the animal itself. Each year bucks who have survived the hunting season will usually drop their headgear sometime before late winter or early spring ... collectors paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars for a complete set ...

Poaching remains steady over last three years in state March 13, 2016 Pennsylvania, Herald Standard
... Baiting deer is a growing violation across the state.  The number of citations issued for baiting increased from 311 in the 2012-13 season, to 422 in 2013-14 and to 467 in 2014-15, Lau said...  harvesting over the limit and shooting deer out of season are the most common violations he sees...

Mt. Lebanon sharpshooting program ends March 11, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... an unofficial count of 115 animals culled... will be charged $74,375 for the service ... [$647 per deer]  . “Shooting guns in a community with 5,500 people per square mile is a symptom of a broken local government.” ... said resident Nita Fandray ...
... four “jacklighted,” or spotted deer in Derry, Unity and Mount Pleasant townships.  “Throughout the course of the investigation, we discovered 11 deer were taken unlawfully ...

Senate bill proposes $10 increase in cost of resident hunting or furtaker license March 7, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
      Legislation that would authorize Pennsylvania’s first hunting-license fee increase in more than 17 years – critical funding for the state’s wildlife and the future of hunting and trapping – was introduced Friday in the state Senate.
Senate Bill 1148 of 2015, which is sponsored by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks County; and cosponsored by Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties; and Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe and Northampton counties, would increase the fee for a resident general hunting or furtaker license by $10, from $19 to $29....

White deer a treat for wildlife watchers March 5, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Delaware tribes in what would become Pennsylvania believed that when two all-white deer are seen together, it is a sign their ancestral “Peoples of the Dawnland” have returned to lead the world with their wisdom...

Mt. Lebanon required to disclose deer hunt records March 3, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records granted resident Elaine Gillen’s appeal challenging the municipality’s refusal to disclose the addresses and names of property owners who participated in the wildlife management program... requires Mt. Lebanon to provide all relevant e-mail messages within a month...

Mt. Lebanon, Fine reduced from $300 to $1 for Mt. Lebanon deer trespasser March 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
...  she came upon part of Mt. Lebanon's controversial deer cull taking place along a path she had strolled since she was a child.... cited Castor, 52, of Cambridge, Mass., with defiant trespassing and interfering with a lawful hunt after she followed the hunter onto private land, taking pictures with her cellphone...

... The commissioner said there is already a lot of angst among sportsmen who only hunt deer during the firearms season that archers take most of the big bucks before rifle hunters get into the woods...

Revenue outlook spotty for Fish and Boat, Game commissions February 27, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Hunting fees haven't increased since 1999.  That makes this the longest period between hikes since the Great Depression, Game Commission director Matt Hough said... But this is an election year for all 203 representatives, and traditionally they don't like to raise prices before voters go to the polls...

Pa. Game Commission asks to hike hunting fees February 25, 2016 Pennsylvania, Chambersburg Public Opinion
... “I have no doubt that these proposals will not be popular with the general public and our hunting-license buyers, but without additional revenues we will have no choice but to make significant reductions to our budget,” ...

Game Commission Delivers Annual Report to Legislature [comments on Chronic Wasting Disease] February 24, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to maintain its foothold in the Commonwealth. CWD is a fatal disease that affects the brain and central nervous system of deer and elk. It was first found on a captive deer farm in Adams County in 2012, and subsequently on two captive deer farms in Jefferson County in 2014. 
Since it first appeared in free-ranging deer in 2013, 17 wild deer from Bedford, Blair and Fulton counties have tested positive for CWD. Seven of those deer were uncovered in the past year. 
     The Commission has issued Executive Orders establishing boundaries and regulations for three Disease Management Areas, including a ban on the movement of high-risk deer parts from these areas. It also has established an enhanced monitoring program.  The monitoring program continues to document CWD in wild deer. Those cases have prompted increased concern, and expansion of Disease Management Area 2 in 2015...

Mt. Lebanon, High-percentage female harvest cited as success in Mt. Lebanon archery hunt February 23, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac 
... Eighty-three percent female harvest … ... “The good thing about baiting, what it allows, is for deer to be drawn into areas where they can be harvested, which is critical in Mt. Lebanon,” he said, with regard to the dense population locally.  The problem, though, is that it is not permitted in Allegheny County ...

Hunting for shed antlers is a popular winter hobby February 21, 2016 Pennsylvania, Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
... There are a number of factors that determine when a buck will shed its antlers. The process is triggered by a decrease in testosterone that causes cells at the base of the antlers to reabsorb calcium. The re-absorption process is quick, and usually antlers fall off within a day...

Managing land can be beneficial to animals, hunters February 21, 2016 Pennsylvania, Citizens Voice
...  “We’ve experimented with different crops, but clover seems to be the best option for year round nutrition and lower maintenance,” ... Aumen plants clover that deer nibble in summer and turnips from which deer eat the leaves in autumn and the tubers in winter...

Mt. Lebanon deer strategy will not include doe sterilization February 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The proposal by the Humane Society of the United States and White Buffalo to surgically render does infertile as an experiment in deer reduction was dropped when a funding group ended its support for the project and the state game commission denied Mt. Lebanon’s request for a special permit...

No change in deer seasons for 2016-17 ... February 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
... no changes to last year’s seasons were proposed for the upcoming hunting year.  It’s been a while since Pennsylvania’s deer seasons have been identical from one season to the next. Usually, there’s some tweaking done every year ...

... Scientists studying mosquitoes at the National Zoo have discovered a previously unknown species of the malaria parasite in white-tailed deer... if you’re wondering if deer can spread malaria to other animals or people, Martinsen says, don’t be concerned.  “It’s very unlikely that … these malaria parasites will switch into other mammal species, and it’s very highly unlikely that they will switch into humans.” ...

Bill would allow tracking dogs in hunts for deer and bears February 8, 2016 Pennsylvania, Reading Eagle 
...  use trained blood-sniffing dogs to track deer that hunters have shot but can't find...the proposal has the backing of hunting groups, the state Game Commission and more state lawmakers ...

Deer-forest study valuable to hunters February 6, 2016 Pennsylvania, Centre Daily
... the research will test the effectiveness of the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to increase the antlerless harvest and the ability of PGC and DCNR forest evaluation tools to accurately detect changes in vegetation in response to deer abundance... read news about the Deer Forest Study

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 ...

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 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,16 per square mile of hunting land.  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. 
     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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