Pennsylvania Deer News

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: The hard winter in 2013-14 reduced populations that had generally been stable to increasing into 2013.   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
     According to the Nature Tourism project, the deer population grew from 1.2 million deer in 2006 to 1.6 million in 2011. After antler restrictions on hunters were introduced in 2002, the observed ratio of button bucks to adult bucks dropped from 15-to-1 in the winter of 2002 to 2-to-1 in 2004. Yearling buck survival has increased from 15 to 52 percent, harvest of adult bucks has increased from 20 to 50 percent. The observed ratio of adult doe to adult bucks fell from 14-to-1 to 2-to-1 over that period. 90 percent of all deer are conceived between mid-October and mid-December.  About 750,000 deer hunters.  Hunting license sales peaked in 1982 at 1.3 million, 952,989 sold in 2013.  Hunting sucess about 33 percent in 2013.
    Chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania was first discovered in the wild herd in 2013 in Bedford and Blair counties . First detected in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams county.  Pennsylvania has 1,127 deer farms.
     In the early 1900's. the Pennsylvania deer population was so low that the Game Commission began stocking deer in 1906.  Does were protected from 1907 until 1928 to boost the population.  In 1923 minimum 2 points to an antler or 6-inch spike was required for a buck.  in 1938 the buck season is closed, only antlerless deer are legal.  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 eliminated in the late 1800s.  The last far eastern elk was killed in 1869.  Between 1913 and 1926 the Game Commission released 177 elk.  In 1998 a three year long trap and transfer program expanded the elk's range.  The elk herd has grown from roughly 65 in 1971 to about 800 in 2011.
     An estimated 18,000 bears in 2013, probably a little higher in 2014.

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

Other useful links:
Deer Management Plan: "Pennsylvania's Constitution and Game and Wildlife Code direct the Game Commission to protect, manage, and preserve wildlife and their habitat . . . for the benefit of all people, including generations yet to come."

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