Pennsylvania Deer News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The great bait debate September 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, Daily Local News
... surveys suggested that ... less than 40 percent used bait. After the folks at the PGC concluded that the success rates of hunters who used bait were essentially the same as those who didn’t, they recommended that baiting here be discontinued ... the PGC has now reversed course ... hunters who intend to use bait must apply for a PGC Deer Attractant Permit ...

... it appears that two men were "red-tag hunting" for deer on a neighboring property when a stray bullet entered a window of the home, seriously wounding the baby and grazing his father...

PA archery deer season opens Saturday September 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, LancasterOnline
... Through the 1990s, Pennsylvania always licensed more than 300,000 resident adult archers, but then that figure slipped through the 2000s, hitting a low of 255,188 in 2007. In 2009, when crossbows were legalized for everyone to use in any archery season, the license numbers started to shoot up, peaking last year at 312,045...

Studies detail buck behavior September 27, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... "What I found is that the average home range throughout the year is about 1,000 acres. I think it's larger than people really realize. It's larger than I thought,” ... during the rut — which Olson defined as the month of November — bucks are likely to wind up anywhere, he said. One walked 4 miles outside his home range, going up and down hills, then turned around and came back all in one day...

Federal employees plan to shoot 200 deer in Gettysburg parks September 25, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Evening Sun
... The Park Service's deer management program got its start in 1995, when an estimated 447 deer occupied each square mile of forest. Officials at the time established a goal of 25 deer per square mile.  The Gettysburg parks currently have a deer population of about 60 to 65 deer per square mile ...

     Simply sterilizing Mt. Lebanon's deer population won't reduce collisions with vehicles unless it's combined with a program to shoot deer, a consultant told the board of commissioners on Monday. J. Merlin Benner, president of Wellsboro-based Wildlife ... [research on cost effective alternatives to reduce traffic accidents] ... Mt. Lebanon hired U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters from 2006 to 2008 to cull the population but discontinued the arrangement because of safety concerns...

Deer aren’t always to blame for vehicle collisions September 21, 2014 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader 
... Many blame development of rural areas - which pushes deer into smaller woodlots and requires them to move more ... Research conducted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission ... showed that most yearling bucks break away from the areas in which they were born and will travel several miles - some as much as 40, searching for new areas. This movement occurs from mid-October through November...

... Lower Makefield has again contracted with the non-profit Big Oak Whitetail Management Association (BOWMA) to supervise the hunt which entails only the use of crossbows and compound-bows... [Comment from reader]: They been doing this for years and I have not seen a decrease in the deer population ...

Pittsburgh airport holds lottery for hunting permits September 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, USA Today 
... Last year, 79 hunters each paid $10 to put their name in the lottery, with the winners paying an additional $5 for their permits. This year, the lottery odds were much better, with fewer than 30 hunters entering the pool...

... Altoona used to require that residents have at least a 1-acre parcel to hunt on and have permission from their neighbors. But when the Altoona City Council approved its new regulations in August, it decided permission from neighbors and a minimum lot size are no longer hunting requirements...

Pa. Drivers Rank 2nd Among Most Likely To Hit Deer September 16, 2014 Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh 
... October, November and December are especially dangerous because deer are out looking for a mate, and hunters are invading their territory.  They’re also more active during dusk and dawn, meaning they’re more likely to cross into traffic during those times. They often travel in groups...

Study reveals moves of mature Pa. bucks September 15, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... The results of his study revealed an average home range for mature bucks that fluctuated by season: fall – 900 acres; winter – 800 acres; spring – 717 acres; and summer – 415 acres.  Likewise, the core areas also varied: fall – 116 acres; winter – 115 acres; spring – 100 acres; and summer – 60 acres. These figures were similar in comparison to the studies conducted in other states...

Lingering impact of winter not expected to hamper early hunts September 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Red oaks are producing, but Ternent said acorn production is "pretty poor" among white oaks in the middle of the state... Bitter cold that reached 16 below zero in parts of Southwest Pennsylvania was hard on deer ...

Deer disease has yet to turn up in region September 11, 2014 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader 
... captive deer on a farm in Jefferson County tested positive for chronic wasting disease earlier this year ... The northeast region, however, has managed to stay CWD free so far ... Pennsylvania is among 22 states and two Canadian provinces in which CWD has been detected... 

Mt. Lebanon commission earmarks $68K for deer solution September 11, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
...  Municipal staff are currently in the process of drafting a more detailed deer management plan.  In discussing the allocation of funds, commission president Kristen Linfante reiterated her view that some combination of culling and sterilization would be necessary...

St. Mary's hearing planned; deer hunting moratorium rejected September 10, 2014 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News 
 ... A study to determine the size of the herd “was to be conducted, but we heard it was not done because it was too expensive,” Driban said. “That leaves the effectiveness question unanswered.” ... A motion by Tackel, who said he didn’t believe the program was “having any demonstrative effect on the herd,” to exclude Mondauk Woods/Dublin Chase from the program for this year while the township determines the size of the herd failed 3-4...

New rules to impact hunters September 6, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Hunters who take a deer in a disease area will be allowed to transport only certain parts of it across area boundaries. You can bring the meat, antlers and cape home but only provided no brains, spinal cords or cord tissue, eyes, tonsils, upper teeth, spleen or other banned parts remain attached...

Shaler, Survey aims to help Shaler keep tab on wildlife numbers September 3, 2014 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The Shaler Township website now features an anonymous survey through which hunters can log their animal kills  ... In 2013, archers killed 35 deer in township parks... “We're more curious to see if they (deer) are repopulating at greater numbers than we're killing,” ... 

Whitetails have a new friend in the National Deer Alliance September 2, 2013 Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Live 
... In an effort to shine the spotlight on deer and deer hunting nationwide, while uniting deer hunters, managers and others in a common goal of protecting and enhancing this wildlife resource, a new organization, the National Deer Alliance (NDA), has recently been formed. The nonprofit, which launched in late July, was born out of a national Whitetail Summit held by the Quality Deer Management Association ...

Habitat for deer August 31, 2014 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has an opinion as to why whitetail deer numbers on public hunting lands have severely decreased in recent years... The second growth browse that deer fed on in those days, when lumbering and cutting was widespread, is now 40 feet high. Deer can't browse that high... That's why deer are all over on the posted farmlands. There are crops there that sustain them ...

Several issues face hunters in near future August 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, Observer-Reporter
... If the Pennsylvania Game Commission were to legalize semi-automatic rifles for deer hunters, it should pass a corresponing law banning .22 caliber firearms.  The majority of semis around here are chambered in the .223, and that round is not suitable for the average deer hunting trip... I am opposed to being in the woods with someone spraying bullets from one at a deer...

Game Commission details chronic wasting disease August 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, Clearfield Progress
... Justin Brown, DVM, Ph.D., ... said the disease is hard to detect because only dead animals can be tested for it... the disease is hard to catch in the early stages, which is why they test deer that are older than 12 months. He added they target the deer they believe could possibly be positive... it starts with a few deer in a small area and then spreads out in a circle. He noted it is like a "brush fire," and then sparks start it up in surrounding areas...

7 more CWD deer found August 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News 
... a deer farm just west of DuBois ... a total of nine deer testing positive for the disease... an “unprecedented level of infection in a captive deer herd.” ... what happens after those positive Jefferson County deer urinated on the ground and those [disease causing] prions flowed outside the fence ...

... Pennsylvania detected CWD in 2012 at a deer farm in Adams County. The disease since has been detected in free-ranging deer in Bedford and Blair counties, and in captive deer at a Jefferson County deer farm.  There is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine...

Biologists Find Unprecedented Level of CWD in Deer Farm August 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Deer & Deer Hunting
... The seven deer were identified earlier this year on a farm in Pennsylvania as having the disease ... “This is an unprecedented level of infection in a captive deer herd,” ...

Mt. Lebanon creeps toward decision on deer solution August 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac 
... Discussion at the Aug. 25 meeting centered on the possibility of allocating $40,000 in unassigned fund balance to deer sterilization... Tony DeNicola, president of wildlife management consultancy White Buffalo, told her new research indicated a community may have to cull 90 percent of its deer population in the initial effort. Otherwise, breeding may soon offset any population reduction...

CWD Impacts Pennsylvanians Who Hunt Out-of-state August 22, 2014 
    Those who hunt out-of-state are reminded that Pennsylvania prohibits importing specific carcass parts from members of the deer family – including mule deer, elk and moose – from 21 states and two Canadian provinces.  The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose in: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland (only from CWD Management Area), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York (only from Madison and Oneida counties), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area), West Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area, which includes parts of three counties), Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan...

Public Meeting to Inform on CWD August 21, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC New
     Game Commission to host Aug. 28 meeting in DuBois.  Those who want to learn more about chronic wasting disease, and the rules that apply within areas of the state where the disease has been detected, can attend a public meeting to be held next week in DuBois, Clearfield County. The meeting, to be hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and held Thursday, Aug. 28 in the auditorium at DuBois Area Senior High School, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. The high school is located at 425 Orient Ave. in DuBois. Doors will open at about 5 p.m. DuBois, as well as portions of Punxsutawney and Brookville, lie within Disease Management Area 3 (DMA 3), established by the Game Commission in May after chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected at a captive deer facility in Jefferson County.

Johnstown, Attempted Deer Rescue August 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, WTAJ 
... two other deer that were trapped in the same location already died... Tuesday evening around 15 people went into the Conemaugh to try and get the deer out...

Meridian Township Looking To Expand Deer Hunt August 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, WILX 
...  the township is trying to expand its deer management program. Hunters have been allowed on certain public properties, mainly land preserves and parks big enough for hunting and far enough from homes. Now the township wants to expand that to private land...

Specifics of predatory study still up in air  August 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, TribLive.com
... Commissioner Ralph Martone also said he's opposed to spending millions on a study, in large part because it's unlikely the board can or will do anything with any answers it gets... Commissioner Ron Weaner of Adams County said there's no evidence predators are impacting deer on a population scale ... 


Study shows CWD-infected deer tend to go low August 11, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... A study of the spread of chronic wasting disease among white-tailed deer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania found that infected deer tend to cluster in low-lying open and developed areas...

Centre Hall, Rabid Deer Found August 8, 2014 Pennsylvania, WTAJ
... A white-tailed deer has tested positive for rabies.  The Department of Health says the deer was found in Empire Court Trailer Park in Centre Hall...

Walked out my front door to find these two fawns roaming my yard. They seemed to know I was there but didn't care as long as I didn't advance. Then they got called for dinner and scampered into the woods. Gotta love living next to Evansburg State Park. - August 9, 2014



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... Seven deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease are providing researchers with valuable samples ...  from an infected Reynoldsville, Jefferson County ... "This is an unprecedented level of infection in a captive deer herd,"... This marks the 14th white-tailed deer in the state to test positive for the disease since 2012...     

Deer Alliance makes debut July 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... The group has been in development since the first Whitetail Summit was held in Missouri in March... “NDA's goal is to serve as the unified voice of the modern deer hunter and guardian of North America's wild deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage,”  ... nationaldeeralliance.com ... 

Radnor BOC deems winter deer cull a success July 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Main Line Media News
... The USDA culled 300 deer over 16 nights in Radnor Township, from November 25, 2013 to April 10, 2014. Another 57 deer were removed by the Chester Valley Deer Management Association bow hunters... For 2015 it will cost Radnor $51,142 for the USDA to cull deer for 10 nights. Fifteen nights would cost $72,757...

Pennsylvania to get 'elk's eye view' of habitat July 17, 2014 Press & Sun-Bulletin 
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission has fitted one of the state's resident elk with a video camera collar in hopes of determining a few things about the day-to-day life of a large cervid in the east....

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance funded a new collar for a pilot program. The new collar records video and audio and will be collected in 75 days to discover what will hopefully be new and exciting information about Pennsylvania elk.


Pennsylvania ban on Sunday hunting upheld July 14, 2014 Great Lakes Echo
... Pennsylvania’s ban on most Sunday hunting doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled in a suit against the state Game Commission.  There is no constitutional right to hunt, U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane said ... 

... Dr. Jacqueline Frair, an associate professor with the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York ... said ...  “The does all drop their fawns in a short window so it kind of overwhelms the predator - coyotes. It’s an effective strategy [predator swamping] because there’s too many fawns that the coyotes can’t kill them all,” ... Predator swamping is only effective where deer numbers are high enough to produce a significant number of fawns, Frair added. In areas where there’s few deer, it won’t work ...

Doe Licenses in Pennsylvania July 9, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News 
... Compared to the previous license year, 59,500 fewer antlerless licenses have been allocated statewide this year, and most wildlife-management units (WMUs) have fewer licenses available... A listing of antlerless licenses allocated by WMU, as well as the remaining allocation, can be viewed on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), by clicking on “Doe License Update” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage...

Camera To Provide Elk's Point of View July 3, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     What does an elk eat?  With footage captured by a tiny video camera placed on a Pennsylvania elk this week, researchers soon will find out.  The research initiative is a product of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organization headquartered at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, Pa.... on Tuesday, researchers placed a collar on an adult cow elk that not only will record her locations through GPS technology, but also will record video shot by a camera housed within the collar. 

A never-ending benefit, cutting red maples June 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, Go lackawanna 
...  Quality Deer Management Association and ... cut all the red maple trees over a several acre area on State Game Lands 57 in Wyoming County.  The purpose of the work was to provide browse and cover for deer and other wildlife.  Six months later, the benefits are evident... “By daylighting this area and eliminating the competition from red maple, these other species like spruce and cherry will really thrive here,”...

Are Pennsylvania Coyotes a $4 Million Problem? June 27, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor Life 
... The Board of Game Commissioners is all worked up about coyote predation -- and for good reason. Coyotes and other predators seem to impact deer numbers across the country, and are continuing to grow as a topic … the rub is the $3.9 million research proposal submitted by staffers. Everyone seems to be choking on the price ... 

... In an historical reenactment of what took place in Pennsylvania in 2006, Missouri lawmakers passed legislation this year that would classify captive deer as livestock with the Agriculture Department responsible for the industry...The Missouri Conservation Commission this month endorsed regulations that include a ban on importing deer from other states and requiring double-fencing for new permit-holders...

... A Pennsylvania bill that would legalize AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles for hunting is being criticized by hunters themselves ... “Marksmanship is the essence of an ethical deer hunt. Spraying 11 shots at a deer (or group of deer) has little to do with marksmanship or ethics,” ...

Commission predator study moving along June 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Commissioners have been calling for a study for more than a year. Commission biologists are less enthusiastic, saying their indexes suggest that predation, while certainly occurring, is not hurting deer at a population level.  Still, they recently presented commissioners with a study proposal. It called for doing research over five years in three 150-square-mile study areas and involved lowering black bear and coyote populations significantly... 

Fertility control' can help manage wildlife June 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Daily News
... Fertility vaccine also works in deer. Research by Tufts University scientists and others performed in three locations - Fire Island National Seashore in New York, the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland, and Fripp Island in North Carolina - led to reductions in urban deer populations by 30 to 60 percent. The findings were published in Wildlife Research and the Journal of Zoo Wildlife Medicine by Allen Rutberg and colleagues...

U.S. judge kills lawsuit challenging Pa.'s Sunday hunting ban June 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania 
... Saying its arguments miss the mark, a federal judge on Wednesday shot down a lawsuit a sportsmen's group filed challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's ban on most Sunday hunting....

... According to Macan, for the 2013-14 season, bow hunters bagged 144 deer, 71 in Lower Makefield and 73 in Upper Makefield...

House passes bill affirming right of poaching suspects to remain silent June 13, 2014 Pennsylvania, Chambersburg Public Opinion
... An alleged poaching incident has been the inspiration for an attempt to repeal the part of Pennsylvania's Game and Wildlife Code requiring a suspect to answer a wildlife conservation officer... A person refusing to talk to a Game Commission employee about a slain or wounded big game animal is subject to a fine of $150 to $300...

Pine, Reducing deer herd aim in Pine June 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pine property owners now can request that hired sharpshooters reduce local deer herds... “When township involvement is requested, the township can seek permission from private property owners, but will not authorize activity on private property, without the owner's consent,” according to the new policy...

Saw Creek resident says deer kill ballot is slanted June 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pocono Record 
... The board has been vocally opposed to a controversial amendment to community bylaws that would require a vote of the membership before any deer management efforts are implemented ... Anyone about to vote "yes" for the amendment gets a pop-up message as the computer's curser hovers over the "yes" box.  "The board of directors urges you to vote 'no' on this amendment," the pop-up says in underlined red letters...

Philadelphia Daily News 
... Jeff Houdret once enjoyed watching white-tailed deer roam Valley Forge National Historical Park... Over eight nights between November 2013 and March 2014, Department of Agriculture sharpshooters killed 116 deer... Valley Forge was home to about 1,277 deer... 

Upper Makefield OKs 2014 deer hunt June 5, 2014 Pennsylvania, Bucks County Courier Times
...  The township supervisors have again decided to hire the Big Oak Whitetail Management Association to control the township's deer population through a bow hunt...  Last year, BOWMA hunters killed 71 deer in Upper Makefield...

New Hunting Permit Part of CWD Response June 5, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News 
    The Pennsylvania Game Commission is enlisting assistance from hunters in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease.  The Game Commission has developed a permit that can be used to hunt antlerless deer, but can be used only within the boundaries of what is known as Disease Management Area 2 – the lone area of the state where chronic wasting disease has been detected in free-ranging deer.
     A total of 13,000 permits will be made available with the intention of reducing the deer population by one deer per square mile in DMA 2. Responding to a need identified by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, the permits seek to focus hunting pressure inside the Disease Management Area (DMA), where deer numbers must be kept in check to slow the potential spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). 

... The white-tailed deer ... the state animal of Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, and South Carolina, the wildlife symbol of Wisconsin, and the official game animal of Oklahoma...

CWD brings new rules here May 31, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... chronic wasting disease (CWD) — an always-fatal malady that affects deer, elk and other cervids, for which there is no treatment and no cure — was something confined to the American West. Discovered in Colorado in 1967, it stayed there, within a research facility, before finally making the jump to wild elk in 1981...

Mt. Lebanon deer survey results inconsistent May 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... In 2013, an aerial survey counted 342 deer. A year later, a similar survey counted only 196 deer... Deer could have moved beyond the boundaries of Mt. Lebanon ... Benner said many townships use multiple data points to monitor deer populations. These can include police reports, reports to local administrators and data from insurance companies ... “You don’t have a bunch of scientists out there recording data in the same, repeatable way, so there’s a lot of error,” ...

Mt. Lebanon, Decrease in deer in Mt. Lebanon perplexing May 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Counting deer from an airplane with an infrared camera, contractors saw 196 in February 2014 compared with 342 at about the same time last year... the commission hadn't approved any deer-culling activities between surveys ... The municipality's ban two years ago on feeding deer might have led them to range farther in search of food ...

... 41 people have been charged in a multimillion-dollar insurance fraud scam in Philadelphia... "When crafting bogus accident claims, Galati favored deer hits, vandalism and vehicular damages from trajectory objects because each could be catagorized as a nonfault accident from which the insured would not be held liable," ...

Game Commission Board to hold quarterly meeting June 9 and 10 at agency headquarters. May 28, 2014 Pennsylvania
...On Monday, June 9, the board is slated to convene at 8:30 a.m. to hear public recommendations followed by Game Commission staff reports. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Individuals interested in offering public testimony may begin to register at 7:45 on a first-come, first-to-speak basis. Public comment is limited to five minutes and no PowerPoint presentations are permitted. On Tuesday, June 10, the Board will take up its prepared agenda. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.... Those unable to attend the meeting can watch much of it from home... An icon will be posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) on Monday and Tuesday to access the webcasts...

Third CWD Management Area Established May 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission has established a third Disease Management Area in response to chronic wasting disease being detected recently in Jefferson County.  Disease Management Area 3 (DMA 3) encompasses about 350 square miles in Jefferson and Clearfield counties, and also includes a small sliver of Indiana County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced early in April that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected at a domestic deer facility in Jefferson County, and both that facility and another associated with the same CWD-positive deer were placed under quarantine.  The state Department of Agriculture oversees all domestic deer operations in Pennsylvania, while the Game Commission is responsible for managing and protecting free-ranging wildlife and their habitats...

... commission staff on Monday presented a proposal for a $3.9 million, five-year study to determine the impact of reducing predator populations on the survival of white-tailed deer fawns.... "What I'm hearing from our customers is 'Look, commissioners, you can do whatever you want, just give me more deer.'" ...

Montrose looks at deer management options May 7, 2014 Pennsylvania, Independentweekender
... Police Chief Dale Smith said the borough does have a law on the books that bans the firing of weapons inside the town. But he added that some municipalities allow for deer management during archery season.  “That’s dangerous,” O’Malley said. She also said that the borough could run into a problem with sentimentality rising from people who enjoy seeing the beautiful creatures in the borough...

Deer disease containment for Jefferson County May 4, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Chronic Wasting Disease was not detected in any samples collected from white-tailed deer harvested during the 2013-2014 deer hunting seasons. ...Two road-killed deer in Bedford County tested positive for the disease last fall. Another infected individual was found at a captive deer farm in Jefferson County ...

Deer kill in Saw Creek stopped until at least July May 1, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pocono Record
... The plan to thin the deer herd in Saw Creek Estates Community Association with a sharpshooter is on hold while homeowners consider the issue with a community vote... Petitioners had enough signatures to get a proposed amendment ... require a vote of the membership before any deer management efforts are implemented, and that any change require a "super majority" of a two-thirds vote...

Center City deer dies during mad dash May 1, 2014 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Daily News 
... After leaping onto and off the PATCO tracks on the Ben Franklin Bridge, he jumped onto the roadway and got hit by a car. The driver thought he hit a box and didn't stop ...

Data: The hard winter in 2013-14 reduced populations that had been stable to increasing in 2013.   In 2014, the Game Commission reduced antlerless deer permits in an effort to grow the herd.  In 2011 the deer population was estimated at between 1.3 and 1.5 million by the Pennsylvania Game Commission or about 1.37 million. The deer population was estimated at 1.2 million in 2010, 1.1 million in 2008,  1.4 million in 2002,  to 1.5 million in 2000.  Population estimates have been a matter of public controversy.  About 750,000 deer hunters.  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.
     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. 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.  
    Chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania was first discovered in the wild herd in 2013 in Bedford and Blair counties . First detected in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams county.  Pennsylvania has 1,127 deer farms.
     In the early 1900's. the Pennsylvania deer population was so low that the Game Commission began stocking deer in 1906.  Does were protected from 1907 until 1928 to boost the population.  In 1923 minimum 2 points to an antler or 6-inch spike was required for a buck.  in 1938 the buck season is closed, only antlerless deer are legal. 
     The elk population was eliminated in the late 1800s, between 1913 and 1926 the Game Commission released 177 elk.  In 1998 a three year long trap and transfer program expanded the elk's range.  The elk herd has grown from roughly 65 in 1971 to about 800 in 2011.
     An estimated 18,000 bears in 2013, probably a little higher in 2014.

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

Other useful links:
Deer Chronicles - Pennsylvania Game Commission bi-annual publication.
Information about Chronic Wasting Disease from PGC  
Pennsylvania Game Commission
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."
Pennsylvania Game Commission News

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