Game Commission Releases 2012-2013 Deer Harvest Estimates March 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

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Game Commission Releases 2012-2013 Deer Harvest Estimates March 25, 2013 Pennsylvania, PGC News Release
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported that, in the state’s 2012-13 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 343,110 deer, which is an increase of about two percent from the previous seasons’ harvest of 336,200.  Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about five percent from the previous license year’s harvest of 127,540. Also, hunters harvested 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 antlerless deer taken in 2011-12.
     “This year’s antlered deer harvest is slightly above the average harvest since 2005, when agency efforts began to stabilize deer populations in most of the state,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “The age structure of the antlered deer harvest was 49 percent 1.5 year-old-bucks and 51 percent 2.5-year-old and older bucks.  “The antlerless hunter success rate remained at about 25 percent for licenses issued. This is on average with harvest success for recent years. The age structure of this year’s antlerless deer harvest was 61 percent adult females, 22 percent button bucks, and 18 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.”
      For additional information on Pennsylvania’s 2012-13 deer harvest, please go to the agency’s website –www.pgc.state.pa.us – and click on “White-Tailed Deer” on the homepage, and then select 2012-13 Deer Harvest Estimates under “Deer Management.” 


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