Game Commission Delivers Annual Report to Legislature February 18, 2014

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Game Commission Delivers Annual Report to LegislatureFebruary 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     Based on the sex, age, and kill (SAK) data collected by our 33 deer-aging teams, which examined 26,000 deer and hunter-harvest reports, we estimate that our hunters harvested 343,110 deer during the combined deer seasons in 2012-13. The antlered harvest was 133,860 and the antlerless harvest was 209,250. The antlered harvest was a 5 percent increase over the harvest in 2011-12 and the antlerless harvest was very similar to the 2011-12 harvest. In comparison to years prior to the implementation of antler restrictions, the age structure and the number of 2.5-year-old and older bucks have increased. Archery hunters were responsible for 32 percent of the total antlered deer harvest, and 48 percent of the archery antlered harvest was taken by individuals using crossbows. The Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP, continues to provide both public and private landowners a tool to control deer numbers and impacts on their properties through hunting. In 2012-13, we approved 832 applications to enroll 1,479,477 acres into the DMAP program. We approved 28,170 coupons to obtain a DMAP antlerless permit and had a reported harvest of 3,852.
     During the 2012-13 elk season, the 65 licensed elk hunters harvested 19 bulls and 33 cows. The annual elk population survey was conducted in the winter of 2013 and the results of the survey totaled a minimum 833 elk in the elk range.

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