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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Warren, Pa - Clarion Co. Camp
From my own personal observations in exactly ONE WMU and traveling between two opposing ends of it:
2F North (Warren/Forest....ANF) the herd is increasing. The habitat is better than it was 10-15 years ago. Hunting pressure is down. Logging might be up a tick. It's almost all public land and large tracts of timber.
2F South (Southern Forest/Northern Clarion) the herd is highly populated and stable. The habitat is the same as it always is. Hunting pressure is the same as well. This is largely private lands, farmlands, broken ag/woodlots. Logging is consistent and more frequent from property to property with plenty of habitat/food for everything to thrive.
These two areas couldn't be much more different, actually. I live in the north of 2F....I gladly drive an hour to southern 2F to hunt. Northern 2F was abysmal hunting for a decade+ while there was virtually no change in the southern end aside from the already bigger bucks getting bigger and more plentiful due to AR. HR has almost no affect in the southern end. HR decimated the northern end.
That said, I'm not even sure how so many deer survived in the northern end in the past....there was no understory, no food aside from mast crops, no cover to speak of and a deer behind every tree.