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Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Pittsburgh / DuBois
My Perspective on EHD
These are the Deer Harvest numbers from the last two years in WMU 2A: 7,000 (6,500) antlered, 9,200 (10,500) antlerless; and WMU 2B: 5,800 (5,200) antlered, 14,000 (15,000) antlerless;
So if EHD kills 10,000 or 15,000 deer this year how does that decimate the deer herd for years to come? If hunters stay on pace from the last two years then I would say there are way to many deer in SWPA. If the kill number is lower then no big deal right? it should rebound just fine next year.
I think hunters get so obsessed with wanting to kill deer they lose sight of what our responsibility as hunters really is and that we are just a tool to keep nature at a healthy balance and not be entitled to see a bunch of deer and get to kill one whenever we want.
It's funny how we kill over 36,000 deer in SWPA in a season and that's fine, but when nature takes a few thousand everyone panics and complains that the PGC for not doing their duty to hunters.