EHD impact/harvest numbers
Lot of talk about the impact or lack thereof from EHD this past summer and fall in the southwest corner of the state. Since it is generally accepted that antlered harvest is the best indicator of deer populations, and the PGC uses antlered harvest to model populations, it is interesting to see that the antlered harvest in 2A fell 13% and in 2B it fell 22%, while it increased in the rest of the state in most every WMU.
Does that add up to potentially "thousands" of deer being killed by the bug as many within the effected areas suggested?
Apparently hunters did not "self restrict" on doe harvest, as some affiliated with the PGC told me they would do, since the antlerless kill held its own in these same areas. With the deer population down prior to last hunting season, and a large doe harvest added on top of that, should the PGC reduce allocations in 2A this year since the PGC has 2A in herd stabilization mode for some time?
I don't believe allocations should be reduced in 2B since deer need killed there, but the argument can be made that in 2A they should be, IMO, since we have hard evidence the impact was significant.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!