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I think we all realize that the deer population is down from the heyday of five or ten years ago , but has the population stabilized, or is it still decreasing (or is it increasing)? What makes you think so?

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 10:41 AM
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Increasing fast. Very strong fawn crops in 2010 and 2011. 18 month old bucks(2010 births) everywhere.
The population is 2x 2009 levels here in 4d.

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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 10:48 AM
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It depends on where you are located in Pa..

Some areas see LOTS of seer, others few and far between.
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Agree depends on the area.

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I hunt in N. Michaux St. Forest and in the little slice of Penns Woods that I hunt I actually think the deer herd is still on the decrease. We've had cams out for the last two years, we scout year round, habitat regen is about the same both inside and outside the fenced in cuts. Very few deer sightings in our wood's walk'n and the deer we do see we could almost name as we seem to be seeing the same few deer. Not complaining anymore as it's just the way of the future of hunting. And I doubt if the DCNR would agree with me, but after hunting the area for 20 years and going through HR and now seemingly this "stabilization" period I see less deer then I ever have. Like I said, not complaining, just say'n it as I see it with boots on the ground year round.

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Increasing fast. Very strong fawn crops in 2010 and 2011. 18 month old bucks(2010 births) everywhere.
The population is 2x 2009 levels here in 4d.
Maybe in your part of 4D but certainly not everywhere. 4D is a BIG unit.

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I hunt in N. Michaux St. Forest and in the little slice of Penns Woods that I hunt I actually think the deer herd is still on the decrease. We've had cams out for the last two years, we scout year round, habitat regen is about the same both inside and outside the fenced in cuts. Very few deer sightings in our wood's walk'n and the deer we do see we could almost name as we seem to be seeing the same few deer. Not complaining anymore as it's just the way of the future of hunting. And I doubt if the DCNR would agree with me, but after hunting the area for 20 years and going through HR and now seemingly this "stabilization" period I see less deer then I ever have. Like I said, not complaining, just say'n it as I see it with boots on the ground year round.

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I hunt both the North and South part of Michaux, as well and agree with MD. I grew up hunting all over the southern part of Michaux and while I am not expecting the same quantity of deer as the mid to late 80's, You would expect to at least have a few deer here and there. There are areas that I would guarantee no more than 1-3 dpsm andstill DMAP is being issued.

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Re: population

where i hunt northern 5c , i would say , doe population is way down but we are seeing more and bigger bucks

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post #9 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 09:57 PM
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Don't give him a swelled head. LOL

My nephew was hunting an area of 3A that we had not hunted for a while. His report was he saw a surprising number of deer this past weekend. Population, in that area, increasing. Increasing in the part of 3A that I hunt. Talked to a neighboring landowner who said he is seeing a big increase.



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Increasing fast. Very strong fawn crops in 2010 and 2011. 18 month old bucks(2010 births) everywhere.
The population is 2x 2009 levels here in 4d.
Maybe in your part of 4D but certainly not everywhere. 4D is a BIG unit.
It IS a big unit, but I bet if you ask Tussey, he'd give you some ideas for areas to hunt? Can't hurt.



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