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Deer Harvest Reporting and Estimates

I was curious. The Game News had an article on deer harvest estimates. It pointed out some of the inherent problems (non-reporting, method of reporting, etc.). Some hunters don't agree with their numbers. The polls compares the number of hunters who report their harvest against the PGC estimate.
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Re: Deer Harvest Reporting and Estimates

I always report and I think the estimate is too high. There is a post in the ar hr forums that pretty much proves it.
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I turn my deer in. And I think that they lie about the harvest numbers.
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I always have reported my harvest. Sorry to say I have nothing to report YET this season.

I don't know if the harvest estimate is too high or too low or just right. Way too many variables in the formula used by the PGC for me to guess. It may be just right Statewide, but for some WMU's it may be too high or too low.

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Estimates are too high.

I almost spit milk all over the screen laughing when I saw "the estimate is too low, there are more deer" option.
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Re: Deer Harvest Reporting and Estimates

i have no idea what the harvest is, and i don't know how any individual could say anything different. it's a big state, and no one gets around enough to get a realistic idea of more than a couple small areas.

that being said, i do put my faith in the pgc, and their estimates have been proven accurate. if anyone disagrees with that, i'd ask who should we beleive?

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I was curious. The Game News had an article on deer harvest estimates. It pointed out some of the inherent problems (non-reporting, method of reporting, etc.). Some hunters don't agree with their numbers. The polls compares the number of hunters who report their harvest against the PGC estimate.
The questions on deer harvest estimates seem to express two oposing opinions in the same question.
By voting that the estimates are too low, I would think that a hunter feels that more deer are being harvested than estimates indicate. This would lead to over harvesting and lower actual herd numbers.
If a hunter believes that the estimates are too high, he would think that not enough deer are being harvested and the herd is actually increasing.

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Re: Deer Harvest Reporting and Estimates

In my opinion it is possible that some WMU'S can be estimated too low or too high. It depends on how many field checks and processor checks were done in each WMU. I think that hunters who were field checked are more likely to report their harvest than those who don't know they were checked at the processors.

I believe that the report rate varies so much between WMU's for this reason.

Last year the report rate for does varied between 19% and 45%, for bucks it was between 31% and 45%.

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Just after the regular seasson last year, Pennsylvania Outdoor Life host "Jake" asked a group of about 20 hunters how many got a deer. Nearly everyone raised there hand. When asked how many reported their harvest, only 3 raised their hands.
You would think that the rate of those checked in the field and taking their deer to processors would have 100% compliance. But the estimates are still 40%.

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Re: Deer Harvest Reporting and Estimates

Your opinion but then you think Eveland is right on with his bogus report so I take what you write with a grain of salt.

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