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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Preliminary Deer Harvest
From today's PGC presentation to the House Game and Fisheries Committee:
I would like to begin by addressing several of our wildlife-management issues. Of particular interest to you, as well as the public, is the success of our hunters and furtakers during the 2012-13 hunting seasons.
Based on the sex, age, and kill (SAK) data collected by our 33 deer-aging teams, which examined 26,000 deer and hunter-harvest reports, we estimate that our hunters harvested <span style="text-decoration: underline">343,110</span> deer during the combined deer seasons in 2012-13.
The antlered harvest was <span style="text-decoration: underline">133,860</span> and the antlerless harvest was <span style="text-decoration: underline">209,250</span>. The antlered harvest was a <span style="font-weight: bold">5 percent increase</span> over the harvest in 2011-12 and the antlerless harvest was very similar to the 2011-12 harvest.
In comparison to years prior to the implementation of antler restrictions, the age structure and the number of 2.5-year-old and older bucks have increased.
Archery hunters were responsible for 32 percent of the total antlered deer harvest, and 48 percent of the archery antlered harvest was taken by individuals using crossbows
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