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how does the game commission determine the size of the deer herd? is it just an estimate like the harvest reports?
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http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal...ity/deer/11949

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this is from the pgc website on deer estimates. Seems to me like I already thought they dont have a clue and the systems used are guesses at best


2. How can the PGC manage deer without knowing the number of deer?
Like other states, the PGC monitors deer populations by tracking trends. Deer management recommendations are made to increase, decrease, or stabilize those trends. To make recommendations, the actual number of deer in a wildlife management unit (WMU) is not needed.

8. Are PASAK estimates accurate?
A comparison between PASAK estimates and the actual number of deer in a WMU is not possible. As a result, accuracy of PASAK estimates cannot be determined.
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They track trends,that is why some areas of good habitat are below capacity and will remain so for decades.
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They count legs, then divide by four.




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My method is different, John. I usually count ears and divide by 2.
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how does the game commission determine the size of the deer herd? is it just an estimate like the harvest reports?
I looks complicated




but once you get the hang of it--it's fairly easy


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My method is different, John. I usually count ears and divide by 2.
How do you account for deer with only one ear?



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