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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-20-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Deer Hunter Survey

The August 2012 Game News arrived today. On page 42 is an article covering the PGC recent deer hunting survey. One statistic caught my eye: “51 percent of those who got a deer processed it themselves; 46 percent took their deer to a processor”. (Nothing said about the other 3%...LOL)

Anyway, I wonder how many deer that don’t make it to the processor are field checked? We all know that our current estimates are calculated by comparing field checks to harvest reports.

Would this pose a problem with the estimates? What’ca think?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2012, 12:01 AM
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I figure those 3% ate the deer on the spot, FT.
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That was my first thought also. Or maybe they didn't answer that survey question...who knows.

Blurp from the March 14 News Release

"Reporting rates are determined by cross-referencing these reports with the data collected from the 26,000 deer examined by Game Commission personnel in the field and at processors."

If 51% of the harvest is processed at home it would be nice to know how many of the 26,000 were field checked versus processor checked.

I hope that those who answered the survey indicating a harvest, all reported their kill. LOL
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The harvest estimate is calculated by comparing both field checks and visits to processors to record harvests in each WMU.

I believe that the reason that there is a large variance in the report rate is because some WMU's recieve more field checks than others. If you knew your harvest was checked wouldn't you be more likely to report it?

Report rates vary for bucks: Low 31% to high 45%

Report rate for does: low 19% to high 45%

What this means to me is some WMU's may be over estimated and some may be under estimated. Would this be a problem? My guess is it depends on what WMU you hunt.

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If you dont agree or like what they are doing, then vote in the proper people to change them, or better yet go volunteer for them, so as to make them a more accurate commission with their surveys. Fill out your harvest card and spread the word, so people will do the same. Until everybody does that it cant be 100% accurate. And how possibly could you ask every single person that harvested a deer what they did with it. Maybe the other 3% was eaten on the spot by carnivores due to people who dont see blood right away and figure they didnt get anything?

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The August 2012 Game News arrived today. On page 42 is an article covering the PGC recent deer hunting survey. One statistic caught my eye: “51 percent of those who got a deer processed it themselves; 46 percent took their deer to a processor”. (Nothing said about the other 3%...LOL)

Anyway, I wonder how many deer that don’t make it to the processor are field checked? We all know that our current estimates are calculated by comparing field checks to harvest reports.

Would this pose a problem with the estimates? What’ca think?
When deer are not required to be checked and are not checked there is not a soul who can say how many deer this state has.
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And another thing, do you realize how much money it would take to get a 100% accurate survey, on this topic?

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I bet there are many on this site, who are cronic complainers, that never have (or very few times) reported a harvest.

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I bet there are many on this site, who are cronic complainers, that never have (or very few times) reported a harvest.
You hit the nail on the head. IF you can get these guys to report there harvest until then its just a wild guess and we will have a very lopsided deer herd in places.
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While I agree with you that getting a much greater degree of accuracy in determining the number of deer harvested is as simple as every hunter reporting his harvest as required by law, I disagree with your characterization of the harvest estimates as a "wild guess." The estimate of harvest numbers uses far more data than does the estimation of the vote for president by the Gallup organization, but they routinely predict the results of elections within a percentage point. I believe they used less than 10,000 people polled to predict the last presidential election and less than 1000 to predict the results of our last election for governor. Here we are talking about field checking or processor checking nearly 50,000 out of a harvest of 400,000? The results should be far more accurate than the Gallup poll. Statistically, the harvest results are not all that far off. It does make me ashamed of Pennsylvania hunters as a group that the best we can do is for 39% of us to obey the law. There is no excuse for that.
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