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GAME COMMISSION RELEASES 2012-13 DEER HARVEST ESTIMATES




HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported that, in the state’s 2012-13 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 343,110 deer, which is an increase of about two percent from the previous seasons’ harvest of 336,200.



Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about five percent from the previous license year’s harvest of 127,540. Also, hunters harvested 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 antlerless deer taken in 2011-12.



“This year’s antlered deer harvest is slightly above the average harvest since 2005, when agency efforts began to stabilize deer populations in most of the state,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “The age structure of the antlered deer harvest was 49 percent 1.5 year-old-bucks and 51 percent 2.5-year-old and older bucks.



“The antlerless hunter success rate remained at about 25 percent for licenses issued. This is on average with harvest success for recent years. The age structure of this year’s antlerless deer harvest was 61 percent adult females, 22 percent button bucks, and 18 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.”



Bureau of Wildlife Management personnel currently are working to develop 2013-14 antlerless deer license allocation recommendations for the April meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners. Calvin W. DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director, said that in addition to harvest data, the staff will be looking at deer health measures, forest regeneration and deer-human conflicts for each WMU.



Total deer harvest estimates by WMU for 2012-13 (with 2011-12 figures in parentheses) are as follows:



WMU 1A: 6,100 (5,200) antlered, 11,900 (9,800) antlerless;



WMU 1B: 7,000 (6,000) antlered, 11,100 (9,500) antlerless;



WMU 2A: 6,700 (7,100) antlered, 12,700 (12,700) antlerless;



WMU 2B: 4,800 (4,500) antlered, 16,000 (17,000) antlerless;



WMU 2C: 7,600 (8,200) antlered, 10,800 (12,800) antlerless;



WMU 2D: 13,700 (11,100) antlered, 20,800 (19,300) antlerless;



WMU 2E: 4,800 (4,100) antlered 5,600 (7,100) antlerless;



WMU 2F: 7,100 (5,400) antlered, 6,100 (6,700) antlerless;



WMU 2G: 6,600 (6,300) antlered, 6,500 (5,500) antlerless;



WMU 3A: 4,300 (3,300) antlered, 6,700 (6,700) antlerless;



WMU 3B: 5,800 (5,900) antlered, 8,700 (7,700) antlerless;



WMU 3C: 7,900 (7,100) antlered, 10,500 (9,900) antlerless;



WMU 3D: 4,000 (4,500) antlered, 6,000 (7,200) antlerless;



WMU 4A: 4,200 (4,800) antlered, 6,500 (6,500) antlerless;



WMU 4B: 5,600 (5,300) antlered, 5,600 (5,500) antlerless;



WMU 4C: 5,300 (5,500) antlered, 7,800 (7,400) antlerless;



WMU 4D: 6,900 (7,100) antlered, 6,300 (6,600) antlerless;



WMU 4E: 5,000 (5,100) antlered, 6,100 (6,100) antlerless;



WMU 5A: 2,800 (3,600) antlered, 3,600 (3,600) antlerless;



WMU 5B: 8,500 (7,200) antlered, 12,500 (12,900) antlerless;



WMU 5C: 7,800 (8,900) antlered, 23,600 (24,200) antlerless;



WMU 5D: 1,300 (1,200) antlered, 3,800 (3,800) antlerless; and



Unknown WMU: 60 (140) antlered, 50 (160) antlerless.



Season-specific 2012-13 deer harvest estimates (with 2011-12 harvest estimates in parentheses) are as follows:



WMU 1A: archery, 2,300 (2,140) antlered, 2,220 (1,790) antlerless; and muzzleloader, 100 (60) antlered, 1,380 (1,210) antlerless.



WMU 1B: archery, 2,250 (1,950) antlered, 1,480 (1,260) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (50) antlered, 920 (740) antlerless.



WMU 2A: archery, 1,970 (1,950) antlered, 2,320 (1,810) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (50) antlered, 2,080 (1,690) antlerless.



WMU 2B: archery, 2,800 (2,620) antlered, 7,040 (7,000) antlerless; muzzleloader, 100 (80) antlered, 1,060 (1,000) antlerless.



WMU 2C: archery, 2,220 (2,450) antlered, 2,160 (2,090) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (50) antlered, 1,640 (1,510) antlerless.



WMU 2D: archery, 4,480 (3,800) antlered, 2,910 (2,330) antlerless; muzzleloader, 120 (100) antlered, 3,290 (2,570) antlerless.



WMU 2E: archery, 1,160 (970) antlered, 740 (790) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (30) antlered, 960 (1,010) antlerless.



WMU 2F: archery, 1,550 (1,220) antlered, 790 (780) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (80) antlered, 1,110 (920) antlerless.



WMU 2G: archery, 1,250 (1,030) antlered, 1,090 (780) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (70) antlered, 1,410 (1,220) antlerless.



WMU 3A: archery, 880 (760) antlered, 750 (860) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (40) antlered, 850 (940) antlerless.



WMU 3B: archery, 1,450 (1,440) antlered, 1,530 (1,360) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (60) antlered, 1,670 (1,340) antlerless.



WMU 3C: archery, 1,840 (1,530) antlered, 1,660 (1,410) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (70) antlered, 1,940 (1,590) antlerless.



WMU 3D: archery, 1,080 (1,240) antlered, 1,170 (1,460) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (60) antlered, 730 (740) antlerless.



WMU 4A: archery, 660 (630) antlered, 650 (480) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (70) antlered, 750 (720) antlerless.



WMU 4B: archery, 1,480 (1,250) antlered, 1,110 (790) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (50) antlered, 890 (810) antlerless.



WMU 4C: archery, 1,850 (1,630) antlered, 1,490 (1,210) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (70) antlered, 810 (890) antlerless.



WMU 4D: archery, 1,450 (1,420) antlered, 1,190 (1,020) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (80) antlered, 1,010 (1,080) antlerless.



WMU 4E: archery, 1,550 (1,440) antlered, 1,200 (1,030) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (60) antlered, 1,000 (770) antlerless.



WMU 5A: archery, 780 (1,070) antlered, 630 (550) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (30) antlered, 370 (450) antlerless.



WMU 5B: archery, 4,020 (3,320) antlered, 3,700 (3,460) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (80) antlered, 1,300 (1,340) antlerless.



WMU 5C: archery, 4,170 (4,950) antlered, 9,370 (9,350) antlerless; muzzleloader, 130 (150) antlered, 1,430 (1,650) antlerless.



WMU 5D: archery, 970 (880) antlered, 2,520 (2,530) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 80 (70) antlerless.



Unknown WMU: archery, 60 (110) antlered, 10 (30) antlerless; muzzleloader, 0 (30) antlered, 20 (0) antlerless.



For additional information on Pennsylvania’s 2012-13 deer harvest, please go to the agency’s website – www.pgc.state.pa.us – and click on “White-Tailed Deer” on the homepage, and then select 2012-13 Deer Harvest Estimates under “Deer Management.”
 

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Hmm... 2A antlered down again..... Not surprised. Been spiraling downward for years. Unlimited doe tags, rifle hunting and easier access than 2B.
 

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dpms said:
Hmm... 2A antlered down again..... Not surprised. Been spiraling downward for years. Unlimited doe tags, rifle hunting and easier access than 2B.
I guess that means we need a longer season...............
 

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Hunt 2D, more deer were shot in my area with a lot less hunters.The increase in buck kill doesn't surprise me as last yr every buck we saw in rifle was a junior buck then this yr the most 2.5 and older buck we have ever seen. also This was the fist yr for not needing to have browtines. The total buck harvest slight increase really could be the elimination of browtines in many WMU'S.
 

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I would love to see how many antlered deer in each WMU were SUB AR bucks aka youth/military/mentored. wonder if we could get them to incorporate that in the future? I think that info is very vital to continuing to justify AR, no?
 

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2F antlered is up ~30%....that's a pretty big jump!
 

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LONG BEARD 101 said:
The area I hunt had way less hunters and shooting, yet the harvest numbers are up.....Strange!
I hear ya brother. Where are all these people in certain wmu's that shoot all these deer? I make my rounds and talk with thousands of guys due to the nature of my job. when they all report no kills, who is killing them
 

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Not to argue the numbers but the northern part of 4D didn't have a lot of shooting. If people are getting deer they sure are not talking because you don't hear people getting like before but the numbers always seem close to the same although I admit I would need to look at numbers again. With that said where I live in Cumberland co. I have been seeing a good number of deer and people I work with know that I hunt tell me they see deer all the time so I can believe some area's have a high harvest.
 

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dpms said:
Hmm... 2A antlered down again..... Not surprised. Been spiraling downward for years. Unlimited doe tags, rifle hunting and easier access than 2B.
You slamming rifle hunters?
 

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dpms said:
Hmm... 2A antlered down again..... Not surprised. Been spiraling downward for years. Unlimited doe tags, rifle hunting and easier access than 2B.
You slamming rifle hunters?
Not sure where you get that from his reply????????? Rifle hunters take more deer than anyone, it is a fact. Don't try to create an issue where there isn't one. Thanks.
 

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You slamming rifle hunters?
Huh? Was referring to unlimited tags much like 2B but we can use rifles as well, along as easier access. I rifle hunt too.
 

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I would love to see how many antlered deer in each WMU were SUB AR bucks aka youth/military/mentored. wonder if we could get them to incorporate that in the future? I think that info is very vital to continuing to justify AR, no?
According to this...

The age structure of the antlered deer harvest was 49 percent 1.5 year-old-bucks and 51 percent 2.5-year-old and older bucks.
...AR's are doing what they were intended to do. Compare those percentages to the pre-AR days, it's not even close. Those numbers are actually pretty amazing from where we were not long ago.
 

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good call, just got back to looking and saw that


I'd like to see that number at 75% or better, but as you stated, WAY better than a few years back!
 

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last years easy winter, good conditions for hunting this fall, increase in harvest seems logical.
 

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LONG BEARD 101 said:
The area I hunt had way less hunters and shooting, yet the harvest numbers are up.....Strange!
So apparently, You can see your entire WMU and hear all the shots fire from one hunting location? You're right, that IS strange!
 

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LONG BEARD 101 said:
The area I hunt had way less hunters and shooting, yet the harvest numbers are up.....Strange!
So apparently, You can see your entire WMU and hear all the shots fire from one hunting location? You're right, that IS strange!
Yes it is. I talk to alot of people who hunt the same WMU, I don't hunt the same spot either, all stated the same thing. Alot less hunters and shooting.
 

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Have you ever considered the possibility that folks just don't talk much? Unless you catch me dragging a deer out, I didn't see anything all day.
 

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Quack - Don't you realize the accumulation of the anecdotes are much more accurate than the accumulation of the report cards and reporting rates?
 
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