Has the PGC even put out a press release about it? If they have then I haven't seen it. Seen where a couple of WCO's were quoted in some local papers. They talked about it at the working group meeting, but that is hardly a public press release.Took a walk this afternoon in Kennedy Township Allegheny County and found 3 dead and smelled some more. This is way beyond horrible. I sure hope the PGC puts out some detailed maps down to the township level before rifle deer season to guide hunters away from the bad hit areas.
Well I hope you are right about reducing the tags. This EHD thing is very frustrating.Why would people claim the Game Commission isn’t likely to make adjustments for the EHD mortality?
They always have in the past, by reducing the antlerless allocations. So based on past experience I don’t see any reason why anyone would have comments that they don’t care or aren’t likely to make adjustments this time. That is unless they are just too biased to be honest.
WMU 2A seems to be the most effected each time there is any major EHD mortality. There were major outbreaks in 2007 and the next year the antlerless allocation was reduced by more than 8%. The allocation then stayed reduced for the next few years and the buck harvests increased again. A clear indication the deer population had responded and was increasing.
Then in 2012 there was another major outbreak of EHD in the same areas. The next year they reduced the antlerless allocation by almost 17%. Then the next year it was reduced another 6% and a year later reduced by another 6.5%. Once again the deer herd responded and the buck harvest went up accordingly.
The simple fact is that the Game Commission does monitor the facts and reality of the situation and I am sure they will also make adjustments based those facts of reality, just as they have in the past.