"Habitat conditions continue to guide DCNR's DMAP participation. Moshannon State Forest District, for instance, withdrew from the program this year because of improved forest regeneration, previously impacted by deer. Susquehannock State Forest District withdrew two areas from DMAP participation after habitat improvement was noted."
Its about time Doug.... Hopefully we can get some of the herd to bounce back now
Thanks Todd.Last year they took all but one unit out of dmap in Moshannon state forest.That unit 1318 is right by my house.I'm kinda surprised they took that unit out altogether because there was a very high harvest rate in that unit and no shortage of deer.In 2008,I killed two doe in that area and saw loads of deer and no other hunters.In fact,the first day of rifle season I spent the entire day trying to push deer to my buddy and he saw 30+
deer,including 4 different bucks.I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that they know what they're doing.My wife and I took the kids to Parker dam state park on memorial day and took a long ride around that part of Moshannon state forest.I really haven't spent much time back there in a couple of years and was amazed at how the habitat was recovering.It does go to show that DCNR doesn't want all the deer dead.
Not much rebound over our way Doug.I did find a nice clearcut in gobbler with loads of oaks,maples and sassafras.Plenty of good browse in that cut.I didn't get too much of a chance to scout it but I'll let you know what the sign looks like.I'm betting not too good because the access is very easy so I'm thinking it gets hammered in rifle season.
Well, they won't sell out until the PGC enters all of the DCNR Dmap numbers into the database. I tried to purchase my license and DMAP on-line. 2012 hunting license is there but some of the DMAP numbers are not. I double checked these numbers on the DCNR website, but get a message from PALS to enter a correct number.
I see Gallitzen State Forest, DMAP 931 (my back yard) is continuing it's overharvest of deer. It's funny though, you can't even find a deer in the DMAP area but the hunting is not that bad outside of it.