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Your Harvest Reports Matter a Great Deal

Bureau of Wildlife Management Director Cal DuBrock asks for your help

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N the midst of the current technology revolution and our jam-packed lives, the Game Commission has sought
ways to make it more convenient for hunters to report their deer harvests. Telephone reporting and electronic
filing were added for convenience and we continue to provide deer harvest report postcards. Despite our efforts,
harvest reporting by successful hunters continues to decline.
Nearly 70 percent of the deer harvested in Pennsylvania during the 2013-14 deer season were not reported
to the Game Commission as required by law. Yes, seven out of 10 successful deer hunters did not fulfill their
legal - and one could argue ethical - obligation to report their deer harvests. State law requires every deer harvested to be reported within 10 days.
We scratch our heads and wonder why, because we know hunters collectively want us to manage whitetails to
the best of our ability. Hunters show us in surveys and through their actions that the resource matters to them and
that they recognize their role in its conservation. Yet, our deer reporting rate continues to slip. It's a real puzzler.
If we look at the number of successful hunters who aren't reporting the deer they harvest each year, it's fair
to say they comprise a small percentage of all who hunt deer. To offset this harvest reporting problem, Game
Commission personnel every year physically examine or inspect more than 25,000 harvested deer and then we
crosscheck to see how many were reported by hunters. That's how we estimate reporting rates. This approach
has helped to keep our deer program on course for decades. But it would be even better if more deer hunters reported the deer they harvested. Successful deer hunters can do better.
Every deer hunter can play a role in trying to turn around this
harvest reporting problem. Tell your kids, or dad and mom, or friends,
or hunting camp members why you're going to report your harvest
and make every effort to encourage everyone else to report their
harvests. Ask everyone you know who shoots a deer this year if he
or she reported it. Remind them it's never too late to report any deer
harvest before Feb. 6. Every time a hunter reports a deer harvest, the
smaller the unreported harvest estimate. And every time you remind
someone to report a deer harvest, you increase the likelihood that
that hunter will report the deer he or she took. Remember, we can fix
this problem only one hunter and one deer at a time, and the effort
gets stronger whenever someone else commits.
There are many reasons why hunters don't report taking a deer.
We believe few, however, are the result of malicious and unethical
behavior. Most hunters simply forget to do it, and, after a few weeks,
figure it's too late. Reasons for forgetting to report vary. Most would
agree our lives are fast-paced, often complicated by squeezing
hunting time into them. So when we return from the woods, we're
in catch-up mode, and we simply forget to report the harvest. It's
Joe Kosack
something we must change, because your job as a successful hunter
Working together, we can improve
the science used to manage deer. isn't done until you report the deer - or turkey - you harvested.

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