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2011-12 deer harvest estimates

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AST YEAR, hunters harvested an estimated 336,200 deer, a six percent increase over the previous seasons’ harvest of 316,240. Of the 2011-12 harvest, 127,540 were antlered deer, an increase of four percent from the previous year’s harvest of 122,930, and 208,660 antlerless deer, up eight percent from the 193,310 taken in 2010-11. “This year’s antlered deer harvest is slightly above the average harvest since 2005, when the Game Commission began efforts to stabilize deer populations in most of the state,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Antlered deer harvests increased in 13 of the state’s 22 Wildlife Management Units: 1B, 2A, 2B, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4D, 4E, 5A, 5B and 5D.” The 2011-12 harvest estimates are based on 114,000 harvest reports submitted by hunters to the Game Commission. Of the reports, 49 percent were mail-in; 47 percent were received through the agency’s online reporting system; and three percent through the agency’s new toll-free telephone system. Reporting rates were 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.

PGC Bureau of Wildlife Management director Cal W. DuBrock noted that reporting rates varied widely. For antlered deer, the average reporting rate was 37 percent (from a low of 31 percent to a high of 45 percent). For antlerless deer, the average reporting rate was 33 percent (from a low of 19 percent to a high of 45 percent). A full explanation of harvest estimating procedures, including example calculations are on pages 55 to 59 in the 2009-2018 Deer Management Plan, available on the Game Commission’s website; click on the “White-Tailed Deer” icon in the center of the homepage and scroll down to the “Deer Management” listing. The data used to estimate this year’s deer harvests are included in the two accompanying tables. Previous years’ data sets also are available in deer program annual reports on the Game Commission’s website. Also on the “White-Tailed Deer” page, in the “Research and Publications” section, is a document titled “Reporting rate variability and precision of white-tailed deer harvest estimates in Pennsylvania,” which appeared in the Journal of Wildlife Management in 2004, a peer-reviewed scientific publication. Comparisons between the current year’s harvest and historic antlered deer harvests often do not consider

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
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