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But the Game Commission is similar to Mother Nature. No matter how beaten and abused, it still gets up and carries on. In response to this latest ballooning deer population, which was nearly twice as many as recommended by forest-based management objectives, the Game Commission again began to raise antlerless allocations. But that’s not all it did. It was time to stop dilly-dallying. Deer populations had exceeded population objectives for two decades, and every time the Commission moved to get the deer herd back in line with established policy and management objectives, the complaining began. In addition to raising allocations, a 2-week concurrent buck and doe season was instituted. Blasphemy! Bucks and does cannot, many claimed, be hunted at the same time. Changes this radical hadn’t been made in more than 30 years. Things can’t change. Things don’t change. Everyone still uses 8-track tape players and 5¼-inch floppy discs, right? Science doesn’t advance. Doctors still treat with leeches, don’t they? Management doesn’t improve. Multiflora rose is a wonderful addition to the landscape. Of course. So the Commission once again said no to demands calling for more deer as it stood in the midst of countless blue balls.

E’VE ALL SEEN it — that child in Target who wants the blue ball from the display of colorful consumerism. The accompanying adult vetoes this request. The child promptly begins the characteristic behavior known as the temper tantrum. The adult in this situation has two options: Yield to this basic form of blackmail, thereby reinforcing the behavior and encouraging future blackmail attempts, or endure the pain of their reasonable decision to teach one of life’s most unpleasant lessons. In the immortal words of the Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want.” Over the years, the Game Commission — you know, the agency with the responsibility for managing wildlife and habitats for current and future generations — has not always been a very strict parent. In fact, it has often been a pushover. Many times it said no to hunters, the ensuing uproar resulted in a hasty retreat out of Target with a new blue ball. Antlerless allocations dropping like a stone, followed by increasing deer populations through the ’90s was just the latest example. At the turn of this century, Pennsylvania’s deer population was likely the highest it has ever been, which is in stark contrast to what it was at the turn of the previous century.

By J. T. Fleegle
PGC Wildlife Biologist

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

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Decisions, Decisions
Hiking the Elk Range
Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Out of the Fog
Looking Forward To
European Skull Mounts
You Never Know
Just Gittin’ Started
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover3
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