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Pennsylvania Game Commission Annual Report, 2011-12
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HE Game Commission is proud to present this 2011-12 annual report, highlighting many of the agency’s accomplishments over the last fiscal year, July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

Conserve, protect and restore wildlife populations for their many public values.
As the Commonwealth’s wildlife management agency, the Game Commission (PGC) is responsible for managing all of Pennsylvania’s wild birds and wild mammals. Of the 480 species of wild birds and wild mammals in PA, primary attention is necessarily limited to select game species and our most imperiled species due to funding sources and limitations. Research on white-tailed deer survival and harvest rates in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2D, 2G, 3C, and 4B was completed. In these 4 WMUs, the firearms season was changed from a 12-day antlered and antlerless concurrent season to a 5-day antlered only season followed by a 7-day antlered and antlerless concurrent season beginning in 2008. We investigated the effect of this season change on deer harvests and populations, and we completed a series of hunter surveys to monitor hunter activities, success and satisfaction. We sent daily hunting diaries to nearly 2,400 hunters prior to the 2011 firearms season. Although deer populations in each WMU increased, hunter satisfaction with their hunting experience, opinion of the deer abundance, and rating of the deer program changed little. This research was conducted in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (PCFWRU) at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). A new study in WMU 5C was initiated this past winter to determine survival and harvest rates of antlered and antlerless deer in this more developed area of Pennsylvania. At the end of the 2011 trapping season, 245 deer had been captured and marked with ear tags or radio collars. More than 90 radio-collared deer were being monitored as the fiscal year ended. During the 2011-12 firearms season, 33 PGC deer aging teams were deployed for seven days to collect sex, age and kill (SAK) data from a sample of harvested deer. PGC personnel examined 25,996 deer (9,747 antlered and 16,249 antlerless). Each team checked an average of 443 antlered deer and 739 antlerless deer per WMU. Age data from more than 16,000 antlerless deer were used to assess the proportion of juveniles in the antlerless harvest. Proportion of juveniles in the antlerless harvest ranged from a low of 0.32 in WMU 5A to a high of 0.49 in WMU 5D. All WMUs exhibited stable trends from 2003 to the present. SAK data were used to estimate deer harvests from the 2011-12 hunting seasons. Based on hunter harvest reports and SAK data, hunters harvested 336,200 deer (127,540 antlered and 208,660 antlerless). The 2011-12 antlered harvest was an increase of four percent from the 2010-11 harvest. The 2011-12 antlerless harvest was an increase of eight percent from the 2010-11 harvest. Antlered harvests were composed of 50 percent 1.5-year-old males and 50 percent
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
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 - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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