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Now that sounds like fun. At this
point, you may be tempted to skip
ahead to the next article or perhaps
reread a few Field Notes, but don't go
yet. Who says a dry scientific discussion of statistics has to be...well, dry?
Let's start by following our hunters and, more importantly for this
discussion, their harvests from the
beginning. Every year, hunters head
into Penn's Woods in pursuit of
our state animal. Every year, some
of those hunters - maybe even
you - harvest a deer. After a successful hunt, the fun is kind of over.
Now comes the field-dressing, the
dragging, the trip to the butcher,
the drive home, cleaning up. If you
process your own deer, the work
more than doubles. All hunters are

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required to report their harvest to the
Game Commission using any of three
methods: postage-paid report card,
toll-free phone number, or online.
But in the hustle and bustle of the
after-harvest activities, more than 60
percent do not.
Hunting is the No. 1 mortality
cause of white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania. Given that most deer meet
their end at the hands of a hunter,
attempting to make management
recommendations based on data from
less than 40 percent of the harvest
would be foolish. So we do what
biologists do; we collect data - from
every wildlife management unit,
assemble our facts and then estimate
the jellybeans...or harvest.
Nobody likes estimates. For
biologists, they complicate and often unfairly
influence the public's
perception of our work.
For hunters, they seem
deceptive and unreliable.
However, with more than
60 percent of the harvest not being reported
annually, estimates are
the only way to find out
how many jellybeans are
in that jar.
There are standard
methods and techniques
with every profession.
Wildlife biology is no
different. Just as the engineer is trained to design,
construct and maintain
a bridge using data on
traffic volume, maximum
weight limits, and landscape features, we use
Joe Kosack
deer harvest data and a
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