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percent of deer hunters harvested an
antlered deer during the 2010 hunting seasons.
Faster: Well, there is no faster.
Estimates take time. Hunters would
like to know how many deer were
harvested right after the gun season,
but as managers, we need all the
harvest data. Consider that deer seasons in some WMUs in the 2012-13
license year did not end until Jan. 26,
2013. Add to this the time allowed
to send in report cards, and we are
well into February. Over the years, we
have improved and streamlined our
methods to collect and analyze the
data we require. As a result, there are
few alternatives that may improve
our harvest estimates. And little will
speed up data collection when hunting seasons extend into late January.
Because our deer harvest estimates
regularly match independent survey
and deer hunter survey results, our
confidence in their reliability is high.
But, there is one thing that would
make them obsolete.
If every hunter who harvests a
deer remembers to accurately re-

port his or her deer to the Game
Commission - as required by
law - we can eliminate estimates forever. This would be a "win-win" for
both hunters and biologists. Hunters
would be providing complete and
accurate data on the most important mortality cause of our valuable
white-tailed deer resource, thereby
alleviating any doubts they have
about deer harvests. Biologists would
be relieved of the burdens associated
with the statistics, assumptions and
uncertainty of estimates.
Achieving this goal is within
reach. We can know how many
jellybeans are in the jar! Successful
hunters have free (to the hunter) and
convenient methods available to
report their harvests. Take a fiveminute break from the "work" that
successful hunting creates after your
deer is harvested, and report it.

Christopher Rosenberry is the
supervisor of the Deer and Elk
Section and Jeannine Fleegle and
Bret Wallingford are deer biologists.

By Dan Lynch
What They're Saying About the Game Commission
Mr. Bill Akers emailed, "Dear Game News staff, I'm taking a moment to
drop you a line. I've been a subscriber for 45 years and have all my issues
in Game News binders, as I really enjoy your magazine. I commend Barbara
McCleester on her article 'Thanks, Ray' in the July 2013 issue. I read the
article three times and it brought tears to my eyes each time. A well-written
piece on someone we would all like to have known. Please share my thoughts
with the author."
Your comments have been passed along to Barbara McCleester, Mr. Akers,
and I'm sure she appreciated hearing from you.
- Bob D'Angelo

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