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2014-15
Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
For more than four decades, the Game
Commission has used hunter surveys
to estimate small game and furbearer
harvests, and hunting and trapping effort.
These hunter surveys not only provide
harvest and effort information from the
previous season, but also allow the Game
Commission to establish long-term trends
that are used to inform management decisions.
Many devoted hunters and trappers
who receive our surveys provide us with
a summary of their seasons.
Following the close of the 2014-15

small-game hunting and furbearer hunting and trapping seasons, we sent questionnaires to a sample of Pennsylvania's
hunters and trappers.
A total of 18,000 Game-Take questionnaires, 8,000 Furtaker questionnaires, and
2,500 Mentored Youth Hunter questionnaires were mailed.
Over a third of survey recipients chose
to complete their survey on the Game
Commission's survey website.
For the Game-Take, Furtaker, and
Mentored Youth Hunter surveys, we received responses from 8,782, 4,752, and

Table 1. Estimated harvest by species
Year
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
a

Rabbit
341,288
289,547
254,328
230,849
230,417

Grouse
66,385
52,243
52,289
40,308
34,848

Squirrel Pheasanta Woodcock Hare
530,125
103,366
25,247
1,030
690,141
116,828
N/A
510
643,382
198,704
8,420
690
573,538
220,752
7,116
620
467,888
177,068
8,691
601

Woodchuck
684,927
821,965
844,515
959,879
560,120

Crow
96,831
182,659
289,833
140,997
261,374

Pheasanta Woodcock Hare Woodchuck
71,579
8,223
2,756
71,618
88,307
N/A
4,039
87,549
87,341
5,058
2,237
99,191
92,091
6,706
2,410
109,559
80,280
4,496
4,796
68,088

Crow
20,835
25,290
25,817
25,271
17,741

Estimates exclude harvest on shooting preserves.

Table 2. Estimated number of hunters
Year
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
a

Rabbit
125,537
109,369
94,761
91,628
74,528

Grouse
91,003
79,687
67,544
66,113
50,925

Squirrel
150,309
165,927
150,036
145,992
120,538

Estimates exclude number of hunters on shooting preserves.

Table 3. Estimated harvest per 100 hunter-days
Year
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
a

Rabbit
51.8
52.4
51.5
51.4
62.7

Grouse
16.0
14.9
16.8
13.1
13.5

Squirrel
73.0
87.2
81.5
80.5
71.9

Pheasanta Woodcock
34.1
2.5
30.4
22.2
51.0
14.9
51.6
1.4
45.0
34.4

Hare
18.6
6.5
15.8
14.8
7.4

Woodchuck
91.6
94.3
86.4
83.0
77.2

Crow
99.9
116.3
168.2
100.9
256.9

Estimates exclude effort on shooting preserves.

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