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Ecology. Both of these articles are based on the buck study conducted from 2001 to 2005, in which 500 bucks from Centre and Armstrong counties were radio-collared and then monitored. The study was conducted as part of the Game Commission’s evaluation of changes in deer behavior due to the new antler restrictions. Dr. Duane Diefenbach, who heads the Cooperative Research Unit, said the two articles demonstrate how field studies provide important findings that improve the science used to manage whitetails, and are also of interest to hunters and others interested in whitetailed deer. Diefenbach specifically pointed out that the Journal of Wildlife Management article provides another tool for managers facing the threat of combating wildlife diseases such as CWD. “This paper uses field data from Pennsylvania and Maryland to develop a model for predicting dispersal distances of yearling male white-tailed deer,” Diefenbach said. “This model provides a simple tool managers can use in other areas to assess possible movements of deer in their areas. “As a result, wildlife managers can quickly assess the potential spread of a disease, rather than having to imple- ment costly and time-consuming field studies. Critical decisions that might otherwise have to be based on ‘best guesses’ can now be based on real data.” Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, Game Commission Deer and Elk Section supervisor, noted that the Behavioral Ecology paper — co-authored by Rosenberry, Diefenbach, Bret Wallingford, Game Commission Deer and Elk Section biologist; and Dr. Eric Long, a former graduate student at Pennsylvania State University — investigated changes in dispersal behavior that occurred when Pennsylvania changed its antler restrictions and increased antlerless harvests. “The new antler restrictions and increased antlerless deer harvests increased the number of adult males in the population and decreased the number of adult females,” Rosenberry said. “This resulted in changes in when young bucks disperse. “Over the course of a year, 70 percent of yearling males leave the areas where they were born. On average, these deer will move three to six miles, but we have recorded movements greater than 30 miles.” Dispersal takes place in the spring, when adult females drive off yearling bucks prior to giving birth to fawns, and in the fall, when Report your deer HUNTERS, if you get or already got a deer (or turkey), be sure to send in a harvest report card for it. If you’ve already used — or lost — the report cards provided with your hunting license package, see page 33 of the current Hunting and Trapping Digest for an acceptable report card facsimile. The information provided on report cards is used to measure harvest and population trends and, ultimately, help the Game Commission provide the best hunting opportunities possible. Unfortunately, even though reporting deer and turkey harvests is mandatory, required by law, less than 40 percent of those hunters who should actually do so. Please, this year, do your part: Send in a harvest report card for every deer and turkey you take. DECEMBER 2008 39

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Deer Season to Remember
10-Point
Blood and Dishonor
The Royal Straight Flush
2007-08 Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - A Deer Season to Remember
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10-Point
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Blood and Dishonor
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - The Royal Straight Flush
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 2007-08 Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Cover3
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