Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 7

Public Input and Deer Management
By Christopher Rosenberry, PGC Supervisory Deer and Elk Biologist; PGC Deer Biologists Jeannine Fleegle and Bret Wallingford

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RING  DEER  SEASON  back  like  it  used to be. Two weeks of antlered deer  and three days of antlerless.”  “Keep the doe season concurrent with  buck.”  Two hunters. Two different views. Can  you please them both? If you were a deer  biologist, what would you recommend? After  we  drafted  the  2009-2018  Deer  Management  Plan,  we  posted  it  on  the  Internet  and  asked  for  public  comment.  Those two comments from more than 200  received  clearly  demonstrate  a  challenge  of  deer  management.  White-tailed  deer  are a valuable wildlife species that brings  out  passionate  viewpoints  on  all  sides.  Unfortunately,  we  cannot  do  everything  that everyone wants us to do.  Back to the second question, if you were  a  deer  biologist,  what  would  you  recommend? Would you change the deer season  back to what it was in the 1990s? Would  you follow suit with many of our neighboring states and continue with a concurrent  season? What are your reasons? Can you  defend  them?  The  Game  Commission’s  deer  management  goals  are  the  reasons  behind  our  recommendations,  and  they  are certainly defendable. Through  2018,  Pennsylvania’s  deer  management  program  will  be  guided  by  five goals that are to manage the herd for  healthy and sustainable deer populations  and  forest  habitat,  acceptable  levels  of  deer-human  conflicts,  and  recreational 
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opportunity. The fifth goal is to provide  information  and  education  to  the  public  regarding  deer  and  deer  management.  These  goals  came  directly  from  the  public.  White-tailed  deer  are  a  public resource. When deciding what  the  PGC’s  deer  program  should  accomplish,  it  made  sense  to  ask  the  public. A group of public stakeholders,  including sportsmen groups, met and  were asked to identify the goals of the  deer program. This group unanimously  agreed to the goals we have today.  Did this group do a good job defining our deer management goals? We  asked again, this time in surveys and  open  houses.  Each  time,  these  goals  got a ringing endorsement. In excess  of 78 percent of open house attendees  supported them. Even a vast majority  of hunters when surveyed agreed that  deer should be managed with consideration for habitat.  Strong guidance for deer management is also provided by the Pennsylvania  constitution.  A  recent,  independent  review  of  the  deer  program  by the Wildlife Management Institute  (WMI) concluded that the goals were  consistent  with  the  Game  Commission’s  constitutional  mandate  that  directs the agency to manage wildlife  for  all  the  people,  including  future  generations. The constitution does not 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Public Input and Deer Management
Doodles Along the Delaware
Driving
Room 204
2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Need a Life Jacket?
The Legacy From A to Z
Hunter Access Liability Protection
Thanksgiving Bear
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Public Input and Deer Management
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Doodles Along the Delaware
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Driving
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Room 204
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Need a Life Jacket?
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Legacy From A to Z
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Hunter Access Liability Protection
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Thanksgiving Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Crossings
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