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the reality is we cannot please evNational Wild Turkey Federation eryone. The Pennsylvania Deer Association deer managePennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs ment goals Quality Deer Management Association given to us by Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania the public are United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania the focus. It is impossible provide special consideration for any to satisfy both hunters at the beginning group. Pennsylvania’s wild resources of this article. Just as it is impossible to belong to everyone whether they buy satisfy all 200 plus citizens who took the a hunting license or not. The consti- time to comment on the deer management tutional mandate is clear. The Game plan. Or all 750,000 deer hunters. Or all Commission is to manage wildlife for residents of Pennsylvania. all people. As deer biologists, we often find ourAll indications are that the goals of selves stuck between the proverbial rock the deer program are appropriate. But, and a hard place. Especially when increashow do deer biologists achieve those ing deer populations would be counter goals? This is usually where the debate to achieving management goals. On one starts and the conflicting opinions hand, hunters are our most involved and bloom. The deer management plan vocal constituent group. On the other provides the road map for achiev- hand, Pennsylvania residents want and ing those goals. The details involve expect healthy forests and deer populations direct measures of deer health, forest to be a part of the commonwealth’s future. habitat health, and citizen input in It is the Game Commission’s responsibility each wildlife management unit. When to ensure deer populations remain a vital combined with data from harvested component of our landscape, not a hindeer, hunter harvest reports, and field drance to it. Achieving this is not only constudies, we develop recommendations sistent with constitutional mandates and to achieve the goals. legal duties, but responsible stewardship. Despite the regular mention of Not everyone reading this will agree. deer management conspiracies and As with deer management recommendahidden agendas, the independent re- tions, some will be pleased and others view by WMI also found no evidence disappointed. This is true of any publicly of special interest influence on deer managed resource. Despite the inability to management recommendations. The please everyone, our purpose is to achieve cold, hard, boring truth is if you want deer management goals that will maintain to know why a recommendation was the health of our forests and deer herd for made to the Board of Commissioners, generations to come. look in the deer management plan or For additional information on deer visit the Game Commission website. and deer management in Pennsylvania, The public deserves to know the Game we encourage people to visit the Game Commission’s deer program game Commission’s website and look at the plan. And, the management plan is 2009-2018 Deer Management Plan. The the playbook. plan is not a short or light read, but it does The Game Commission regularly provide a thorough description of the deer requests and receives public input, but management program. 

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http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/reports/2010/43.PDF http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/reports/2010/43.PDF http://www.pgc.state.pa.us http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/850487/2009-2018_pgc_deer_mgmt_plan_-_final_version_pdf

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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 45
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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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - bb2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Cover3
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