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harvested deer? With the new electronic licensing system, every hunter could be required to report whether they killed a deer or not. If they don’t report, then they must pay a fine or not be allowed to buy a new hunting license. Although this option sounds good on the surface, like most things, the trouble is in the details. In this case, cost is the major detail. What is a deer harvest count, instead of a reliable estimate, worth? Report card, Internet, and telephone reporting are not free. Every harvest report costs the Game Commission approximately $0.50. At present, with less than 40 percent of successful hunters reporting their deer harvest, our costs are about $50,000. If all successful hunters reported their deer harvest, it would cost around $150,000 each year – an amount the Game Commission would gladly pay to get rid of deer harvest estimates. But back to the suggested option of making every hunter report regardless of whether they killed a deer. Basically, every deer tag would require a report. If a hunter bought a general hunting license that includes an antlered tag, this would be a report. Each antlerless license would be another report. Adding the general hunting and antlerless licenses numbers together equals approximately 1.8 million deer tags that would need to be reported. At $0.50 each, this would cost $900,000. Is a deer harvest count, instead of a reliable non-bank-breaking estimate, worth $900,000? From which projects should this money be pulled to cover the cost? Should less research be conducted? Should fewer data be collected? Should less habitat work be completed? Should less game land acreage be purchased? Should there be fewer conservation officers to respond to public concerns?

For more information on how deer harvests are estimated, visit the Game Commission’s web page, click on “White-tailed Deer” and then on the “2009-18 Deer Management Plan.”

We could not justify a recommendation to implement such a costly system. First, this assumes every tag would be reported, correctly. This is a risky assumption. Anything less than 100 percent reporting would still require an estimate. Second, the Game Commission already provides numerous free and convenient methods for hunters to report their deer harvest. Finally, we see consistent results from two independent methods that estimate the deer harvest. What can hunters do? If all successful hunters report their deer harvest, those who are uncomfortable with deer harvest estimates would see them disappear. This is the single most important thing a hunter can do to improve the data used in deer management recommendations. Pennsylvania’s hunters now have more convenient reporting methods than ever before. Postage-paid report cards are enclosed in every hunting digest. A few clicks of the mouse and a hunter can complete a harvest report online. And hunters can now report a harvested deer from the middle of the woods using a toll-free number. New, expensive, and hunterunfriendly methods that cost nearly $1 million are not needed. Hunters complying with the reporting requirement by using the existing and convenient reporting methods have the power to banish harvest estimates forever. 

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
In Those Days
Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Late Season Duck Hunting
The Perfect Opening Day
A Moment for Redemption
Deer Harvest Estimates
Beware the Pogonip
Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
The Cadet
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
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - In Those Days
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Late Season Duck Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Perfect Opening Day
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - A Moment for Redemption
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Deer Harvest Estimates
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Beware the Pogonip
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Cadet
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Annual Index
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Crossings
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