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Pennsylvania Game Commission Annual Report, 2010-11
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HE Game Commission is proud to present this 2010-11 annual report, highlighting many of the agency’s accomplishments over the last fiscal year, July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Conserve, protect and restore wildlife populations for their many public values.
As the Commonwealth’s wildlife management agency, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is responsible for managing all of Pennsylvania’s 480 species of wild birds and mammals (a complete list can be found on the agency website). Of those, due to funding limitations, primary attention is directed to select game species and our most imperiled species. During the year, white-tailed deer research activities focused on deer survival and harvest rates in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B. In these four WMUs, we are investigating the effect of shortening the concurrent antlered and antlerless firearms season from 12 days to 7 days. From June 2010 to May 2011, we recorded 76 mortalities of radio-collared deer. Hunting accounted for 75 percent. Other mortality factors included deer-vehicle collisions, poaching, natural causes and capture-related deaths. An additional 701 deer in these four WMUs were captured and ear-tagged from January to April 2011. Some of these deer also were fitted with radio collars. At the end of the 2011 trapping season, more than 180 radio-collared deer were being monitored on the four study areas. We continued to work on revising components of the deer management program based on completed research and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) evaluation and review. Changes to the Pennsylvania Sex/Age/Kill (PA SAK) model occurred based on research findings from a cooperative study with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State and the WMI report. We also replaced embryos per female with proportion of fawns in the antlerless harvest to assess deer population productivity. During the 2010-11 season, 33 PGC deer aging teams were deployed for seven days to collect sex, age and kill (SAK) data from a sample of harvested deer. SAK data were used to estimate the 2010-11 deer harvest. Based on hunter harvest reports and SAK data, hunters harvested 316,240 deer. The antlered harvest was 122,930, an increase of 13 percent from the 2009-10 harvest of 108,330. Antlered deer harvests increased by 20 percent or more in WMUs 2C, 2F, 2G, 3D, 4C, 4D and 5C. Also, hunters harvested 193,310 antlerless deer in 2010-11, a decrease of four percent from the 200,590 taken in 2009-10. The decrease in the antlerless harvest reflects the reduction in the number of antlerless deer licenses allocated for the 2010-11 seasons, as well as the shortened antlerless deer firearm season in eight WMUs. We completed revisions of the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) applications, including detailed management plan requirements for public land owners and those under the minimum acreage thresholds. DMAP was developed to provide both public and private landowners a tool to better control deer numbers on their properties through hunting. For 2010-11, the Commission approved 870 applications, down from
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