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except cottontails - to Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30.
Rabbits were hunted the same three
days of the week, but from Nov. 1 to 30.
Bears were hunted Thursday through
Saturday in November, and Monday
through Saturday during the two-week
December deer season.
Executive Secretary John J. Slautterback wrote that he and the Board of Game
Commissioners thought a three-day-aweek season structure limited to several
weeks would help conserve game, that
the move would be supported by a large
number of sportsmen.
Other states already used them.
But hunters wanted small-game seasons to remain open as long as possible.
And while small-game seasons
remained set mostly in the month of
November from early 1920s through the
late 1950s, the three-day-a-week structure
was gone in 1929. Other states, in time,
would followed suit.
By the time Wall Street crashed on Oct.
24, 1929, and the Great Depression began
to take shape, the Game Commission
appeared to be spot-on with its decision to
return to typical hunting season structure.
Many Pennsylvania families would make
Stocking efforts, like this one in McKean County
in 1923, were successful in helping rebuild deer
populations, and hunters took pride in restoration.

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ends meet eating game at dinner tables in
years to come.
Interestingly, this short-lived three-day
decision didn't appear to too badly affect
hunter-take. Cottontail and ringneck
harvests, augmented by stockings, were
down 20 to 25 percent. Squirrels were
down about 15 percent. There was one
substantial harvest decline, ruffed grouse,
which dropped about 50 percent. Grouse
season closed the following year.

BALANCING OPPORTUNITY

It's interesting to consider the logic
behind the three-day decision, and its
reversal, at a time when next to no one
thought there was enough of game afield.
Since deer and bears were most plentiful across the state's northern tier, and
hunting them required a willingness to
travel, the Game Commission stocked
small game for those buying hunting
licenses in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
and in the farm country that dominated
other parts of the state.
Over 80,000 cottontails were released
statewide in 1928, alongside ringnecks,
Hungarian partridges and fox squirrels.
Bounties were in play. Game Lands
were being gobbled up to provide public
hunting grounds. Making game abundant
was the agency's primary mission.
But during 1928, the agency's management of whitetails established that hunting
was more than recreation.
Today it's easier for all of us to see the
value of hunting to society, its role in all
wildlife conservation and the need for its
perpetuation.
But back in the '20s, it wasn't so
straightforward. Our game commissioners and staff fought the masses to move
conservation forward. Today, we enjoy
the benefits brought about by those tough
decisions.



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