Pennsylvania Game News - October 2018 - 16

That Pennsylvania continues to appear
regularly in Top 5 national whitetail hunting categories is testament to a resource
that continues to thrive in forests that
provide fair-to-good forest regeneration. It
also helps explain why Pennsylvania was
chosen as QDMA's "Agency of the Year."
"Pennsylvania, like other Mid-Atlantic
states, is a sweet spot for deer abundance
and harvest," the Game Commission's
Wallingford said.

PARTICIPATION
As hunters, our performance usually
improves when we participate more.
Sure, you can get lucky occasionally.
But for consistent success, you must be
actively involved.
The average deer hunter in the United
States hunts deer 14 days annually,
according to the 2016 National Survey of
Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated
Recreation, compiled and published by
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
How do Pennsylvania deer hunters
stack up with the national norm?
Based on the recent deer-hunter survey,
about two-thirds of bowhunters are afield
six or more days annually. About 60 percent of firearms season hunters are afield
at least three days. Firearms hunters also
head afield about a day to hunt in the early
antlerless deer muzzleloader season and
about two days in the after-Christmas
season.
Whitetails look for easy food in the fall.
Wherever acorns drop, or field corn
ripens first, expect whitetails. If there's
nearby cover, a feeding location becomes
even more attractive.
But in falls with mast overabundance
and fantastic corn crops, it can be tough
to sort out where deer will be.
And this fall seems to be shaping up to
be one of those.
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More than a quarter of Pennsylvania
- 11,921 square miles - remained in
agricultural land in 2017, about the same
as 2016, according to the U.S. Department
of Agriculture statistics.
Hayfields continue to represent the
largest land investment in farm country:
more than 3,800 square miles, up 300
square miles from 2016. Cornfields comprised 2,109 square miles, slightly more
than 2016's total.
Soybeans were planted on about 914
square miles, up slightly from the previous year.
Crop reports heading into August had
Pennsylvania corn, soybeans, pasture and
range in good-to-excellent condition.
Those same conditions were helping
to keep the table set afield for soft and
hard mast.
"Soft mast is good across the board
- berries, grapes, apples," noted Dave
Gustafson, Forestry Division chief in the
Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife
Habitat Management. "Forage production
via browse also is excellent, due to the
copious rains this spring. Growing season
conditions have been stellar so far."

FINDING A WAY
Time is a factor for hunters - whether
preparing for a hunt, spending time on
stand or juggling your schedule to find a
precious few hours to get out there. But
don't think for a second you're alone.
The recent deer hunter survey revealed
some the biggest reasons hunters weren't
getting afield like they used to were: the
lack of time to hunt, 20 percent; too few
bucks seen or harvested, 19 percent; the
lack of a place to hunt, 14 percent; and
aging, 14 percent.
With many deer hunters in their 50s,
nothing is as easy as it used to be.
Our hearts might still be in it, but our



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