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Although the Nov. 15 start helped
protect more deer, it still opened hunting
season during the rut, the height of which
would later be established by modern
biologists as the week before Thanksgiving. But it was a step in the right direction.
In 1915, legislation directed deer seasons
to start annually on Dec. 1; Kalbfus again
pushed for the later start.
"Deer have passed through the rutting
season (by Dec. 1)," he wrote in 1918.
"The male has been given the opportunity to serve the purpose of nature. He
is not in pursuit of does regardless of
consequences, but instead can give his
entire attention to self-preservation. The
leaves are off. He
can see longer
distances.

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Sound carries further; all of which lend
to his benefit."
After that first bucks-only season,
Kalbfus wrote that he was proud of Pennsylvania's deer hunters.
"It is, of course, a new idea and very
trying to deer hunters in this state to hold
their fire, when a fine doe or a deer of any
description stands in front of them," Kalbfus noted. "Yet this was almost invariably
done, and the deer hunters of this state are
entitled to credit for so doing."
The penalty for breaking the law also
might have helped hunters make up
their minds. Shooting an antlerless deer
brought a $100 fine - equivalent to about
$2,600 today - or 100 days in jail.
It was clear; rebuilding the deer
herd had become a Pennsylvania
priority.
To get a feel of how limited
the state's deer herd was,
in 1906, Kalbfus estimated
the deer harvest at about
800, including 350 bucks.
In 1907, the buck kill totaled
no more than 200, Kalbfus
estimated.
In 1908, hunters began to
voice some frustrations about
deer hunting to Kalbfus. But
it wasn't about the buck law.
"I met many hunters who
had seen does and young deer
last year, but who failed to see
a buck with horns," Kalbfus
noted in his annual report. "I saw
several who saw bucks, but who
failed to shoot, because
the deer had disappeared about
the time



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