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Jacob Dingel

highs? Add to that, the chance to shoot a
second deer without tagging the first, and
increasing the number of WMUs where
concurrent firearms seasons for antlered
and antlerless deer will occur, and it
appears Pennsylvania is on the verge of
having a very good harvest year.
The state's best deer harvest occurred
in the 2002-03 seasons, when hunters took
517,529 deer. The second best occurred
in 2000-01, when 504,600 deer were
taken. In the past license year, 389,431
deer were taken.
Pennsylvania's deer harvest won't
approach record numbers because there
aren't as many licensed hunters, and the
antlerless allocation and antlerless population aren't nearly what they were in record
years. But can those additional hunting
days push the harvest over 400,000?
On paper, it might look possible. But
nothing about deer management is that
simple.
Contributing factors that could influence the season include: weather, availability of fall foods, hunter effort and
participation, even COVID-19.
"I don't expect there to be a huge
change in total harvest numbers," Wallingford said. "A deer taken earlier is one that

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won't be taken later, and our seasons provide more time afield. But we are making
multiple changes in deer management, so
to some degree, we are in uncharted territory. But it's not that uncharted!"

COVID-19

Coronavirus changed the lives of most
Pennsylvanians in 2020, and it could
change how hunters buy their licenses and
gear, and maybe even where they hunt and
with whom. Social-distancing and other
preventative guidelines remained in place
as this article was being written, while
businesses mostly had reopened, even if
in a more-limited capacity.
But with the future uncertain, there
were no answers about potential impacts
this season on things such as hunting from
camps, getting your deer processed and
acquiring properly fitted or customized
sporting arms.
Wallingford thought that fewer hunters
might go to northern-tier deer camps, but
his comment comes with reservations.
"This could be an interesting scenario
because it could mean implementing new
cultural norms over traditions," Wallingford noted. "Hunter desire to return to
camp for deer season is very strong."



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