Pennsylvania Game News - September 2020 - 60

by joe kosack

Deer-lemma
1927
Illustration from Jacob Dingel Photo

About two decades after the
Game Commission began
stocking deer and providing
closed-season antlerless-deer
protection, whitetails started
getting into trouble with farmers.
By 1927, the agency had a problem on
its hands.
At the Board of Game Commissioners'
July 7, 1927 meeting, Executive Secretary
John B. Truman reported his office had
received 30 complaints of deer damage from
22 counties in two months. It was a problem
that antlerless-deer seasons could have helped
reduce. But most hunters at the time opposed
hunting flat-tops.
"The question of damage being done by
deer, and the method of reducing the surplus
deer was thoroughly discussed and every
member was permitted to present his views,"
the meeting minutes reflect.
Commissioner Adolf Muller "suggested
that the question of how the excess deer shall
be eliminated be put to a vote of the sportsmen's organizations. This suggestion was
opposed."
This decision, Board President Ross
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Leffler concluded, would be up to the commissioners.
Muller motioned, Leffler seconded, and
the board ratified a plan to deputize expert
hunters to go to farms where deer had caused
damage and harvest a sufficient number to
remedy the problem. The hunters immediately
set to work, taking only antlerless deer doing
damage. Bucks were to be saved.
The commissioners at their Oct. 5, 1927
meeting considered numerous petitions
opposing the killing of antlerless deer on
farmland, but continued with its plan.
A reported 185 antlerless deer were killed
by these deputized hunters in Cumberland and
Lycoming counties in 1927 to reduce crop
damage. More were killed elsewhere.
A year later, solutions to the crop-damage
problem began to manifest with the start of
an antlerless deer season in 51 of the state's
67 counties. In 1929, farmers were permitted
to kill deer causing crop-damage on their
properties. Deer carcasses were required to
be retained for food.
But antlerless seasons soon would expand
statewide, providing the most-effective tool
for managing deer numbers.



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