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Alt recalled a conversation he had with
me shortly after he started his new job.
" I started telling you things that I
wanted to do, and you were looking at me
like I had two heads, " Alt recalled. " You
were not convinced that we could do it.
You wrote the history of the Pennsylvania
Game Commission and you were leery; I
was leery, too! "
Alt envisioned himself as a leader, not
a deer biologist, as someone who could
maneuver in political circles and scientific
arenas and " figure out what was the best
thing to do. " It would become, he said, the
hardest thing he ever did in his life.

GROWING BUCKS
From the start, Alt knew implementing
change wasn't some academic experiment. So, he assembled his game plan
and went to work selling it.
The largest move Alt planned to make
was establishing concurrent antlered and
antlerless deer seasons, a type of deer
hunting that hadn't been used for more
than a century in Penn's Woods. But
he preferred to not make that sweeping
move immediately. Instead, he brokered a
deal to first offer the season to junior and

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Erica Jacobs, Bucks County, 2019

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Joe Pizzola, Montour County, 2019

Jarett Brown, Huntingdon County, 2019

senior license holders in 2000. It went off
without a hitch.
Alt also pushed for higher antlerless
license allocations, where needed, to stave
off habitat deterioration and problems in
farming communities. By the conclusion
of the 2000 deer seasons, hunters, for the
first time ever, took over a half-million
deer in Penn's Woods in one license year.
Alt kept his foot on the gas. He asked
for and received statewide concurrent
deer hunting in firearms season. Again,
the 2001 deer harvest approached a halfmillion.
In the 2001 offseason, opposition
to a statewide concurrent deer season
manifested. But Alt undercut it with his
compelling proposal to institute antler
restrictions, which garnered immediate
support in hunting circles. He reasoned,
however, that to carry more bucks until
they were old enough to grow larger racks,
antlerless deer would have to be kept at
lower levels.
The reduction in antlerless deer created
space for the young bucks that would be
spared by antler restrictions. And most
Pennsylvania deer hunters liked the idea
of having more bucks around. The initial



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