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JANUARY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Preliminary 2021-22 seasons approved
Statewide concurrent firearms deer season up for approval.
The Board of Game Commissioners
preliminarily approved a slate of deer
seasons for the 2021-22 license year
that would allow concurrent hunting for
antlered and antlerless deer statewide
through the duration of the firearms
deer season.
The season is proposed to open on
Saturday, Nov. 27. Deer hunting also
would be allowed on Sunday, Nov. 28.
This would be the only Sunday during
firearms deer season when deer hunting
is permitted. The season would close on
Saturday, Dec. 11.
A change to a concurrent season is
not intended to increase the antlerless
harvest, as the antlerless allocation
is the primary tool for managing
deer populations. If the proposal
for concurrent seasons is approved
by the board at the April meeting,
the antlerless license allocation will
be reduced accordingly to reflect
the additional five days of hunting
opportunities. The antlerless allocation
is based on the estimated number of
tags required for hunters to harvest the
number of deer necessary to meet the
population objectives within a WMU.
If the season is extended an additional
five days, fewer tags will be required
to meet the population objectives than
would have been required in a shorter
season.
Also, the extended (post-Christmas)
antlerless deer firearms season
that traditionally has been held in
certain counties in southeastern and
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southwestern Pennsylvania is proposed
to be held in all of WMUs 2B, 5C
and 5D, given that antlerless harvests
are evenly distributed throughout
these WMUs, regardless of firearms
restrictions.
In other action, the commissioners
proposed allowing the hunting Sundays
during the archery deer and firearms
bear and deer seasons to also be open
for other game (except migratory
game birds and wild turkey) with
open seasons on those dates. These
expansions of Sunday opportunity
are the only changes preliminarily
proposed for small game and furbearer
seasons.
Also proposed was closing fall
turkey season in WMU 5A and reducing
season length for 14 other WMUs, due
to declining population trends. The
recommendations are in accordance
with Wild Turkey Management Plan
guidelines to increase hen survival.
As an additional tool to respond to
declining turkey populations without
reducing fall-turkey season length, the
commissioners voted preliminarily to
eliminate the use of manually operated
centerfire and rimfire rifles for fallturkey hunting.
Recent survey data indicate only
14 percent of Pennsylvania fall-turkey
hunters primarily use rifles, but rifles are
responsible for 33 percent of the fallturkey harvest. That's because many
who harvest fall turkeys with rifles
do so opportunistically while hunting
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