Online:
Visits:
Stories:
Profile image
By AmmoLand (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

Pennsylvania Game Commission Releases Deer Harvest Report

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:57
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

DeerDeer Pennsylvania Game CommissionPennsylvania Game Commission

USA -(Ammoland.com)- Pennsylvania’s buck harvest increased 9 percent, and the overall deer harvest was up 6 percent, in the 2016-17 seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.

Hunters harvested an estimated 333,254 deer in 2016-17 – an increase of about 6 percent compared to the 2015-16 harvest of 315,813.

Of those, 149,460 were antlered deer – an increase of about 9 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 137,580 bucks were taken. It’s the largest harvest of antlered deer since 2002.

Hunters also harvested an estimated 183,794 antlerless deer in 2016-17, which represents an about 3 percent increase compared to the 178,233 antlerless deer taken in 2015-16.

Bowhunters accounted for nearly 33 percent of the overall deer harvest, taking 109,250 deer (59,550 bucks and 49,700 does) with archery tackle. Meanwhile, 20,409 deer (1,350 bucks and 19,059 does) were harvested during muzzleloader seasons.

The percentage of older bucks in the harvest remained high, with 56 percent of bucks taken by Pennsylvania hunters during the 2016-17 deer seasons being 2½ years old or older. In 2015-16, 59 percent of bucks in the harvest were 2 ½ years old or older.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough congratulated deer hunters on their successes afield during the 2016-17 seasons.

“This has been quite a year for Pennsylvania deer hunting,” Hough said. “Not only was there an increased deer harvest and a significantly higher buck harvest, I saw hundreds of photos from hunters who took their buck-of-a-lifetime this past season. Among them was a hunter whose Clearfield County harvest shattered the state record for nontypical bucks taken with archery tackle.

“To all of those hunters, and to everybody who made memories afield during the 2016-17 deer seasons, congratulations,” Hough said. “I couldn’t be happier for you and wish you the best of luck in the 2017-18 seasons, when hundreds more bucks-of-a-lifetime will be taken.”

Harvest estimates are based on more than 24,000 deer checked by Game Commission personnel and more than 100,000 harvest reports submitted by successful hunters. Because some harvests go unreported, estimates provide a more accurate picture of hunter success.

The antlerless harvest included about 64 percent adult females, about 20 percent button bucks and about 16 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.

Agency staff currently is working to develop 2017-18 antlerless deer license allocation recommendations, which will be considered at the March 28 meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners.

Wayne Laroche, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director, said that in addition to harvest data, staff will be looking at deer health measures, forest regeneration and deer-human conflicts for each WMU as antlerless allocations are considered for 2017-18.

Total deer harvest estimates by WMU for 2016-17 (with 2015-16 figures in parentheses) are as follows:

  • WMU 1A: 6,500 (6,000) antlered, 10,400 (9,100) antlerless;
  • WMU 1B: 7,900 (6,900) antlered, 8,200 (7,700) antlerless;
  • WMU 2A: 7,000 (6,500) antlered, 9,200 (10,500) antlerless;
  • WMU 2B: 5,800 (5,200) antlered, 14,000 (15,000) antlerless;
  • WMU 2C: 8,300 (9,100) antlered, 8,335 (8,490) antlerless;
  • WMU 2D: 12,800 (12,300) antlered, 16,400 (15,700) antlerless;
  • WMU 2E: 5,200 (4,700) antlered, 5,341 (5,300) antlerless;
  • WMU 2F: 7,700 (7,000) antlered, 6,700 (5,400) antlerless;
  • WMU 2G: 6,200 (6,100) antlered, 4,000 (4,100) antlerless;
  • WMU 2H: 1,900 (1,400) antlered, 1,900 (1,100) antlerless;
  • WMU 3A: 5,400 (4,300) antlered, 3,800 (4,000) antlerless;
  • WMU 3B: 7,500 (6,800) antlered, 7,300 (7,400) antlerless;
  • WMU 3C: 8,600 (7,600) antlered, 11,000 (10,500) antlerless;
  • WMU 3D: 4,300 (3,500) antlered, 4,200 (3,700) antlerless;
  • WMU 4A: 4,400 (5,100) antlered, 7,913 (8,670) antlerless;
  • WMU 4B: 5,200 (5,700) antlered, 6,200 (7,000) antlerless;
  • WMU 4C: 6,400 (5,400) antlered, 5,300 (5,000) antlerless;
  • WMU 4D: 7,900 (7,200) antlered, 7,533 (7,443) antlerless;
  • WMU 4E: 7,300 (6,200) antlered, 7,500 (6,900) antlerless;
  • WMU 5A: 3,000 (2,900) antlered, 4,000 (4,600) antlerless;
  • WMU 5B: 8,900 (8,000) antlered, 12,400 (11,500) antlerless;
  • WMU 5C: 8,300 (7,400) antlered, 15,600 (13,600) antlerless;
  • WMU 5D: 2,900 (2,200) antlered, 6,500 (5,200) antlerless; and
  • Unknown WMU: 60 (80) antlered, 70 (30) antlerless.

Season-specific 2016-17 deer harvest estimates (with 2015-16 harvest estimates in parentheses) are as follows:

  • WMU 1A: archery, 3,030 (2,610) antlered, 2,950 (2,480) antlerless; and muzzleloader, 70 (90) antlered, 1,250 (1,120) antlerless.
  • WMU 1B: archery, 3,230 (2,560) antlered, 1,820 (1,480) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (40) antlered, 1,080 (720) antlerless.
  • WMU 2A: archery, 2,440 (2,160) antlered, 1,900 (2,110) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 1,100 (1,390) antlerless.
  • WMU 2B: archery, 4,260 (3,750) antlered, 6,750 (7,880) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (50) antlered, 750 (920) antlerless.
  • WMU 2C: archery, 3,320 (3,130) antlered, 1,789 (1,687) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (70) antlered, 1,006 (1,066) antlerless.
  • WMU 2D: archery, 5,350 (4,780) antlered, 2,590 (2,330) antlerless; muzzleloader, 150 (120) antlered, 1,910 (1,970) antlerless.
  • WMU 2E: archery, 1,760 (1,460) antlered, 908 (800) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (40) antlered, 626 (700) antlerless.
  • WMU 2F: archery, 2,530 (1,860) antlered, 1,100 (780) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (40) antlered, 800 (720) antlerless.
  • WMU 2G: archery, 1,620 (1,340) antlered, 830 (800) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (60) antlered, 670 (700) antlerless.
  • WMU 2H: archery, 480 (290) antlered, 310 (250) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (10) antlered, 290 (250) antlerless.
  • WMU 3A: archery, 1,470 (1,180) antlered, 700 (760) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 500 (640) antlerless.
  • WMU 3B: archery, 2,440 (2,320) antlered, 1,380 (1,620) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (80) antlered, 1,020 (1,180) antlerless.
  • WMU 3C: archery, 2,340 (2,060) antlered, 1,880 (1,940) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 1,220 (1,460) antlerless.
  • WMU 3D: archery, 1,470 (1,060) antlered, 1,060 (980) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (40) antlered, 440 (520) antlerless.
  • WMU 4A: archery, 940 (960) antlered, 1,374 (1,401) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 1,031 (1,285) antlerless.
  • WMU 4B: archery, 1,850 (1,660) antlered, 1,400 (1,400) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (40) antlered, 600 (800) antlerless.
  • WMU 4C: archery, 2,570 (2,150) antlered, 1,380 (1,380) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (50) antlered, 620 (620) antlerless.
  • WMU 4D: archery, 2,420 (1,840) antlered, 1,629 (1,714) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (60) antlered, 876 (968) antlerless.
  • WMU 4E: archery, 2,750 (2,150) antlered, 1,570 (1,340) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (50) antlered, 730 (760) antlerless.
  • WMU 5A: archery, 970 (880) antlered, 870 (1,010) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 330 (590) antlerless.
  • WMU 5B: archery, 4,730 (4,430) antlered, 4,330 (3,790) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (70) antlered, 970 (1,010) antlerless.
  • WMU 5C: archery, 5,300 (4,880) antlered, 6,990 (6,310) antlerless; muzzleloader, 100 (120) antlered, 1,010 (1,090) antlerless.
  • WMU 5D: archery, 2,280 (1,770) antlered, 4,180 (3,440) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (30) antlered, 220 (160) antlerless.
  • Unknown WMU: archery, 0 (0) antlered, 10 (10) antlerless; muzzleloader, 0 (0) antlered, 10 (0) antlerless.

For additional information on Pennsylvania’s 2016-17 deer harvest, please go to the agency’s website and go to the “White-Tailed Deer” page, then select 2016-17 Deer Harvest Estimates.

This post Pennsylvania Game Commission Releases Deer Harvest Report appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News .



Source: http://www.ammoland.com/2017/03/pennsylvania-game-commission-releases-deer-harvest-report/

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

 

Top Global

 

Top Alternative

 

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.