Deer Stats Revealed
Inside the Outdoors, March 18
, 2011

One thing’s for certain. Pennsylvania has no shortage of deer. This was recently evidenced by a report I received from the Pennsylvania Game Commission recently reporting the amount of deer that were harvested during the 2010-11 season.

Figures are up from the previous year with a harvest of 316,240 over the 2009-2010 years of 308,920 deer killed.

Even the antlered deer that were harvested were up 13 percent. Hunters took 122,930 over and above 108, 330.

“The 2010-11 antlered deer harvest of 122,939 is slightly above average based on when the Game Commission began to stabilize deer populations trends in most of the state in 2005,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Antlered deer harvests increased by 20 percent or more in Wildlife Management Units 2C, 2F, 2G, 3D, 4C, 4D and 5C. In fact, in Wildlife Management Units 2C and 2G, the antlered harvest increased by 31 percent.”

On the flip side of the coin, the decrease in the antlerless harvest reflects the reduction in the number of antlerless deer licenses allocated for the 2010-11 seasons, as well as the shortened antlerless deer hunting opportunities in eight WMUs. Those were: 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E.

Here again Roe said, “Given the reduced allocations and shortened antlerless deer seasons, a lower antlerless harvest was expected. Despite the reduced antlerless deer harvests, antlerless deer hunter success rates remained near 25 percent. This is on average with harvest success rates for the last five years.”

According the Jerry Feaser, publicist for the Commission, “Harvest estimates for 2010-11 seasons are based on 111.630 usable harvest report cards (46,680 antlered; 64,950 anatlerless) returned by hunters to the Commission, which included 62,684 reported by mail and 48,946 reported by the new online harvest reporting system. Reporting rates are determined by cross referencing these report cards with the data collected from the 23,606 deer (8,461 antlered; 15, 145 antlerless) examined by Game Commission personnel in the field and at processors.”

Here is an interesting statistic. “Yearling bucks comprised 48 percent of the 2010-11 antlered harvest, and 2.5-year-old or older bucks comprised 52 percent. This year’s harvest marks the highest percentage of 2.5-year-old or older bucks in the last 30 years. Since 2003, the percent of yearling bucks in the annual harvest that varied between 49 and 56 percent. Button bucks represented 23 percent of the antlerless harvest, which is similar to the long-term averages,” he said.

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Every year when the stocking trucks roll into our area, fishermen and volunteers like to show up and either see what is being tossed into our waters or bystanders actually help out by help stock the fish into the streams or lakes.

As a result, I have made mention of the local lakes that will receive their first stockings for the start of opening day trout season this year.

For example, Keystone State Park Lake will receive its first batch of trout April 6. The meeting place will be at the park office at 1 p.m. The species that will be deposited will be rainbow trout.

Mammoth Lake Dam will get trout April 7. People will meet the stocking truck in the Donegal Lake parking lot at 12:30 p.m. Here again, rainbow trout will be deposited.

Northmoreland Lake, a lake I’ve never fished, but hope to some day, will get their load of fish April 6. People wanting to follow the stocking truck will meet it at Keystone Lake Park Office at 1 p.m. The lake will receive rainbow trout as well.

And last, we have Upper and Lower Twin Lakes. Both will initially be stocked on April 8th. The meeting place is at the lower lake at 11:15 a.m. Finally, both lakes will receive rainbows.

I just received word from Scott Levay of the Loyalhanna Trading Post that fellows are taking advantage of the extended trout season both at Twin Lakes and Mammoth Lake Dam. The ticket – Minifoo jigs tipped with waxworms. That’s always been a winner. Scott told me anglers are definitely cashing in. If you haven’t been to his place yet, it is located at 3514 Route 30 West across for South Ligonier St Extension, Latrobe.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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