Deer Stats Revealed
Inside the Outdoors, February
14, 2014

Before I touch upon the accumulated harvesting of deer statistics for the 2012-13 seasons, I have to point out that old man winter has not be too kind to some of us, especially we vendors at the Indoor Farmer’s Market at the Cooperstown Event Center. It seems we have been “left out in the cold” as promoters temporarily closed the doors on the event.

When I volunteered to sell tickets for the Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited’s Banquet and Raffle, Mar. 1, I was thinking, possibly it would be convenient for those seeking to buy tickets to visit my table where they could go about their gains with a conservative approach, operated resourcefully while being educated concerning the Latrobe-based organization initiatives.

After all, FTTU goals are similar. They are based on conservation, restoration of resources and education of women and youth.

By taking on the task of selling tickets for this one-a-year fundraiser, I wanted, with all my heart, to do the very best I could to tell visitors of the great accomplishments that have been done since the early 70’s when this organization became established, thanks to a handful of men who wanted to see if something could be started with the noted objectives in mind. And since, some 400 members are not only holding their rods high, but their chins as well, knowing they are been successful up to now reconstructing stream beds, cleaning up creeks and teaching youth how to tie flies and catch trout with the very imitations they tied, I figured a number of them might be visitors to the centers and conveniently buy their tickets there.

Now can you see why ol’ man winter has clobbered me with snowballs? If one wishes to email me at www.peevee73@verizon.net, arrangements may be made to purchase tickets from me. One can also obtain them at Ligonier Outfitters and Newsstand, 127 W. Main St., Ligonier, and on FTTU’s website – www.forbestrailtu.org. Click on banquets and follow instructions.

For additional information, contact Scott Minster, 724-539-0422.

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that this year’s deer season has last year’s beat by about two percent. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but when it gets to be slight over 3,000 antlered and antlerless whitetails, to my way of thinking, that’s a sizeable amount.

Just in the 2C Wildlife Management Unit, made up of Fayette, Westmoreland, Cambria, Somerset, and parts of Indiana, Blair and Bedford Counties, 18, 400 game were killed.

In neighboring WMU 2B, made up of part of Westmoreland, Butler, Beaver and Washington Counties, 20,800 antlered and antlerless deer were harvested.

The PGC stated, “Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about five percent from the previous license year’s harvest of 127,540. Also, hunters harvested 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 antlerless deer taken in 2011-12.”

Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director said, “This year’s antlered deer harvest is slightly above the average since 2005, when agency efforts began to stabilize deer populations in most of the state. The age structure of the antlered deer harvest was 49 percent, 1.5 year-old-bucks and 51 percent 2.5-year-old and older bucks.”

The PGC noted that “The age structure of this year’s antlerless deer harvest was 61 percent adult females, 22 percent button bucks, and 18 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.”

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Ever since I published the original story on the sighting of eagles in the area, people are coming out of the woodwork to tell me where they saw or heard of the raising of our country’s someplace down the pike.

Upon meeting Derry Township resident Rich Ludwig at a social recently, he was quick to talk of two past columns that stirred his interest – one on the Stahlstown artist, Tom Duran, Jr., who he spoke very highly and was glad I recognized his accomplishments and the fact that he was having an art show at the Ned Smith Center in Harrisburg this summer, and the coming of the eagles to Westmoreland County.

No, I’m not talking about the Philadelphia team, but rather our American bird. “I was driving to teach at Derry High sometime ago. As I traveled through Atlantic, I spotted two eagles in a field,” he said. “When I got to the school, I told some of the other teachers. They thought I was drunk!” he stated while laughing.

I wonder what these scholars would say now!

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Here is a little trivia that might interest you. In as much as Trout Unlimited is dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, supporters of the organization may wonder how their contributions are distributed. Here are the stats: 89% go to Conservation Programs, 8% to fundraising and 3% to administrative expenses. That ought to open some eyes!n.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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