How has PA's deer fared so far this winter ?

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Dad and I were chatting together yesterday and we commented on how much fun we had going on a hunt to Pennsylvania in the past. There would be a large group of us going to Potter and Tioga Co. camping along Pine Creek in October. In fact that is where I got my first deer with a bow.

Anyways. I am not sure how severe the winter has been in Pennsylvania. I am curious as to how well they have fared. I still contemplate in the back of my mind a trip to that state. Anyone have any news on that issue? Thank you.
 

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I have family who live there and had been here visiting a few weeks ago and they could not believe how much more snow there was here in Se. Ma.. They had a lot less snow than we did this year. They have the cabin in the Poconos and live in Potter county. I would not worry too much. They have quite a healthy population.
I will get an update this weekend.
 

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I drove the entire length of PA the last weekend in Feb. All along Rte 80 there were deer EVERYWHERE on the the south facing slopes on th side of the highway. Off in the woods there were runs beat down everywhere. It was a very impressive ride.
 

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I drove the entire length of PA the last weekend in Feb. All along Rte 80 there were deer EVERYWHERE on the the south facing slopes on th side of the highway. Off in the woods there were runs beat down everywhere. It was a very impressive ride.

That sounds like good news. I have fond memories of Pennsylvania and have always wondered if it would be worth it to return.

This coming season may be problematic though with my recent lay off.
 

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Deer hunters killed about 14 percent fewer deer in the 2014-15 hunting seasons than they did in the same seasons in 2013-14, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The commission estimates that 303,973 deer were harvested by hunters in 2014-15, which would reverse four years of increased harvests and put the most recent tally on par with the 308,920 deer taken by Pennsylvania hunters in the 2009-10 seasons.

The 2013-14 harvest was estimated at 352,920 deer, 2012-13 at 343,110, 2011-12 at 336,200 and 2010-11 at 316,240.

According to the commission, hunters took 119,260 antlered deer in the 2014-15 seasons, a decrease of about 11 percent from 2013-14, and 184,713 antlerless deer, a decrease of about 16 percent from 2013-14.
•Here's a report on the 2013-14 harvest.

Some of the drop in harvest in the just completed seasons was by design, said R. Matthew Hough, executive director of the commission.

For 2014-15, the commission issued 59,500 fewer antlerless licenses, which are the primary means for raising and lowering deer harvest.
•Here's a report on antlerless licenses issued in 2014-15, including a break-down by wildlife management unit.

Weather during the two-week firearms hunting season for deer likely played a part as well. The first day of the season, when the heaviest harvest always occurs, was unseasonably warm, allowing more hunters to remain stationary and putting less pressure to move about on the deer. The first Saturday of the season, which always produces the second heaviest harvest, ranged from dense fog to rain to snow in various parts of the state, none of which are ideal conditions for a big harvest.

The mast crop was abundant in many areas of Pennsylvania last fall, spreading deer across larger sectors of the landscape and allowing them to move less in acquiring their food. Abundant mast crops often lead to reduced deer harvest.

The commission based its harvest estimate on more than 24,000 deer physically checked by commission staff and more than 100,000 harvest reports filed by hunters.







PA Game Commission Deer Aging TeamA deer aging team from the Pennsylvania Game Commission gathers data from deer harvested by hunters during the 2013 firearms hunting season for deer.
The commission believes the 2014-15 harvest contained its highest percentage of adult bucks in decades. Of the antlered deer taken, 43 percent were 1.5-year-old bucks, with the remaining 57 percent being 2.5 years old or older.

The antlerless harvest included about 61 percent adult females, about 20 percent button bucks and about 18 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.

Commission staff is developing its recommendations for 2015-16 antlerless deer license allocations, which will be voted on at the April 10 meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners.

By wildlife management unit, the 2014-15 harvest (with 2013-14 figures in parentheses) was as follows,

WMU 1A, 5,100 (6,400) antlered, 10,800 (13,900) antlerless; WMU 1B, 5,800 (6,800) antlered, 8,800 (10,800) antlerless; WMU 2A, 5,100 (6,800) antlered, 9,600 (13,200) antlerless; WMU 2B, 4,300 (5,600) antlered, 13,000 (14,000) antlerless; WMU 2C, 7,000 (7,200) antlered, 9,029 (11,000) antlerless; WMU 2D, 11,400 (13,700) antlered 16,400 (21,600) antlerless; WMU 2E, 4,400 (4,900) antlered, 5,600 (8,000) antlerless; WMU 2F, 6,000 (6,600) antlered, 5,900 (8,000) antlerless; WMU 2G, 4,800 (5,000) antlered, 4,700 (6,900) antlerless; WMU 2H, 1,700 (1,500) antlered, 1,100 (1,700) antlerless.

WMU 3A, 3,300 (4,200) antlered, 4,300 (5,400) antlerless; WMU 3B, 6,000 (6,200) antlered, 8,100 (8,700) antlerless; WMU 3C, 6,500 (7,000) antlered, 10,300 (12,700) antlerless; WMU 3D, 4,200 (3,400) antlered, 5,200 (5,000) antlerless.

WMU 4A, 3,300 (5,000) antlered, 6,805 (6,000) antlerless; WMU 4B, 4,600 (5,300) antlered, 5,600 (5,800) antlerless; WMU 4C, 4,800 (5,200) antlered, 5,000 (6,900) antlerless; WMU 4D, 6,500 (7,200) antlered, 6,848 (8,200) antlerless; WMU 4E, 5,800 (6,300) antlered, 5,900 (7,700) antlerless; WMU 5A, 2,400 (2,800) antlered, 3,300 (4,100) antlerless; WMU 5B, 6,900 (7,400) antlered, 12,400 (12,800) antlerless; WMU 5C, 8,000 (8,100) antlered, 22,200 (21,700) antlerless; WMU 5D, 1,300 (1,600) antlered, 3,800 (4,500) antlerless; and unknown WMU, 60 (80) antlered, 31 (40) antlerless.
 

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I've seen quite a few winter killed deer this year. We had lot's of ice under the snow, the deer could'nt even get to the corn left from picking.
 

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Recent post from a P.A. hunter on another site below:


Finally after two weeks of warmer weather I was able to get into my property this weekend to retrieve trail cams that have been snowed in since early January. Still have 6-12" of thick ice/snow on all fields and in the woods. I didn't make it very far in and found a dead yearling under some pine trees and 20yds farther another dead yearling. I proceeded to collect the rest of my trail cams and ended up finding 3 more yearlings dead all under pine trees. None had any apparent injuries and all but one(eaten) looked fairly fresh. I did not look into bedding areas at all and just happened to stumble upon these 5 dead ones on my way to trail cams. I've never seen a winter kill here in Jefferson County PA or at least what I think is winter kill. Anyone else seeing any winter kill?
 

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Doesn't look good for her at all, pic date was 5-6 weeks ago and -21 degree temp. Not sure if it's the lighting or a problem is starting on its hide too. I would think winter mortality would not be a state or region wide problem, fortunately.
 

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Recent post from a P.A. hunter on another site below:


Finally after two weeks of warmer weather I was able to get into my property this weekend to retrieve trail cams that have been snowed in since early January. Still have 6-12" of thick ice/snow on all fields and in the woods. I didn't make it very far in and found a dead yearling under some pine trees and 20yds farther another dead yearling. I proceeded to collect the rest of my trail cams and ended up finding 3 more yearlings dead all under pine trees. None had any apparent injuries and all but one(eaten) looked fairly fresh. I did not look into bedding areas at all and just happened to stumble upon these 5 dead ones on my way to trail cams. I've never seen a winter kill here in Jefferson County PA or at least what I think is winter kill. Anyone else seeing any winter kill?
Ask him if they were being fed corn.
 




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