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Friday, November 23, 2012

COUNTDOWN TO DEER SEASON HAS BEGUN

COUNTDOWN TO DEER SEASON HAS BEGUN
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday - the Monday after Thanksgiving – marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season, and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange throughout Penn’s Woods, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.

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Antler restrictions in place this year mirror those from the previous year.  For Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, hunters need to identify three antler points, not including the brow tine, which is the point immediately above the antler burr. In the remainder of the state, antler restrictions remain a minimum of at least three points on one side. 


Statewide, all junior license holders, mentored youth hunters, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle and resident active-duty U.S. Armed Services personnel have a minimum antler restrictions of one antler with at least two points, or one antler three or more inches in length.


For those hunters in 11 WMUs, there is a split-season structure, in which the first five days (Nov. 26-30) are open for antlered deer only and the remaining seven days (Dec. 1-8) are open for antlered and antlerless deer.  Those WMUs are 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3B, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E.  In the other 11 WMUs, antlered and antlerless deer are in season from Nov. 26-Dec. 8.


“In addition to being a rich part of our state’s heritage, deer season is critical in managing Pennsylvania’s whitetails,” Roe said. “The efforts of hunters are far-reaching; they help to keep deer populations in check, and enable the agency to meet deer management goals that benefit those who reside, visit or travel through this state.”


Roe noted that hunters will need to make sure that they have done their pre-season scouting, as fall food conditions, development, posted property and other factors will impact deer movements.


“Deer will respond to food availability and hunter pressure, both of which can vary from year to year, and from one area to another,” Roe said. “Pre-season scouting can improve a hunter’s chance for success this year.


“Recognizing the impacts dramatic changes on the landscape may have on deer movements will be just as important – if not more important – as identifying those locations where deer are feeding regularly. Spending time afield before season often leads to better hunting opportunities.”


Hunters must wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined at all times while afield during the seasons. They also are advised that it’s illegal to hunt, chase or disturb deer within 150 yards of any occupied building without the occupant's permission if they are using a firearm, or 50 yards if they are using a bow or crossbow.


During the two-week season, hunters may use any legal sporting arm, as outlined on page 45 of the 2012-13 Digest.  Rifles are not permitted to be used in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties, however, shotguns and muzzleloaders are legal.  Deer hunters in Philadelphia may use only bows or crossbows.


All hunters who take a deer must fill out their harvest tag and attach it to the deer’s ear before moving the carcass. The tag can be secured to the base of the ear with a string drawn very tightly, if the hunter plans to have the deer mounted. Cutting a slit in the ear to attach the tag will require additional work by a taxidermist.


For those hunters who plan to visit both a deer processor and taxidermist, it is important to remember that state law requires the deer harvest carcass tag to remain with the head at the taxidermist, and that a second hand-made tag containing the name, address and license number of the person who harvested the deer and the location of the harvest should remain with the rest of the carcass going to the processor.


Roe noted that properly licensed bear hunters who still possess an unused bear tag come deer season may take a bear during all or portions of the first week of deer season, but only in certain WMUs.  Sale of bear licenses will continue through Nov. 16, after which it will close and then reopen briefly Nov. 22 to 25. Specific seasons and reporting requirements for taking bears during deer season are outlined on page 36-38 of the 2012-13 Digest issued with the purchase of a hunting license.  The Digest also may be viewed on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).

20 comments :

Anonymous said...

I think its high time for PA Game Commission to take a look at who they're hiring and the review the nonsense they put out about deer management and improving the "Quality" of the hunt. I've seen a grand total of 5 bucks since Summer, and ALL of them were small and had small racks. I have seen a few healthy buck in NY with very nice racks. Almost makes me want to eschew hunting in PA and start going to NY.

Anonymous said...

5:29am,

I'd be more than happy to send you pictures of many huge bucks that I have seen since the rut started. Don't know where tou are in the Commonwealth but I for one am excited about opening day and the chance to score a really nice buck.

Anonymous said...

5.29 i totaly agree with you i no longer hunt in pa i go to w.v. game wardens talk to you like your human and dont treat you like a criminal the pgc has a real bad rep. all over the us. that its going to take years to get rid of so why support them

Anonymous said...

First day of bear season i seen a total of 37 deer and 30 of them were legal buck and 12 of them were shooters in my book. Sounds like someone needs to just get off the road and into the woods a little further.

Anonymous said...

11:36am,

Well put!

Mouse

Anonymous said...

11:31am,

You must be my garbage guy from the other post. Stay in WV and I sure hope the PGC has the bad reputation you claim. Hopefully that will keep the out of Staters from coming up here and pulling the shit they normally do.

Mouse

Anonymous said...

PGC and just about every other PA state agency treat people horrible. Forestry,DCNR,Fish comm,Penn Dot their arrogance is amazing!

Anonymous said...

mouse you are one big pain in the butt i not the garbage guy im a worker that does my 40 plus hours a week and pays taxes what are you ssi or welfare its simple minded people like you that are ruining this country

Anonymous said...

I work for Forestry. In spite of the arrogance, ignorance and stupidity of the people I deal with on a daily basis, I have never treated anyone "horribly"!

Anonymous said...

Nope 1:34pm. You have the wrong guy there just as I did. Sorry. I do agree with you on the ssi and welfare stuff though. You see that wasn't so bad.

Mouse...

Anonymous said...

I work at Penn Dot I treat everybody with respect even the people that are yelling at me because they were to dumb to slow to dumb to slow down on bad roads

Anonymous said...

You forgot cops...

Anonymous said...

A "legal deer" in my book is one that will feed my family. I dont care what kind of antler restrictions these dick heads put on them. You think its a sport and its not. You are taking a life in order to sustain yours. None of us would be here if our ancestors only shot the big ones. Its survival and using what god gave us to get by. So when you pass up the 6 point and then hear a shot that will be me on my way home with my venison as you go without. Its my corn that feeds my deer on my land. I'll be damned if some super hero game warden tells me what I can and cant shoot.

Anonymous said...

6:44am,

You go right ahead and shoot what you want but you better look over your shoulder. Plenty of people tired of A-Holes like you and lots of sportsman would love to turn you in and collect that report a poacher money that they now can get as well. Geez 250.00, hell I'd turn you in for that. So do as you like and I hope the PGC nabs your arogant ass and when they obtain a search warrant for your house I hope they see that you posted this message on your computer becasue they fond you collection of pictures that you were so stupid to take with your camera.. LOL! Good luck looking over you shoulder and don't think for one minute you are untouchable because you know you can't your big mouth shut dick nose....

Anonymous said...

Haha well thank you for that. I will let you know when I use up my 20 crop damage tags so you can turn me in for shooting another. Good luck tomorrow trying to get just 1. Have a good day

Anonymous said...

By the way, I will be enjoying my 400 POSTED acres all to myself while you drive around all day looking for an acre of state game land that might not have a drilling rig on it :)

Anonymous said...

I have never seen so many posted signs as are now out in the Austin area!

Anonymous said...

How about Odin as well?

Anonymous said...

4:03pm,

You do realize that even though you can kill for crop damage you need to be working with the pgc to do so. You won't be hard to find. Like I said you can't keep your mouth shut. Good luck looking over your shoulder. I am sure I will be reading about you on here soon.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Im in pretty close contact with them through the program. I donate alot of the meat to the needy so I have to call them and they come get it. Im still looking over my shoulder though and I dont see what you are talking about. Is somebody coming? Because my neck is beginning to hurt pretty bad.