Friday, January 28, 2011
Pennsylvania's Successful Deer Management Program
Annually the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), an organization founded to promote healthy, balanced, productive, sustainable deer herds and habitats – not to produce more deer, publishes their Whitetail Report. The report is intended to be a useful resource for communicators, media members, industry leaders, and hunters.
Here are some comparisons from the report that show how Pennsylvania’s program stacks up:
• PA is one of only six states in the U.S. to harvest more than 300,000 whitetails annually;
• In 2009 PA harvested 2.4 antlered bucks per square mile (PSM)– this is higher than the averages for the Northeastern (2.0) and Midwestern (1.5 bucks PSM) states;
• In 2009 for the first time in several decades (or maybe ever) over half of PA’s antlered buck harvest was 2.5 years or older;
• In 2009 PA harvested 4.4 antlerless deer PSM – this is higher than the averages for the Northeastern (3.2), Midwestern (2.1) and Southeastern (3.6 antlerless deer PSM) states;
• In 2009 PA harvested 1.9 antlerless deer per antlered buck – this is higher than the averages for the Northeastern (1.4), Midwestern (1.4) and Southeastern (1.1 antlerless deer per antlered buck) states.
These comparisons clearly show how well Pennsylvania is doing compared to other states. These are reasons to celebrate our deer management program, not change it or replace its managers. They also highlight the successes of our program; successes that clearly would not be attainable if the herd was mismanaged as some contend.
That brings me to my final point, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Board of Commissioners are to meet and set seasons and bag limits for the coming 2011-2012 deer season from Jan 30-Feb 1. The meetings are open for public comment on Sunday, January 30th beginning at 1:00 PM and again on Monday, January 31st beginning at 8:30 AM. To view the I urge all of you to attend and provide testimony. If you are unable to attend you can write your game commissioners by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Information provided by Kip Adams, Director of Education and Outreach, QDMA)