Pennsylvania considers extending popular Pymatuning deer hunt
The controlled deer hunt at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area could be changing its format in an effort to improve the quality of the hunt for those applicants who are selected by lottery to take part.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved a host of regulatory changes that clear the way for a potential format change for what in recent years has been a one-day hunt.
Likely because of its reputation for producing abundant deer sightings for the 90 applicants selected, the Pymatuning controlled deer hunt has been popular among hunters, drawing about 1,000 applicants each year.
But the one-day hunt has produced a lower-than-desired harvest, and there’s been significant negative impact on existing habitat.
In order to improve the harvest and hunting experience of applicants drawn, Pymatuning staff has proposed assigning hunters drawn for a permit to individual zones, with the permits being valid over a span of several days to several weeks within existing deer seasons.
While the details on this controlled hunt are still being worked out, the idea is to spread the same number of hunters across a few weeks, rather than a few days, of the regularly established fall deer seasons.
The regulatory changes that support the concept will be brought back to the March meeting for final approval.