Deer numbers appear solid, but with once-vibrant deer camps aging, and fewer youths joining the mix, harvest numbers suffer.
The rescue came two days before deer rifle season opened in Pennsylvania.
Blogger reflects on the history of deer-hunting treestands at one productive location on his hunting property.
And at least 30 of the points are scorable, the DNR says.
State also sees 10 percent increase in black bear harvest – 1,993 compared to 1,796 in 2017 – and more bears are yet to be taken in extended seasons in many Wildlife Management Units.
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Harvest included some large elk – 13 bulls were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with two more than 800 pounds and the heaviest estimated at 894 pounds – 7-by-8. An 806-pounder with a 10-by-7 rack also taken.
Too many days of rain along with flooded woods and fields have hurt prime-time archery hunting in Pennsylvania.
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With cooperative weather, particularly on opening day Nov. 17, hunters primed to overtake state’s record 4,350 bear harvest, set in 2011. And Game Commission bear biologist says Penn’s Woods hold bigger bears, too, at least 800-pounders.
It's the first time deer and bear archery seasons have been held at the same time in Pennsylvania.
The leaves are down, but be prepared to walk some miles if you want to shoot a few ruffs during November and December.
It seems that fewer Pennsylvania hunters chasing stocked pheasants because of stamp price.
Tim Schaeffer will replace outgoing John Arway next month.
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