cmarberg18 wrote: If they were truly serious about the deer and hunters of this great commonwealth they would be doing much more to help not only us hunters but the heard as well, I dont see either of that being done.
They were serious about it when they went from three days of doe after the two week buck season to the combined seasons. Now they are adjusting accordingly to what the pgc beleives the status of the heard is. Not all WMU's are split seasons, some still are the combined seasons. The deer heard needed to be thinned to save them and our forests. Now that the thinning has been accomplished in some areas, the PGC is adjusting seasons and licenses allocations to reflect that. I would have to say for managing a state with the number of deer we have and the number of hunters we have, they are doing pretty good. I just wish it was mandatory that the harvest got checked in so we could get hard numbers, not estimates.
cmarberg18 wrote: The buck/doe ratios in every management unit I have hunted in, even though these so called slaughter rules were in effect are still so tilted to the doe side its not even funny. To me an entire year of doe only season might not even bring that into check. As far as the PCG being interested in doing whats best for the deer heard, I can remember when these new point restrictions were put into effect. It was to make "bigger bucks" so we can have a heard like Illinois or Kansas not for deer health. They thought they could turn this great deer state from a "deer hunting" state to a "trophy" state, but once again not for the health of the heard.
Altough I have not seen hard evidence on this, havent really looked, I believe this did help the heard and the buck to doe ratios by letting some bucks get by another year. I may be reaching.. the more mature bucks are more difficult to kill. So those bucks getting by, more does being killed, can only help the ratio. You have to remember, the PGC is in charge of the whole state of PA. They are doing the best they can for the hunter and the health of the heard. I personally do not have much to complain about when it comes to ratios tho, sure when Im hunting I see more doe that buck.. but when I run my game cameras (almost year round) I do see a pretty even distribution.
I just grow tired of this constant down talking of the PGC, at one point, I was none to impressed with their actions until I decided to look into why they were taking those actions. Trust me, the health of the deer heard and the satisfaction of the hunters is pretty high up on the priority list, if it wasnt, they would be out of a job. People talk about managing plots of ground and the carrying capacity of a certain property, imagine working on a whole whole state with varying vegitation/carrying capacity, hunter numbers etc. When you look at where the deer heard and our forests were even 10 years ago, they have made leaps and bounds.