I would not call that a banner harvest....but also i question the integrity of the information....PA has a terrible system for estimating deer harvest numbers
banner..after one of the lowest buck harvests in history...
and I question the integrity becuse do we actually know if their is an increase or is that what the PGC "estimated"..could be a little propaganda there
What bothers me most about this whole ESTIMATE thing is the numbers they seem to pull out of midair. On the PGC website it states that the yearling buck harvest was around 52%....Of the 127,000 buck killed..I find that a bit hard to swallow for 2 reasons...
1. AR was intended to let the yearlings grow another year, do we really have that many AR legal buck at yearling age?? If we do I suggest that we go to 4 pts to a side statewide....
2. When the PGC only checked a little over 26,000 deer this season how do that figure that 52% of that harvest are yearlings.
They may say that of the 12,000 buck that were physically inspected 52% were yearling...So that let that number stand for the entire buck harvest of 127,000...C'mon people we ned a better system.....
One thing that can skew that is that there is no way to know how many hunters decide to move away from using a processor to the D-I-Y alternative. It's possible that, during an economic downturn, more hunters will begin to butcher their deer themselves.
there are to many variables..each year i am sure the % of report cards varies greatly..so if you base your harvests on report cards sent in then ????
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