first of all, i dont mean to single you out, just replying to your post. you really have to think about what you are saying. you are right, we do buy the licenses and give a lot of money to the PGC by doing so, but do you think they really want to wipe out the deer herd? if that happened they would be out of a job. i posted my response to a similar statement under Most antlerless allocations reduced in PA
... but I will put a few points here
pa did not get it perfect, but they got pretty darn close. most wmu's are right where they should be.
look at where the deer herd was before the changes.. way too many, they were about to eat themselves out of the state.
with reduced deer herd, our woods will now be able to regenerate and be healthier all around for all species of animals
you may not see as many deer in the woods as you used to, but they are much healthier than before, you may have to hunt a little harder, but if you are in the woods hunting in the first place, you must enjoy it. so spend a little more time out there, doing what you enjoy. its worth it.
the number of hunters in pa is unreal. the PGC cannot cater to everyone of them, but they are doing their best. on top of that, they do give opportunities for hunters to keep up on what they are doing, usually its backed by hard proven facts.
a study was done at raystown lake, the woods around the lake were destroyed. hardly any sapplings or anything of the sort. the deer were destroying it. in the study, they took one side of the lake and let it go with usual regulations, the other side of the lake they tried to accelerate the harvesting of does with extra permits. by doing this, that side of the lake had a much lower deer count than the side that was left alone. now a few years later, the side of the lake that was hunted hard had a chance for the forest to regenerate... result: it now holds more deer than ever before. it still must be kept in balance though. so staying with the PGC license allocations will help that. healthier woods = ability to hold more deer, healthier deer. but like i said, it does not end there, you cannot let it go back to the way it was before or that side of the lake will be destroyed again.
this is one reason PGC did what they did. our state as a whole had a very unhealthy forest. the study at raystown proved that if PGC holds true, we the hunters will reap the benefits.
as everyday hunter pointed out in Most antlerless allocations reduced in PA
. the allocations in some WMU's has been reduced. thats good. they are reaching desired goals and acting accordingly.
if you enjoy hunting and hunt hard, it should be worth every second. killing is not everything, which it doesnt sound like thats what you are worried about. but if you hunt hard you should still see some game. its just another challenge thrown into the mix. if deer hunting was easy, i do not think there would be as much hype about it, tons of magazines or even this forum. so roll with what you got and go out there and get some!! season starts in less than two weeks, be wise with your decisions and have fun out there! i know i have some hammer bucks in my hunting area, but if a mature doe happens to walk near my stand you better believe i will be taking the shot and hopefully eating some delicious back straps that night!
being educated is one of the most valuable things a hunter can have. it cannot be taken from you. the study done at raystown can be found with some searching on google under the army corp of engineers, and like i said, the PGC holds some seminars to educate hunters along with QDMA. i take every ounce of education on deer and hunting as i can get. this is my passion. i like many hunters in PA was against the PGC doings until I took the time to listen and learn.
to all pa hunters good luck this season! enjoy your time in the field and realize the PGC is not trying to "allocate" themselves out of a job.