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Old 10-22-2008, 06:24 PM
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No I dont want you to satand on your head. I'll just ask you to think about what you said.

only thing you are right on is, I HAVE NOT SEEN IT HAPPEN ,only what i FEEL is happening from info i hear
I know you feel it's happening and I know it's hard to prove but thats not a reason to punish thiose who dont break the law. I dont necessarily agree that it's happening much but no matter what, the answer is not to be found in changing the rules in a way that will only chnage things for those who already obey the law.

Now do you really feel it's fair to penalize the 100,000 or so young hunters we have because you feel it's going on?

Think of it this way.... Do you beleive gun control will stop even one bad guy from getting a gun??

Should all of our cars have governers on them because some people speed?

Should a policeman be able to search your car or home because some people stash drugs in their homes and cars?

I think you get my point. I am always against penalizing the law abiding folks because someone out there doesnt want to play by the rules

You've suggested that the relaxed AR only be for 12 year olds. I don't think most young hunters or dads would have a problem with the kid stepping up to adult standards once he has a buck or two under his belt. My idea (and this would work once the new point of sale system is in place) would be to issue a first time youth license buyer two special tags without a year on them but with "his" hunter ID number on it (that will come with the new system) A youth hunter would be required to use that special tag along with his regular season buck tag on a "protected buck". He gets a max of two then he has to abide by big boy standards. What that does is allow a young hunter better odds to take a his first buck whether he is 12, 14 or even 16 when that first chance comes along.

Statistically, the youh harvest of protected bucks is not having any real effect. Lets do all we can to help reverse this disturbing trend of our states kids not taking up our great sport. Lets d all we can to prevent and prosecute abuses but lets not penalize the good kids and dads out there. The poachers will find a way no matter what the law says.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:01 PM
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Decline in JR hunting license...

How many 12 year olds do you know of have the patience to sit for hours on end without seeing deer?
If you want to get youth involved you need to provide them with an enjoyable experience. Sitting 6 hrs. straight or walking six miles in 30 degree and below temperature without seeing any deer is probably as muchof a reason as any for kids wanting to do something other than hunt. Some days I'd rather play the Cabelas Big Game hunter video game than sit in the woods and get cold for nothing.

Instant gratification is the name of the game today. Every hunter wantsa perfectly balanced herd, that is HUGE enough to take a buck and a doe in a matter of minutes. It just doesn`t work that way.

Not every hunter and not even most want to walk into the woods the first dayand be done hunting the very same day. Statements like this show overtones of PAGC's impression Pa hunters are lazy and not willing to put any effort into hunting. Absolutely not true. However "every" one of us would like to have the ability to see deer most days we hunt.


I can remember hunting in northern PA at our family camp in the very early 70`s........it was nothing to see 30-100 deer per day. If I added up the total amount of antler on every buck sighted, I could probably come up with 50 inchs of bone. Average body weight was probably 80 pounds.

True, but the reason you are seeing bigger deer now is because the herd has been excessively reduced and there is less competition for food.

Yep, the PGC needs changes.......they need to move forward with Alts plans, which includes more and smaller management areas.
With modifications that don't include killing off more of the deer population.

Get antlerless season OUT of regular buck season too.

Completely agree

Deer check stations..........there are others among us who hunt many states per year too, and as one of those people, I have talked to wardens in many states about deer management issues.

Check stations seem to be no more accurate than our report card method.

Skull measurements included in report show "accurate" age approximations. Something that should be considered since you believe Doe season should be reduced. Having stats that show the number of yearling and fawn kills demonstrates the effectiveness of our current doe allocations. Butcher shops in my area report 60% of doe kills are button bucks. Major flaw in the PAGC's "grow big buck plan". These other states have stiffer penalties for not reporting harvests, hence requiring a confirmation number or band placed on the mounted deer. More accountability, higher penalties such as suspension of following year's license if found guilty of not reporting harvests. If for no other reason this needs to be done to reduce the PAGC's guestimations of how many deer are killed. Do you believe these other states receive only 60% of the total harvests as our Game Commission"claims" happensin this state?

The example was given regarding Illinois, and going to phone in system. I have seen no changes there........some folks just do not report their deer kills, regardless of reporting mehtod.

Being a lifelong resident of PA, I feel we have 2 problems here that severely hamper our ability to have the herd that PA is capable of producing..........

1. Sheer number of hunters

We had more deer when we had more hunters.


2. Rampant poaching, and the apathy that surrounds it.

Total percentages of deer killed by poaching is small incomparison to what the State stocked coyotes and bears do to the fawn population.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:24 PM
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Decline in JR hunting license...

How many 12 year olds do you know of have the patience to sit for hours on end without seeing deer?
If you want to get youth involved you need to provide them with an enjoyable experience. Sitting 6 hrs. straight or walking six miles in 30 degree and below temperature without seeing any deer is probably as muchof a reason as any for kids wanting to do something other than hunt. Some days I'd rather play the Cabelas Big Game hunter video game than sit in the woods and get cold for nothing.

There were many a day back when I was that age where I sat all day, minus a walk around at lunchtime with grandpa. Many times when hunting in SW PA around home, we saw few, or no deer. Was it fun? Nope, but it taught that hunting was hunting, not a killing trip. If I had all these crazy games kids have today, who knows if I would have ever even started hunting? Of course, that would have saved me a couple hundred K to date, easy.


Instant gratification is the name of the game today. Every hunter wantsa perfectly balanced herd, that is HUGE enough to take a buck and a doe in a matter of minutes. It just doesn`t work that way.

Not every hunter and not even most want to walk into the woods the first dayand be done hunting the very same day. Statements like this show overtones of PAGC's impression Pa hunters are lazy and not willing to put any effort into hunting. Absolutely not true. However "every" one of us would like to have the ability to see deer most days we hunt.

I am not saying that the majority of our states hunters are lazy, what I will state with absolute certainty is that the VAST MAJORITY of our fellow PA license purchasers are simply not into hunting as much as some of us are. That is OK, it is up to each of us to choose his/her own path.

That said, I feel confident in stating that a full 60% or more of our rifle hunters are through with deer hunting by high noon on the very first day of gun season..........filled tag or not.

As far as seeing deer.......back when I was a boy, the northern woods were loaded with deer and turkey. Back at home, deer were more scarce, and turkey were virtually non-existant. Now we have more turkeys than you can shake a stick at. I had to resort to calling hunters with spring bird tags this year and beg them to come hunting with me so I could video them shooting a gobbler. Deer numbers today in the southwest vary by region. All area`s down this way have ample deer numbers, and some area`s are still way overpopulated. I have been told by reputable hunters that many areas in the northcentral and northeastern part of PA are really hurting as far as deer numbers go. We need someone in the PGC to take the bull by the horns and micromanage this state. Herd numbers will rebound to very good levels in two years as long as they do not get hit with unusually harse winter conditions, or EHD within that timeframe.

Some area`s in the extreme southwest corner still need more does taken. Unfortunately, it would take someone with a penchant for abuse to step up to the plate now and handle this situation.

As far as bear and coyote damage.....yes, it can be big, but we kill a large number of bear each year, and coyotes can be killed, we just need to keep hunting them.



I can remember hunting in northern PA at our family camp in the very early 70`s........it was nothing to see 30-100 deer per day. If I added up the total amount of antler on every buck sighted, I could probably come up with 50 inchs of bone. Average body weight was probably 80 pounds.

True, but the reason you are seeing bigger deer now is because the herd has been excessively reduced and there is less competition for food.

OK, so let us bring the herd up a LITTLE bit, so we can enjoy a certain amount of quality with a certain amount of quantity.


Yep, the PGC needs changes.......they need to move forward with Alts plans, which includes more and smaller management areas.
With modifications that don't include killing off more of the deer population.

I agree to a point, and addressed this above.


Get antlerless season OUT of regular buck season too.

Completely agree

Deer check stations..........there are others among us who hunt many states per year too, and as one of those people, I have talked to wardens in many states about deer management issues.

Check stations seem to be no more accurate than our report card method.

Skull measurements included in report show "accurate" age approximations. Something that should be considered since you believe Doe season should be reduced. Having stats that show the number of yearling and fawn kills demonstrates the effectiveness of our current doe allocations. Butcher shops in my area report 60% of doe kills are button bucks. Major flaw in the PAGC's "grow big buck plan". These other states have stiffer penalties for not reporting harvests, hence requiring a confirmation number or band placed on the mounted deer. More accountability, higher penalties such as suspension of following year's license if found guilty of not reporting harvests. If for no other reason this needs to be done to reduce the PAGC's guestimations of how many deer are killed. Do you believe these other states receive only 60% of the total harvests as our Game Commission"claims" happensin this state?


First off, I am not against check stations, I merely reported that kill numbers do not seem to be more accurate by other commonly used methods. Also, if the funds are available, I would think that more detailed info that check stations can provide would be a big plus.

As to the button buck kill percentage.......I killed ONE button buck in my life. How I screwed up and did that is beyond me? Including gun kills, and I quit using firearms almost 25 years ago, I have roughly 200 whitetails under my belt, and IMO, that one button buck I killed is an unacceptable percentage. We have nobody to blame but ourselves for the button buck kill rate. Again, just my opinion, but we have far too many hunters here that care for little else than getting "their" deer, and getting it now. Overall herd health is meaningless to most of our ranks.


The example was given regarding Illinois, and going to phone in system. I have seen no changes there........some folks just do not report their deer kills, regardless of reporting mehtod.

Being a lifelong resident of PA, I feel we have 2 problems here that severely hamper our ability to have the herd that PA is capable of producing..........

1. Sheer number of hunters

We had more deer when we had more hunters.

I cannot argue that point, but, the volume of deer is not directly correlated to the volume of hunters. The herd size, leaving out unusual weather conditions and natures own culling, is directly related to the number of tags available. While I will agre that the PGC went too far in many areas, the same hunters that are beotching up a storm, are in many cases the same guys that filled those tags.



2. Rampant poaching, and the apathy that surrounds it.

Total percentages of deer killed by poaching is small incomparison to what the State stocked coyotes and bears do to the fawn population.

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I don`t have stats on poaching percentages, but I do know that poaching is rampant in every part of the state I have ever hunted. When I was much, much younger, I heard about many of these incidents firsthand. Although I did not partake in this activity, I did nothing about. Wrong on my part there. Now, I do not hear of these illegal acts, because everybody that knows me.....knows that I will turn them in immediately. If they kill a good buck during their poaching escapades, they may well be talking to the wardens with one eye swelled shut.[:-]
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:47 AM
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Thanks for joining us on this thread. Your input is appreciated.

I have never hunted near Pittsburgh, probably never will. If I am going to travel to hunt I am getting out of PA and going to Ohio or other midwestern states which provide a more satisfying experience. I'd rather hunt 2 days in Ohio than 2 months in PA. Reason is this.. being realistic... there is the potential to see more "different" deer there in 2 days then you might see in 2 months here. Unless you are satisfied with counting the same deer 5 or 6 times over to come up with a larger number.

Just curious.. how would you feel if PA went to Inline muzzleloader and shotgun only in replace of the High-powered rifle season?
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:10 AM
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Just curious.. how would you feel if PA went to Inline muzzleloader and shotgun only in replace of the High-powered rifle season?
I seriously don't think it would ever fly here, at least not without a huge battle but the idea has some merits.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:10 AM
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Thanks for joining us on this thread. Your input is appreciated.

I have never hunted near Pittsburgh, probably never will.

Except for hunting spring turkeys a few days when I am in between out of state turkey hunts, I do not hunt PA anymore. It has been, well, I cannot remember the last time I deer hunted in PA?

If I am going to travel to hunt I am getting out of PA and going to Ohio or other midwestern states which provide a more satisfying experience. I'd rather hunt 2 days in Ohio than 2 months in PA. Reason is this.. being realistic... there is the potential to see more "different" deer there in 2 days then you might see in 2 months here. Unless you are satisfied with counting the same deer 5 or 6 times over to come up with a larger number.

In my part of the state, we still have a good number of deer. While the quality of the bucks is getting better, we are still nowhere near a level that I am interested in hunting anymore. I am leaving again tonight for my ground in southern Ohio. Before this year is out I will have hunted in less states than I have in many a year due to business restrictiong my time away from the office. I will still make Ohio a few more times, WI, SD, TX will be covered as well. Next year I will get back in the full hunt mode.

Just curious.. how would you feel if PA went to Inline muzzleloader and shotgun only in replace of the High-powered rifle season?
A shotgun only season would mean that I might be hunting deer again in PA within 3 years. I would like that alot. Inlines? That would be better than centerfire rifles, but a quality inline is a fairly long range banger. I have a ProHunter by TC, in .50 cal, and while I have never hunted with it, alot of people have. When I set the gun up, I was really impressed with the groups it would shot out to 250 yards. Much more effective range than any slug thrower.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:06 AM
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My feeling is this. I would prefer to see an inline/shotgun season instead of rifle. I understand rifle hunters make up a larger portion of the total hunters in Pa, so alot of guys would see this as infringing on a sport they enjoy. If it is truly about the hunting experience which it should be I don't think there is a person who currently rifle hunts who will say... That's it I am done b/c i can't use a rifle. The reason I have a preference for the inline in comparison to the rifle is you must apply the one shot one kill strategy. This will decrease the amount of risky shots taken and wounding deer. More patience will be necessary and more practice will be necessary. The shotgun can hold 3 shells and you will still have guys who are willing to sacrifice range for amount of ammo, but this is still better than having the ability to send 5 rds down range at running deer.
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The reason I have a preference for the inline in comparison to the rifle is you must apply the one shot one kill strategy. This will decrease the amount of risky shots taken and wounding deer. More patience will be necessary and more practice will be necessary. The shotgun can hold 3 shells and you will still have guys who are willing to sacrifice range for amount of ammo, but this is still better than having the ability to send 5 rds down range at running deer.
I don't agree with this 100%. The guys who take risky shots with a rifle will take the same shot with the inline. I'm sure to them.. it does not matter. Comes down to the way you hunt or the ethics you practice. Just my opinion.

I like rifle season because, I like rifles. This is for PA. In Delaware, I hunt with an inline. Unless the mountains in PA get to populated, I like the rifle stance we have now. This does not change me waiting for a good shot.


I like someone's idea about a couple youth tags for non-AR bucks. Think it could be a good idea. The only part I don't get is... does getting a buck make the experience. Getting into hunting, won;t kids be satisfied getting does or understanding that you can only shoot larger bucks still have a positive impact? When did hunting become the ....I have to bag a buck or I am never hunting again? I hunted for year before getting a deer or a good crack at one. It made me want to hunt more, not less. I know each person differers in their experience. I'm just not convinced this rule makes or breaks the young hunter. I'm for AR's and if we want a exception to the rule lets limit it to one buck and any time.. If not, lets get away from the notion that killing a buck makes or breaks youth from hunting again.

I think more important is youth seeing deer, seeing buck (any buck), seeing turkey, fox etc. The excitement is in the hunt, the kill is usually the icing and candles. To each their own, this is a nice thread with lots of good ideas and debate. I enjoy reading it.



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Old 10-23-2008, 06:13 PM
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Nice to see some ideas tossed around. Be nice if Pgc would be a bit more openminded.

One improvement I think would be unquestionable is smaller wmus. Pgc has FLATLY refused this suggestion at every meeting the subject has been brought up, and thats been at quite a few. Rosenberry himself has stated its not gonna happen.

Seems nothing of any benefit will ever be on the agenda with the current "crew". Thats exactly why we are in desparate need of that "overhaul".
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:01 PM
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Getting ready to walk out the door for southern Ohio, and 4 days of whitetail hunting.

I expect you guys to have the PGC deer plan straightened out when I get back.

And watch out for those mountain lions.
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