HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania hunters harvested an estimated 343,110 deer during the recent seasons, which is an increase of about 2 percent from the previous seasons’ harvest of 336,200, according to the Game Commission.
Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about 5 percent from the previous year’s harvest of 127,540. Also, hunters harvested 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 taken the year before.
“This year’s antlered deer harvest is slightly above the average harvest since 2005, when agency efforts began to stabilize deer populations in most of the state,” said Carl G. Roe, executive director. “The age structure of the antlered deer harvest was 49 percent 1.5 year-old-bucks and 51 percent 2.5-year-old and older bucks.
“The antlerless hunter success rate remained at about 25 percent. This is on average with harvest success for recent years.”