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Guide to Finding Answers to Questions About Deer and Their Management



  • GOALS - How did PGC develop deer management goals?
    • Deer Management Plan
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ 2009-18 White-tailed Deer Management Plan
    • Common Resource of the Commonwealth Managing Deer for Everyone
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ Common Resource of the Commonwealth – Managing Deer for Everyone
    • Financial Paybacks and the Direction of Deer Management?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Where are we headed?: Deer goals for the next 10 years
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Fall 2008 Deer Chronicle

  • ANTLER RESTRICTIONS - genetic concerns, are they working, different point restrictions
    • Antler Restrictions FAQs
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Antler Restrictions Section, ⇒ Antler Restrictions FAQs
    • Getting the Point on Antler Restrictions
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Antler Restrictions Section, ⇒ Getting the Point on Antler Restrictions
    • Are bucks like the $20,000 prize bull?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Fall 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Yearling buck antlers, can they predict adult antler size?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Fall 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Ask the Deer Biologist: "Antler restrictions are killing our best genetics by harvesting 6 & 8 pointers 1.5 year olds. What do you think?"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Looking for Answers? Section, ⇒ Ask the Deer Biologist, ⇒ Questions and Answers
    • Antler Restriction in Pennsylvania: Are they working?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Antler Restrictions Section, ⇒ Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania: Are They Working?

  • HABITAT - healthy forest, deer food, habitat needs
    • A Place to Call Home – Deer Habitat Relationships
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ A Place to Call Home – Deer Habitat Relationships
    • What is a Healthy Forest?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Biology Section, ⇒ What is a Healthy Forest?
    • Habitat, Sweet Habitat
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Life and Times of the Whitetail Columns, ⇒ Habitat, Sweet Habitat
    • The Whitetail Buffet: Just because it's GREEN, doesn't mean it's FOOD
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Biology Section, ⇒ The Whitetail Buffet
    • Caring for Deer and Forests website
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Biology Section, ⇒ Caring for Deer and Forests

  • DEER NUMBERS - Where are all the deer?/When will there be more deer?
    • Ask the Deer Biologist Q&A: "I hunt in the Wildlife Management Units 2F and 2D. As management goals are met for deer, when can you foresee a cutback in doe tags and an increase in the deer population?"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Looking for Answers? Section, ⇒ Ask the Deer Biologist, ⇒ Questions and Answers

  • ANTLERLESS ALLOCATION - How does it determine the antlerless deer license allocation for each WMU?
    • Goals, Measures, and Antlerless Allocations
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • A Closer Look at the 2008-09 Antlerless Allocations
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Goals, Measures, and Antlerless Allocations
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2009 Deer Chronicle
    • A Closer Look at the 2009-10 Antlerless Allocations
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2009 Deer Chronicle
    • Annual Antlerless Allocations and Supporting Information
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ Annual Antlerless Allocations and Supporting Information

  • HARVEST - How does PGC estimate deer harvest numbers?/Check stations
    • Seeing the Whole Picture – Estimating Deer Harvests
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ Seeing the Whole Picture – Estimating Deer Harvests
    • Check Stations, A Better Alternative?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Harvest Estimates are "guesstimates"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2009 Deer Chronicle
    • Annual Deer Harvest Estimates
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ Annual Deer Harvest Estimates

  • RESEARCH - Concurrent Season vs. 7-day Antlered only & 5-day Concurrent Season
    • Shorter Antlerless Seasons in 4 WMUs
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Fall 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Ask the Deer Biologist Q&A: "What is the purpose of the Antlered only firearm season in WMUs 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B, for the first week of Firearms season?"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Looking for Answers? Section, ⇒ Ask the Deer Biologist, ⇒ Questions and Answers
    • Concurrent Firearms Season Length
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Research and Surveys Section, ⇒ Concurrent Firearms Season Length

  • WMU - Why aren't the WMUs smaller/WMUs are too big
    • Why Bigger is Better – Wildlife Management Units
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Management Section, ⇒ Why Bigger is Better – Wildlife Management Units
    • WMUs are too big
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2009 Deer Chronicle
    • Ask the Deer Biologist: "Why did the Game Commission change from smaller county-based units to larger WMUs for deer management?"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Looking for Answers? Section, ⇒ Ask the Deer Biologist ⇒ Questions and Answers

  • URBAN DEER - What can municipalities, townships, etc. do to control deer (what are the steps)/deer feeding/help with deer damage
    • Acceptable Deer Management Strategies in Suburban Areas
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2008 Deer Chronicle
    • Community Guide to Urban Deer Management
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Living with Deer Section, ⇒ Community Guide to Urban Deer Management
    • Please Don't Feed the Deer
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Living with Deer Section, ⇒ Please Don't Feed the Deer
    • Deer Resistant Plants
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Living with Deer Section, ⇒ Deer Resistant Plants
    • Using Commercial Deer Repellant to Manage Deer Browsing
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Living with Deer Section, ⇒ Using Commercial Deer Repellents to Manage Deer Browsing
    • Urban Deer Management – Facts & Fiction
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Living with Deer Section, ⇒ Urban Deer Management – Facts & Fiction

  • BIOLOGY
    • When is the rut in Pennsylvania?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Biology Section, ⇒ When is the rut in Pennsylvania?
    • Deer Sex in the 21st Century: Part 1 and Part 2
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Life and Times of the Whitetail Columns, ⇒ Deer Sex in the 21st Century: Part 1 and Part 2
    • Deer Aging

  • DISEASE - How many deer are eaten by coyotes and bear?
    • Wildlife Disease Reference Library
      • 1PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ Wildlife, Wildlife Diseases Section, ⇒ Wildlife Disease Reference Library23
    • Ask the Deer Biologist: "I wanted to know about deer warts. Are they contagious to humans or animals? How does a deer get them?"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Looking for Answers? Section, ⇒ Ask the Deer Biologist ⇒ Questions and Answers
    • Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer,Deer Health and Public Safety Section, ⇒ Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease
    • Chronic Wasting Disease
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Health and Public Safety Section, ⇒ Chronic Wasting Disease
    • Lyme Disease
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Health and Public Safety Section, ⇒ Lyme Disease
    • Lyme Disease & Deer – Revelation or Red Herring
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Health and Public Safety Section, ⇒ Lyme Disease & Deer – Revelation or Red Herring

  • PREDATORS - How many deer are eaten by coyotes and bear?
    • Predation and Pennsylvania's Deer Population
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Biology Section, ⇒ Predation and Pennsylvania's Deer Population
    • Predators are killing too many fawns?
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Periodicals Section, ⇒ Pennsylvania's Deer Chronicle, ⇒ Summer 2009 Deer Chronicle
    • Ask the Deer Biologist: "How much of an impact does coyote predation have on our deer numbers in the big woods/farming areas of north central Pa.?"
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Looking for Answers? Section, ⇒ Ask the Deer Biologist ⇒ Questions and Answers

  • LANDOWNER PROGRAMS - DMAP/Red Tag
    • Landowner Assistance Programs Overview
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Living with Deer Section, ⇒ Landowner Assistance Programs
    • Deer Management Assistance Program – DMAP
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, Deer Hunting Section, ⇒ Deer Management Assistance Program – DMAP

  • TECHNICAL READING & PUBLICATIONS
    • Annual Reports
      • PGC website www.pgc.state.pa.us, ⇒ White-tailed Deer, White-tailed Deer and Elk Section Annual Reports
    • Publications List









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