In 2009, the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee contracted with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) to conduct an evaluation of the Game Commission's deer management program. They concluded that a statistically viable public survey to measure citizen preferences for deer may be a more suitable approach to integrate public will into deer management.
In 2011, the Game Commission contracted with Responsive Management, a research firm specializing in natural resource public opinion and attitude surveys, to conduct a statewide phone survey of Pennsylvania residents. The final report is linked below.
Deer and Deer Management Opinions and Attitudes