At yesterday’s meeting of the Game Commission, hunters pretty much slammed the commission for mismanaging the deer herd.
Hunters rained down their frustration yesterday on the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, over what they perceive as deer numbers that have been reduced too far.
Nearly half of the 44 speakers at the capacity-crowd hearing pretty much agreed with Milton’s Edward Buffington, who stated, “We hunt every spare moment we have and we’re just not seeing the deer we did. A healthy deer herd is not one that includes no deer, that’s not even a herd.”
Kerry White, of York, said, “The deer situation is pathetic. You have to stop this never-ending doe season,” eliminate special deer hunting seasons like the new fall muzzleloader season and allow each hunter to harvest only one deer per year.
Do you think the Commission will listen?
If they don’t, what is our recourse?
Perhaps most telling was this:
Bill Young, of Mifflinburg, told commissioners that the annual buck-antler contest among members of the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen’s Association, which normally sees 30-40 entries, had only one pair of antlers entered from the 2005-06 hunting seasons; of 7,200 factory workers in his area who each put $1 into a biggest-buck lottery, none shot a buck; and “a lot of hunting camps in our area didn’t even open their doors this year.”
You won’t see a Doe tag on my back next year. You might not even see a hunting license on me. The Commission depends on the revenue it generates with hunting license fees; if we don’t buy tags, where will the money come from?
The Agenda for the rest of the meeting is here.