Rosenberry said the national average of a one-year-old male harvested was four or five points with a gap of 10 inches wide; The average 2-year-old was a 7-pointer with a 15-inch gap; And the average male of 3 1/2 years and older was an 8-pointer with a gap of 17 inches. Hunters who capture deer in the EA are prohibited from moving high-risk parts beyond the EA boundaries, including even into the surrounding AMD. The use of deer urine attractants, deer feeding and deer rehabilitation are also illegal. It is important to understand what really counts as a point when talking about wood requirements for males. The rules regarding the number of points a legal dollar must have on timber vary depending on the UMM. In most UMMs, a goat with three dots on one side counting the teeth of the forehead is legal. But in UMM 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, a male must have three points without counting the front pin. Junior permit holders, supervised youth, disabled hunters with vehicle licenses, and resident active U.S. Armed Forces personnel may hunt deer with antlers with two or more dots on antlers or a sting three inches or longer long. Concerns about the genetic effects of selective harvesting are widespread. Would the selection of males according to the number of points of wood they wore be enough to change the future evolution of the antlers? Current research clearly shows the opposite.
While hunters should be aware of this change, which came into effect in September at the same time that straight-walled cartridges were legalized in most special regulatory areas, the Hunting Commission will focus on educating hunters about the change, rather than enforcing the law. in the upcoming 2021-2022 firearms seasons. Since this amendment was adopted during the licence year and after the publication of the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest (which lists buckshot as a legal option in Special Regulatory Areas under certain conditions), enforcement of this new regulation will not begin until the 2022-2023 licence year, when it will be printed in the Digest along with other legal decisions on ammunition. which are different in different countries within special regulatory areas. First, the ends of yearling woods are poor predictors of future timber development. Research shows little relationship between a male`s first set of wood and those he wears at age 4.5 and older. Therefore, the use of the one-year-old end of antlers as a harvesting criterion is not expected to affect future timber development in the population, as a one-year-old thorny male and a 6-point yearling at the age of 4.5 may have antlers of similar size. Here and in the other active DMAs of the state – DMA 2 and DMA 4 – it is illegal to remove high-risk parts of deer; use or possess cervenurin attractants; directly or indirectly feed wild deer in the wild; and rehabilitate wild deer in the wild. Rifle season begins on Saturday, November 30 and ends on December 14. For most of the state, the first six days of the season are reserved only for antler-deer (males). On the second Saturday of the season, the antlerless deer season traditionally begins.
It is illegal to hunt within 150 metres of inhabited homes, warehouses, industrial or commercial buildings, schools or playgrounds without residents` permission. It is also illegal to shoot in a safe zone, even if you are stationed outside the zone. Meanwhile, buckshot, which was used by deer hunters in most of the Southeast`s Special Settlement Areas — but nowhere else in Pennsylvania — can no longer be used in Special Regulatory Areas, except for controlled hunts in Tyler and Ridley Creek State Parks, where some hunters should consult the information provided to them. Odors or baits that contain any form of natural or artificial traces of food, including but not limited to corn, apples and acorns, are not legal. Before RPA, about 80% of males (most of whom were yearlings) were harvested by hunters each year. This resulted in male survival rates of less than 20%. Protecting most one-year-old males would increase male survival and thus increase adult males in the population, the goal of RPAs. If timber marking were allowed, researchers at the Hunting Commission would largely have no access to information on crop marks, as timber usually leaves the butcher`s shop with the hunter.
In most parts of the state, hunters can harvest any male with three dots on one side of the rack, including the forehead. « This is truly an exciting time to be a deer hunter in Pennsylvania, » said Bryan Burhans, executive director of the Hunting Commission. « Hunters have the ability to track males on a large scale in numbers like we haven`t seen in over a century. Plus, they have more flexibility when it comes to deciding when and where to take antlerless deer. It is illegal to attach « readers » for deer in a safe zone, even without permission, even if you are not carrying a firearm. In 2002, the Board of Commissioners of the Hunting Commission considered an exemption from buckling regulations for junior, senior, disabled and active military hunters. This amendment did not pass, but the agency approved the exemption of younger, disabled and active military personnel from the new timber regulations. However, in the western part of the state, hunters must abide by the « three up » rule in UMDs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, which means that hunters can only harvest males with three dots on each side, except for the frontal tooth. The national harvest of males for the 2021-2022 seasons was estimated at 145,320 and the harvest without wood at 231,490.