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Pa. Game Commission: Deer harvest up 2 percent

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 25 2013 02:31:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 02:33:08 PM CDT

Patrick Manwiller/69 News

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Hunters in Pennsylvania bagged about 2 percent more deer this season than last, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The game commission estimates roughly 343,000 deer were harvested during the 2012-2013 hunting seasons. That's up from 336,000 during the 2011-12 hunting seasons.

The increase was driven by a 5 percent increase in antlered deer killed. The harvest of antlerless deer increased slightly.

The game commission's executive director, Carl Roe, said the most recent season was slightly above the average harvest since 2005, when the commission began trying to stabilize the deer population in most areas of Pennsylvania.