Pennsylvania hunters harvested an estimated 352,920 deer in the 2013-14 seasons, about 3 percent more than the 343,110 taken in the previous seasons, reported the Pennsylvania Game Commission Tuesday.
The 134,280 antlered deer taken in the 2013-14 seasons were a similar total to the previous license year, when an estimated 133,860 bucks were taken, reported the commission.
Hunters also harvested 218,640 antlerless deer in 2013-14, about a 4 percent increase compared to the 209,250 antlerless deer taken in 2012-13.
Harvest estimates are based on more than 25,000 deer checked by game commission personnel and more than 110,000 harvest reports submitted by successful hunters.
Because only about one-third of hunters report their deer harvests, the commission uses data from deer checked in the field and hunter reports to estimate the total harvest.
The age structure of the 2013-14 antlered deer harvest was 47 percent 1½-year-old bucks, with the remaining 53 percent of harvested bucks being 2½ years old or older.
The antlerless harvest included nearly 62 percent adult females, about 21 percent button bucks and almost 18 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.
For additional information on Pennsylvania’s 2013-14 deer harvest, please go to the game cmmission’s website, click on “White-Tailed Deer” on the homepage, then select 2013-14 Deer Harvest Estimates under “Deer Management.”